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Robin Hardy: The Wicker Man director, dies aged 86

Simon Brew Jul 3, 2016

Sad news: the man who gave us the wonderful The Wicker Man, Robin Hardy, has died.

Film director Robin Hardy has died at the age of 86, it's been confirmed. Hardy may have only made three feature films across his career (he was a novelist too), but heck, one of them was really something incredibly special.

For Hardy made his directorial debut with 1973's The Wicker Man, the hugely influential horror that's regarded by many as one of the best in the genre of all time (Sir Christopher Lee called it his favourite of all the films he made). Hardy would, in 2011, direct The Wicker Tree, and had plans to make a third movie in the series, as a tribute to Sir Christopher Lee.

Hardy also helmed The Fantasist in 1986, that he also wrote.

The late and sadly-missed Ingrid Pitt wrote for us about her time making The Wicker Man here,
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Robin Hardy Dead at 86 – Directed The Wicker Man

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

Christopher Lee claimed The Wicker Man (1973) was the greatest film he was ever part of. For good reasons, as this is one of the most unusual and original cinematic masterpieces ever brought to screen and an absolute must-see for everybody interested in movies. The unique greatness of The Wicker Man combines elements from a variety of genres; Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Fantasy, Drama, and even Musical, but it cannot really be limited to one particular genre. Scottish police sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward) is called by an anonymous letter to investigate the disappearance of a young girl on the remote Scottish island Summerisle. Upon his arrival, nobody seems to have ever heard of the girl. The deeply religious Sergeant Howie, however, is shocked to find out that the residents of the island, above all the sophisticated but mysterious Lord Summerisle
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R.I.P. Robin Hardy (1929 – 2016)

British filmmaker Robin Hardy, best known as director of the 1973 horror classic The Wicker Man, passed away on Friday, aged 86.

Born in Surrey, England in 1929, Hardy began his career as a director with the National Film Board of Canada before making his feature debut with The Wicker Man, which starred Christopher Lee and Edward Woodward and has went on to become one of the most celebrated British films of all time.

Following The Wicker Man, Hardy made just two more features: the 1986 thriller The Fantasist, and 2011’s Wicker Man companion piece The Wicker Tree, and for the past couple of years he had also been trying to get another follow-up, Wrath of the Gods, off the ground. Sadly that will now never see the light of day.
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"Wicker Man" Helmer Robin Hardy Has Died

Filmmaker Robin Hardy, best known for directing the original "The Wicker Man," has died at the age of 86. Hardy passed on Friday with his wife confirming the news in a Facebook post.

Hardy made his feature film directorial debut on the 1973 horror mystery about a sergeant named Howie (Edward Woodward) who goes to the fictional island Summerisle to search for a missing girl.

Hardy would go on to helm 1986's "The Fantasist," pen the screenplay for the 1989 mystery "Forbidden Sun" and to write and direct the follow-up with 2011's "The Wicker Tree".

Source: Variety
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Robin Hardy, ‘Wicker Man’ Director, Dies at 86

Robin Hardy, ‘Wicker Man’ Director, Dies at 86
Robin Hardy, whose directed the 1973 British cult classic “The Wicker Man,” died on Friday at the age of 86, the BBC reports. “The Wicker Man” was Hardy’s directorial debut, and starred an already established Christopher Lee. Many years later, the legendary actor would recall it as the best of the more than 200 films in which he starred. A 2006 remake starring Nicolas Cage failed to garner the creative and visual praise as Hardy’s original. Also Read: Christopher Lee, 'Count Dracula' and 'Lord of the Rings' Star, Dead at 93 In 2011, Hardy made a sequel to “Man” called “The Wicker Tree
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Wicker Man Director Robin Hardy Dies at 86

Wicker Man Director Robin Hardy Dies at 86
Robin Hardy, the British director of cult film The Wicker Man, has died, the BBC reports. A family friend confirmed to the news outlet on Saturday that Hardy had died Friday. He was 86 years old. The Wicker Man, the 1973 horror-fantasy-comedy film that marked Hardy's directorial debut, has amassed a significant cult following since its release, inspiring a Nicolas Cage-led 2006 remake and a 2011 sequel of sorts, The Wicker Tree, written and directed by Hardy. Christopher Lee, who starred in the Lord of the Rings and Star Wars films, wrote in his autobiography that The Wicker Man was "the best-scripted film I ever took part in.
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Robin Hardy dies by Jennie Kermode - 2016-07-02 13:43:47

Robin Hardy at The Garrison Theatre, Lerwick, Shetland Photo: Shetland Arts

Robin Hardy, director of celebrated classic The Wicker Man, has died at the age of 86, it was announced today by the University of Malta, where he contributed to a film studies course. Hardy had completed a sequel to his opus, The Wicker Tree, in 2012, and had been trying to raise funds to film a third part of the trilogy, The Wrath Of The Gods, set in Iceland which, as he told us, is "where we all know the gods live."

The Wicker Man was recently restored and introduced to a new generation in an expansive DVD box set which included material long thought to have been lost. The late Christopher Lee credited Hardy and the film with giving him his greatest ever role.

