Grimm Up North Film Festival 9th October 2011

10 10 2011

The Bastard Love Child Of…The Wicker Man and Scary Movie!

Gospel Singer Beth (Nichol) and her cowboy boyfriend Steve – a pair of idealistic, young ‘true-love-waits’ Christians – leave their Texas home to preach door-to-door in the Scottish Highlands. Unfortunately, the locals prove unresponsive to the word of God, so it’s a great relief when the pair arrive in Tressock, the border fiefdom of Sir Lachlan Morrison, where they are welcomed with open arms and great enthusiasm. Finally, they think, they’ve found some good Christian hospitality. They could not be more wrong.

Grimm’s Eye View: This long-awaited follow-up to the The Wicker Man sees director Robin Hardy returning to many of the themes of his seminal 1973 classic. Adapting his own novel, the wonderfully-titled Cowboys For Christ, Hardy once again brings the carefully controlled, often wilfully-held ‘certainties’ of Christian fundamentalism into violent confrontation with the moral complexities and arcane rituals of ‘the old ways’.

Amping up the dark humour evident in his earlier film, Hardy offers up a maliciously satiric little shocker, that is not so much a sequel as a mischievous re-imagining. At the film’s world premiere, Hardy told the audience that it was OK to laugh. But we imagine that it would have to be very nervous laughter…