Friday, April 29, 2016

The Wytch Files Ep. 08: The Wicker Man

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The Wicker Man (1973)

 6.0 / 7.0


The Wicker Man (2006)


0.5 / 7.0


In today’s special Beltane holiday episode, we review the much beloved, 1973 cult classic film, The Wicker Man directed by Robin Hardy and starring Christopher Lee and Edward Woodward.  We also review the 2006 remake, by the same title, directed by Neil LaBute and starring Nicolas Cage and Ellen Burstyn. This episode also features songs from Damh the Bard, a remarkable musician, Druid and podcaster! A HUGE Thank You to Damh for letting us share these! The songs played are as follows:

The Wicker Man - Sabbat (2015)
Gently Johnny - Herne's Apprentice (2003)
Under a Beltane Sun - Antlered Crown and Standing Stone (2012)

The original 1973 film was very loosely inspired by the novel Ritual by David Pinner.  The filmmakers also used Sir James G. Frazer’s The Golden Bough as a resource for the creation of the film’s central pagan religion.  We also mention Julius Caesar's The Gallic Wars as containing a reference to The Wicker Man.

Despite the ancient Roman army's best efforts, Druid orders are thriving today!  For information on modern Druid orders, check out the Ancient Order of Druids in AmericaÁr nDraíocht Féin and The Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids.

If you like The Muppets and The Wickerman, why not combine your two loves by reading A Muppet Wicker Man a comic book by Paul O'Connell.  It's got all your beloved Muppets reenacting the events of the movie with Statler and Waldorf heckling the whole thing in their best Scottish accent (okay that part might be a fib). 








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