An author as well as a filmmaker, Hardy produced relatively few works but put his heart and soul into each of.
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Sacrifice Review

Sacrifice is a strange film. Director Peter A. Dowling treats his audience as if they’d already read author Sharon Bolton’s source novelization, and know exactly what’s going to happen. As soon as Sacrifice rockets straight through a rapid-fire credits sequence filled with foreshadowing images, we know the Exact movie we’re getting. Nothing is hidden and tension is sparse.

It’s almost as if Dowling has his thumb on the fast-forward button, speeding his film towards an inevitable ending that’s projected more times than we can count. No mystery, no suspense, and certainly no thrills – just wooden, cult generalizations and wasted potential.

Radha Mitchell stars as Dr. Tora Hamilton, a wife who cannot give birth due to recent health complications. Distraught and discouraged, Tora travels to her husband Duncan’s (Rupert Graves) homeland – the Shetland Islands – where they apply to adopt a local child. Since there
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The Summer That Rebooted the Reboot

Does Hollywood try to remake/sequelize/franchise-extend every single one of its successful movies? Sometimes it feels that way, but there’s a little more nuance to studio practices than that. If you’re looking for meaning in this summer’s blockbuster season – not always easy – you could call it Dr. JurassicMax or How Hollywood Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Reboot. Rebooting franchises isn’t as common, well-received, or lucrative as you might think. Today let’s look briefly at the history of the reboot – and how this summer changed it.

First, what technically counts as a reboot? One school would say that anytime the cast shuffles, it’s a reboot, meaning we’re now on the second reboot (and third iteration) of Spider-Man films. That’s pretty rare; far more often, duration between films is the deciding factor, and it just doesn’t feel right to slap
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Wrath of the Gods: Robin Hardy Crowdfunds Third ‘Wicker’ Film

Director Robin Hardy, of British classic The Wicker Man, aims to complete the loose trilogy begun by that Christopher Lee and Edward Woodward-starring film in 1973 and continued in 2011’s The Wicker Tree. Hardy has taken to IndieGoGo and launched a campaign for the long-gestating The Wrath of the Gods, seeking to raise $210,000 for…

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Robin Hardy Starts Crowdfunding For The Wrath Of The Gods

It's possible you missed that there had been a Wicker Man follow-up, given that Robin Hardy's 2011 The Wicker Tree failed to catch on in quite the way that his 1973 cult classic achieved. But that hasn't stopped the veteran director pressing onwards to complete his long-planned trilogy. Crowdfunding for The Wrath Of The Gods has just begun."The Wrath Of The Gods is set at a time when the gods are very angry indeed," explains Hardy of the film's plot. "An international entertainment company has decided to build a theme park based on the Norse Sagas: the tales of the genesis of the gods, their battles with the giants, and ultimately their creation of the human race. They felt this was an outrageous intrusion on their privacy!"The human characters include fugitive widow Clarissa accused of murder, and police chief Oscar. The pair are "brought together in an unlikely relationship
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Robin Hardy launches crowdfunding campaign for The Wicker Man follow-up Wrath of the Gods

The spirit of The Wicker Man is set once again to rise from the ashes, with director Robin Hardy launching a crowdfunding campaign for Wrath of the Gods, the climactic follow-up to the 1973 horror classic and its 2011 sequel The Wicker Tree.

“I always planned for there to be a number of films in what I like to think of as The Wicker Man genre, and although it has been a long time in the making I think fans will find it worth the wait, especially as they can now get involved with the final film in a way that would have been unimaginable when I made the original more than 40 years ago” states Hardy. “Like the second film, The Wrath of the Gods will not be a sequel in the traditional sense, or for that matter a prequel. Instead, it will be a final reflection on the themes that made The Wicker Man a classic,
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Christopher Lee 1922-2015: 6 of the acting icon's greatest movie roles

Christopher Lee 1922-2015: 6 of the acting icon's greatest movie roles
British screen icon Christopher Lee has passed away at the age of 93.

Christopher Lee 1922-2015: Entertainment world pays tribute to acting icon

The beloved actor notched up more than 280 screen credits across seven decades that saw him work with some of the biggest stars and filmmakers in Hollywood. Whether it was frightening the life out of us in Hammer horrors or duking it out with Jedis in Star Wars, Lee's films bridge multiple generations of moviegoers.

Digital Spy picks out six great Christopher Lee roles below...

1. The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

Hammer's first ever colour horror film helped to cement the studio as purveyors of fright cinema. Lee brilliantly brought to life Frankenstein's monster thanks to some then-cutting edge prosthetic make-up and a performance tinged with pathos.

