THE WICKER TREE (2012)
Starring Brittania Nicol, Henry Garrett and Graham McTavish
Written and directed by Robin Hardy
Anchor Bay Entertainment
The prospect of a new movie from The Wicker Man director Robin Hardy set in the same universe as that horror classic provoked mixed emotions when it was first announced under the title The Riding of the Laddie. The novel upon which Hardy has based his script, his own Cowboys for Christ, was plain awful, showing a lack of understanding of American culture and feeling very much like a pallid copy of its source material. Could the movie be substantially better?