Christopher Lee reprises his role as the eerie Lord Summerisle from 1973’s Brit-horror hit The Wicker Man in this thriller that follows two American Christians (Henry Garrett and Brittania Nicol) who’ve come to evangelize a Scottish village with a twisted pagan history. Initially thrilled by the town’s warm welcome, the Yanks discover that May Day celebrations promise a sinister fate. Robin Hardy directs this film that co-stars Honeysuckle Weeks.
Robin Hardy (born 10 October 1929) is an English author and film director. His most famous directorial work was The Wicker Man, and his latest project is a film adaptation of his book Cowboys for Christ, which has been retitled as, The Wicker Tree. Hardy now lives in London and Somerset. -— Wikipedia
The Wicker Man (1973) (director)
The Fantasist (1986) (writer and director)
Forbidden Sun (1989) (writer)
The Wicker Tree (2011) (writer and director)
The first movie did a good job at equalizing the old with the older, but the ending led down a questionable slope . . . an unwilling sacrifice? I don't know; let's ask Joseph Campbell about that one. On the other hand, this one follows an expected decline and portrays the old pagan rites of the Celts in a more sensational way than Julius Caesar could have ever dreamed.
It was never going to live up to the original Wicker Man, but I really liked this. After the debacle with the remake, where Cage tried to act in a serious film but was eventually punching women in a bear suit, the almost glib, ridiculous tone of Hardy’s continuation is even more perfect, the ritual paganism of the first film having to contend with the prevailing cultures of this era – Christian Evangelicalism and American influences – and a native country of Britain which has managed to warp its proud folk culture with a preposterous and easy to mock cultural attitude post- Millenium Dome even to now in 2012. The frivolous, sex based humour and silliness, with the beautiful folk songs, fits perfectly with avoiding replicating the original film while allowing its macabre final half to be still as sinister in a more horror comics light. The ending could be seen as weak but it can be also seen as a fitting subversion of the original’s, especially since the cult legacy of the first was used as advertising on the UK DVD without any mention of how spat on the original was before it was rightly treasured.
A cute little throwback to the 70s classic but completely lacking its hypnotic power. There are some beautiful shots of ruins and pastoral locations but on a whole the acting is dismal (especially from the braindead lead) and the script is pretty lazy and oddly chaste, lacking a sense of 'ritual' like the original. Dont expect much. Way better than the Nic Cage mess obvs.
Hardy’s got a sequel to The Wicker Man, but Nicolas Cage has another idea.