The Wicker Tree (2012)

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When two young missionaries (Brittania Nicol, Henry Garrett) head to Scotland, they are initially charmed by their engaging baron Sir Lachlan Morrison (Graham McTavish) and agree to become the local Queen of the May and Laddie for the annual Tressock town festival. But the couple is not prepared for the frightening consequences of their decision and the very disturbing secrets they are about to discover about Tressock's seemingly friendly townspeople. Written and directed by Robin Hardy as a companion piece to his 1973 classic cult thriller The Wicker Man, The Wicker Tree also features Jacqueline Leonard, Honeysuckle Weeks, and Clive Russell, with Christopher Lee, the star of Hardy's original film. -- (C) Official Site
Rating:
R (for sexuality, nudity and violence)
Genre:
Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

Brittania Nicol
as Beth Boothby
Henry Garrett
as Steve Thomson
Graham McTavish
as Sir Lachlan Morrison
Christopher Lee
as Old Gentleman
Jacqueline Leonard
as Lady Delia Morrison
James Mapes
as Rev. Moriarty
Bill Murdoch
as Rev. McLeod
Kirstin Murray
as Celebrity Interviewer
Christopher Fosh
as Trailer Trash Video Dancer
Graham Wadsworth
as Trailer Trash Video Dancer
Iain Robertson
as Peter McNeil
Ailidh Mackay
as Anthea
Prue Clarke
as Mary Hillier
Keith Easdale
as Town Band
Stuart Glasgow
as Town Band
Keith Warwick
as Donald Dee
Terry Wale
as Murdoch
Astrid Azurdia
as Patricia Gow
Hamish Wilson
as Magnus Tarrant
Jarkko Lehmus
as Dancer
Ben Sullivan
as Young Lachlan
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Critic Reviews for The Wicker Tree

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3)

Rather likable.

Full Review… | January 31, 2012
Variety
Top Critic

"The Wicker Tree" does manage to leave you with a haunted, agreeable unease.

Full Review… | January 28, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

A hee-haw slam on ugly Americanism, a vast reduction of the original's notion of unraveling civilization.

Full Review… | January 24, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

A gumbo of foolishness.

Full Review… | December 7, 2012
BET.com

This horror dud features some of the worst acting since you saw that community theater production of "Lil Abner." I saw you there, don't deny it.

Full Review… | May 21, 2012
CNNRadio

Almost as terrible as The Wicker Man (1973) is excellent. (Almost.)

Full Review… | May 2, 2012

Audience Reviews for The Wicker Tree

If you're a fan of the original 'The Wicker Man' then avoid this film like the plague. In fact if you're a fan of good film-making avoid this film outright! It's hard to comprehend that this came from the same director of the classic original but this film bears scant similarities to that great film. For obvious reasons there are no returning members from 'The Wicker Man' (apart from a brief cameo from an obviously frail Lee that seems to be there to show that he obviously approved of this disaster) and we are no longer set on the original island. Instead we are set on the mainland in Scotland with a completely new set of nutters and instead of a chaste policeman we have two stupid American evangelists who have been lured there under false pretences. The whole film is a mess with some actors giving obviously comic performances and some just giving plain bad ones. The young American actors are just plain annoying and the pacing for the whole film is distinctly lacking. The soundtrack is also appaling. Only McTavish and Weeks seem to be giving it their full efforts but they are fighting alosing battle with this material. Please, please, please don't be tempted to seek this out for curiosity factor. It's a travesty of film and should not be uttered in the same breath as that other great film. Shame on Mr Hardy.

David Sayers
David Sayers

Super Reviewer

½

I wouldn't say I'm a huge fan of Hardy's original 'Wicker Man' from the 70s, however I appreciate its originality and very disturbing ending. "The Wicker Tree" may not be as downright awful as the Neil LaBute/Nicholas Cage remake from a few years ago, but its still pretty bad. While the original was fairly outrageous and campy, Hardy (and his screenwriter Anthony Shaffer) made a pretty effective argument for how religion, regardless of the specific belief system, is used to manipulate the masses. Hardy seemingly has no message this time outside of "American southern born-again Christians sure are gullible and stupid!". Its neither interesting nor particularly scary.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer

Ask most horror fans for their ten favorite movies of the genre and chances are Hardy's 1972 masterpiece "The Wicker Man" will be on the list somewhere. The Nic Cage starring 2006 remake is frequently cited as possibly the worst remake ever. Hardy's follow up has a lot more in common with the remake than his own original, not least in terms of quality. Not a remake, not a sequel, this can best be described as a cash-in, a film-maker desperately living off a forty year old career highpoint. Hardy has only made one film in the intervening years, the 1986 Irish set thriller "The Fantasist", and on the evidence of this that's probably a wise choice. This time the protagonists are a born-again Texan couple, sent to Scotland to spread the word of God. Where the original explored the clash between Pagan and Christian beliefs, this feels more like an attack on America and it's perceived religious fundamentalism. That Europe is more secular than the States is frankly a myth. I live in a European country where it's illegal to sell alcohol on Good Friday, the state broadcaster issues a call to prayer at six pm every evening, abortion and gay marriage are illegal, and in December you're bombarded by images of Christmas every way you turn. Stateside however, people are encouraged to keep their beliefs to themselves, in many states you can't even use the term "Merry Christmas" in government buildings. When Tim Tebow mentions God America reacts angrily, yet in Europe soccer players can perform religious rituals in the middle of a stadium and nobody bats an eyelid. This takes a broad comic approach to the subject, as if the original was "Airport" and this is "Airplane". The whole thing feels like a "Carry On" movie shot on the set of the UK soap "Emmerdale". Christopher Lee has a short cameo which feels shoe-horned in and I can imagine his horror at seeing the final product, he always cited the original as the best film of his career. There are a couple of effective shots at the climax which hint at the potential this had but it's a potential Hardy just doesn't seem willing to fulfill.

The Movie Waffler
The Movie Waffler

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