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The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day can’t complain. It had its chance and, in modern parlance, blew it.

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Why The Wicker Man on Valentine’s Day? Why not Casablanca? Or Doctor Zhivago? Or 9 ½ Weeks? Well, I’m an idiot and picked the photo before even thinking about the date it fell upon, but I gotta say it still feels somewhat apt.

Call it a stretch, but the movie is all about a man desperately trying to find a girl… so much so that he puts himself in mortal danger while investigating a creepy island filled with culty hippies led by a turtlenecked Christopher Lee. And nothing says “I Love You” more than 1970s Christopher Lee in a turtleneck. Oh, and the hotness that is Brit Ekland, too. Good lord she was cute.

I hope you folks have a very happy Valentine’s Day and I dearly hope you enjoy the below photo!

Hope you guys enjoy!



Tomorrow is my birthday, so the Birthday pic will be… a surprise, but one that was crucial to my existence.

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  • Feb. 14, 2011, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Where's Nicholas Cage?


    I don't understand. What's happening to me?

  • Feb. 14, 2011, 4:32 p.m. CST


    by Blanket-Man

    Saw this for the FIRST time recently - bizarre movie. Boring pic...

  • Feb. 14, 2011, 4:32 p.m. CST

    "You have a date.... with THE WICKER MAN!"

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Any movie that features a naked, gyrating Brit Ekland is a PERFECT choice for a day dedicated to affairs of the heart and genitals.

  • Feb. 14, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Legend does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Saw Sir Christopher Lee accept his Bafta Fellowship this week with great gravitas and dignity.<p> At 88 walking in slowly with a cane. I fear his Saruman days might be over.<p> No matter, a lesser man would have retired years ago.

  • Feb. 14, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    BAFTA lifetime award yesterday

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    Tim Burton's intro, a nice compilation, and Lee's acceptance speech, are up on YouTube - just search for BAFTA 2011 part 13. They also confirmed (well, they said) he will reprise Saruman for the Hobbit.

  • Feb. 14, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST


    by professor murder


  • Feb. 14, 2011, 4:40 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Yes indeed as lao_che says... here is the link to Sir Christopher Lee's Bafta tribute, it's worth a watch:<p>

  • Feb. 14, 2011, 4:46 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    riley martin, thank you. Hope i'll still be slipping in a few dojo's when I'm 88... and hope you'll still be there to whine about it..

  • Feb. 14, 2011, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Female creepy cultists were a lot cuter back in the 70's...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview movies, anyway.

  • Feb. 14, 2011, 4:49 p.m. CST

    "but one that was crucial to my existence."

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    The porno your dad used at the insemination clinic?

  • Feb. 14, 2011, 4:50 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    riley, but sadly you'll probably have died from Aids by then. You should've told those muscle Mary's to wear condoms before they partied in your ass.

  • Feb. 14, 2011, 4:51 p.m. CST

    R.I.P. Kenneth Mars and Betty Garrett

    by I Max U Mini

    While some might dismiss Betty Garrett by her later TV appearances on All in the Family and Laverne and Shirley, how can you forget her appearances in such MGM film classics as "Words and Music", "On the Town", "Take Me Out To The Ball Game", and "Neptune's Daughter"? As for Kenneth Mars, just the two words YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN should be enough to garner him a mention. Then there's the original "The Producers", "Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid", "Yellowbeard" and "Fletch". Mars was 74. Garret was 91.

  • Feb. 14, 2011, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Do you need a room?

    by UltimaRex

    Oh yeah, AIDS. Forgot. Still he's stopped cranking the Matrix handle so there's that at least.

  • Feb. 14, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST

    "but one that was crucial to my existence."

    by Dollar Bird

    Sweet mother, I hope it's not the movie that sparked your parents' romance. Or, even worse, the movie during which your DNA was initially bound. Let's see... "Every Which Way But Loose"? (But, I kid Quint.)

  • Feb. 14, 2011, 5:58 p.m. CST

    THE WICKER MAN is a genuine one-off

    by palimpsest

    A fantastic movie, Lee's favourite of the films he's done (and there's been a few), and quite possibly the best final edit in the movies.

  • I don't know if I've ever noticed that before.

  • Feb. 14, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST


    by Yaroh_Meringue

    I thought Kenneth Mars died in the '80s. Weird. He's genius in Young Frankenstein.

  • Feb. 14, 2011, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Christopher Lee is badass even in sneakers.

    by Fred

  • Feb. 14, 2011, 6:22 p.m. CST

    When will we get updates on The Wicker Tree?

    by D.Vader

  • Feb. 14, 2011, 6:47 p.m. CST

    riley martin is AICN's version of Jimmy Two Times

    by jim

    "I'm gonna go get the papers, get the papers".

