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Sordid Cinema Podcast #34: Director Robin Hardy – ‘The Wicker Man’ / ‘The Wicker Tree’

3 February 2012 6:35 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Long after its world premiere last July at the Fantasia International film Festival here in Montreal sharply divided viewers, Robin Hardy’s long-in-the-works sorta-sequel to his famed cult classic The Wicker Man is finally making its way to theaters – nearly 40 years after the first film opened. Justine, Ricky and Simon offer their takes on the new flick, as well as taking a look back at the 1973 original.

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All music is taken from Paul Giovanni’s original soundtrack to The Wicker Man.

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2012: The Best Movies of January

2 February 2012 11:17 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

2012 promises to be a fantastic year in cinema. Not too long ago, we posted a list of thirty of our most anticipated films of 2012, and so I decided I would keep track of my favourite films released each month. Here are my five favourite films released in January.

#1- We Need To Talk About Kevin

Directed by Lynne Ramsay

UK

Hell best describes Lynne Ramsay’s latest feature, her first in nine years ever since her brilliant and much overlooked Morvern Callar. Many critics have criticized the film for the characters portrayal, but they seem to be missing the point. One would assume the movie is about its titular character, but the movie really isn’t about Kevin at all. We Need To Talk About Kevin is all about perception – in this case, in how Eva perceives the world, how she regards her son and how she views situations in her past. »

- Ricky

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Film: Movie Review: Kill List

1 February 2012 10:01 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

The Wicker Tree, Robin Hardy’s black-comedy “spiritual sequel” to his 1973 film The Wicker Man, was released in scattered theaters the other week, but anyone looking for a serious companion piece to the horror favorite might as well just turn to Kill List. The second film from Down Terrace’s Ben Wheatley, Kill List plays like an unsettling update and remix of Hardy’s original, winding in elements like deliberate pacing, a mask-wearing cult fond of sacrificial offerings, and a hero whose focus on the task for which he’s been hired keeps him from noticing he’s actually »

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Actor Graham McTavish talks “The Wicker Tree”

1 February 2012 1:16 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

The Wicker Tree, writer/director Robin Hardy’s truly bizarre follow-up to his weird and disturbing 1973 morality play The Wicker Man, is currently burning the timbers of select theaters across the country (see our review here). With its tongue planted deeply in its cheek (and occasionally falling right out of its mouth), Tree is a broad, arch romp with many strengths, chief among them actor Graham McTavish as the grinning, French-twist-mustached villain Sir Lachlan Morrison, an imposing gentleman of half-mad pagan wickedness. When he’s on screen, you can’t help but look at him and smile.

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Actor Graham McTavish talks “The Wicker Tree”

1 February 2012 1:16 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

The Wicker Tree, writer/director Robin Hardy’s truly bizarre follow-up to his weird and disturbing 1973 morality play The Wicker Man, is currently burning the timbers of select theaters across the country (see our review here). With its tongue planted deeply in its cheek (and occasionally falling right out of its mouth), Tree is a broad, arch romp with many strengths, chief among them actor Graham McTavish as the grinning, French-twist-mustached villain Sir Lachlan Morrison, an imposing gentleman of half-mad pagan wickedness. When he’s on screen, you can’t help but look at him and smile.

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- gingold@starloggroup.com (Chris Alexander)

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Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: The Wicker Tree

30 January 2012 2:45 PM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

A story as relevant as yesterday's headlines, or too late a tale? Some thirty years ago, Cinefantastique hailed Robin Hardy's The Wicker Man as "the Citizen Kane of horror," lauding the Anthony Shaffer-scripted story of a god-fearing police detective trying to solve a mystery within a community of Scottish pagans for its bold eroticism and cunning narrative. Now, Hardy has taken his own novel, Cowboys for Christ, and brought it to the screen as The Wicker Tree, billing it as a "reimagining" of his original triumph. Cinefantastique Online's Steve Biodrowski and myself take a look at this tale of a couple of present-day evangelical missionaries who find they may have bitten off more than can chew in trying to convert the "heathens" of a Scottish village, and discuss how the film fares in its three-plus decade transition. Plus: Oscar 2012 nominations, and what's coming to theaters and home video. »

