Classic Pagan Barbarity: The Wicker Man (United Kingdom, 1973) & The Wicker Man (USA, Mexico, Canada & Germany, 2006)
You've seen the Cage-y memes about horrifying bees. Have you seen the haunting British original? This week, the gang get cozy with earthy sexuality and casual religious persecution in an overlooked horror classic. They also explore the one thing the awful remake gets right - the other bee scene - and consider which vintage slasher would be best portrayed by Nic Cage.
1973 version: Motion Picture Terror Scale: 3. Quality: 5. Enjoyment: 5.
2005 version: Nope.
Articles mentioned in this episode:
"Robin Hardy: A Chat with the wicker man," by Donato Totaro in Off Screen
"Long arm of the lore: Robin Hardy on The Wicker Man," by Vic Pratt for the British Film Institute
"Hollywood’s Go-to Bee Handler Tells Us What it Was Like Working with Nicolas ‘Not the BEEEES!’ Cage," by Alex Migdal for Vice