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08 Jul 2011, 2:37am
Hammer is back! The production company that made Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing household names as Dracula and Van Helsing returned to action recently, to the delight of genre fans everywhere. Last year’s remake of the brilliant vampire coming-of-age story Let The Right One In (retitled Let Me In) was almost as good as the original. Recently, Hammer produced a film starring Hilary Swank and Jeffrey Dean Morgan called The Resident, and the reviews have not been as kind. So (not having seen The Resident), i was fairly confident that Wake Wood, Hammer’s latest offering, had at least a 50/50 shot at pleasing me. I underestimated its chances. I enjoyed Wake Wood, and am more confident about the future of Hammer than ever.
A couple’s young daughter is mauled to death by a dog, and they move to the small town of Wake Wood for a fresh start. It’s not long before they begin to notice that the townsfolk are a little odd. Soon the newly widowed Louise (Eva Birthistle) witnesses a demented, gooey, supernatural ritual that she can’t quite fathom, and was not meant to see. This scene instantly shifts the movie into a completely new gear in a bold flourish reminiscent of genre-benders Martyrs and The Last Exorcism. “OK”, i said to myself “its that kind of movie now”. The first act has deservedly drawn comparisons to The Wicker Man, as both feature a cult-like community who shun the outside world while participating in forbidden magic(k?)s. I was also reminded of In The Mouth Of Madness and Silent Hill at times, but for all it’s references and homages, Wake Wood is more original and engaging than 90% of today’s horror films.
Louise and her husband Patrick (Aiden Gillen) are assured by the creepy Arthur (the brilliant Timothy Spall) that he can resurrect their daughter for a short time. They agree to the stipulation that they stay in Wake Wood forever. Arthur whips out the coolest necromantical abacus I’ve ever seen, and soon their d
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