What if you lost a child tragically. What would you do to have one final moment with them? Hammer Films takes on this question in one of their latest movies Wake Wood.
Vet Patrick and Pharmacist Louise Daly loss their only child to that of a crazed dog attack. They relocate to the remote Irish village of Wake Wood after learning of their unusual tradition. Inhabitants participate in a pagan ritual which brings back a person one year after their death for three days. This ritual allows a deceased to say their final farewells to their loved ones before making their final journey to the spirit world.
Patrick and Louise are faced with two realities: their nine-year-old daughter Alice is dead and there's no possible way to conceive another child. They take over the local veterinary clinic. Then, make their pleas to the villager's leader, Arthur, to get those three precious days with their daughter. They accepted the villagers rules, but breaks them after Alice returns and pays a hefty price.
Wake Wood is the first feature from genre production company Hammer Films in thirty years. The film premiered at the 2009 Lund International Fantastic Film Festival in Sweden. It was released in UK theaters on March 25, 2011 and on DVD in the UK three days later. It will be available to the U.S. and Canada on June 28, 2011. You can pre-order it now on Amazon.