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5 Films Of Horror & Madness To Watch If You Love 'The Wicker Man'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • September 24, 2013 3:16 PM
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5 Films To See Before 'The Wicker Man'
No, not the bees. The beloved, now unassailably classic original “The Wicker Man” turns 40 this year, and this week a version dubbed ‘The Final Cut’ makes its way to theaters, with director Robin Hardy’s blessing. If it were any other four-decade-old British horror film getting the same treatment, it would likely be the first chance many of us would have had to see it on the big screen. But “The Wicker Man” has grown in critical esteem and public adoration since its scrappy, perfunctory first run, which means that in recent years its various cuts have been staples on the late-night-horror/Halloween/Midnight Madness circuit. Not that that necessarily makes us less likely to go see this version—as is almost a requisite for a truly cult film, “The Wicker Man” does not just stand up to, it pretty much demands repeated viewing, and yields some new level of WTF delight every time. And with cinematography this evocative and of-its-time and an ending this epic, the bigger the screen, the better.

Watch: Trailer For 'The Wicker Man: The Final Cut,' Robin Hardy Plans To Cap Trilogy With 'Wrath Of The Gods'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 30, 2013 3:19 PM
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This has been a good week for cult-'70s fans. Over in Venice, William Friedkin is presenting his freshly restored thriller "Sorcerer," and news arrived just a couple of days ago that "The Wicker Man: The Final Cut" would be headed to U.S. cinemas via Rialto Pictures. And while we wait for the campaign to mount on this side of the ocean, over in the U.K. StudioCanal have already started reminding everyone that they have to see it, whether it's for the first time or again

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