310 – The one about The Wicker Man


Welcome to episode 310. Today, we watch “The Wicker Man”!

A sheriff investigating the disappearance of a young girl from a small island discovers there’s a larger mystery to solve among the island’s secretive, neo-pagan community.

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7 thoughts on “310 – The one about The Wicker Man

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  2. I haven’t seen the 1973 version, so I’m wondering if the fact that Christopher Lee played Lord Summerisle means that in that version, the Summerisle cult isn’t….well, isn’t like one of those episodes of Star Trek where the crew visits an alien culture where women rule and men are slaves. Because that’s what the 2006 version reminded me of, only they don’t want Edward as slave– they want him as a sacrifice.

    I can totally see how in the 2006 version, Edward Malus is meant to represent an oppressive law-and-order Christian male-dominated culture, and the Summerisle cult are a pagan matriarchal group bent on having some kind of revenge. That’s why I tweeted that Pat Robertson quote at the @filmsack account:

    “Feminism is a socialist, anti-family, political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.”

    It’s like the cult in this movie is Pat Robertson’s nightmare caricature of feminism come to life, persecuting the poor, well-intentioned, virtuous man who simply came to help his ex-love locate her daughter. He’s lawful good, and they’re….chaotic neutral? Something like that?

    If the head of the cult in the 1973 version is male, then it sounds like they were more of a general pagan sex cult. The cult in the 2006 version sounds like they hate sex, and use it only for breeding purposes. I think that’s even what Lady Summerisle said when Edward met her and asked about how their society works. Maybe they’re all lesbians. “The penis is evil,” indeed.

    Kinda surprised you guys didn’t talk more about that, but it was still an enjoyable episode listening to you rip it apart as even a passable horror/thriller film. 🙂

    • Yes, the 1973 original is more to do with pre-Christian, pre-Roman Britain pagan religion. And there are no heavy-handed allegories involving THE BEES. There are more heavy-handed allegories in this movie than were in Minority Report (remember THE WATER?)

  3. It seems like you guys had a lot less fun watching this film than you expected and I was afraid something like this might happen. This is the textbook example of a film that is hyped to high heavens for how crazy-over-the-top-hilarious it is, when in reality it is a rather boring movie with a few – admittedly – crazy/ott/hilarious bits.

    I think Aaron Eckhart has a role in this film because he and director Neil LaBute are friends. Eckart had his breakout role in LaBute’s first film “In The Company of Men” – a great movie that does to misogyny what The Wolf of Wall Street did to rich people excess and general douchebaggery. It either parodies or praises it, depending on your stance on the subject.

    I haven’t seen the original version, but I have the soundtrack. It’s all old English folk songs performed by the cream of 70’s folk musicians and is very very good and I can totally see it fitting the narrative and general atmosphere of the movie perfectly. So don’t imagine the old film as a musical. It’s closer to O Brother Where Art Thou or Inside Llewyn Davies (of course I’m only talking about the way music is utilized in the films).

  4. Hey guys, just wanted to say that the worst place to poop in someone’s house is…inside the furnace vent.

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