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OFG Presents Its Halloween Feature: “The Wicker Man” 10/27/14

20 October 2014

The film group returns (finally!) with its Halloween offering, the British cult film The Wicker Man. The 1973 feature has weathered rocky distribution, the release of versions of varied lengths, and an misbegotten 2006 remake to have established itself as a eccentric classic. The Wicker Man has inspired documentaries, novels, websites, fanzines, a music festival in Scotland, a Burning Man-type event in Pennsylvania, and the occasional sing-along. Dubbed the “Citizen Kane of horror” (Cinefantastique), The Wicker Man was ranked by The Guardian as the fourth best horror movie of all time.

Directed by Robin Hardy, the movie’s screenplay was by Anthony Shaffer (Sleuth, Frenzy). Edward Woodward stars as a straight-arrow police officer who travels to a remote Scottish island to search for a missing girl. There, he’s disturbed to find a community still tied to ancient pagan ways. Also starring Diane Cilento, Britt Ekland, Ingrid Pitt, and…Christopher Lee.

This is the short (88 minute) version. Rated R.

The film screens at 6 pm, Monday, October 27 in the Oswego Public Library’s Community Room (120 East 2nd Street). As always, free and open to all. A discussion follows the screening.

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