Sunday, December 23, 2012

Weird Wooden Things In Wake Wood

I recently watched Wake Wood for the first time, and I was quite struck by the rough-hewn wooden items used by the villagers.

The rhythm sticks and rattling drums played during the ritualistic processions:

The fascinating abacuses used for some sort of supernatural consultation:

And the devices used to control the revenants and ease their transition back to the beyond:

I enjoyed the tangibility of these seemingly ancient objects imbued with occult power.  And I liked that there was no attempt at explanation of how they might work, leaving it to the viewer's imagination.

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