Ginger Nuts of Horror
Cherry Tree “Rosemary’s Baby for a 21st Century audience”
From the filmmakers behind the critically acclaimed neo Hammer horror Wake Wood comes another blood-freezing rural nightmare in Cherry Tree. A modern take on the classic Grimm style fairy tale, this visually stunning horror will make your skin crawl!
Six weeks… Six days… Six hours… The child is coming.
Anna Walton (Hellboy II: The Golden Army, The Seasoning House)
Naomi Battrick (Doctors, Crossing Lines)
Sam Hazeldine (The Huntsman: Winter's War, Peaky Blinders)
Patrick Gibson (What Richard Did, The Tudors)
David Keating (Wake Wood)
Brendan McCarthy (Wake Wood)
When Faith discovers her father is dying, she turns to her mentor, the mysteriously alluring Sissy Young. In exchange for a child, Sissy offers to cure her father using the fruit of an ancient cherry tree in a secret ritual that restores life to the dead and dying. After striking the bargain, Faith suddenly finds herself pregnant with a baby that’s growing at an alarming rate. With the clock to the child’s birth ticking down and the true intention of Sissy’s plans for humanity becoming more apparent, Faith and her father must stand together as the fate of the world rests on their shoulders
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Very much rooted in the folklore of horror classics Rosemary’s Baby, The Wicker Man and Carrie, Cherry Tree is a welcomed addition to the genre and one that is truly terrifying in its unique vision.
The practical effects on display throughout Cherry Tree are incredibly striking and the set design effectively put together - evoking the work of Ken Russell in its combination of abstract horror within a cold setting. This is a horror that flaunts its ethereal visual style to perfection and will please those fans who revel in the weirder offerings of the genre.
Anna Walton excels in her creepy role as the leader of the witches coven and Naomi Battrick does wonders playing Faith - an absolute joy to watch as she evolves from innocent teen to vengeful mother.
Melding Hammer-esque tropes - animal sacrifices and crevice-dwelling centipedes that’ll make your skin crawl - Cherry Tree is a haunting slice of goth terror that you cannot miss!