Don’t miss this special May Day screening of the new digitally restored, director approved “Final Cut” of the 1973 pagan/horror cult classic starring Christopher Lee! Dance around the Maypole on the Loft patio before the movie, grab a glass of Mead at the snack bar and go pagan for the night! Find the mini-Wicker Man hidden in the theatre and win a special prize!
“The ultimate British cult classic.” – Film 4
“Many a film has tried to replicate this wonderfully off-kilter vibe - and a few have come close - but none has quite pulled it off.” – Michael Nordine, Village Voice
“An absolute must for all serious movie buffs. It’s a mystery, a thriller, a puzzle picture, an erotic allegory and a religious parable … it’s certainly eerie and disturbing, with an ending that shocked many 1970s viewers.” – Andrew O’Hehir, Salon
Long considered one of the very cult-iest of cult horror films, The Wicker Man: Final Cut is the definitive version of Robin Hardy's celebrated thriller of pagan worshippers running amuck on a remote Scottish island. Seen for decades only in mutilated copies, this new 40th anniversary restoration by StudioCanal is the culmination of a long search for the complete director's cut. After receiving an anonymous letter about a missing 12-year-old girl, devoutly Christian cop Edward Woodward travels by seaplane to the remote Scottish island of Summerisle to investigate. But the islanders welcome neither his badge nor religious devotion, for laird of the isle Christopher Lee and his devoted followers worship only the pagan gods of old - and those gods demand a sacrifice! Attempting to chase down clues, Howie catches on to the pagan culture that prevails - couples have sex publicly, and children learn about phallic symbols - all things that deeply offend the devoutly Christian Howie. Those acts seem relatively innocent once a series of photographs brings him to the conclusion that children are being sacrificed for the island's harvest. Woodward fears for the missing girl's life and follows every possible lead to find her - despite the islanders' interference - before she becomes a human sacrificial lamb at the fast-approaching May Day festival, leading to a shocking, and quite “un-festive,” surprise for our straight-laced hero! (Dir. by Robin Harvey, 1973, UK, 93 mins., Rated R, Rialto Pictures) Digital