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Come. It is time to keep your appointment with the Wicker Man.

Wicker-Man-Final-Cut-PosterIn the second of our Halloween horror podcasts, we look at The Wicker Man: The Final Cut, a newly restored version of the classic 1973 British film. We’ve slightly bent the rules this time around – usually we only review films that either one or both of us hasn’t seen before, but we’ve actually both seen The Wicker Man – several times in fact. However, this is a brand new version of the movie – The Final Cut – in which the whole film has been restored from a new-found print and director Robin Hardy has chopped out some scenes and inserted others. So neither of us had seen this version of the film before, which means we can include it on the list.

Hey, don’t give us that look, it’s our podcast, we can do what we like!

Anyway, Ian was lucky enough to see this at a screening a couple of months back, and I managed to get tickets for the premiere at the British Film Institute, which was a brilliant evening for a number of reasons. Mostly because Robin Hardy was there doing a Q&A after the film, and he very nearly rivalled the late, great Michael Winner in terms of anecdotes and bon mots, but also because of a certain incident in the foyer just before I went in. I won’t spoil it for you – just listen to the podcast.

To be honest, we both struggled a bit to work out what parts had been changed in the film compared to the ‘Director’s Cut’ version a few years back. The most obvious change was the removal of the scenes with Sergeant Howie on the mainland at the beginning, which Robin Hardy notes were superfluous, and I tend to agree with him. I’m fairly sure that Britt Ekland’s famous dance routine has been pushed back to the second night in the film as well, and we also get to see some copulating snails, for what it’s worth. Most importantly though, this new version of the film looks fantastic – a vast improvement over the previous one, which was patched together from various prints and VHS copies.

If you’ve never seen The Wicker Man, you’re in for a treat. It’s a bizarre, enticing film that draws you in with its weird, sometimes funny depiction of life on a remote Scottish island before knocking you down with a sensational ending. Famously, it’s almost impossible to categorise: perhaps the closest you could get is a comedy-musical whodunnit with a hint of horror. Whatever it is, it’s unmissable.

The Wicker Man: The Final Cut is in cinemas now and is released on Blu-ray on 14th October – you can buy the Blu-ray from Amazon by clicking here (and we get a little bit of cash if you do – thanks in advance).

Last but not least, our Secret Sponsor for this week is Careless Whispers Podcast. They are on Twitter but they, um, haven’t actually tweeted yet so I suggest you take a look at their Facebook page.

Anyway, without further ado, let us present our feature presentation:

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101 Films Podcast 066 – The Wicker Man The Final Cut

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Director: Robin Hardy Year of release: 1973/2013 Studio/Distributor: British Lion/StudioCanal Country: UK

Podcast 066: The Wicker Man: The Final Cut

In the second of our Halloween podcasts we travel to Summerisle in Scotland and get all in a tiz about apples and bare bottoms. And Christopher Lee.

101 Films Podcast 066 – The Wicker Man The Final Cut

I vaaaant to suck your blaaaaaahd!!!

“Yes? Can I help you? Lost you say? And in the middle of Transylvania and in such a terrible storm! Of course you may come in. This is Castle 101 Films. Warm yourselves by the fire. I will prepare some food. No, no, no, it is quite alright, my Masters will insist that you stay for their dinner… I mean dinner. Where are they? It is still early for my Masters, they work at night. I must say sir your wife is very beautiful, she reminds me of one of the master’s previous lady friends. He will wish to… meet her. Where are you going? No stay, I insist. You must stay, STAY FOREVER HAHAHAHAHAHAH.”

It’s the 101 Films You Should Have Seen Halloween Special Podcast! Lewis and Ian clamber out of their coffins to watch the 1958 Hammer Horror version of Dracula. Gasp as they discuss the terrible accents, shiver as The Young Ones comes up, whimper when they end up talking about Pancake Day, tut when one of Ian’s Ex-Girlfriends makes an appearance and, most terrifyingly of all, cry when they look at the differences between book and film. Plus, you want to hear some cheesy sound effects? Then boy you’re in for a treat.

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Director: Terence Fisher Year of release: 1958 Studio/Distributor: Hammer Film Productions Country: UK

Podcast 003: Dracula (1958)

Welcome to Castle 101 Films. Warm yourselves by the fire. I will prepare some food. No, no, no, it is quite alright, my Masters will insist that you stay for their dinner… I mean dinner. Where are you going? No stay, I insist. You must stay, STAY FOREVER! HAHAHAHAHAHAH! Yes, in celebration of Halloween, Lewis and Ian clamber out of their coffins to watch the 1958 Hammer Horror version of Dracula.

101 Films Podcast 003 – Dracula 1958