Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Man is one of my favorite films. It’s one of the few religious horror films that can honestly make you think and its use of paganism as an honest alternative to Christianity is unique in its effectiveness. It’s a film that turns preconceived notions upside down and the final scene is one of the most horrifying the genre has ever produced.
The Wicker Tree is the sorta-sorta not sequel. It’s probably been out for a while but I just now got a look at the trailer. My knee jerk skepticism after hearing the film was being made hasn’t been 100% abated by this trailer, but I feel it gives off a decent Wicker Man-ish vibe. I think Hardy might still get the tone and atmosphere that made the first film so great, so I’m comforted by that.
The other religious horror trailer that’s gotten all the buzz recently has been Kevin Smith’s Red State, and for my money, The Wicker Tree trailer looks a million times more interesting, even though I’m not completely sold on the story (feels a little too generic to me). I was disappointed there wasn’t more Christopher Lee, as I’d hoped he’d be a major character but it looks like he will not be reprising his Lord Summerisle role (can only guess that he was, indeed, offered up as the sacrifice the following year?). Still, I am positive about this trailer. It’s like the anti-Red State. It’ll be interesting to see how these two films compare to each other.
Can Hardy pull off a Wicker coup 40 years later? What do you guys think?