Yeah, yeah, I already know what you’re thinking. But hey, this is the world we live in right? And to be fair, Christopher Lee is a National Treasure within the horror community, so really at this point he’s earned the right to do just whatever he wants. As I would say on behalf of anyone who’s turning 90 years old!
‘The Wicker Tree’ bring back director Robin Hardy, who counting this has four directing credits to his name. Most notably, the original Wicker Man back in 1973, which is his last directing credit.
Christopher Lee himself has counted The Wicker Man as one of his personal favorite performances, and rightfully so. It’s no wonder Lee and Hardy would join forces again for another hurrah after nearly 40 years. And what the hell? Power to ‘em! And anyone else that wants to get together after 40 years to take a stroll down memory lane.
Based on Robin Hardy’s acclaimed 2006 novel “Cowboys for Christ”, THE WICKER TREE tells the story of Texas-based singer Beth Boothby (newcomer Brittania Nicol) and her friend Steve Thomson (Henry Garrett), two born-again Christians who come to Scotland to spread the gospel. When their initial efforts are met with disdain and disinterest, they find comfort in an invitation to sing in Tressock, the border fiefdom owned by Sir Lachlan Morrison (Graham McTavish).
However, Beth’s and Steve’s message of personal chastity quickly comes into direct conflict with Tressock’s sexual and religious practices, drawing upon ancient Celtic beliefs and rituals. Temptations begin to challenge Beth and Steve – with the stakes no less than their very lives and souls.
Besides Christopher Lee who played the mysterious Lord Summerisle in the original returning in a dramatic cameo, Jacqueline Leonard, Clive Russell, James Mapes and Honeysuckle Weeks round out the cast.
Anchor Bay is releasing The Wicker Tree on Blu-ray and DVD April 24th!