The Wicker Man (1973)
Robin Hardy was not asked to direct the sequel, and never read the script, as he did not like the idea of Howie surviving the sacrifice, or the fact that the actors would have aged by twenty to thirty years between the two films. In May 2010, Hardy discussed The Loathsome Lambton Worm. "I know Tony did write that, but I don't think anyone particularly liked it, or it would have been made.
. Howie and McTaggart enter a pub and Howie chastises the landlord for having singing, dancing and music without a licence. (Incidentally, Katie Gardner, who plays a prostitute in the scene, was once shortlisted for the part of May Morrison).
. The congregation segment originally had a scene where Howie and his fiancée meeting with a butcher and his wife. The cast includes two credits for a "Communicant", one played by Jan Wilson and the other by Ross Campbell.
. As Howie leaves the mainland, there's an exchange between two fishermen - "Do you think he might be going for good?" "It always does to look on the bright side".
. Howie's meeting with Mrs Morrison was much longer. They would have a longer conversation before he spoke with Myrtle and when she offered him a cup of tea.
. Howie's arrival at the Grimmond house. This scene was kept in the film until a reasonably late stage as evidenced by the redundant "Mrs. Grimmond" credit on the end of the finished movie. Due to the removal of this material, the Holly Grimmond character ends up not speaking, but she can still be seen as one of the pupils in the schoolroom scene (the girl in the blue and white jumper) and during the stones sequences. Likewise, her mother can still be seen in some of the crowd shots (for example, when Howie first walks into the pub and approaches the bar).
. Sandwiched between Howie's meal at The Green Man and his evening walk, a scene was originally shot where Howie observes some more strange happenings in the pub. Though this sequence was excised from the final film, the remnants of the wrestling match are still visible when Howie returns from his stroll. Paperwork indicates that the "onlooker" character was actually Broome (Lord Summerisle's attendant). The Duggald character (the smaller man in the fight, played by Jimmy MacKenzie) was renamed to Briar before shooting (hence the credit at the end of the film) and can be seen prominently later as one of the two men holding Howie as he is stripped and anointed (the other is Oak).
. In the first shot of Summerisle and Ash Buchanan in the garden, you can just about see that Summerisle is holding a sapling. The script describes the significance of this:
This is Lord Summerisle. In his hands he holds a willow sapling and a dress dagger. ... Lord Summerisle passes his willow sapling and dagger to the youth, who starts rhythmically to chop off all the branches, until the sapling is stripped. The youth then moves forward and plants it firmly, questioningly under Willow's window.
. The scene where Howie talks to Willow outside the pub on the morning of his first day on the island was originally longer. After she has directed him to the school, he remembers something else and walks back over to her.
. Howie's chat with Miss Rose was originally longer, with her challenging his authority.
. Howie's meeting with Dr. Ewan was originally longer.
. When questioning the keeper of the local chemist's, Mr Lennox, the scene originally started with Howie meeting him outside his shop.
. After the scene in the library, Howie was seen catching a lift up to Summerisle's castle. This scene is noted on production paperwork as having been filmed.
. Howie's meeting with Lord Summerisle was originally longer and featured Summerisle talking about the island's apples. Christopher Lee was very upset that this scene was cut.
. After Howie's forced entry into the chemist's shop, he returns to The Green Man and asks Willow about "The day of death and rebirth."
. Howie's searching the hairdressing-salon for Rowan was longer and he hairdresser had some spoken lines.
. Howie's scenes with the baker and the fishmonger were longer.
. Howie searching the Summerisle butcher's shop for Rowan and talking with the butcher. The actor playing the butcher is still credited.