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Robin Hardy plans a final chapter to The Wicker Man trilogy entitled Wrath of the Gods

Aug. 30, 2013by: Alex Maidy
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It is a shame that most American audiences think of the awful Nicolas Cage version when their hear the title THE WICKER MAN. That 2006 piece of donkey flop is only memorable for the "oh god, not the bees!" scene and does a major disservice to the classic 1973 original starring Edward Woodward and Christopher Lee. THE WICKER MAN regularly tops lists of the best British films of all time and rightfully so. It is a chilling and well-crafted horror movie that has been called the CITIZEN KANE of the genre.

As director Robin Hardy prepares his Final Cut of THE WICKER MAN for a theatrical re-release in the US and UK, he brings to us courtesy of Screen Daily his idea for a final chapter to the trilogy started by THE WICKER MAN. You may not have known but Hardy directed a sequel to THE WICKER MAN entitled THE WICKER TREE in 2011. It was not received well by critics but he is still intent to finish the story with the planned WRATH OF THE GODS.

I am just at the opening stages of financing it and hope to make it next year. The first two films are all (about) offers to the Gods. The third film is about the Gods. I use the vehicle of the final act of Gtterdmmerung (the last of Wagners Ring cycle).

Very rarely do we get to see a cult filmmaker finish their long desired trilogies. Italian horror master Dario Argento completed his SUSPIRIA trilogy, started in 1977, in 2007 with MOTHER OF TEARS after a long drought (the second film, INFERNO, was made in 1980). If WRATH OF THE GODS goes on schedule and is filmed for a 2014 or 2015 release that would mark 42 years since THE WICKER MAN hit theaters.

Hopefully fans will get to see THE WICKER MAN this time around and gain an appreciation for the great film and hopefully forget Nicolas Cage and those damn bees.

Source: Screen Daily

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6:45AM on 09/03/2013

Original Wicker Man - uncut

I have the original, uncut 1973 version on DVD...it's curious, because all of the nude scenes (which were left out of the American theatrical release) had to be found on poor-quality footage and converted to DVD, so when those scenes occur you can see a huge quality shift in the material. Anyway, still very much one of the creepiest horror movies I have ever seen. I didn't even bother with the Nic Cage version.

Having praised the original, let me now state that NOTHING about it led me to
I have the original, uncut 1973 version on DVD...it's curious, because all of the nude scenes (which were left out of the American theatrical release) had to be found on poor-quality footage and converted to DVD, so when those scenes occur you can see a huge quality shift in the material. Anyway, still very much one of the creepiest horror movies I have ever seen. I didn't even bother with the Nic Cage version.

Having praised the original, let me now state that NOTHING about it led me to believe it needed a sequel, or was even part of a trilogy. So...I'll give a look at The Wicker Tree, now that I've heard of it, but it seems likely that it will taint my love of the original...
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8:46AM on 08/31/2013
BEEEEEESSSS!!!!!!!!
BEEEEEESSSS!!!!!!!!
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1:36AM on 08/31/2013

to be perfectly honest

i'd rather watch the nick cage remake (a comedy classic) than 'the wicker tree' sequel any day of the week. hardy's sequel is a god damned mess.
i'd rather watch the nick cage remake (a comedy classic) than 'the wicker tree' sequel any day of the week. hardy's sequel is a god damned mess.
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5:43PM on 08/30/2013
Thanks for the heads-up!
Thanks for the heads-up!
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4:29PM on 08/30/2013
What lists are you reading? It doesn't top The BFI, Empire, Time Out London, or even The Daily Telegraph's list. In all honesty, I'm not even sure if its included in any of those lists... oh wait, I take it back its at #96 on BFI's. Don't get me wrong, its a fine film, but I've never heard it receive quite that level of praise.
What lists are you reading? It doesn't top The BFI, Empire, Time Out London, or even The Daily Telegraph's list. In all honesty, I'm not even sure if its included in any of those lists... oh wait, I take it back its at #96 on BFI's. Don't get me wrong, its a fine film, but I've never heard it receive quite that level of praise.
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4:52PM on 08/30/2013
Film magazine Cinefantastique described it as "The Citizen Kane of horror movies", and during 2004 the magazine Total Film named The Wicker Man the sixth greatest British film of all time. It also won the 1978 Saturn Award for Best Horror Film.
Film magazine Cinefantastique described it as "The Citizen Kane of horror movies", and during 2004 the magazine Total Film named The Wicker Man the sixth greatest British film of all time. It also won the 1978 Saturn Award for Best Horror Film.
5:44PM on 08/30/2013
It's a cult classic, at best. Definitely not the Citizen Kane of anything.
It's a cult classic, at best. Definitely not the Citizen Kane of anything.
1:55PM on 08/31/2013
alexmaidy - If those are your sources, then your facts in the article are clearly wrong and you should change them. You haven't shown it topping ANY list of British films - Total Film naming it the 6th greatest British film is not the same as it "topping" that list or, as you indicated in your article, the multiple lists that you still have yet to name. Saying it won the 1978 Saturn Award for Best Horror Film (like people actually consider the Saturn Awards significant) is a complete
alexmaidy - If those are your sources, then your facts in the article are clearly wrong and you should change them. You haven't shown it topping ANY list of British films - Total Film naming it the 6th greatest British film is not the same as it "topping" that list or, as you indicated in your article, the multiple lists that you still have yet to name. Saying it won the 1978 Saturn Award for Best Horror Film (like people actually consider the Saturn Awards significant) is a complete misdirection - it has nothing to do with the point you made (best BRITISH films - of ALL TIME) and if that's the best example you have for the support for the original Wicker Man, then you should change your article to reflect reality.
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