First off, and I don't think I'm spoiling a god damn thing, Chris Lee is but a footnote in this movie. I know you were all wondering how much screen time he'd get. Well it's not enough to make you want to see the movie if that's the only reason you're considering see it. He's fantastic... for a few moments and the gone. The film reaches back only in a few basic concepts to the Wicker Man. It's not a true sequel. You won't feel like Lord Summerisle is gonna walk up a hill to a giant man made out of branches that will enventually become the funeral pyre for an unsuspecting police officer. Yes, there are unsuspecting potential victim, but they're not the bobby's you're looking for. The Wicker Tree has a few nice gore sequences. You'll enjoy every bit that this film has to offer. It's not reinventing the video camera, but it's not boring either. At least one of the effects had me thinking Wake Wood. It's just that type of blood and guts. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by some of the effects selections especially having their direction have significance to the story rather than just being thrown in for flavor.
I found myself rooting against the protagonists. I guess the whole Christian missionary thing didn't sit well with me. I don't think it sat well with the locals either. The point at which you start rooting for the bad guys you better hope that there's at least one fun kill sequence, and for that the Wicker Tree does have an answer. It's nice to know that Robin Hardy believes in these stories enough to continue with them. The original Wicker Man was an X Rated vision of pagan hedonism and human sacrifice. This is truly no different, but tells a unique story all its own. Having not read the book it's based on, I cannot speak to its adaptation, but Cowboys for Christ sounds like it's worth checking out. This is not the bomb you think it might be, but you have to be ready to have some fun, enjoy some nudie cuties running around spouting spiritual gibberish and put up with a more than one hymn.
Coming at you April 24th on DVD and Blu Ray. Maybe you can ask the Easter Bunny for some cash in them there plastic eggies. Even he can get behind pagan holidays right? That's a joke for those in the know... or those who ready too much Silver Ravenwolf as a kid.