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The Wicker Man

It looks like the Wicker Man remake is going to be rubbish:
...In the original, Woodward's character was a virgin, making him ideal for sacrifice. That element has been ditched from the remake, because it was thought that while audiences would accept the idea of an American community that practised human sacrifice, the idea of a grown-up virgin was just too farfetched.
Other than doing away with the lead's virginity (because nobody would respect a 40-year-old virgin as anything other than a comical schmuck, and certainly not a worthy hero for a thriller) and ripping the story out of its meticulously-researched setting amidst British folklore and Scottish religious weirdness and moving it to America because America Does It Better, the director has made Lord Summerisle a woman (to keep up with the times, presumably) and brought in killer bees. (I wonder if the director had to fight to make it killer bees rather than dinosaurs or something cool and exciting like that.)

Anyway, it looks like the Wicker Man remake will take its rightful place next to the Sylvester Stallone Get Carter (with its all-American message of redemption) and the Californian-set Italian Job. It'll probably eclipse the original more than in the previous cases, though, because of the poor quality of the surviving prints of the original.

There are 2 comments on "The Wicker Man":

Posted by: mark http://geektechnique.org Thu Sep 15 23:52:07 2005

you're most definately bookmarked now, first of all you have one of the greatest domainnames, then you blogged me earlier and now you write about one of my favourite movies :-)

Posted by: JM http:// Mon Sep 19 02:58:46 2005

FYI--Doves' "Willow's Song" is their rendition of a bewitching song in Wicker Man.

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