  • and nekkid, very much so. I wonder if Rod Stewart owns a copy so he can show it to guests and say "yeah, I tapped that only a couple of years later".

  • Feb. 14, 2011, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Wicker Tree trailer

    by rev_skarekroe

    This is exactly the sort of thing AICN should be reporting on but doesn't. So I'll do it myself. Enjoy.

  • Feb. 14, 2011, 8:28 p.m. CST

    The Bees!!! The Bees!!!!

    by th3480

  • Feb. 14, 2011, 8:39 p.m. CST

    AICN late w/ the Dark Tower news . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . Michael Biehn is ROLAND!!!

  • Feb. 14, 2011, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Britt Ekland

    by dukeroberts

    Yes, the highlight of that weird-ass movie is Britt's naked dance. What an amazing piece of film that is.....

  • Feb. 14, 2011, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Rev Skarekrow- AWESOME find!

    by D.Vader

    That's EXACTLY what AICN should be reporting on! Damn slackers. That Wicker Tree (the actual tree) has a great design. Movie looks like it could be great too!

  • Feb. 14, 2011, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Nick Cage version is superior

    by starmin76


  • Feb. 14, 2011, 10:16 p.m. CST

    berry berry heavy dertation...

    by MagicJesus

    to remake that movie...

  • Feb. 14, 2011, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Step AWAY from the bike!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Feb. 14, 2011, 11:45 p.m. CST

    'riley martin'

    by frank cotton

    'riley martin'

  • Feb. 14, 2011, 11:45 p.m. CST


    by frank cotton


  • Feb. 14, 2011, 11:46 p.m. CST


    by frank cotton


  • Feb. 15, 2011, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Brit Ekland's WICKER Tricker

    by JaguarWong

    FACT: Brit Ekland used a "butt double" in the movie's nude dance scene. Those are definitely her ta-tas in the film, but that's NOT her heinie.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 12:15 a.m. CST

    I kinda liked...

    by Gwynplaine

    ... The Wicker Man with nick cage, it was funny.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 12:26 a.m. CST

    Has this happend before?

    by The Dum Guy

    A sequel to a movie that has been remade, that has nothing to do with the remake... The closest I can think of is the Day of the Dead remake that used Ving Rhames, but had nothing to do with Dawn OTD.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 12:42 a.m. CST

    got the soundtrack CD for this ace film

    by mrbong

    it really is eerie listening in its own right, and the packaging is fucking mint. The Wicker Man is one of my all time favouirte films of all time.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 12:44 a.m. CST


    by mrbong

    many thanks for that link - somehow missed that one, and really enjoyed seeing that. may God, Jesus, Allah, Mohammed, Buddah and a few other deities whose name escape me at the moment bless you and your dojo with love and peace for your exceptional, unsolicited act of kindess.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 12:46 a.m. CST

    the dum guy

    by mrbong

    the remake of The Italian Job has a sequel on the way, i seem to recall reading somewhere? not sure if that's exactly what you mean, but there you go.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 2:18 a.m. CST


    by The Dum Guy

    No, I meant that the sequel has nothing to do with the remake. Like, there are kind of two Halloween 2's, but they each follow only after the previous movie before it. The closest thing I can think of is how the Universal Soldier franchise has evolved.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 2:21 a.m. CST

    the dum guy

    by mrbong

    my apologies, mate. nothing else really springs to mind beyond the movies you have mentioned.

  • It also has some catchy tunes.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 3:48 a.m. CST

    It's abput time AICN wrote a full article on Christopher Lee..

    by Righteous Brother

    He's been kicking ass in film for 7 decades now, been in tons of great genre pics and even released heavy metal albums. I know there'll be an obit when he eventually passes, but I'd like to read something about him now, whilst he's still with us.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 3:57 a.m. CST

    by Aidil_Afham

    Yes, but does it have Nic Cage in a bear suit punching a woman in the face?

  • Towards the end of their 'Frankenstein' series, Hammer Productions attempted a sexy reboot for the young 'uns by remaking the original story as 'The Horror of Dracula' in 1970 starring Ralph Bates as the mad scientist, then ignored it and went back to their original Cushing-starring series with 1974's 'Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell', picking up sometime after the 1969 'Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed'.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 5:58 a.m. CST

    The Horror of Dracula?

    by buggerbugger

    'The Horror of Frankenstein', of course. Duh.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 6:58 a.m. CST

