The Wicker Man rises again
Having finally sacrificed enough “willing king-like virgin fools” to satisfy our Pagan gods, the definitive, restored cut of The Wicker Man is about to complete its glorious resurrection onscreen.
The trailer was released yesterday, and if you’ve lived with the various washed out, ad hoc reconstructions that have been doing the rounds since Robin Hardy’s masterful horror film first tanked at the box office in 1973, then you’ll know how crisp and colour-saturated this looks in comparison.
The film was famously butchered by its distributor when first released. Studiocanal instigated a search earlier in the year (on Facebook—it does have its uses) for any missing 35mm footage from the film, and lo and behold, a complete, 92-minute print was discovered at the Harvard Film Archive. Bringing us to the beautiful, shiny thing you see below.
Now we just need to destroy every existing copy of the stupid-ass Nic Cage remake from 2006 in a big, flaming pyre (perhaps with Cage inside) and this year’s harvest will be incredible!