Curse of Frankenstein boasted the dream team of Lee, Peter Cushing and director Terence Fisher, who later collaborated on Dracula and The Mummy.
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Poster for Robin Hardy’s Wicker Man follow-up The Wrath of the Gods

A first promotional poster has arrived online for The Wrath of the Gods, director Robin Hardy’s planned follow-up to the 1973 horror classic The Wicker Man and its 2011 sequel The Wicker Tree

The final chapter of Hardy’s Wicker trilogy is based on Twilight of the Gods, the last opera of Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle, and is described as a romantic black comedy, in which “the gods get their comeuppance.” Back in 2013, Hardy revealed that he was busy trying to secure financing for the film and hoped to shoot last year, although that plan failed to materialise. With the arrival of the first poster, perhaps we’ll hear some news soon – although given the gap between The Wicker Man and The Wicker Tree, we might still have a little wait yet…
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15 Incredibly Late Sequels That Took Decades To Arrive

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We’re incredibly used to sequels arriving very quickly. It’s not uncommon for a follow-up to a new movie to be green-lit on opening weekend, while a gap of more than two years between entries feels like an eternity. Heck, Marvel have two new films out every single year; it’s that extreme.

But it’s not always the case. Be it from long standing production issues or a director popping up twenty years later keen to continue a story, the next film in a series can take longer than you’d even think possible to arrive. To highlight just how long some sequels take, here are fifteen films that came out decades after their predecessor.

These have to be proper follow-ons, not just films from the same director with similar themes (see The Wicker Tree’s bordering parallels to The Wicker Man), and there can’t
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The Definitive Religious Movies: 30-21

What makes films about religion so interesting is the way some manage to tread a line between support and criticism, while some are vehemently anti-religion or pro-religion. When all is said and done, it’s up to the audience to decide whether or not the film (or the faith portrayed) is a respectful or perceptive study on faith and the dogmatic principles that may or may not surround it. Not every religious film is uplifting. In fact, there are plenty of non-religious films that do a better job of building viewers’ faith. But that’s another list for another time.

30. Beyond the Hills (2012)

Directed by Cristian Mingiu

Five years after his punishing 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Christian Mingiu delivered an interesting look at a lifelong friendship formed at an orphanage. Beyond the Hills tells the story of two women, based on non-fiction novels by Tatiana Niculescu Bran: Alina (Cristina Flutur) has fled to Germany,
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The 10 Longest Gaps of Time Between Horror Sequels

The 10 Longest Gaps of Time Between Horror Sequels
One of the big sources of excitement within the horror community these last couple weeks has been the persistent rumors of a long-awaited sequel to Beetlejuice, with both Michael Keaton and Winona Rider expressing their interest in being a part of the ghost with the most’s return to the big screen. Will it ever actually happen? Only time will tell. But if it does, it’ll be a follow-up over 25 years in the making – a long time to wait for a sequel, don’t ya think?!

Well, it wouldn’t be the first time us horror fans have had to wait a couple decades for a sequel. In fact, we’ve waited a whole lot longer than that. Just how long, you ask? Let’s take a look at the ten horror sequels that took longer than any others to find their way into our lives!

Embodiment Of Evil
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The James Clayton Column: Sir Ridley Scott returns

Feature James Clayton 15 Nov 2013 - 06:43

The arrival of The Counsellor in UK cinemas leaves James thinking about director Ridley Scott's career, and what he's up to next...

The Counsellor has arrived, and with it we find Sir Ridley Scott returning to cinemas. He keeps on returning and will make many more future returns. The fact that he turns 76 at the end of this month is irrelevant because the director shows no sign of stopping, and there's no reason why he should.

At least, that's my personal view as someone who always looks forward to seeing Scott's latest feature at the multiplex. It's good to know that he's still going strong and making films at a prolific rate, because the movie scene would be slightly sorrier without him. A quick sweep across a filmography that includes such eclectic classics as Alien, Blade Runner, Legend, Gladiator and Kingdom Of Heaven (the Director's Cut,
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31 Days of Horror (Witches): The Art of Witchcraft

With the eve when the veils between worlds is at its thinnest around the corner, it’s difficult not to think of the day’s most prominently featured figure: the witch. Below is an essential viewing list, ranging in genre and targeted age group, of filmic work that showcase witches (loosely defined for our purposes) and show just how badass and horrifying these heralds of the supernatural can be.

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American Horror Story: Coven

Created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk

USA, 2013

This anthology television series, which premiered last week, promises another visually stunning horrifying boundary pushing work with its third season. Coven begins by following young Zoe (Taissa Farmiga), who discovers her supernatural roots in a rather gruesome incident and is then whisked off to a private school for ‘talented’ young women. Set between the present day and the 1830s, Coven promises a panoply of witch-related themes including witch hunts,
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The Wicker Man: The Final Cut Blu-Ray – WhatCulture Interviews Director Robin Hardy

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The Wicker Man was recently given the ”Final Cut” treatment by director Robin Hardy for its 40th Anniversary. It was released in selected cinemas last month and is now being made available to own on blu-ray.

Anyone who missed it, you can check out my review of the final cut of ‘The Wicker Man’ here but in summary, it is the version you should see, despite it being shorter than ‘The Director’s Cut.” Not only does it flow better, but you also get a restored scene that introduces Christopher Lee as Lord Summerisle much earlier.

The blu-ray set doesn’t skimp on content and you get lot of value for your cash. Included are the different versions of The Wicker Man, complete with commentary, behind the scenes features and soundtrack.

Disc 1

The Final Cut Burnt Offering: The Cult of The Wicker Man documentary written by Mark Kermode Worshiping The Wicker Man
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