Curse of the Witching Tree movie full length review - The only thing that's cursed is this 'film'
An innocent woman, accused of murdering her son and hanged as a witch, curses a tree and the children who play around it.
The effects of this act of revenge echo through the years, and restless spirits haunt the house where the bodies of the children have been buried.
A family move into their new home, and begin to uncover the terrible truth behind The Tree and the murdered children.......
Trying to deal with family problems in a horror movie predominantly is either a huge boost for a movie, or a killer blow to the narrative.
Some really work, and the most notable example of this most recently is The Babadook, because you really felt that the boy was in danger, and the mother was becoming increasingly unhinged.
Here, it's a different story. Mums hardly there, the daughter plays the predominant pillar in the families foundation, and the son who is seeing the apparitions and becoming more and more dependant on his sister.
But is this just a metaphor for how a family reacts when the 'man of the house' is in a comatose state in hospital. Is the film a subliminal narrative on impending loss, and feeling helpless when a loved one is ill.
It could well be, but when the makers of the film haven't the first idea of how to present someone in a coma, you start to lose interest........rapidly.
From my professional experience, someone in a comatose state, especially that age, should at least be attached to some monitoring equipment, and have access to some suction, oxygen, and have safety barriers attached to the bed. Here it looks like the husband is a lazy beggar.
The acting is below par, and the casting is very questionable, why on earth is the mother just four years older than her daughter in real life? They even look the same age on screen, it's pretty unbelievable stuff.
The film ends with a weird seance and a mad woman who cries blood. Whoop-De-Doo..
So all in all its a pretty disastrous effort from the writer director. It's probably feasible to say that he's based this on some life changing event, and while the metaphorical elements are pretty sound, it's the poor casting and acting that ruin the film.