Given Timothy Spall's entertaining but rather caricatured performance as Winston Churchill in The King's Speech, it's reassuring to see him put this marvellous hamminess to use in a horror pic.
Wake Wood, the latest offering from Hammer Films, is a familiar sounding trip into rural terror:
"In an attempt to cope with the grief
and despair of losing their only child Alice (Ella Connolly), mauled to
death by a savage dog, veterinarian Patrick Daly (Gillen) and his
pharmacist wife Louise (Birthistle) move from the city to the remote
Irish village of Wake Wood. With Patrick taking over the local vet's
practice and Louise working in the village chemist store, the couple
soon become friends with many of the local landowners, farmers and their
Their acceptance as members of this small but close community leads
them to the discovery of an ancient pagan ritual practised by the people
of Wake Wood in order to help ease the sudden loss of a loved one. This
tradition, secretly preserved for many centuries, enables the
grief-stricken to bring a deceased person back from the dead for a
period of three days within one year of their passing, allowing them to
say a final farewell to the departed before they make their final
journey to the spirit world. For Patrick and Louise, this represents a
miraculous opportunity to see Alice one more time and their request for
the villagers' help in realising their wish is reluctantly granted. But
the ritual is bound by strict rules and conditions, which, if broken,
demand a terrible price be paid."
Recalling everything from Don't Look Now to The Wicker Man to Staw Dogs, and with a tone verging on Hot Fuzz-esque small town parody, it hardly looks original. But then that's not the point. It also looks like a lot of fun.
Check out the trailer below.
Vertigo Films will be releasing Wake Wood at UK cinemas on 25th March 2011 and the DVD release will follow on 28th March 2011 courtesy of Momentum Pictures.
Special Features will include: interview with cast and crew; deleted scenes; trailer; teaser trailer.