    DumGuy you're confused I think

    by D.Vader

    Theres The Wicker Man (original). There's The Wicker Man (remake). There's The Wicker Tree (quasi-sequel to original Wicker Man). That's not that bizarre, to get a sequel to the original movie after it's had a remake of it as well. Is that what you're talking about? Dawn/Day of the Dead is not the same thing. With that you've got: Dawn of the Dead (orginal) Day of the Dead (original sequel) Dawn of the Dead (remake of original) Day of the Dead (remake of original but not a sequel to the Dawn remake) That instance was truly bizarre, esp putting Ving Rhames in that one too.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 7:24 a.m. CST

    Course, it doesn't seem that bizarre, but then again...

    by D.Vader

    I'm having trouble thinking of a movie that got a sequel after its remake came out. All these reboots and remakes and reimaginings over the years have me confused. Perhaps the new Planet of the Apes prequel would fit this category. Or actually, it'd make a new category I bet. Because we've got: Planet of the Apes (original) Planet of the Apes (remake) Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (sequel to original) And soon we've got Rise of the Apes which is... what? A remake of Conquest of the Planet of the Apes? Or a new prequel to Planet of the Apes (original?) Both? Nothing to do with the Planet of the Apes remake though, right? So weird.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Someone needs to look up Moiré . . .

    by Thall_Joben

    Jeez guys, it's an easy fix - most photo packges have a 'de-screen' or 'remove Moiré' option. Easier still - if you're scanning from a mag, just spin the image on the scanner till it's not apparent. Have fun ;)

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 8:10 a.m. CST

    filmed in 3dungaree.

    by vulturess

    i like chris lee's floaters.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Well, the real Saint Valentine was martyred horrifically...

    by Royston Lodge maybe it is more appropriate than you realise?

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Britt Nekkid was a body double

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    Sorry. Says so on the DVD commentary as I recall. I was crushed too. Still the next best thing.

  • ... only at her insistence, since the filmmakers saw nothing wrong with it. But Britt was adamant for a body double for her ass shots, or she wouldn't be in the movie, and since the filmmakers know how much of a crowd she naked in a movie could be, just went with her demands. Thing is, nobody in the film production understood why Britt would so coy about showing her fine ass, when she had no problem with frontal nudity at all. Actors!

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 1:54 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    'The Horror of Frankenstein', is that the movie where in the end this dumb idiot touches some rope and it let do pour a lot of acid to a vat where his monster was hidding,and thus destroy all his efforts? If so, i saw that movie, and that ending was bizarre and yet funny in a very dark humour sort of way.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 1:58 p.m. CST

    The Wicker Tree? So finally Robin Hardy directs again. About time!

    by AsimovLives

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Not Eckland's ass?!? I'm devastated!

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Well, not quite devastated, but definitely perturbed. Honestly, I barely remember her breasts. But that ass? Oh, yeah... At least that "Wicker Tree" trailer looks like all kinds of good fun! I've gotten an insta-crush on that cherub-cheeked blond and her pretty awesome rack!

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Re: Day of the Dead remake

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Truly, one of the most GODAWFUL pieces of zombie shit ever made. How Ving Rhames could have signed on for that, I'll never, ever, ever understand. Sure, I'll bet he made a bunch of money, but the guy can't be THAT desperate... And what the fuck happened Mena Suvari's career, speaking of world-class ass? Jesus...

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Best horror musical of all time

    by Keith

    Sadly, that's not Ekland's real arse in the film.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Another piece of strange trivia

    by Keith

    The stunt arse woman had her period when the scene was filmed and was leaking everywhere.

  • Because Valentine's Day this year was the 20th anniversary of the film's release in the U.S. theaters. That's why.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 7:49 p.m. CST


    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    Yeah... I don't remember them either. The ass image is burnt into my brain as if by hot iron. But I can't remember the breasts. Funny how the dirty mind works!

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 7:56 a.m. CST


    by buggerbugger

    You know, I can't recall how 'Horror of Frankenstein' ends at all, haha. I think my mind has blocked those awful memories to save my sanity. I do remember that 'The Curse of Frankenstein' (Hammer's first adaptation of the original Frankenstein tale) ends with the Christopher Lee monster falling into a vat of acid - is that what you're thinking of? But maybe the Darth Prowse monster in 'Horror of Frankenstein' also succumbs to a vat full of acid?

  • There was a TV interview with Britt Ekland a few years ago here in the UK where she regretted using that bottom-double because the girl they used didn't have as good a backside as Britt's own, haha.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 4:10 p.m. CST

    This will be beyond horrible

    by Koyaanisqatsi

    Seriously, people with any kind of good taste all know that everything that takes place in the comic after "Not enough gun" is stupidity of the highest degree. You will be hard pressed to find another comic series that gets that retarded that fast and then manages to get worse by the end.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 4:10 p.m. CST


    by Koyaanisqatsi

    I was on the page with the DJ Caruso/Preacher article and somehow I ended up posting here.