- Dan Persons

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Daily Briefing. Rollin, Hardy, Landis, Dante

30 January 2012 3:18 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Jean Rollin "was a double outsider," argues Dave Kehr in the New York Times, "a filmmaker drawn to the fantastique in a country that had a limited tradition of genre filmmaking as well as a proud tradition of Cartesian rationalism that discouraged explorations of the supernatural. What France did offer, however, was a thriving interest in eroticism, and when Rollin was finally able to make his first feature, The Rape of the Vampire (1968), he did so by combining his childhood fascination with American cliffhanger serials and early-20th-century French fantasists like Gaston Leroux (author of The Phantom of the Opera) with gauzy nudes and exotic couplings." The British company Redemption is "collaborating with Kino International to release handsomely remastered Blu-rays, taken from the original camera negatives, of five key Rollin titles: The Nude Vampire (1970), The Shiver of the Vampires (1971), The Iron Rose (1973), Lips of Blood (1975) and Fascination (1979)."

"Entering Rollin's cinematic »

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2012′s Great Movie Moments: January

29 January 2012 9:56 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

At the end of each month, the Sound On Sight staff will band together to write an article about their favourite scenes in films released. Here are our favourite scenes from the month of January.

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The Grey – In media res

Near the end of Joe Carnahan’s admirably ambling survival thriller, the energy begins to re-mount as it becomes clear that Ottway (Liam Neeson) is about to make what may be his final stand against the wilderness that has dogged him and his fellow survivors for the last, oh, 110 minutes or so. Then, a sight familiar to anyone who’s seen promotional materials: Neeson taping broken bottles between his knuckles, with a knife in the other hand. For the last time, visions of his wife return, once again intoning, “don’t be scared,” only this time revealed to have a very different meaning than we might previously have inferred. »

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Nicolas Cage Wants to Play a Ghost in The Wicker Man Sequel

28 January 2012 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

Although no official, or unofficial, plan for a follow up to the horror movie remake is in the works, Cage says he'd like to try his hand at a sequel with an even more bizarre twist. The Wicker Man was director Neil Labute's updated reworking of Anthony Shaffer's 1973 cult horror classic where a young child goes missing and haunted but determined policeman Edward Malus (Nicolas Cage) travels to the remote island community of Summersisle where she was last seen to solve the lingering mystery of her disappearance. Once there, Malus is troubled to discover that although there are traces of the child to be found in such locations as the local schoolhouse, the residents of Summersisle seem reluctant to offer any specific details as to the girl's apparent death. His investigation effectively »

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‘The Wicker Tree’ aims big, but loses the thread early on

27 January 2012 11:03 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Wicker Tree

Written by Robin Hardy

Directed by Robin Hardy

UK, 2011

Fans of British writer/director Robin Hardy’s 1973 film The Wicker Man will likely be nonplussed by his newest effort The Wicker Tree. Neither a sequel to nor a remake of the first film – and completely unrelated to the laughably awful Neil Labute version from 2006 – The Wicker Tree tries to follow Hardy’s earlier work in spirit, but it completely loses the thread early on.

American Brittania Nicol makes her acting debut as Beth Boothby, a born-again Christian pop singer who takes her boyfriend Steve (British newcomer Henry Garrett) with her on a mission to convert souls in Scotland. They find themselves in a small village which has a strange attachment to the old Celtic gods. This is the same basic structure as the 1973 film – devout Christian runs up against mysterious pagans – but the older film had Edward Woodward »

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The Wicker Tree: New Clip Featuring Christopher Lee

27 January 2012 3:46 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The Wicker Tree starts its limited theatrical release today and we have a new clip featuring Christopher Lee. While he only has a cameo due to an injury, Christopher Lee was originally set to star in the film. You can learn more about that in our recent interview with director Robin Hardy.

