Thursday, March 14, 2013

Brandon Schaefer's "The Wicker Man" Movie Poster

Summer is icumen in, loudly sing cuckoo. Grows the seed and blows the mead, and springs the wood anew. Sing, cuckoo! Ewe bleats harshly after lamb, cows after calves make moo-- Oh, sorry abou that! I didn't see you standing there. I was just singing a little tune I picked up somewhere or another, but I guess I should get going on this whole review thing. The Wicker Man is one of those titles that immediately conjures up two separate and opposing things. You may fondly remember the 1973 cult classic starring Christopher Lee and Edward Woodward that not only tells an engrossing tale, but also explores a world filled with conflicting beliefs and the sometimes sinister sacrifices required by faith. Or you might immediately recall the 2006 Nicolas Cage-starring remake which has itself become a cult film of sorts, though mainly because of its "so bad it's good" reputation. While I'm glad we live in a universe where both of these things can somehow harmoniously coexist, I'm even happier to declare that Brandon Schaefer's print honors the former film of the two and is as artful as it is mysterious.

The Wicker Man Movie Poster
Brandon Schaefer
26.5" x 38.5" (Screen Print) - Numbered
£40 (UK) / £50 (International) - Limited to 50

Brandon's poster is rife with symbolism and speaks directly to the film's central themes of faith, temptation, life, and death by cleverly subverting religious iconography (exhibits A and B: the rotten apple and the pseudo-serpent). I'm probably reading a bit too far into this with my next point, but I think it's interesting how, due to the print's monochromatic color scheme, many of its elements seem to be meld together, refusing any clear delineation and suggesting there are no easy answers. Though before I get too serious, let's not forget that while the original Wicker Man is a beautiful and terrifying film in many respects, it's also laughably nutty in all the right places, and I think Schaefer has tapped into the strange surrealism that helped make the movie so memorable. But the pièce de résistance here is that this may be the only Wicker Man poster that doesn't feature the wicker man, which I think is utterly awesome. Ultimately, Brandon's print offers up a grim, but beautiful interpretation of the film that's sure to spark many a conversation, as great art often does.

Here's what the artist had to say about his original intentions regarding the Wicker Man artwork (taken from the Seek and Speak tumblr):
"As for Wicker Man, the poster pulls from a lot of different places, but the main thrust plays off of the Christian story of the serpent offering an apple from the tree of knowledge and the consequences that come from taking that deceptive offering. It felt like it synched up with so much that was going on throughout the film. Howie is a devout Christian who, after being deceived and learning the truth about Summerisle, finds himself cast out of the world, alone in a burning effigy, crying out for God. The island of Summerisle is famous for it’s apples, stemming from an earthy crunchy set of beliefs. That society is ultimately rotten, however, given the foundations that it’s based on. The fish mask on the snake is a nod to the final act of the film which, well…is more than a little bizarre."
If you haven't yet experienced The Wicker Man do yourself a favor and watch this hypnotic trailer and then immediately purchase the film.

Brandon Schaefer's Wicker Man print will be available tomorrow (3/15) through the FrightFest Originals store at £40 and £50 for UK and international buyers, respectively. The print measures 26.5" x 38.5" and is limited to an edition of 50. To see more of Brandon's work, visit,, and follow @seekandspeak on Twitter. For the latest news on FrightFest Originals, head over to, sign up for their mailing list, and follow @frightfestorigi.

1 comment:

  1. The island of Summerisle is famous for its apples, stemming from an earthy crunchy set of beliefs. That society is ultimately rotten, however, given the foundations that it’s based on. I find that comment, and this poster, full of Christian bias. Like they haven't ever committed acts of religiously inspired barbarism, noo! I mean, what exactly does that mean? That society is ultimately rotten, however, given the foundations that it’s based on. If that means that they are pagan or heathen that's offensive, however if it means they sacrifice people in wicker men then I suppose that's a fair point. I'm a nonbeliever anyway but I've more time for pre christian religions than christianity itself...


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