Legendary British film brand Hammer’s first films in years included LET ME IN, THE RESIDENT and WAKE WOOD. I hadn’t seen WAKE WOOD, but the premise intrigued me, so I bought the book, which turned out to be a novelization.
A young couple, grieving the death of their only child, Alice, relocate to a small town, Wake Wood, where the locals practice a pagan ritual that can bring back the dead for three days. When Alice is brought back to them, neither the couple, nor Alice, may have any intention of returning her to death, with horrible consequences.
It’s an interesting idea but, as is common with novelizations of films, it just felt flat to me.