How can the Robin Hardy‘s 1973 version of The Wicker Man be so, so good, and Neil Labute‘s 2006 remake be so very, very bad? The Shriek! A Women of Horror Film Class Series may have some answers for you this Sunday, March 26 when they present a Heckle Night Screening of The Wicker Man. Hosts Evan J. Peterson and Heather Marie Bartels will guide you through the heckling at Naked City Brewery and Taphouse in Greenwood at 7pm.
The film stars Nicholas Cage in one of his most outrageously off the mark performances yet. Cage plays a sheriff, investigating the disappearance of a young girl from a mysterious community on a weird island rife with neo-pagan rituals. Also, Ellen Burstyn and Leelee Sobeiski are there.
If you missed the series’ March 12 screening of the 1973 version of the Wicker Man, it’s worth revisiting before you check out the remake. It would be a shame if Neil LaBute’s utterly unnecessary version was your first exposure to the film’s surprise ending. In its original form, The Wicker Man offers a genuinely riveting and terrifying portrait of a collective conscious gone mad. In the remake, we get Cage’s “first-take best-take” screams of: “Not the bees!”
Actually, we better take a look at that right now:
Heckle Night Screening of The Wicker Man (2006)
When: Sunday, March 26, 7pm, doors at 6:30pm
Where: Naked City Brewery and Taphouse (8564 Greenwood Ave N)
Tickets are $10 at the door