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 who’ve come to evangelize a Scottish village with a twisted pagan history.
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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.
I had high hopes for this because I really love Robin Hardy's previous films, but unfortunately I was disappointed with this one. The film fails to keep a consistent tone. The plot appears to have been rather poorly thought out. The behavior of the characters is often unbelievable in relation to the situations they're in. On a positive note, the cinematography is good. Overall though, the film is pretty bad.
scores points based on its weirdness and, assuming it was deliberate, Hardy's oddball sense of humour. The film takes chances with its tone, sometimes comedic, sometimes grim, (thus raising it above modern American takes on crazed communities like the Hills Have Eyes and Texas Chainsaw remakes) but as a result it's never scary and lacks the sweaty palmed claustrophobia of the orginal. A curiosity.
Not terrible, but not very good either. It's certainly not on the level of the original Wicker Man, which is a masterpiece. The idea behind The Wicker Tree is decent, and it could have made for a clever movie. But as it is, it's very uneven. Some good moments interspersed with clumsy and outright bad ones. Still, worth watching. And they should have kept the more unusual title, "Cowboys for Christ".