Halloween Wicker Screening at the Cinematheque, Vancouver

9 09 2014

The Wicker Man

Great Britain 1973. Dir: Robin Hardy. 94 min. DCP

NEW RESTORATION! DIRECTOR-APPROVED “FINAL CUT”! ► A devoutly Christian policeman from the mainland investigates the disappearance of a child on a remote Scottish island. Christopher Lee presides over a pagan sex cult. Britt Ekland shakes — and slaps! — her booty in lascivious fashion. The Wicker Man, Robin Hardy’s legendary 1973 cult film, has been newly restored in a director-approved “final cut” version. The film was specifically written for Lee by Anthony Shaffer, who also penned Sleuth (both stage and screen versions) and Hitchcock’s Frenzy. Neil LaBute’s 2006 remake, with Nicolas Cage, can’t hold a Burning Man to Hardy’s unhinged original. Britt’s butt, she later revealed, was actually a body double’s! “Troubling, brilliant, and unmissable … Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England [and Kill List] reawakened interest in ‘folk horror’; here is the superb precedent” (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian).


“For sheer imagination and near-terror, has seldom been equalled.”

Village Voice | full review
“A British golden-oldie worthy to be placed alongside classics such as Ira Levin’s The Stepford Wives or Rosemary’s Baby.”

The Guardian | full review
“An insane guilty pleasure.”

Time Out | full review

$20 Adults / $18 Students; Seniors
Regular single and double bill admission prices otherwise in effect.
Annual $3 membership required. 18+ only.

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