One that Faith will have to carry for her. Faith must return to the chamber and confront Sissy. Faith escapes while Sean burns to death. Life is full of disappointments. When the mysteriously alluring Sissy Young becomes her field hockey coach, Faith finds a compassionate spirit and much-needed mother figure. I watch horror films for the tension and the scares, I don't watch horror films to make me feel like a dirty old man sitting on a park bench eyeing pretty girls with bad intentions I've always wanted to quote Jethro Tull in a review, at least this film has given me a chance to this.
However, this is a pregnancy like no other. Furthermore, I know that Anna Walton can act. Faith and Sean kick out the back windshield. 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. Sadly this was not to be the case, instead, Chery Tree ended up being a confused, and cliched coven of bad ideas. Kath Rella is a 34-year-old full-time carer, depression survivor, gamer, geek and writer from the United Kingdom. Faith gives birth to a boy.
Many would make a deal with the devil to save a loved one. And so it goes on. Actresses appear naked or nearly nude in simulated sex and community shower scenes, yet their characters are as young as 15. Faith now suitably impregnated, is then forced to witness her father being sacrificed and reborn in a corny ritual, that could have been a very powerful scene, but thanks to hammy acting and yet even more of the totally pompous soundtrack, ends up being like a bad night at the local am-dram society. Faith discovers Caroline and Jennifer are part of the coven.
Yet Cherry Tree is one of those examples of such shoddy dialogue that the performers cannot deliver it in a realistic manner. Sissy and the coven confront Faith. When one of the kids asks if she is a witch, Faith answers no, but says her child is the Devil. The film then cuts to a scene which I have serious problems with, a scene where she is in the girls shower room along with the rest of the team, a scene where we the viewer get a proper eyeful. Sissy explains that the renewal process will be complete at sunrise, when she will also become an immortal witch.
Honestly, my biggest issue with the film is the jokey ending — the literal last moments of the movie. Naomi Battrick stars as Faith, an unpopular high school girl who learns her father is dying of cancer. All sense of sexual tension or drama is shattered thanks to a camera shot that makes the seductress look like she is suffering from a really bad case of stomach cramps. This summons tree roots that surround Sissy and pull her under the ground. Faith takes everything at face value, right there and then, she signs up for this deal without a second thought.
Believing herself to be more powerful, one witch tried cheating the Devil only to destroy herself as well as the coven. Credit can be given for the early atmosphere that Cherry Tree has. Does the movie intend to titillate or does it understand the deep discomfort inspired by sexualizing girls not yet old enough to drive? Obviously Evil Herein lies the problem. Despite the not necessarily favorable notes above, there is a ring of enchantment around how unusual the film is that keeps eyes fixed on the screen at all times. Cherry Tree, with all its myriad problems, was still a completely enjoyable watch, competently shot, directed, and acted; it featured a few very cool ideas, that, while not fully realized, still managed to hold my interest and not cause my eyes to roll out of my sockets or search desperately for a means of self-harm.
I know that Naomi Battrick can act. Medicine has moved on since leeches. It is only in the final act where Faith decides to become more proactive and fight back against The Worst Witch and her coven of burlap hooded even worse witches, that the film breaks out of its stupor and goes for a more action based approach. Faith keeps to her end of the deal. Director David Keating is obsessed with cutting to close-ups of crawling centipedes, even when they are not directly relevant to current onscreen events.
Sissy Young becomes the new field hockey coach at the local high school. Opening with a captioned history lesson of witchcraft in Cherry Tree, interspersed with images of giant centipedes, while a pompous soundtrack plays over the captions, should have been the trigger warning that could have saved me from watching the rest of film. With a sudden jump in pacing that is either alarmingly abrupt or a welcome relief from the slow seduction usually accompanying such setups, Sissy brings Faith to an underground chamber, reveals herself to be a witch, kills a chicken, and then brings the fowl back to life using a demonically possessed centipede. She will cure her Dad's cancer in exchange for Faith getting pregnant and giving the resultant child to The Worst Witch. Her attraction to classmate Brian is complicated by best friend Amy crushing on the same boy.
Faith is also momentarily possessed. After seeing Sissy having sex with her father, Faith decides to tell Sean she is pregnant. I might be more inclined to buy into the premise if she actually came across as a nice, well-meaning practitioner of magical arts. During the act, a centipede crawls from the birthday gift that Sissy gave to Faith earlier in the evening. Blinking blue lights appear during a coven ritual with no motivation other than amplifying ambiance.