On Christmas Eve, a scorned widow casts an ancient spell to resurrect her executed husband. However, when the spell goes wrong, the husband is brought back as an Evil Christmas Tree. Hell-bent on getting revenge on the one who caused his execution, the body count keeps rising as the Tree hunts her down. Can anyone stop this killer Christmas tree before he gets to his target?

Director: Rhys Frake-Waterfield
Writers: Craig McLearie, Rhys Frake-Waterfield
Stars: Sarah Alexandra Marks, Marcus Massey, Judy Tcherniak, Kelly Rian Sanson, Sarah T. Cohen, Ella Starbuck, Lauren Staerck, May Kelly, Nikolai Leon, Richard Harfst, Gillian Broderick, Bao Tieu, Mike Kelson, Nicola Wright, Allan Waterfield

Rating: 7.5 / 10 Stars

Rating: 7.5 out of 10.

REVIEW – THE KILLING TREE, released by Uncork’d Entertainment on November 1, 2022, and directed by Rhys Frake-Waterfield, is a standout addition to the Christmas horror genre. The film, starring Sarah Alexandra Marks as Faith, unfolds in a large family estate and delves into themes of grief, resurrection, and vengeance, all set against a Christmas backdrop.

At its heart, the film is a tale of a widow, Faith, who turns to ancient magic to bring back her executed husband. However, in a twist of fate, her husband returns not in human form but as a vengeful Christmas tree. This premise alone sets THE KILLING TREE apart in the horror genre, ingeniously juxtaposing the festive cheer of Christmas with a dark, vengeful spirit.

The cinematography and visual effects play a significant role in the film’s appeal. Despite its limited budget, the film creatively uses its resources to craft an eerie atmosphere. Christmas decorations and lights, typically symbols of joy and warmth, are repurposed to create a sinister environment. The visual portrayal of the Christmas tree, capable of changing size and moving with human-like strides, is both absurd and terrifying, adding a unique flavor to the film.

Sarah Alexandra Marks delivers a compelling performance as Faith. Her portrayal of a woman caught between grief, horror, and disbelief is nuanced, adding depth to the narrative. Marcus Massey, who voices the tree, brings a chilling dimension to the character. His performance, although limited to voice, is impactful and adds to the eerie ambiance of the film.

The script of THE KILLING TREE is where the film showcases both its strengths and weaknesses. While the dialogue is sharp and the narrative pacing brisk, the plot sometimes verges on the ridiculous, challenging the suspension of disbelief. However, the film manages to maintain its grip on the audience, thanks to its unique premise and commitment to its theme.

A significant aspect of the film is its blend of horror and dark comedy. This balance is delicate and is handled with a deft touch by the director. The absurdity of a murderous Christmas tree is played up for both scares and laughs, a testament to the film’s self-awareness and its embrace of the unconventional.

In conclusion, THE KILLING TREE is a fresh and imaginative take on the horror genre. It’s unusual premise and execution make it a notable film for those seeking something different in their horror experience. The film serves as a reminder that horror can transcend traditional boundaries and that sometimes the most chilling tales come from the most unexpected places. For fans of horror and dark comedy, THE KILLING TREE is a must-watch, a film that delivers on its promise of a unique and entertaining experience.

The Killing Tree (2022)

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