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.
This Anchor Bay release has some promise.