The Muppets Take… The Wicker Man?

It’s no secret the The Wicker Man is one of my favorite films. I even have the tattoo to prove it! Ok, no I don’t, but I do really love it.

The remake butchered the classic film then pooped all over it, then set it on fire…. then put the fire out with more poop and some pee. Because of my deep rooted love for the film, I thought maybe I was bias and would hate anything relating to any kind of remake that would tarnish the original. I now know that I was wrong.

Thank you The Muppets for making a decent remake and in comic form! Click on the image below and read the The Muppets version of The Wicker Man.

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Final Girl The Wicker Man (1973)

I was very happy to see that this month’s Final Girl Film Club was The Wicker Man (do I really have to write “the original” or can we please all forget that the remake ever happened)?

I was happy about this choice because The Wicker Man is in my top 5 favorite movies of all time. I saw this for the first time about 4 years ago and it completely blew me away.

Sgt. Howie, a pure and down-right moral man, travels to the island of Summerisle looking for a missing girl. His noble intentions are not welcomed within the townsfolk and they give him the run around on the existence of the missing girl. He is left to believe that she died but his strong-will drives him to find out the truth.

Summerisle is ruled by pagans, where free love and teaching kids about sex is an every day thing. Sgt Howie, an ex-priest and still virgin, isn’t down with their practices. He’s like the teacher at the dance that makes sure you’re not dancing too close to your date. As he tries to push his “right” ways on everyone, they are trying to break him down to just give in a little.

An example, and one of my favorite scenes, Willow, the landlord’s daughter tries to use her beauty and charm on Howie to get him to flirt with the “dark” side. It doesn’t work though, Howie’s got a job to do and he isn’t going to let some hot naked chick get in his way. It’s too bad that his unbreakable spirit is his one downfall in this case.

The late and great Edward Woodward took on the role of Howie and brought a stern and believable force to the character. It’s important that the audience know that Howie is set in his ways from the start and Woodward gives us that. We know from the beginning that he’s going to go above and beyond to find this girl and he won’t give into any distractions.

Christopher Lee, who plays Lord Summerisle, has the same strong beliefs but on a completely different spectrum. He wants to do everything he could to help the people on the island and he strongly believes that Howie is the key to that.

I guess I’ll take a minute to bring up the remake. It was a complete mess from the original story. Cage’s performance and take on the role seemed like he was sleepwalking through the whole thing. He wasn’t convincing me at all. The island was turned into a breeding ground for man-hungry chicks. So basically, it was awful.

The Wicker Man is an amazingly brilliant occult thriller and the end still gives me the chills every time I watch it.

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My Favorite Horror Movie Scenes

Movies are great but regardless the plot, the actors or the buckets of gore used, it only takes one powerful or humorous scene to make me fall in love.

Certain movies affect me in different ways. I can get instantly into it, get really bored or I can ponder over it hours even days after it’s over. (Those types of movies are my favorite.) No matter how I feel about any movie, if it has a scene in it that I can connect with or just make me laugh my ass off, I’m sold!

So here are of few of my favorite scenes:

The Wicker Man: Willow’s Song

Even though the last scene in this movie is one of my favorites, this particular scene in the movie stood out to me.

Sergeant Howie is on a mission to find a missing girl on an island. During his search for her, he remains focused and set in his sturdy moral ways. I love this scene because we see him struggle with his need to stay pure while being enticed by the landlord’s daughter, Willow. She’s an enchanting siren calling out to him through a wall, while he’s on the other side internally losing his cool.

Throughout the movie we see Howie shoving his ethics down the town folks’ throats but here we can see the strength in his character while he fights through this temptation even though come on, we all know he wants to tear that wall down and ya know….. Yeah! Even towards the very end Sergeant Howie keeps his faith in check and stands by his strong will. I love that.

Cabin Fever: PANCAKES!

I remember the first time I watched Cabin Fever. I was vacationing with my family and while my parents were out my brothers and I ordered Cabin Fever at the hotel. I heard good things about the movie so when I saw it listed, I didn’t care about the overpriced hotel costs, I had to see it.

Well,I didn’t know what I got myself into. I did enjoy the homagey elements the movie added and as I mentioned about Carriers, I really dig those “everyone for themselves” movies but WTF was this scene all about-

I laughed so hard that I hit my head on the bed head board. I’ve never been so confused yet overly humored before in my entire life. This scene holds a special place in my heart.

May: The End (Spoiler)

I believe that every horror fan can relate to May. I think we all deal with our own weird/geeky/dorky-ness and it’s hard to connect with people that understand that.

May desperately wants someone to be her friend and to accept her. Her standards may be a little high in the body parts department but overall, she just doesn’t want to feel alone anymore.

In the end (spoiler alert again)

May gather favored body parts from other people to create her own makeshift friend, even giving up an eye so it can see her. In the final minutes of the film, May lies sobbing next to “Amy,” giving up on the idea that anyone will love her and just in the last few seconds, “Amy” reaches over to comfort her.

That final scene had a profound affect on me. I think that as humans we can relate to that kind of loneliness and we sometimes yearn for any kind of a connection with someone (but hopefully not to those extreme measures). I watched this wanting May to have that so she can be relieved from her pain of being lonely. We don’t know if May continues after that or if she dies but we know that she had at least one blissful moment where someone understood her. It’s almost a sick kind of happy ending but to me it’s really beautiful.

Carrie: Plug It Up!

I’m not going to deny it, I have a sick sense of humor. I went to an all-girls’ Catholic school so I know how bitchy and cruel girls can truly be.

In this scene Carrie White, the school’s weirdo gets her period for the first time and freaks the fuck out. Apparently she doesn’t know what a period is and everyone mocks her for it. I can say that if this were a real life situation it would be kind of sad and I’d feel for her, but when I watched this for the first time, I laughed…. a lot. Hell, it still makes me laugh. Again, I have a sick sense of humor!

Let The Right On In: “Are you a vampire?”

I will obviously talk about this movie any chance I can but this scene for me has a subtle intimacy and it’s also kind of sweet.

Like the scene in The Wicker Man, Oskar is being tested by Eli. Eli is already exposed as being a vampire and Oskar can choose to run off, turn her in or accept it. Through the glass, Eli wants to protect herself but she also wants Oskar to stick around. She’s feeling him out, wondering if she should let him into her crazy, dangerous life. She needs to feel that it’s something he can handle, and not to sound cheesy but to know that he’s the right one to let in. Ok, yeah, that was cheesy but this little scene solidified my love for this film.

(Only the first 1 minute 20 seconds need to be watched, especially if you’re never seen this before)

I’m sure this won’t be the last “favorite scenes” list I make but so far these are my most favorite.