Title: Wyke Wreake

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Year: 2013

Genre: Independent / Psychological / Supernatural / Horror

Language: English

Runtime: 90 min

Director: Martin Rutley

Writer: Andrew Rutley

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2693114/

In an attempt to cope with the loss of her son, Kate gets her sister and her boyfriend to join her in a seance through an Oiuja board. When something seems to be answering from beyond, it turns out that the spirit wants to harm more than it wants to help.

Our thoughts:
The makers of "Where the Dogs Divide Her" are back with a new film, "Wyke Wreake". By amping up the psychological turmoil and surrealism in their horrors, the Rutley brothers manage to do a lot with their small crew and budgets. It's not delivering perfect results, but their creativity and ambition can't be denied now that I've seen it in two feature films in a row.

"Wyke Wreake" takes the shape of a ghost story in the initial plotline of Kate and the loss of her baby. The death brought on a fascination for the occult in Kate. When her sister Bec and her boyfriend are coming to try and get Kate back to senses, Kate insists on starting a seance, and she's also the first one to believe it's successful. They get in contact with something, or someone. It's when we're introduced to the spirit that things start to get really interesting. We've seen far too many supernatural tales of loss and seances, but it's when the Rutley brothers are allowed to mess around in the spiritual/psychological world they created that "Wyke Wreake" shows its true colors.

Short of understanding it all, I won't dig deeper than what we're offered on the outer shell. It's impossible not to compare this with their previous "Where the Dogs Divide Her" as it in fact does even feature the same gas/baby-mask and the surrealistic, psychological style and look of the movie is yet again consistent in their work. Where I felt "Where the Dogs Divide Her" was a much more wild trip, "Wyke Wreake" has a much more appealing story. You can clearly tell that they have grown a bit since their first effort, and the emotional turns are a lot easier to take in. Not familiar with the ghost story that it is supposedly based upon, I can't comment much on how true it is to it.

Though "Wyke Wreake" is shorter than "Where the Dogs Divide Her", it goes on for too long. It's a bumpy road, going from visually intriguing and emotionally charged to sometimes being outright boring. It doesn't mean that the movie is boring - once it kicks into full gear it is exactly the strange and haunting indie flick that I hoped for. It just means that it has parts that came off as repetitive. Still working out the smaller issues of filmmaking, I think the Rutley brothers have taken another step in the right direction to becoming great filmmakers. "Wyke Wreake" is slightly more sane, but only to the point where we actually get a grasp of what it wants to tell us. They've developed even further in their visual language and it feels a lot more professional as a result. It's crazy and bizarre, but rarely does it feel random or unnecessary. It's an above-decent supernatural mystery.

Positive things:
- Keeps the craziness of "Where the Dogs Divide Her", but tells its story better.
- Solid acting.
- Creative and ambitious filmmakers.
Negative things:
- A bit tedious here and there.
- Not all too original to begin with. At least it grows from there!
- Some effects here and there.

Gore: 2/5
Nudity: 0.5/5
Story: 2.5/5
Effects: 2/5
Comedy: 0/5

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