Fantasia 2011: Twisted New Still from The Wicker Tree

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Making its world premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival next month is the 38 years in the making sequel to the cult classic The Wicker Man entitled The Wicker Tree, and we have another look at the weirdness to come in the Robin Hardy flick.

The screening night will be a double birthing as it will also feature a book launch for Hardy’s The Wicker Tree novel, being published in North America for the first time this July!

Furthermore, Fantasia will host a special event that will feature Robin Hardy in conversation with fellow UK filmmaker Richard Stanley (Hardware, Dust Devil, The Theatre Bizarre – the latter also having its world premiere at the festival), discussing the occult, mysticism and moviemaking.

The Wicker Tree reunites the director with legendary actor Christopher Lee for a story “in the style of” the 1973 film. Keep in mind this is NOT a direct sequel, but it does explore similar themes.

The plot for the film centers on Beth and Steve, a gospel singer and her cowboy boyfriend, both Christian members of a no-sex-before-marriage pact they call ‘the silver ring thing’, who 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 the sinister Lachlan Morrison, they assume their hosts want to simply hear more about Jesus. How innocent and wrong they are.

Click on the one-sheet below for the official The Wicker Tree website!

For more information about the event, please visit the official Fantasia International Film Festival website.

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Fantasia 2011: Twisted New Still from The Wicker Tree

Fantasia 2011: Twisted New Still from The Wicker Tree

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  • Vanvance1

    Colour me somewhat interested though I’m more excited by the Richard Stanley film also mentioned above.