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The Wicker Tree

HD   R Closed Captioning

Robin Hardy

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About the Movie

Gospel singer Beth (Brittania Nicol) and her cowboy fiancé (Henry Garrett of UK TV’s SKINS) leave Texas to preach door to door in Scotland as part of a missionary excursion where they are shocked by the negative reception they receive. Things go from bad to worse when they come into contact with an aristocrat (Graham McTayish of TV’S THE GHOST WHISPERER) whose nefarious plans do not include being reformed by their Christian ways. Written and directed by Robin Hardy based on his novel COWBOYS FOR CHRIST, the film is an extension of Hardy’s 1974 cult classic THE WICKER MAN, which was #45 on Bravo’s list of “100 Scariest Movies of All Time.”

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 14
  • Fresh: 4
  • Rotten: 10
  • Average Rating: 3.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: A hee-haw slam on ugly Americanism, a vast reduction of the original's notion of unraveling civilization. – Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out, Jan 24, 2012

Rotten: With The Wicker Tree, Hardy may have sired a long-awaited second film - but it only leaves the impression that The Wicker Man had better remained a single child whose brilliance could be untainted by the presence of inferior siblings. – Anton Bitel, Little White Lies, Aug 30, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Robin Hardy 's fall from grace

First off, this is neither a sequel nor a remake of Hardy's classic "The Wicker Man."
While this film deals with similar themes, the gulf separating both films is one of internal consistency.
The suspense from "The Wicker Man" stemmed from taking the voyage of discovery with the protagonist, thereby making the conclusion all the more horrific.
In "The Wicker Tree" there is no discovery, yet the film plods along as if the screenwriter forgot, half way through the script, that all the clues pointing to a gruesome ending have been revealed in the first act.
There is much to love about this film. The lyrics written for the songs are authentic-sounding, Christopher Lee makes an appearance, and the soundtrack is very '70s retro horror, which I enjoyed though I can see how it might be distasteful to others.
I really wanted to like this film more.

Just Weird. … Not Really A Horror Movie

Really disliked this movie a lot. Very boring for the most part. Foscouscd too much on character development, "lines" and what not. Rather then trying to make it a horror movie. Really the last 30 minuets of the film is most of the "horror" but it's more just weird then actual horror though. Honestly this makes the 2006 the Wicker Man remake look better and , so far in the "Wicker" series I like that one the most. I don't understand why the 1973 movie is such a classic. I found it a very long and boring road. This 2012 "Wicker" part of the series is boring and weird. To me 2006 is the best part in the "Wicker" segment. Oh and yes this is not a sequel or prequel, or a remake and none of the movies are really tied together. However, they all have the same theme for the most part. Which kind of doesn't help really. I wouldn't say don't watch it but it won't really be what you are looking for though either.

A ok film by original 1973 director!

Sure it not as good as the 1973 film The Wicker Man which is now a Cult Classic. People should watch this as a stand alone film on it's own merits and not compare it to the original film or their mostly likely be disappointed It's not a master piece for sure but it's not a bad movie either. I say it more like a hammer horror type of movie :-) and it yes it is far better then the Nicholas Cage version of The Wicker Man which cost over 40 millions dollars to made and what a waste of money! The Wicker Tree cost only about 6 millions dollars to make. Watch it and make your own minds up!! :-)