‘The Wicker Man’ Director Robin Hardy Has Died
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1973 was a banner year for the horror genre. The Exorcist shocked audiences the world over receiving ten Academy Award nominations and winning two Oscars. But what if I told you that The Exorcist wasn’t the best horror movie of 1973? That honor, in this critic’s opinion belongs to The Wicker Man. Starring Christopher Lee, Edward Woodward and Britt Ekland, The Wicker Man is regarded as one of the greatest horror films in history. Its director Robin Hardy passed away Friday, July 1st at the age of 86.

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Sir Christopher Lee – Remembering a Legend
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This is not an obituary or a career retrospective. This is simply one fan discussing his memories of an amazing man and tremendous actor — Sir Christopher Lee, who passed away earlier this week. There’s a popular meme making the rounds on Facebook detailing the accolades of Christopher Lee, ending with the line, “Now let’s see Chuck Norris top that.” I won’t discuss Lee’s absolutely badass life in great detail, but suffice to say he served in the military every year of WWII, was a highly ranked British officer, hunted Nazi war criminals, and was knighted for his contributions to the arts. This is about Christopher Lee the performer, a man born 93 years ago who had 281 IMDb credited roles and was probably the greatest screen villain in history.

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Horror Cult Classics ‘Nightbreed’ and ‘The Wicker Man’ Getting Restored Blu-ray Releases

This past weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con unleashed the usual torrential downpour of geek-pleasuring news stories such as this and obviously this. But as far as I’m concerned the biggest news coming out of the Con was the announcement that Shout! Factory was planning on releasing several beloved action and horror movies on DVD and Blu-ray later this year and early in 2014 through their Scream Factory label.

Among their slate of upcoming titles are John Carpenter’s inner city siege story Assault on Precinct 13, the 1982 remake of Cat People directed by Taxi Driver/Rolling Thunder writer Paul Schrader, and Sam Raimi’s outrageous pre-Spider Man superhero adventure Darkman featuring Liam Neeson kicking major butt almost two decades before he played that guy whose daughter was…you know…Taken.

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