A story as relevant as yesterday's headlines, or too late a tale? Some thirty years ago, Cinefantastique
hailed Robin Hardy's The Wicker Man
as "the Citizen Kane
of horror," lauding the Anthony Shaffer-scripted story of a god-fearing police detective trying to solve a mystery within a community of Scottish pagans for its bold eroticism and cunning narrative. Now, Hardy has taken his own novel, Cowboys for Christ
, and brought it to the screen as The Wicker Tree
, billing it as a "reimagining" of his original triumph.Cinefantastique Online
's Steve Biodrowski and myself take a look at this tale of a couple of present-day evangelical missionaries who find they may have bitten off more than can chew in trying to convert the "heathens" of a Scottish village, and discuss how the film fares in its three-plus decade transition. Plus: Oscar 2012 nominations, and what's coming to theaters and home video.
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