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Wake Wood certainly has the creepy factor going for it and yet towards the end, it devolves into typical horror clichés. The acting at least is believable especially from Aidan Gillen and Eva Birthistle and the production design, for an independent film, looks good. The Blu-ray is pretty much a disappointment, save for the audio but if you can get this on the cheap and you enjoy supernatural horror, then it might be worth it.

 

 


Wake Wood (2011)


REVIEW NAVIGATION

The Movie
| Special Features | Video Quality | Audio Quality | Overall

 

Genre(s): Horror, Drama, Suspense
Dark Sky | R – 90 min. – $34.98 | July 5, 2011

MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
David Keating
Writer(s):
Brendan McCarthy (story), David Keating and Brendan McCarthy (screenplay)
Cast:
Aidan Gillen, Eva Birthistle, Timothy Spall

DISC INFO:
Features:
Deleted Scenes, Trailer
Number of Discs:
1

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video:
1080p/Widescreen 2.35
Subtitles:
English SDH, Spanish
Disc Size:
20.2 GB
Codec:
MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s):
A


THE MOVIE

Plot: After the sudden and violent death of their 9-year-old daughter Alice (ELLA CONNELLY), Patrick and Louise (AIDAN GILLEN and EVA BIRTHISTLE) relocate to the remote town of Wake Wood to start their lives anew. But they quickly discover that beneath its idyllic country façade the town holds a dark and mysterious secret – a centuries-old pagan ritual that brings the dead back to life for three days. Desperate to say the goodbye they never had the chance to, Patrick and Louise agrees to resurrect Alice. But their daughter is different now, and with time quickly running out, the couple will have to decide if their love for her truly transcends the boundaries of life and death.

SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.0/5

Deleted Scenes (13:57; SD) – We get 8 scenes removed from the final film probably for pacing. None of them are of particular importance.

Theatrical Trailer (2:00; SD)

Previews Hatchet II, Bitter Feast, Norwegian Ninja, The Last Lovecraft


VIDEO – 3.0/5

Wake Wood is presented in its original 2.35 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. Given this is mostly a dark movie (even the daylight scenes have a darker overtone to them), you get an immense amount of artifacts when it’s pitch black. Needless to say, it’s not exactly a smooth transition from the light to the dark shots. Even so, during the daylight scenes, the detail levels are merely OK and nothing to boast about.

AUDIO – 4.0/5

The disc comes with a sturdy 5.1 DTS-HD MA track which, while nothing amazing, has some depth to it especially when it comes to the creepy score. Dialogue levels are good using the center channel while ambient noises and side dialogue comes through the front and rear channels.



OVERALL – 3.25/5

Overall, Wake Wood certainly has the creepy factor going for it and yet towards the end, it devolves into typical horror clichés. The acting at least is believable especially from Aidan Gillen and Eva Birthistle and the production design, for an independent film, looks good. The Blu-ray is pretty much a disappointment, save for the audio but if you can get this on the cheap and you enjoy supernatural horror, then it might be worth it.

 

Brian Oliver, The Movieman
Published:
07/01/2011

 

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