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Inside The Wicker Man: How Not to Make a Cult Classic

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  130 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Inside The Wicker Man is a treat for all cinemagoers, exhaustively researched and achieving a near-perfect balance between history, trivia and serious analysis. Allan Brown describes the filming and distribution of the cult masterpiece as a 'textbook example of How Things Should Never Be Done'. The omens were bad from the start, and proceeded to get much, much worse, with ...more
Hardcover, Revised edition, 260 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Birlinn Ltd (first published 2000)
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Aussiescribbler Aussiescribbler
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Michael C. Laney, Joe Barlow
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The Wicker Man (1973) is a unique film. Made on a shoe-string budget under very difficult conditions and based on a script by Anthony Shaffer which eschews clear-cut depictions of good and evil in order to examine the nature and excesses of two competing forms of faith. There was, however, a lack of faith from the production company which had put up the money for the film and so it ended up being savagely cut and dumped on the wrong end of a double bill for its British release. In the United Sta ...more
Andy Bryant
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you're a fan of the film then you'll find this book totally immersive and full of fascinating facts and anecdotes - if a little over the place in terms of the flow (jumping from day-by-day accounts of filming to genre analysis and discussions on religion and paganism) and a bit too hung up on the specific details of distribution rights in the US. The author tries his level best to be impartial, but Robin Hardy comes across as a total arse in this book, mainly through the anecdotal evidence of ...more
Jeff Howells
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last word on The Wicker Man. Covers everything from its genesis through its production & its troubled post production and onwards to it becoming the premier British folk horror movie.
All the main participants are quoted at length - and it acknowledges the fact that their recollections don't always converge (the writer & director particulate are at odds).
There is also quite a lot of 'bonus material in the book - from a 'screenplay of a proposed sequel (frankly awful) to contemporaneo
Greg Kerestan
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
As someone who wrote a well-acclaimed piece of entertainment, which failed to reach an audience due to backstage issues and industry apathy, I related all too well to the saga of Hardy and Shaffer and their cult film. Though some of the wheeling and dealing could be dry, the colorful cast of characters, including garrulous Christopher Lee, kept the showbiz story fast and furious, and often funny. Details about the never-made "Wicker Man II: The Loathsome Lambton Worm" were also an interesting lo ...more
Tristan Stephens
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyable, with many fascinating facts about the production.
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is a fascinating account of how a film, mishandled and sliced to bits by producers, rose to great importance because of its indisputable quality. The Wicker Man is one of my favorite films, miscast as horror; in fact, it's one of the few films unafraid to be genreless. It exists in its own little world. Allan Brown is able to show how this fascinating blend of ideas came partially from enormous creativity, partially from the chaotic circumstances of its production. Accidental purposefu ...more
John L
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lots of great info. Various editions have slight variations so a real scholar of the movie would have to look at them all. The pics in the editions I have (Sidgwick & Jackson 2000 paperback and Polygon ebook 2012) are not the highest quality and with things like production documents, some are unreadable. I wish higher quality photos were used.

I also don't like his overly opinionated style. Facts get obscured. That said, this is the best book, so far, that you'll find to discuss all of the de
More than you ever wanted to know about the making of the 1973 British shocker. It more or less confirms the rumor that Anthony Shaffer was the real auteur of the piece, although budget constraints and editing decisions left the original screenplay only partly realized. Brown's careful research illuminates the difficult conditions under which the film was shot, the unkind distribution process that led to its inauspicious debut in America, and its endurance as a cult classic. Nine appendices roun ...more
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An excellent subject matter does not always lead to a great book. Thankfully, Allan Brown's thorough, almost exhaustive, dig into the amazing story and colorful cast of characters (on and off screen) of my cult favorite is more than rewarding for the dedicated WM fan. Having just watched the Final Cut version of the film on Blu-Ray, reading this book simply completed the perfect WM experience. Heartily recommended to... well you know who you are ;)
Bill Lynas
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An excellent in depth look at the making of the classic 1973 film The Wicker Man. Brown's opening chapters are quite pretentious, but after these there are some truly superb interviews with cast & crew. There are also chapters on the novel & the fans, as well as some great photographs.
Aaron Badgley
Dec 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is extremely well researched, well written and a fascinating account of how a film can go wrong through no fault of its own. It is readable and hard to put down. I love the movie since I saw it in my youth and now have a completely new appreciation for it, thanks to Mr. Brown.
Kisbali Tamás
Nov 28, 2015 rated it liked it
There is some repetition, but overall this is an easy-to-follow book about the Wicker Man's creation and reception. Some nice photos and a collection of documents included.
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