Written by Scotty
How far would you go to be with a loved one that has passed on? Most of us would do anything in our power to bring them back, even for a day to make sure we have said our final goodbyes and make sure they know how much we loved them. What would you do if there was a way to bring them back? Would you pay any price to see them one last time, even if it meant that you would be stuck in the bargain that you made for your lifetime as well?
Patrick and Louise have moved to Wake Wood for no other reason than to make a living. With their daughter growing up very quickly, they need to have work to support the household and it was the only place where Patrick could become a well-paid veterinarian. Although Louise is not happy working in a local shop in the small town, she is willing to do whatever she can to make sure her husband is happy and their daughter is taken care of.
After their daughter is mauled by a stray dog and dies from the attack, the couple is trying to lock things down and leave the town. But without having a job opportunity outside of the town, they are saving as much as they can to make a life somewhere else. Wanting to get out of town as quickly as possible, they are confronted by a friend and town elder that gives them an offer that they cannot pass up, the opportunity to see their daughter again.
Although it is for a short three days, the couple are eager to take the deal, but it comes with several rules. One is that they will not be able to leave the town with their daughter once she has returned and the other is that they will never be able to move away. Even though they want to leave, they cannot pass up the chance of being with their darling Alice and agree to the terms. As Alice is reborn, a local woman starts to believe that there is something wrong with the way the child is acting. Keeping their daughter safe is the only priority of Patrick and Louise and they will not allow her to be taken away from them again. When the townspeople come to collect the little girl before her time is up, there is a battle that will change the outlook on the couples new town for the rest of their lives.
Wake Wood is the story of Patrick and Louise as they have found a place to settle down and have decent work to help take care of their daughter. When their daughter is killed in a dog attack, they are looking for a way to leave the town, but a town elder has come to them with a proposition that will change their lives forever. Offering his services for bringing back their child for three days’ time, the couple cannot say no as they never got a chance to say goodbye. With all kinds of rules laid out in front of them for the resurrection to take place, they failed to be truthful with one important fact, their daughter has been dead for over a year. With young Alice coming back into their lives, the couple can care less about the rules, but when they try to leave the town after people start to think that the rebirth has spawned something evil, they find that their daughter can only survive where she was laid to rest. As the townspeople come to take the daughter away from the couple one day early, they are met with a fight that will change the lives of the couple forever. Not only will their daughter be gone once again, but their relationship will have to be put aside as they have released evil amongst their new home.
An interesting premise as you are given an opportunity of a lifetime to see a deceased loved one once again. I did not see where this story was going and with enough information being left out, you will never see the scares coming. I enjoyed how the man, Arthur, who is able to perform such an unbelievable miracle is always calm and full of influence and information to make his magic work, one loved one at a time. Knowing what he can do, he is sure to ask all of the right questions, but if someone lies to him, he holds himself accountable for what comes next. A great character, but it is really about how and what Patrick and Louise are willing to do to be with their daughter once again and the emotions between the reunited family is very memorable. Stay Scared.