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.
A hee-haw slam on ugly Americanism, a vast reduction of the original's notion of unraveling civilization.Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York, 01.24.2012