The Killing Tree: Review

The Killing Tree: Review

Magna (Gillian Broderick) misses her husband dearly, despite the fact that he was a mass murderer, she always saw the good side of him and would do anything to get him back. So, she begins a satanic ritual to raise him from the dead.

Unfortunately, something goes very wrong and the spirit of her dead husband inhabits a Christmas tree which has now has his soul and the eagerness to spill blood. Dismayed by the mistake that she made, Magna and her boyfriend, Alex (Nikolai Leon) go on the hunt to stop him before anything bad happens.

Meanwhile, Faith (Sarah Alexandra Marks) is depressed because she’s single and doesn’t know where she’s going in her life. On top of that it’s Christmas and there’s nothing worse than being alone during the holidays.

However, Faith does have her friends to make her feel better and they’re determined to help her have the best Christmas ever. If it wasn’t for the murderous fir tree making its way towards them, then Faith may just get what she wanted.

The Killing Tree is the feature directorial debut of Rhys Frake-Waterfield, who perhaps will be better known once his hotly anticipated feature, Winne the Pooh: Blood and Honey, is released next year.

By the time of writing, he may already have a slew of movies under his belt too, because there seems to be a plan to take a lot of public domain characters and use them in his future features. So, The Killing Tree is a taste of what’s to come. Unfortunately, despite the promising set up for The Killing Tree, it doesn’t quite live up to the expectations that an audience may have and that’s mainly due to budget and script.

On the one hand the tongue in cheek opening may raise a smile and there’s nothing funnier than a Christmas tree holding a map trying to decide where to go. However, on the other hand the human characters are so dull that it makes the otherwise inanimate Christmas tree into the best actor in the movie. On paper The Killing Tree sounds like a great idea, but in reality it should have been made by more experienced filmmakers to release its full potential.

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