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By Emily Booth, Thursday 20th November 2014
Never mind 28 Days Later we’ve been waiting a mere 38 years for the bonny British follow up to one of the most anticipated sequels in horror history! Yes The Wicker Man directed by Robin Hardy back in 1973 has become a huge cult classic acquiring sing-a-long cinema status a la Rocky Horror Picture Show and finally in 2013 Hardy gave us the ‘sequel’ The Wicker Tree, and you can see it in all it’s fleshy glory Saturday 22nd at 9pm when it gets it’s big UK TV Premiere!
But does it have the same bottom spankingly good eroticism of the original? Can any actress ever out – sex the buxom loveliness of Britt Ekland? I am a true fan of The Wicker Man, I have lost count of the times I have watched it as they show it every year in Hastings during our very own pagan Green Man Festival so for me it is almost impossible to outdo the original but being a saucy pagan myself I just love a bit of folky horror and cannot wait for Horror Channel to screen it.
Plot wise the village of Tressock in Scotland has been starved of fertility for 20 odd years and are desperate for the cries of bonny babes once again. When two Texan Christian missionaries attempt to bible bash the small village they become unwilling participants in the traditional ‘fertility festivals!’ I probably don’t need to state the obvious that the climax is hot hot hot!
Hardy is once again exploring his themes of Christianity versus Paganism but this time it is even more emphasized as Hardy argues, within the subplots, the egotism behind the Christian missionaries and their belief that everyone should convert to their ways.
Hardy is first to also emphasise that this is not simply the plot rehashed, in fact he slates the remake for just taking the plot and throwing away all the fun stuff from his original. In The Wicker Tree Hardy wanted to revisit that sense of weird wonderful fun he encapsulated in The Wicker Man.
So in the words of Hardy – his film is comic, erotic and full of music, while the one and only Christopher Lee said it was “Horrific enough to melt the bowels of a bronze statue” and if it’s got his seal of approval, it should definitely get yours!
The Wicker Tree is in fact meant to be the second film in a trilogy of genre movies, the third part being The Wrath Of The Gods that Hardy is currently financing. Lets just hope it’s not another 38 years till we get the climax!
Join the Horror Channel for a groovy pagan love-in this Saturday 22nd November at 9pm for the UK TV premiere of The Wicker Tree!
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