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Lazarus and the Gimp
03-01-2006, 12:24:34
Any thoughts about this?


It's being directed by Neil LaBute, who is pretty good.

LaBute is not attempting a straight re-make, which is just as well as it wouldn't work.

Though he's done an awful lot of crap, Nick Cage can act when the mood takes him.


It's been transplanted to America, which means the culture clash of pagans in the strictly Presbyterian Isles has been lost. Who goves a toss about Wiccans in America?

It won't have the stunning soundtrack (one of the all-time greats).

It won't have Christopher Lee as Summerisle. Ellen Burstyn isn't bad, but she can't dominate a film like Lee can.

While I said Cage was OK, he'll be matched against Edward Woodward in the original, and it was the performance of his life.

Everyone knows the ending of the original, which was a genuine shocker at the time. How can they match it?

03-01-2006, 12:33:58
I only saw the Wicker Man relatively recently and I thought it was amazing. Even though I knew the ending it was still shocking.

I'm really not a fan of Nicolas Cage, maybe I've never seen these films where he is good. That said I never thought Edward Woodward was capable of a performance like that from the other stuff I'd seen him in.

I can't imagine hollywood doing it justice but we'll have to wait and see.

03-01-2006, 12:46:59
i think david lynch is the only director who could remake/rework this film in a decent way

he has the right understanding of the power of secrets, the hidden underbelly of the community, etc.

03-01-2006, 13:04:46
Yeah... he could do something with it.

03-01-2006, 13:59:24
Am I the only person that thinks the original Wicker Man is, as you would say, toss? That makes me a heathen doesn't it?

Lazarus and the Gimp
03-01-2006, 14:16:01
No. Heathens can still have taste.

03-01-2006, 14:20:18
not in this case though

03-01-2006, 14:42:01
Venom-A new brand of heathen.

04-01-2006, 02:54:56
Originally posted by Lazarus and the Gimp
Everyone knows the ending of the original, which was a genuine shocker at the time. How can they match it?

They'll have an ape dressed like Abraham Lincoln.

Gramercy Riffs
04-01-2006, 14:10:07
Another remake. Sigh

Walrus Feeder
04-01-2006, 19:42:06
Britt Ekland's still going to be in it though reprising her original role at the age of 63.

Not really.

Lazarus and the Gimp
29-08-2006, 14:30:33
Two points to consider-

1- It'll have a 12A certificate.

2- Despite the fact that it's out in three days, there's little sign of any advanced reviews.

Both these factors are normally a guarantee that the film will be shit.

29-08-2006, 23:15:04

31-08-2006, 09:09:05
I havent seen the original....

31-08-2006, 09:17:51
well go and rent it or download it or whatever but for god's sake watch that instead of the new one

31-08-2006, 09:22:33
Yea, I'm getting that vibe. I suppose I didn't bother before because I don't really enjoy horror films. I don't scare easily at all, so they tend to get tedious.

31-08-2006, 09:25:33
It's not a really a horror film in the modern sense, and certainly not tedious. I have it on DVD if you want to borrow it.

Lazarus and the Gimp
31-08-2006, 09:26:42
The Wicker Man isn't a "shock horror" film. It's more a case of growing unease that builds through the film.

It was also deliberately written to break as many of the "rules" of conventional horror as possible.

31-08-2006, 10:00:23
Originally posted by Funko
It's not a really a horror film in the modern sense, and certainly not tedious. I have it on DVD if you want to borrow it.

Cool, I'll take you up on that if you don't mind. :)

Walrus Feeder
03-09-2006, 18:35:28
Saw it on Friday. Had seen the original and am a fan but this version is just not creepy enough and the ending was a let down. I did laugh at the Summersisle woman's make up at the end - very similar to Mel Gibson's in Braveheart!!!

Fergus & The Brazen Car
04-09-2006, 11:06:49
Neil LaBute should have left it at 'Your Friends and Neighbours and 'In the Company of Men'.

Both nastily enjoyably unpleasant.

Linking the name Nicholas Cage and 'remake of 'The Wicker Man' '.

A sure way to get me teeth grindingly mad as hell and not putting up with it any more.

04-09-2006, 12:26:11
Reviews make it sound as shit as anticipated.

06-09-2006, 14:37:00
It sucked.

Nicolas Cage running around in a bear costume towards the end, though, was quite hilarious.

If you want to see a decent movie by Cage, rent Lord of War.That was at least decent.

Now however, the movie called The Illusionist , with Edward Norton and Paul Giamati was excellent.