Directed by: David Keating
Starring: Aidan Gillen, Eva Birthistle, Timothy Spall
I really do try to make an effort to watch more recent movies, but since I don’t like spending fifteen bucks to see a movie in theaters, for the first half of the year I tend to only watch awful direct-to-video movies like Wake Wood here. I’m trying, but you movie making fellas gotta throw me a bone every once in a while too, right?
A couple tragically lose their daughter to a dog attack (a dog that I swear looks exactly like a bear, but that’s really not important) and about a year later move to a strange town called Wake Wood. In this town, they have some spells or something that will break a dead loved one back for three days, so long as they’ve been dead for less than a year. The parents lie about the length of their daughter’s death to get her back, but she turns out to be evil and spooky. You know how evil spooky little kids are.
Most of this film is just painfully dull. They try really hard to set up with spooky atmosphere, but it doesn’t work and by the time you finally get to the evil girl ripping people’s hearts out, you don’t care anymore. I spent the first hour of the film trying to figure out when they were finally going to introduce some conflict to the story, and when it finally turned out to be the most obvious, cliched plot they could come up with, I didn’t even feel like I needed to keep watching. There’s a tepid twist at the end, but other than that, this is a really skippable horror film.