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The Wicker Tree (2011)

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Charmed by the residents of Tressock, Scotland, two young missionaries accept the invitation to participate in a local festival, fully unaware of the consequences of their decision.

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Robin Hardy

Writers:

Robin Hardy, Robin Hardy (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brittania Nicol ... Beth Boothby
Henry Garrett ... Steve Thomson
James Mapes ... Reverend Moriarty
Lesley Mackie Lesley Mackie ... Daisy
Clive Russell ... Beame
Graham McTavish ... Sir Lachlan Morrison
Jacqueline Leonard Jacqueline Leonard ... Lady Delia Morrison
Bill Murdoch ... Rev. McLeod
Kirstin Murray Kirstin Murray ... Celebrity Interviewer
Christopher Fosh ... Trailer Trash Video Dancer
Graham Wadsworth Graham Wadsworth ... Trailer Trash Video Dancer
Honeysuckle Weeks ... Lolly
David Plimmer David Plimmer ... Jack
Iain Stuart Robertson Iain Stuart Robertson ... Peter McNeil
Ailidh Mackay Ailidh Mackay ... Anthea
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Young Christians Beth and Steve, a gospel singer and her cowboy boyfriend, leave Texas to preach door-to-door in Scotland . When, after initial abuse, they are welcomed with joy and elation to Tressock, the border fiefdom of Sir Lachlan Morrison, they assume their hosts simply want to hear more about Jesus. How innocent and wrong they are. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Horror

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Rated R for sexuality, nudity and violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cowboys for Christ See more »

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Budget:

$7,750,000 (estimated)
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Dolby

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Joan Collins was originally set to play Lady Delia Morrison when Christopher Lee was to play Sir Lachlan Morrison. However, when Lee injured himself and was replaced by the much younger Graham McTavish, Collins was replaced with a younger actress, Jacqueline Leonard. See more »

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When Steve is laying in bed his shorts are white with red and blue plaid pattern. When we see him through the eyes of the raven, they are dark blue overall, and after the raven leaves they are back to the red, blue and white plaid shorts. See more »

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Young Lachlan: That bridge has seen so much drama/blood.
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References The Simpsons (1989) See more »

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The Laddie Song
  • Lachlan

Traditional Arrangement Keith Easdale
Performed by Keith Easdale, Graham McTavish and Stuart Glasgow
Produced by John Scott
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Eye-gougingly horrific...
22 May 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

...and NOT in a good way. THE WICKER TREE is one of the most awful sequels in existence, a completely terrible movie made all the worse by the fact that THE WICKER MAN is one of the best British horror films in existence. I truly have no idea what Robin Hardy was thinking when he wrote and directed this; it looks like the man's talent left him many, many years ago.

This time around, the action is set on the Scottish mainland, where a couple of American evangelists have turned up to preach their usual guff to the residents of a village. The American characters are one of the worst things about this; the acting is horrendous and they're saddled with the kind of goofy charm of an American PIE movie, not a supposed horror movie like this. They're completely at odds with the rest of the production.

Elsewhere, the main thrust of the story of the first film is copied almost word for word, with a couple of (poor) twists to differentiate things. There's time for an extensive sub-plot to graphically portray what the "riding of the laddie" is all about, but I wonder why they bothered because it's hardly profound. Christopher Lee was meant to star in this but had to pull out due to ill health, with the reliable Graham McTavish (RAMBO) stepping in; Lee still appears but only in a brief greenscreen cameo. For once I'm glad he didn't appear for longer and debase himself with a leading role here.

Former child actress Honeysuckle Weeks turns up, unrecognisably aged and forced to strip for the majority of her running time; you have to feel for her that things have come to this. But it's the tone of THE WICKER TREE that is so very, very wrong; that a sequel to one of the classics of British CINEMA, let alone the horror genre, made by the same writer/director of all people, should totally miss the mark and become this kind of mess. All you can do is shake your head and cry.


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