Feb 09 2011

The Wicker Tree – sequel to the Wicker Man

The Wicker Tree Poster
Pic: Dread Central

The Wicker Tree is a 2010 film by British director Robin Hardy. The film contains several similar elements to the 1973 film The Wicker Man, but is neither a sequel nor a remake of that film. It is due for release in 2011. Based on Hardy’s own 2006 novel Cowboys for Christ, the film focuses on Texas pop star turned gospel singer, Beth (Brittania Nicol) and her cowboy boyfriend, Steve (Henry Garrett), both devout evangelical Christians from the church Cowboys for Christ, sent on a mission to spread the word of God to the people of Scotland.

The Story

Young Christians Beth and Steve, a gospel singer and her cowboy boyfriend, leave Texas to preach door-to-door in Scotland . When, after initial abuse, they are welcomed with joy and elation to Tressock, the border fiefdom of Sir Lachlan Morrison, they assume their hosts simply want to hear more about Jesus. How innocent and wrong they are. [wiki]

Below is the Teaser to the film found on YouTube, but there is also a longer version that contains blood and nudity, so we can’t show it, but if you want to see it after our warnings you can see it on YouTube or the movie’s official website.

More Info

These days, The Wicker Man probably makes many think of derisive laughter, elated confusion and Nicolas Cage getting  attacked by bees. But the original 1973 cult film still holds up as a chilling, uncomfortably funny horror movie about the power of fear, desperation and faith. Its director Robin Hardy has been struggling for years to make a companion-piece, and now, more than 30 years later, the trailer for The Wicker Tree has arrived. Those scared of naked women wearing horse masks may want to look elsewhere today. Ah yes, it’s probably NSFW.

But before I get to the imagery, I want to get a few problems with this trailer out of the way. First, it’s hard to tell exactly how well this film will work, since anyone familiar with the film knows that the young Christian country singers who decide to visit that creepy Scotish island are doomed from the start. It’s true that the first film’s success wasn’t entirely due it’s shocking ending, but now that we know exactly how things are supposed to go down, it begs the question of what another movie could possibly offer. Also, I do not care how twisty and menacing they look – wicker trees are just not as scary or iconic as huge wicker men. [MovieLine]

A Possible Trilogy?

Film Junk has this to say about the new movie:

The May Queen?
Pic: Film Junk

We’ve heard rumblings about a Wicker Mansequel for a couple of years now, but it was never really clear (to me, at least) whether or not this thing would actually get made. However, recently the very first teaser trailer for The Wicker Treearrived online, so apparently they found the money to make it a reality after all. Writer/director Robin Hardy has returned to this cult classic some 37 years later to continue the story, which is pretty amazing in and of itself. It seems to be more of a retelling of the original, with Christopher Lee playing a similarly evil role, although I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be the same character.

This time around there are two young Christians from Texas who foolishly bring their missionary work to Tressock, Scotland, where they fall victim to the pagan villagers. Nicolas Cage’s The Wicker Man remake has kind of turned this movie into a joke in recent years, but for obvious reasons Hardy seems determined to restore some credibility to the name. The original was loosely based on the novel The Ritual by David Pinner and the screenplay was written by Anthony Shaffer, but this movie is based on a novel that Hardy wrote himself called Cowboys for Christ. He actually plans to do a third movie as well to create a trilogy. Production on the film is reportedly complete, although a release date is still TBA. For more info, stay tuned to the official website.

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3 Responses to “The Wicker Tree – sequel to the Wicker Man”

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  2. celestial elfon 25 Jun 2011 at 6:04 pm

    I didnt see that one yet but will look out for it :D
    Thought you might like my machinima film, The Lammas Wickerman
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORqpwf0dpSs
    Bright Blessings
    Elf
    /|\

  3. Garyon 03 Jul 2011 at 1:29 pm

    A warm hello to our Elfin friend

    We most certainly do! As my energy improves, we’ll spread the word – keep up the good work :)

    Hugs n blessings,

    Gary x x x

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