Mick Garris’ House of Horrors concludes at Trailers from Hell with director Garris introducing 1973’s “The Wicker Man.”
It’s Christianity vs. Paganism and Guess Who comes out on
top in Robin Hardy’s cult classic which initially suffered from poor
distribution but is now widely considered a landmark horror film. Partially instigated by star Christopher Lee (it’s his
favorite role), who is mysteriously absent from this confusing British trailer.
Paul Giovanni’s memorable Celtic song score nearly qualifies this as a musical.
Various cuts exist, the longest being 102 minutes (beware shorter versions).
Remade, sort of, in 2007 by TFH Guru Neil Labute. Director Hardy helmed a 2011
offshoot, The Wicker Tree, with a Lee cameo, and hopes to have the last of his
“trilogy”, The Wrath of the Gods, in theaters by 2013.
StudioCanal recently launched a campaign to retrieve original elements missing from the film; they intend to restore it for its 40th anniversary and release the most complete definitive version of the cult horror classic.