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Wake Wood

Released - 2011
Genre - Horror, Drama, Thriller
Director - David Keating
Starring - Aidan Gillen, Eva Birthistle, Timothy Spall, Ella Connolly, Ruth McCabe

When their nine year old daughter Alice is killed, Patrick and Louise start fresh in the sleepy Irish village of Wake Wood. Patrick takes over from Arthur as the local vet. Louise is still struggling to come to terms with the death of Alice and so when it becomes clear there might be a way to see her again she is naturally keen. You can sum up the plot in two words - Pet Sematary. Thanks to a ridiculous ceremony presided over by Arthur they get the chance to spend three days with Alice but as we know "Sometimes dead is better". Although it is derivative (there are also hints of The Wicker Man and Don't Look Now) I like the premise but the director fails to build any real tension and the cast fail to convey their grief. The script is weak, the characters are unsympathetic and their actions are far from credible. This had the potential to be so much better.

Gore - there is a fair bit of gory action here including a particularly nasty death by bull for one unlucky farmer

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