The parents of a girl who was killed by a savage dog are granted the opportunity to spend three days with their deceased daughter.
A unique spin, on the evil child sub genre, that has its disturbing and graphic moments and just enough suspense, to keep you glued, that has an old fashioned and atmospheric atmospheres.
The film is so eccentric, yet so familiar, that I'm stuck in the middle of saying it's really good, to fair and ok and by the time this year is over, it will be blurred in my memory, by other horror efforts.
Wake Wood gets pretty graphic, with gore here and there, but doesn't shove it in your face and has a slow burn approach, to shock and discomfort you, that I could see this film coming out in the early, or mid 1970's and wears its Hammer film logo well.
The acting, from the leads, which played the parents, were strong, yet subtle and their story, heartbreaking and grim. Their new ordeal is like straight out of a nightmare, or a Twilight Zone episode, that gives them new hope of moving on, after the freak death of their only child, but has devilish consequences.
The movie is quite similar, to films like, Pet Cemetery, The Children, Plague Town and The Wicker Man, but has a couple of new tricks as well, making it enthralling in its wackiness. In the end, for me, there wasn't enough distinctive aspects about it, to make it stand on the top of the genre, but I can say that Hammer films are on a role, of putting out quality horror films and hope they are even better ones, in the future.
Overall, there are plenty of horrible, direct to DVD, horror flicks out there and ok, plain ones, but this little gem is not one of them. Rent it! 6.5 out of 10