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"He who breaks me shall come undone..."

-- The Birch in her titular short

The Birch, formerly known as Lanie Bouchard, is the titular character and anti-hero of the Crypt TV short film and Facebook Watch series of the same name. She is considered to be Crypt TV's most popular monster. A teen mother devastated over the murder of her infant daughter by her adoptive parents, Lanie transformed into a tree demon.

After critical success of the original short film, The Birch to have 15 episodes of her own series on the Facebook page of Crypt TV.[1] On June 24, 2020, Crypt TV confirmed that the series would be getting a second season. [2]

She is portrayed by Dee Sherwood Wallace in the short film and Brady Romberg in the Facebook Watch series. Midori Francis portrays Lanie Bouchard.

Physical Appearance[edit | edit source]

The Birch is a humanoid being that stands eight feet tall. As her name suggests, her body is made of birch wood. The upper half of her head ascends into a "crown" of large branches wrapped with vines reminiscent of horns. She has no legs, but has long fingers made of branches and twigs. She has a skeletal face, deep soulless eyes, and crooked teeth.

As a human, Lanie was a seventeen-year-old Asian-American girl. She had dark-brown eyes and black hair.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

The Birch is said to be a vengeful protector, of both the forest she lives in and those who ask for her aid. Her primary goal is to protect those "with love in their hearts", slaughtering anyone who threatens the safety of those who summoned her. In her debut, The Birch brutally slaughters Kris as he was bullying Shaun. However, the Facebook Watch series reveals that she wishes to keep the one who summons her as her own child to fill the hole in her heart that was left by her own daughter's death.

Background[edit | edit source]

Lanie Bouchard was the adoptive daughter of Rachel and Don Bouchard. At age seventeen, Lanie fell pregnant with her daughter Laura after her boyfriend Thad raped her. Seeking vengeance, Lanie murdered Thad by crushing him against a tree.

Concerned for Laura's wellbeing, Lanie's adoptive parents tried to keep Lanie away from her daughter. Lanie was incarcerated within an underground hospital under the care of the family doctor, Dr. Sampson. This plan eventually failed when Lanie kills Dr. Sampson. Now free from her prison, Lanie located her adoptive parents, and killed her father, Don, by using vines to tear off his jaw. Rachel poisoned Laura with nightshade, and attempted to kill Lanie. After she failed to do so, she desperately tried to convince Lanie that she still loved her; Lanie responded with a lethal embrace, crushing and suffocating the last of her family as she transformed into the monster her family believed her to be.

The Birch (short film)[edit | edit source]

The Birch made her debut appearance in a short of the same name. In this short, she is summoned by the creation and destruction of a ritualistic talisman from birch, which can be found on a specific tree in the woods. A spellbound book is also a necessary part of the summoning ritual, which has been passed down to the protagonist, Shaun, by his dying grandmother, who told him The Birch would look after him when she (his grandmother) is gone. On his way home from school, Shaun is cornered and antagonized by his classmate, Kris, who chases him into the woods. Shaun reveals the talisman he crafted from twigs, and an enraged Kris breaks the talisman and prepares to attack Shaun with a pocket knife. They are both stopped by the arrival of The Birch, who attacks and mutilates Kris. Shaun and the Birch stare at Kris's corpse as The Birch coils her branches protectively around Shaun's hand.

Mordeo (series)[edit | edit source]

Insatiable Hunger[edit | edit source]

The Birch's symbol appears in one of the shots of the first episode.

Offering[edit | edit source]

The Birch's symbol makes a cameo appearance once again, this time carved into the bark of a tree.

The Birch (Facebook Watch Series)[edit | edit source]

To be added.

Crypt Extended Universe[edit | edit source]

Brute VS Birch: Locking the Door feat. Mr. Creepypasta[edit | edit source]

To be added.

Mayhem, Murder and Monsters[edit | edit source]

Though she does not make a physical appearance nor have an arc in the series, The Birch's summoning symbol appears on a tree in the background of an episode.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Crypt Monster Universe[edit | edit source]

Sunny Family Cult[edit | edit source]

  • Season 3, Episode 3: "Divine Creatures" (cameo)
  • Season 3, Episode 4: "Violence In Her Soul" (cameo)

Crypt Extended Universe[edit | edit source]

The Birch (Facebook Watch series)[edit | edit source]

Victims[edit | edit source]

Crypt Monster Universe[edit | edit source]

The Birch[edit | edit source]

  • Kris: Slashed all over his body by The Birch.

Crypt Extended Universe[edit | edit source]

Brute VS Birch: Locking the Door[edit | edit source]

The Birch (Facebook Watch Series)[edit | edit source]

  • Ryan: Has his eyes torn out by The Birch and kills himself by slitting his throat.
  • Wes: Cut in half by The Birch.
  • Seb's bodyguard: Decapitated.
  • Seb: Turned into a tree.
  • Unnamed police officer #1: Killed off-screen.
  • Unnamed police officer #2: Impaled on a tree branch.
  • Evie: Dragged underground by The Birch.
  • Thad: Crushed against a tree.
  • Dr. Sampson: Stabbed to death with an IV cannula.
  • Don Bouchard: Had his jaw ripped off by vines.
  • Rachael Bouchard: Had her chest crushed by Lanie as she was turning into The Birch.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Birch is considered by fans to be the most popular monster out of the Crypt TV lineup, and have even asked for a full movie on the character. In response, The Birch received her own series on the Facebook page of Crypt TV.
  • The Birch's short film became a "Webby award-winning short film" on Crypt TV.
  • The Birch shares traits with Mother Nature, dryads and other similar mythological protectors.
  • The Birch appears in a large book (seen in Season 3 of "Sunny Family Cult"), where her tree with the birch symbol can be seen.
  • Her symbol is reminiscent of the Blair Witch symbol.
  • The appearances of The Birch's symbol in the Mordeo series indicate that The Birch and The Mordeo exist in the same forest, or at the very least, The Birch can be summoned anywhere.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

View the gallery for The Birch here.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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