The Wicker Tree: Sequel to the Wicker Man May Have Some Bark

The Wicker Tree: Sequel to the Wicker Man May Have Some Bark

So you know how all these remakes are making the horror community flippity flop around like a bunch of fish gasping for the air of fresh material? Well, how about a sequel rather than a remake? Chris Lee makes it back to some pretty creepy roots to bring us The Wicker Tree. Before you get up in arms about the studios cashing in on another piece of classic cinema I’ve heard some good things so far. We’ll have a review up STAT to get you in the know and ready to spend your dough.


Basedon Robin Hardy’s acclaimed 2006 novel “Cowboys for Christ,” THE WICKER TREE tells the story ofTexas-based singer Beth Boothby (newcomer Brittania Nicol) and her friend Steve Thomson (HenryGarrett), two born-again Christians who come to Scotland to spread the gospel. When their initialefforts are met with disdain and disinterest, they find comfort in an invitation to sing inTressock, the border fiefdom owned by Sir Lachlan Morrison (Graham McTavish).

However, Beth’s and Steve’s message of personal chastity quickly comes into direct conflict withTressock’s sexual and religious practices, drawing upon ancient Celtic beliefs and rituals.Temptations begin to challenge Beth and Steve — with the stakes no less than their very lives andsouls…

Christopher Lee, who played the mysterious Lord Summerisle in the original,returns again in a dramatic cameo. Rounding out the cast are Jacqueline Leonard as Lady DeliaMorrison, Clive Russell as Beame, James Mapes as Reverend Moriarty and Honeysuckle Weeks asLolly.

Incidentally, for those of you who are fan of the original film, you might consider checking out Kill List. I will say no more to avoid hitting the big red spoiler button and sending my soul straight to Hell (as if there was any other place for it).

This Anchor Bay release has some promise.


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Dr. Jimmy Terror, more commonly known as James P. Harris, has been “writing your eyes” shut since 2010 with his horror themed blog Dr. Terror’s Blog of Horrors (whose name is a play on words derived from the Amicus film, Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors). In the early 2000’s he fronted the band The Vaudeville Vampires, a short-lived Horrorabilly band which saw the creation of a catalog of horror related songs before disbanding (with only one, six song demo ever being produced and distributed). He has had only one on screen appearance to date in the horror/suspense short, Ocean Parkway, as maniacal, gloved killer with a hair fetish. Having done some un-credited, behind the scenes work in some low budget genre pictures, he is currently working on his first foray into screenwriting with a demonic, retro gore entry that pays homage to Lucio Fulci, Dario Argento as well as other Italian masters of the genre.

2 Responses to “The Wicker Tree: Sequel to the Wicker Man May Have Some Bark”

  1. Kill List was a head scratcher, and I know exactly why you mentioned it here.

    Looking forward to seeing this, if only to see Mr. Lee one more time.

  2. We will have a review up shortly. The only thing I watched with Lee that I didnt enjoy was Arabian Adventure and that was ridiculous.

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