From the creators of the cult classic The Wicker Man
1973 saw the release of one of the most famous horror films of all time – The Wicker Man, which is now regarded as a classic of British cinema. Now, 39 years later, comes the most anticipated horror film of 2012 – The Wicker Tree. Once again directed by Robin Hardy and featuring a guest appearance from the legendary Sir Christopher Lee, this new haunting film welcomes us to a new terror starring Graham McTavish (Rambo, 2008 and the upcoming The Hobbit, 2013), Honeysuckle Weeks (Foyle’s War), Henry Garrett (Red Tails), British favourite Jacqueline Leonard (Chaplin, Doctors) and introducing Britannia Nicol in her stunning acting debut.
A Texas gospel singer and her boyfriend, both devout evangelical Christians, are sent to Scotland on a mission to spread the word of God. After a concert in Glasgow Cathedral the pair are invited by Sir Lachlan Morrison (McTavish) to preach in his remote border village. They assume their host simply wants to hear more about the Bible and are delighted when offered central roles in the fiefdom’s May Day celebrations, especially their custom of the Riding of the Laddie. But soon the horrifying reality dawns on the naïve couple as they learn the true significance of the Celtic pagan rites.
OTHER RITUALISTIC HORROR FILMS
“Murderous cults, shocking sacrifices and horrifying rituals have long since been the stuff of nightmares. It’s no surprise then, that the horror genre is teeming with blood-curding paganistic imagery. With the upcoming release of Anchor Bay’s The Wicker Tree Blu-Ray, a blackly comic and terrifying sequel to the British classic The Wicker Man, what better time than now to have a run down of cinema’s greatest Pagan-themed horror films. So, cover yourself in goats blood and prepare for a list of unspeakable horror…”
THE MAY QUEEN CLIP
“Unlike the first film, in which a fake murder is used to hook in a virgin for sacrifice, our holy rollers are aware that they are among heathens, they just don’t realize that their hosts aren’t really looking for inter-faith dialogue…”
WICCA IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD
“if you think Paganism is merely pentagrams, you’d be wrong. Very, very wrong. Whilst only a few people could honestly say they are in possession of a cauldron hidden away in the back of a cupboard, next to a broken vacuum cleaner and some VHS, there’s quite a few Pagan ritual objects which are used every day. Yes, dear reader, as you type this you are most likely surrounded by bits and bobs once used (and still used!) for Paganist rituals including…human sacrifices! So, let me guide you through the top 5 pagan objects that you’re likely to have in your household. Please, sit down. Shocks are so much better absorbed with the knees bent.”
Check out this exclusive clip from The Wicker Tree, out now on DVD and Blu-Ray!