Robin Hardy accomplished what many first time directors can only dream of – nailing a cult classic home run with his debut film with “The Wicker Man”. Though not a hit on its initial release, theatrical reshowings earned the film favorable reviews and praise by both critics and cult film fanatics alike. It has even earned a position as one of my personal favorite films of all time. Hardy must have felt satisfied with the reception of his debut film as he didn’t feel necessary to direct another motion picture, that until 16 years later with “The Fantasist”. For years “The Fantasist” was considered ‘that other film’ that Hardy directed, quickly brushed over and not given any attention on its initial released and it faded into oblivion on video store shelves where it made its United States debut. Now all these years later and seeing the film on DVD, it’s easy to see why it was so easily brushed over as Hardy suffered a serious case of what is commonly known as the ‘sophomore slump’.
Written By Eric Reifschneider