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StudioCanal Launches Restoration Campaign for Cult Horror Classic 'The Wicker Man'

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 9, 2013 at 1:13PM

StudioCanal has launched a worldwide appeal to retrieve original missing film materials for Robin Hardy's 1973 cult horror classic "The Wicker Man." They want to celebrate the film's 40th anniversary by restoring and release the most complete definitive version possible of the film.
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StudioCanal has launched a worldwide appeal to retrieve original missing film materials for Robin Hardy's 1973 cult horror classic "The Wicker Man." They want to celebrate the film's 40th anniversary by restoring and release the most complete definitive version possible of the film, which was initially released on a double bill with "Don't Look Now." That release cut was significantly shorter than director Hardy's original vision. The negatives disappeared from storage at Shepperton Studios, and were allegedly used as landfill in the construction of the nearby M4 motorway, and have been deemed lost.

The appeal is to film collectors, historians, programmers and fans to come forward with any information relating to whereabouts of those original materials. "I never thought that, after forty years, they would still be finding lost fragments of my film," says Hardy. "We thought all of 'The Wicker Man' had gone up in flames, but fragments keep turning up and the hunt goes on!"

Check out the Facebook page, created to serve as a forum for the ongoing search.

More details about the history of the various cuts of the film are below.

This article is related to: Horror , Classics


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.