Hammer Film Productions is a film production company based in the United Kingdom, it was founded in 1934 and they are best known for a series of horror movies called the “Hammer Horror”. These spanned from the mid-1950s until the 1970s.
The Hammer Horror Studios have recently been re”vamped” (sorry about the pun) and Wake Wood is one of their new films. Directed by David Keating and staring Eva Birthistle and Aidan Gillen, Wake Wood has Pet Sematary and Wicker Man like echoes. Lousie and Patrick and on the verge of a break up after their daughter dies a horrific death when attacked by a dog on her birthday. In a desperate attempt to keep their lives together the couple move to the small Irish town of Wake Wood. While working closely with the locals as a veterinarian and chemist they slowly realize that all is not what it seems, as the village has the power to raise the dead.
After watching one of the strange ceremonies they convince the villagers to bring their daughter Alice back from the dead for three days, this of course goes horribly wrong.
I wouldn’t class this as a true zombie movie, but it is as much a zombie movie as Pet Sematary is so I kind of have to.The writing and acting are excellent, as are the effects and emotion of the film. It has echoes of other classic Hammer Horror films, and they have managed to use there low budget very well, but I guess they have always had to do that.
So it’s not really a zombie movie, but it really is very good. It’s worth a watch and it’s nice to see a film which has English and Irish actors in it. You know ones that aren’t all Hollywooded…