Thursday, 27 October 2011

The Wicker Tree is Burning

Robin Hardy's quasi-follow-up to 1973 classic The Wicker Man is preparing to unleash itself upon us, released by horror favourite Anchor Bay on January 27. Ladies and gentlemen: The Wicker Tree.

I have to say, this trailer makes it look like it's going to be a good film! I have read reviews to the contrary, and let's face it, if The Wicker Man was released in this day and age, no one would give it a second glance. But so it is a product of it's time, the original provided us with one of the greatest endings in horror history, and Hardy's latest effort, based on his novel Cowboys for Christ, seems poised to tonally match up nicely.

Though not a sequel, prequel or remake, the financially-plagued production of The Wicker Tree stands in place to be a companion to The Wicker Man. This may be a perfect slow-paced throwback that can stand side-by-side with its predecessor without too much of a jolt.

The plot: a born-again pop star travelling to Scotland to try preach the word of Christ to some wayward members of the flock, where she and her partner are invited to a small town, where they become embroiled in all the paganistic hell they can shake their crucifixes at.

Bloody Disgusting were given the below teaser poster, baring the tagline 'He is Returning'. Could our wicker friend be making an appearance?

Oh, and by the by, it features a small role by Christopher Lee, who may or may not be reprising his Lord Summerisle role!