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The Wicker Man

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Since the remake is out, and apparently widely panned, I thought we might discuss the original "Wicker Man."

 

Despite its reputation as "the Citizen Kane of the horror film," I have mixed feelings about it. Edward Woodward is superb as the hero, and Christopher Lee is good as the bad guy. However, I would cheerfully cut the songs from the movie, and the structure, in which nothing happens until the end can be a little tedious at times.

 

But while I think the original is overrated and takes itself too seriously, I also get upset when people, usually theater owners, dismiss the movie. "I showed this cult movie, and the cult never showed up," is a complaint I've heard on a few occasions.

 

Does anyone else have any reactions to this movie?

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I completely agree with you. It still creeps me out.

 

As for the remake? I'll rent it when it comes out on dvd.

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There was also another remake of this film in the 80's titled different, I wish I could remember it, I think it was made for BBC, it was not half bad, not as weird or unique as the first, handled more like mystery.

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<< There was also another remake of this film in the 80's titled different, I wish I could remember it, I think it was made for BBC, it was not half bad, not as weird or unique as the first, handled more like mystery.>>

 

 

 

No, no new production in the 80's, but the "long cut" was scheduled to be shown in 1988 on BBC, but by a shipping mistake airred what's known as the "comprimised" edit. Maybe you're thing of the truely awful Children of the Corn (1984). There was a lame flick similar to WM, in 1996, Darklands. A reporter investigates Druids in Wales.

 

 

 

The director, Robin Hardy has been trying make a "reimaging" of Wicker Man for decades, rumor is he's got something called "Cowboys for Christ" filming in 2007, about 2 Yank evangelical Christians who travel to the Scotland. (uh oh, not the evil Scotland!) You can get the novel, "Cowboys for Christ" by Hardy at Amazon. (though, I hear it's not so good.)

 

 

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Cowboys for Christ is a creepy title alone. Sounds weird enough I may want to check it out. The original Wicker Man was a strange movie. I think the music helps make it creepier. The first time I watched it I wasn't sure what was going on but I knew it was going to be a bad situation. Britt Ekland looks fantastic in it by the way. I bet the remake couldn't match her scenes.

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There is a review of "The Wicker Man" in the Jan. 2007 issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction written by Lucius Shepherd. He stresses the misogyny of the new version, which he attributes to the director, who had made some waves in art house cinema a few years ago with (non-horror) movies seen as women-hating.

 

funny, I heard the director interviewed on NPR's "Fresh Air" a few weeks ago, and they didn't even mention "The Wicker Man."

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> Does anyone else have any reactions to this movie?

 

I think it's a great movie. I totally agree about Edward Woodward - it's a superbly judged and very subtle performance. I quite like the pacing - I think it needs to a bit slow, since it has to take him a while to realise what's really going on.

 

I haven't bothered with the remake.

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The first time I watched The Wicker Man(1973) it was something of a struggle, as the slow pace took a little bit of adjusting too, at least for me. The ending took me by surprise, I think because I didn't really understand what was going during Sgt Howie's investigation. I watched it again a week later and enjoyed it much more. Britt Ekland also certainly made an impression. I liked Edward Woodward's performance as the no-nonsense policeman vs the islanders.

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