2 weeks ago
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Wake Me When It's Over
Deb (Stefanie Tapio) is trying to make it into a photograph class, so she recruits her two friends, Trixie (Rachel Lien) and Karen (Karis Yanike), to model for her in order to build up her portfolio. They head out to the local park, more of a woods with trails through it, which is where we first meet everyone. On the way back to Deb's car, Trixie trips over a large chain. At first they can't think why there would be a chain in the middle of the woods, when some of it goes into the ground. Trixie and Karen then remember a local legend of a woman who was accused of being a witch. It seems that 100 years ago, kids had been disappearing and this woman was blamed, hung by a tree in the woods by a chain, and then buried with chains left all over the forest to keep her from escaping. Legend has it now that if you follow a chain, walk around it where it goes into the ground, you can wake the witch long enough to ask her a question, if she doesn't kill you first. They try it, but nothing happens, or so it seems. People in town are now getting sick, and there are strange people in the woods. Can Deb do anything to stop what is going on?
After reading about Wake The Witch after I watched it, I was looking for other reviews and having hard time finding some, I found out that this movie sounded like something that Cattleworks talks about a lot with the local films where he lives. Director/writer Dorothy Booraem is part of local film makers in Nebraska who formed their own production company. Wake The Witch is the first film to come out from that group. As you can guess, this is a pretty low budget film. It does show that at times, but overall I didn't think it was a badly made film. The sound is a little off, but I didn't mind it too much since it was plenty loud enough to hear everything. The biggest problem with the film is the 112 minute run time. There wasn't all that much going on to keep the film at that length. It takes almost an hour before we gets hints that something is going on. For a long while Wake The Witch is more of a teen drama than anything else. Deb isn't getting along real well with the boyfriend and finds out that he is with another girl at one point. They argue about it, which he somehow manages to turn it around on her so she is to blame. Karen is fighting with her dad and younger sister, who seems to go out of her way to get Karen in trouble. Even though Deb and her brother Mark, played by Martin Kenna, say they are close, they don't really act that way more than half the time. Even when things do get a bit weird, it didn't make a whole lot of sense. A bit of a spoiler coming up here: much like The Blair Witch Project, we never do see the witch in question. That didn't bother me, but the length of the film did. I respect Booraem for releasing the film she wanted to make, but it really could have been cut back just a bit.
There wasn't a whole lot of effects to be found. There is a bed covered in blood, and possibly something else, which looked pretty gory really, but that was the extent of it. Some of the guys in the woods had what could have been zombie makeup, white face with blood coming from openings. Since they are all wearing hoods, you never get a real good look at them. The acting was okay for me. This seems to be a bit of a sore spot for some people, but I wasn't put off by any of it. Sure, they could have been better in some scenes, but overall it wasn't bad.
One thing that was kind of neat was the way the "zombie like" guys moved. They would run almost on all fours, which was different in a good way. I found it silly right at first, but ended up liking it some. On the flip side, for something I didn't like, when someone disappears, they really do so. Trixie is taken to the hospital and is never seen again. There are other characters where we see or find out something has happened to them and are never seen again. There is a Detective that shows up a couple of times. It didn't bother me that he does show up, but I couldn't stand the way he was written and/or the way he was acting. For one thing, he doesn't show his badge when he first shows up, which I thought was always required. Anyway, I didn't hate Wake The Witch by any means, but I did feel it could have been a lot better than it was. Is it worth a watch? I will leave that answer up to all of you. For myself, I wouldn't avoid it if I happened to see it on TV or where ever, but I may not stop to watch it if there was something else on that I would watch instead.
2 out of 5 You never hear of dead witches in big cities