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The Wicker Tree new darker trailer

TheWickerTree.jpgThe Wicker Tree, the Robin Hardy directed film companion to The Wicker Man is online with more footage than the previous trailers I've seen so far. Hardy has written and directed this film from his book which he wrote as a companion story to the original The Wicker Man which he directed from the Anthony Shaffer script.

The film tells of a similar story to the first, but the trailer suggests that it's not going to play out the same way. Filmed in the Borders of Scotland and with Christopher Lee returning, The Wicker Tree looks rather promising.

Let me get straight into the official blurb so you can catch up:

When two young missionaries (Brittania Nicol, Henry Garrett) head to Scotland, they are initially charmed by their engaging baron Sir Lachlan Morrison (Graham McTavish) and agree to become the local Queen of the May and Laddie for the annual Tressock town festival. But the couple is not prepared for the frightening consequences of their decision and the very disturbing secrets they are about to discover about Tressock's seemingly friendly townspeople.

Written and directed by Robin Hardy as a companion piece to his 1973 classic cult thriller "The Wicker Man," THE WICKER TREE also features Jacqueline Leonard, Honeysuckle Weeks, and Clive Russell, with Christopher Lee, the star of Hardy's original film. The film is also produced by Peter Snell, who returns as producer from the original, along with Peter Watson-Wood and Alastair Gourlay.

There are enough connections to the original, particularly as we are seeing the same director who is behind this script, so I wonder if it can carry the same impact and power that the original did? I think that might be hard considering we probably all know what will happen and that's something the trailer acknowledges too.

Although the trailer for The Wicker Tree never really shows you what is set to happen, it is giving a pretty clear indication with all the imagery, perhaps it's misdirection at times, but I really don't think any of it is classed as a spoiler, it's all a huge tension builder for me.

I like the way this trailer is put together, and while it shares some scenes from the first trailer , it does deliver more in terms of footage and tone and looks a far more polished film for it. This trailer is all about the foreboding and the odd side of it all as opposed to telling the entire story.

You can see the trailer for The Wicker Tree over at Apple Trailers. I wonder if Robin Hardy can deliver a great "companion" film to the original?



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