/ The Wicker Man (original) just started ITV4
In retrospect...it's the arse slappin' scene that sticks in my mind....
At this moment (spoiled by me writing this post!) there is a lovely thread juxto:
The Wicker Man - Tired Horror Plots - Worst Films Ever :-)
I don't think it's that good, and I have seen it a fair few times and did really like it when I was young and impressionable. It has some great sequences (notably the procession), Woodward is very good, and the ending is undoubtedly powerful, but there is an awful lot of silly padding-it-out, and Christopher Lee is just ridiculous in it, poncing about in a mauve frock and whatnot ;-)
The ending is incredible though. A lot of the horror films from that era had great endings come to think of it: Wicker Man, Witchfinder General, Night of the Living Dead. All seriously powerful..
Witchfinder General disappointed me when I got around to seeing it, though it had had many years of build-up so maybe my expectations were too high.
I like The Devil Rides Out a LOT though its ending is not as powerful as it should have been.
There's also a bonkers one called "Scream, And Scream Again" which works really well, not for scares but just for great story structure, as NONE of it makes sense until the end :-)
Seen it last night and love it as much now as when i first saw it.There's something about the time it was made that seems a bit more magical and mysterious than these days and this film seems to capture a bit of that.Or it seems to remind me of the seventies,the story obviously but the music,clothes and the i don't know i can't quite explain it.
The best part of it is the sound track
I think Wicker Man teeters on the edge of being dire but just manages to escape!
In the Pagan community The (original) Wicker Man is the equivalent of The Greatest Story Ever Told. The Nicholas Cage version is very much below the standard of Life of Brian unfortunately...
Base I know, but I know why I liked it, as an impressionable young lad....;)
> In the Pagan community The (original) Wicker Man is the equivalent of The Greatest Story Ever Told. The Nicholas Cage version is very much below the standard of Life of Brian unfortunately...
The Pagan community have no sense of humour?
Nah they like a good laugh at Nicholas Cage (especially the bees), unfortunately the US based Pagans think that it is a good remake which causes the odd pond war. Actually given the pond wars (fundies vs libruls) over LoB it is pretty similar.
i meant the original!
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