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Hammer chiller “WAKE WOOD” goin’ to MPI

Originally posted on 2010-09-14 16:17:14 by Tony Timpone

MPI Media Group has acquired all North American rights to Hammer Films’ WAKE WOOD, a supernatural thriller starring THE WIRE’s Aidan Gillen, THE CHILDREN’s Eva Birthistle, SWEENEY TODD’s Timothy Spall and newcomer Ella Connolly. MPI’s genre label Dark Sky Films plans a theatrical release in spring 2011 for the Irish/British production, followed by DVD and Video on Demand.

In WAKE WOOD, a grieving couple (Gillen and Birthwistle), whose 9-year-old daughter Alice (Connolly) was killed by a vicious dog, moves to a secluded town (the movie was shot in County Donegal, Ireland) that practices a most unusual ritual: the local pagans can raise the dead for three days, giving the bereaved a last chance at closure. But as in all these films inspired by “The Monkey’s Paw,” bringing someone back comes with a price… 

“A horror film that also stirs the heart is a rare combination,” said MPI executive vice president Greg Newman in a statement, “but WAKE WOOD is just that. Writer/director David Keating, co-writer Brendan McCarthy and their great cast have created a special movie that transcends genre.” 

 

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