The Wicker Tree is considered a spiritual sequel or companion piece to The Wicker Man, which Robin Hardy directed in 1973: “In The Wicker Tree, two young missionaries from Texas (Brittania Nicol, Henry Garrett) head to Scotland to educate the Scottish heathens in the way of Christ. They are initially charmed by the locals in the town of Tressock and agree to become the local Queen of the May and Laddie for the annual town festival. But the couple are not prepared for the frightening consequences of their decision and the very disturbing secrets they are about to »

- Jonathan James

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Opening Today: The Wicker Tree Theater Locations & Clips!

27 January 2012 12:43 PM, PST | Best-Horror-Movies.com | See recent Best-Horror-Movies.com news »

The Wicker Tree opens in theaters nationwide today, too bad it's not showing in Atlanta, maybe you will have more luck on having a theater near you. We have listed all the theaters below. Robin Hardy directs The Wicker Tree and stars Christopher Lee, Graham McTavish and Honeysuckle Weeks. The Wicker Tree is a follow-up to the original 1973 horror film The Wicker Man. The Wicker Tree is based on Robin Hardy's novel Cowboys for Christ and is not a remake or a sequel to The Wicker Man. The film will follow some of the same themes and concepts and should be considered more of a companion piece. »

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New Wicker Tree Clip Explores Religion; Nicolas Cage Wants to Haunt Japan in Wicker Man Sequel

27 January 2012 12:07 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

It's Friday! You know what that means? Time for a double shot of Wicker-based madness! First up, the great Christopher Lee in the latest clip from the upcoming film The Wicker Tree and then... well, then we have some chicken fried gold for ya!

Look for The Wicker Tree (review here), written and directed by Robin Hardy, in theatres on January 27th, 2012, courtesy of Anchor Bay Films.

Graham McTavish (The Hobbit), Jacqueline Leonard, Honeysuckle Weeks, Clive Russell, and Christopher Lee (the original The Wicker Man) star.

For more visit the official The Wicker Tree website, "like" The Wicker Tree on Facebook, and follow The Wicker Tree on Twitter.

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In The Wicker Tree, two young missionaries from Texas (Brittania Nicol, Henry Garrett) head to Scotland to educate the Scottish heathens in the way of Christ. They are initially charmed by the locals in the town of Tressock and agree to »

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Third The Wicker Tree Clip

27 January 2012 10:57 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Anchor Bay Films has released the third clip from The Wicker Tree, which opens in theaters January 27. Click on the video player below to watch Christopher Lee return as "Old Man" in director Robin Hardy's follow-up to The Wicker Man.

Click to watch Religion!

When two young missionaries (Brittania Nicol, Henry Garrett) head to Scotland, they are initially charmed by their engaging baron Sir Lachlan Morrison (Graham McTavish) and agree to become the local Queen of the May and Laddie for the annual Tressock town festival. But the couple is not prepared for the frightening consequences of their decision and the very disturbing secrets they are about to discover about Tressock's seemingly friendly townspeople.

Written and directed by Robin Hardy as a companion piece to his 1973 classic cult thriller The Wicker Man, The Wicker Tree also features Jacqueline Leonard, Honeysuckle Weeks, and Clive Russell, with Christopher Lee, the star of Hardy's original film. »

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New to Theatres This Weekend: The Grey, Man on a Ledge, Albert Nobbs

27 January 2012 6:23 AM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

This weekend at the multiplex, Liam Neeson takes on a pack of wolves and Sam Worthington contemplates taking the plunge as Joe Carnahan's The Grey faces off against Man on a Ledge in a battle for box office supremacy. They'll still have to contend with the reigning champ, Underworld Awakening, plus the Katherine Heigl romantic comedy One for the Money which also hits theatres today. In limited release, we have the Oscar-nominated drama Albert Nobbs (snicker snicker) starring Glenn Close, French drama Declaration of War, and The Wicker Tree, Robin Hardy's long-awaited follow-up to The Wicker Man. What will you be watching this weekend? The Grey Man on a Ledge One for the Money The Descendants (expanding) We Need to Talk About Kevin (expanding) Albert Nobbs (limited) Declaration of War (limited) In Darkness (limited) The Wicker Tree (limited)

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Review: Robin Hardy's The Wicker Tree

