We’re following up the Rue Morgue Podcast’s tribute to The Wicker Man with a fascinating discussion with John Alan Simon, the former U.S. distributor of the film.
John Alan Simon was one of the men responsible for resurrecting The Wicker Man following its doomed 1973 release. With his distribution company Abraxas, Simon and partner Sterling Smith reissued the film in the United States in 1979 where it quickly found an appreciative audience and generated much of the critical acclaim it enjoys today.
Simon is also the director of the upcoming Philip K. Dick adaptation, Radio Free Albemuth which will be self distributed thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign: https://www.facebook.com/rfamovie.
Since this episode was recorded, Wicker Man director Robin Hardy revealed to fans on Facebook that a more complete print of the film has been located and that Studio Canal will be releasing a restored, ‘Final Cut’ version of the film.
New York-based distributor Rialto Pictures have announced a U.S. release of THE WICKER MAN – FINAL CUT. Rialto will roll out the restored version beginning September 27 at the IFC Center om New York City, with runs in Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, DC, and other cities throughout the fall.
Here’s the trailer for the newly restored version:
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