Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Well, They Royally Effed That Up
For gods' sake. It was the sly sense of humor that made The Wicker Man perhaps the scariest movie ever. Stop remaking cult classics already.
New WICKER MAN trailer. Not recommended.
From Variety regarding the ORIGINAL movie:
The Wicker Man was lensed entirely on location in Scotland and is possessed of a weird and paganistic story. Anthony Shaffer penned the screenplay which, for sheer imagination and near-terror, has seldom been equalled.
From Stomp Tokyo's review: "(Character) Summerisle is frank and unapologetic about his paganism. It was started by his grandfather, who found that the local population responded well to the revivification of the Old Gods. In one telling exchange, (Sgt.) Howie protests that a group of girls are dancing naked over a fire in what is a fertility rite:
Lord Summerisle: They do love their divinity lessons.
Sgt. Howie: But they are... are naked!
Lord Summerisle: Naturally! It's much too dangerous to jump through the fire with your clothes on."
Look at that. Man, does she know how to be the male gazer instead of the gazee. Own that power. You "merely" cross identify with masculinity, girlfriend. Woof. I can feel my testicles shrinking up into my body.
We're screening the original, uncut, difficult to find in America version this Sunday at movie night. Email me if you're in town and want to come.