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Trailers from Hell: Mick Garris on Robin Hardy's 'The Wicker Man'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood June 21, 2013 at 11:21AM

Mick Garris' House of Horrors concludes at Trailers from Hell with director Garris introducing 1973's "The Wicker Man."
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"The Wicker Man"
"The Wicker Man"

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.

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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.