I love a bit of witches curses in horror, and the latest genre film from Irish director David Keating looks right up my street.
Keating directed the rather excellent Wake Wood for Hammer Films back in 2010, and I have been excited to see where his talents would lead to next. We now have a glimpse of that thanks to a teaser trailer for Cherry Tree, which is playing at the Fantasia Film Festival.
The forty second teaser hints at some visually strong horror, filled with sex, curses and centipedes, and it looks terrific. There is a real darkness here, and the age old horror yarn of impregnating a victim with something horrible never gets old, and looks to work superbly in Cherry Tree.
I am sold, sold, sold!
Cherry Tree was written by Brendan McCarthy, and is directed by David Keating. The cast includes Naomi Battrick, Patrick Gibson, Sam Hazeldine, and Leah McNamara.
The film is playing at the UK’s FrightFest in a few weeks.
Faith’s world is turned upside down after she finds out that her beloved father is dying. When the mysteriously alluring Sissy Young becomes her field hockey coach, Faith finds a compassionate spirit and much-needed mother figure. Little does she know that Sissy is the head of a centuries-old witches’ coven that uses the fruit of an ancient cherry tree in a secret ritual that restores life to the dead and dying. Offering to cure her father in exchange for a child, Sissy strikes a bargain with Faith, who suddenly finds herself pregnant with a baby that’s growing at an alarming rate. But 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 in order to save both their lives.