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‘The Wicker Man’ Returns to Cinemas For a One-Night-Only 4K Screening

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‘The Wicker Man’ Makes a Grand Return to Cinemas with a Special One-Night-Only 4K Screening

For aficionados of timeless films and peculiar musicals, an important date to mark on your calendars is June 21st. On this day, an unforgettable encounter awaits with ‘The Wicker Man.’ To celebrate the movie’s 50th anniversary, Studiocanal UK has announced a remarkable one-night-only 4K screening exclusively on the big screen. Regrettably, this invitation is limited to those residing in the UK, with no screenings planned for our friends across the pond in the US. However, we can hope they relish the experience on behalf of the rest of us! This announcement follows closely after the exciting news that the film would receive a stunning 4K UHD makeover for enjoyable home viewing, providing some consolation for those outside the UK.


‘The Wicker Man’ intertwines elements of horror, paganism, and music, creating a timeless classic about a police officer out of his depth. When Sergeant Neil Howie (Edward Woodward) receives news of a young woman’s disappearance from the remote Scottish island of Summerisle, he embarks on a plane journey to investigate this peculiar incident. As a devout Christian, the officer is shocked and repulsed by the islanders’ pagan practices, finding himself trapped in a bewildering maze with profound consequences. Christopher Lee takes on the role of the island’s leader, accompanied by Britt Ekland as the alluring innkeeper’s daughter. The film also features appearances by Ingrid Pitt, Diane Cilento, Ian Campbell, and Lindsay Kemp.

The 1970s proved to be a thrilling decade for horror enthusiasts, and ‘The Wicker Man’ set the stage before the arrival of titles like ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,’ ‘The Tenant,’ ‘Halloween,’ ‘Alien,’ ‘Dawn of the Dead,’ ‘Jaws,’ ‘The Omen,’ ‘Eraserhead,’ ‘Carrie,’ ‘The Hills Have Eyes,’ and ‘Suspiria.’ It was truly an incredible time to visit the cinema. Recently, the cult following surrounding ‘The Wicker Man’ has gained momentum, with Andy Serkis revealing that his production company would support a TV adaptation.

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But What About Nicolas Cage?

Absolutely! If you’ve heard of ‘The Wicker Man,’ it’s highly likely that your mind immediately recalls THE BEES! In 2006, Neil LaBute took on the challenge of creating a reimagined version of the original film, featuring Nicolas Cage as a police officer once again investigating the disappearance of a young girl, but this time on an island off the Pacific Northwest. The film has garnered a cult following for various reasons (one of them being a scene where Cage, dressed as a bear, delivers a powerful blow to a woman’s face). However, its underlying anti-feminist themes might have contributed to its lackluster performance at the box office.

While it may not be foreseeable for Cage’s version of ‘The Wicker Man’ to arrive in a theater near you in 4K anytime soon, those in the UK should not miss the opportunity to secure tickets for a one-night-only chance to experience the original film like never before. Take a glimpse of the trailer for ‘The Wicker Man’ below.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Classic film screenings

Can I watch ‘The Wicker Man’ in 4K outside the UK?

Unfortunately, the 4K screening of ‘The Wicker Man’ is currently limited to the UK only. There are no announced screenings for other countries at the moment.

Will the original ‘The Wicker Man’ film be available in 4K for home viewing?

Yes, Studiocanal UK has announced a 4K UHD makeover of the original film for home viewing. So even if you can’t catch the big-screen screening, you’ll still be able to enjoy it in high-definition at home.

Is there a TV adaptation of ‘The Wicker Man’ in the works?

Yes, there have been talks of a TV adaptation of ‘The Wicker Man’ by Andy Serkis’ production company. While details are limited, it shows the growing cult-following and interest surrounding the film.

Can I watch Nicolas Cage’s version of ‘The Wicker Man’ in 4K?

No, the 4K screening specifically pertains to the original 1973 version of ‘The Wicker Man.’ Nicolas Cage’s 2006 remake is not part of the current 4K screening announcement.

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MovieFan90 June 9, 2023 - 7:41 pm

Wow, this is super exciting! The Wicker Man is such a timeless classic. Can’t wait for the 4K screening, gonna be epic!

Cinephile82 June 9, 2023 - 7:41 pm

Omg, The Wicker Man! Can’t believe it’s been 50 yrs. So cool they’re showin’ it in 4K for one night only. Wish it was comin’ to US too!

HorrorBuff101 June 9, 2023 - 7:41 pm

The Wicker Man is a total gem from the ’70s. Such a creepy and unique blend of horror, paganism, and music. A must-see for all horror fans!

FilmGeek78 June 9, 2023 - 7:41 pm

The Wicker Man in 4K? Count me in! It’s awesome that they’re giving this cult classic the treatment it deserves. Gonna be an unforgettable night!

CageFanatic June 9, 2023 - 7:41 pm

Haha, Nicolas Cage’s version of The Wicker Man is unforgettable! The bees! Gotta love the cheesy goodness. But nothing beats the original. Can’t wait for the screening!


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