27 January 2012 4:07 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

The Wicker Man is one of those films that has taken on such a life of its own over the past 38 years.  It succeeded against all manner of personality conflict, distribution woes, and production logistics - tales of which are legendary -  to pretty much re-mythologize various old pagan rituals and philosophies and has hypnotized and surprised fans of thrillers, art-house horror, and folk-laden musicals.  Director Robin Hardy calls The Wicker Man its own genre:  The Wicker Man genre.  Ironically, the 1973 film is in itself a satire of sorts on the power of belief, but that did not stop its fecundity of myth-making from re-establishing icons (look no further than modern Beltane festivals, Burning Man and other such festivals around the world) in popular culture that went well »

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Video Of The Day: Robin Hardy in Conversation with Richard Stanley at the 2011 Fantasia Film Festival

26 January 2012 10:49 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Last year The 15th annual Fantasia Film Festival unleashed one of it’s biggest and best slates to date. Among its 114-film lineup were gala world premieres of Robin Hardy’s long-awaited The Wicker Tree – a film which Sound On Sight’s own Justine Smith called, “not only a great genre film, but a film that pushes the boundaries of cinema itself, easily on par with the works of our greatest contemporary filmmakers.”The Wicker Tree of course marked the follow up to the seminal 1974 Pagan masterwork The Wicker man. Hardy wasn’t the only veteran filmmaker present for a World Premiere. Among the many great guests were the directors of the anthology horror film The Theatre Bizarre, which featured segments by Douglas Buck, Buddy Giovinazzo, David Gregory, Karim Hussain, Tom Savini and one of my personal favourite filmmakers, Richard Stanley (Dust Devil, Hardware). To celebrate the dual return to »

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‘The Wicker Tree’ successfully reimagines Hardy’s masterpiece

26 January 2012 9:47 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Wicker Tree

Written by Robin Hardy

Directed by Robin Hardy

UK, 2011

Made nearly 40 years ago, Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Man has become so engrained in the public imagination that spiritual and religious beliefs have actually sprung from his creation. There is nothing redundant in his revisiting of the small Scottish community of Summerisle, and his “sequel” engages and challenges aesthetic and thematic choices of the original film. Much as Werner Herzog creates a dialogue through pastiche and excess between original and remake in Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Hardy employs similar techniques in his 21st century revisiting of religion, sex and oppression in adapting his novel Cowboys for Christ.

For those familiar with The Wicker Man, it is immediately evident that our two “innocent” youths on a missionary quest will meet a dire end. They represent the complicated image of modern purity, conflicted by the desire »

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Wolves in Sheep Clothing (Genre as Sartorial Satire): Robin Hardy talks the Legacy of The Wicker Man the Timing of The Wicker Tree, and 40 years of History

26 January 2012 9:03 PM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

It has indeed been nearly 40 years since the release of the British cult film, about cults: The Wicker Man.  Director Robin Hardy has a fairly sparse resume in the ensuing years, only a single film, and a single TV show in the 1980s.  But the legacy of The Wicker Man is a lasting one.  After the publication of his new novel, Cowboys for Christ, and the rights to the property became available, Hardy set to work making a thematically connected sequel, using his novel as the basis (and the title).  While Hardy's new film doesn't have quite the number of bumps and stalls on the road to North American screens as did The Wicker Man, it does have its fair share, including a »

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Exclusive Interview: Director Robin Hardy discusses The Wicker Tree

26 January 2012 5:54 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Robin Hardy directed the cult classic The Wicker Man back in 1973 and he’s only directed one other film in the last 25 years. It’s understandable, then, that horror fans are eagerly anticipating Hardy’s latest film, The Wicker Tree.

Considered a spiritual sequel or companion piece to The Wicker Man, The Wicker Tree is based on Hardy’s novel Cowboys for Christ and tells the story of two southern Christians who travel to Scotland to spread the word of God. Of course, the townspeople have different plans for the couple…

I had the honor of talking with Robin Hardy about Christopher Lee, scenes in the movie that didn’t make the final cut, and why he doesn’t consider The Wicker Tree to be a horror film.

Thank you for taking the time to talk with me about The Wicker Tree. As a big fan of The Wicker Man, »

- Jonathan James

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