I tried to like this film, I really did and I found it hard to give it 3 stars. Unfortunately it will always be in the shadow of its far superior forerunner "The Wicker man" the original Robin Hardy undisputed classic. All the ingredients should have been put in place for this, the original director, based on his own novel "cowboys for Christ", the fact that there was a rebellion against the awful Nicholas cage remake of the wickerman and the return of Christopher lee. As it happens Christopher lee had to pull out and is relegated to a very poor scene which was just placed in there to get his name on the credits. The problem with this film is that there is no dramatic tension. The original built up tension by having a mystery unfold set in an isolated village, featuring creepy characters and very odd musical interludes. The oddness was purposeful as it created uneasiness, adding to the pagan culture of the locals, culminating in a very shocking and thought provoking ending, which to me still hasn't lost its power. The Wicker tree has none of this. The characters are sometimes odd but unfortunately annoying, the music doesn't really add to the film as the songs tend to be more country style than folk which are also annoying. There is no interesting mystery unfolding and the climax is very poor in comparison, and didn't have that shiver element that the Edward Woodward "Oh Christ!!!" moment had. It was years in the making and I think Hardy probably over though it. The idea of the film is interesting but it just wasn't carried out with any real passion and at times feels like its a parody of the original. Have I mentioned that there is intentional comedy, and at times very cringeworthy unintentional comedy. It tries to replicate the original but fails on almost every level. The blu ray does have a nice cover though!!!