Throw Pagan rituals, wacky villagers and Hammer Films all in a pot and you're cooking up a whole lot of 'yes please' for me. The newly resurrected studio has released stills from their upcoming thriller, The Wake Wood, directed by David Keating. The film stars Aidan Gillen, Eva Birthistle and Timothy Spall.

The Wake Wood tells the tale of a couple grieving over the loss of their nine-year-old daughter, Alice, who was brutally killed by a crazed dog. Vet Patrick (Gillen) and pharmacist Louise (Birthistle) relocate to a remote town known as Wake Wood. While there, they learn of a Pagan ritual from village leader Arthur (Spall) that will bring Alice back to them, but only for three days. What will they do when it's time for Alice to leave them once again?

The film was shot in Ireland so expect a killer backdrop. Hopefully Hammer has conjured a story to compliment the surroundings. Keating was a writer for one of my favorite films, Into the West, starring my boyfriend Gabriel Byrne. It's a magical little movie and I hope Keating can rock some of that mojo for Hammer. Check out more images from The Wake Wood at Dread Central.