The Wicker Man

1973

Action / Crime / Horror / Musical / Mystery / Thriller

109
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 90%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 82%
IMDb Rating 7.6 10 54870

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Christopher Lee as Lord Summerisle
Ingrid Pitt as Librarian
Britt Ekland as Willow
Edward Woodward as Sergeant Howie
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Eric Stevenson 9 / 10

A pity this wasn't my introduction

This is probably one of the best horror movies I've seen, although I admit it doesn't really try that hard to be scary. It's a shame that my introduction to this film was the cheesy Nicolas Cage version. This is better in every way, mostly because well, the acting is infinitely better. It was weird watching this knowing how it would end. That still didn't take away any enjoyment from the film. What's great about this film is how philosophical it is.

We get a lot of great points raised about religion and other things like sexuality. It was hard to recognize such a young Christopher Lee. The pacing in this film was great, especially with how it didn't feel too long or short. The plot is that a religious police officer is going to this isolated island community to search for a missing girl. I don't know why the Nicolas Cage version had so much more women. ***1/2

Reviewed by patroklosmech 9 / 10

Quite good and ever valid

Quite an interesting case, this film mixes a horror narrative very uncommon ,but chillingly possible due to the unexplored depths of human nature and soul, with a bland and scarily cloudy landscape of winter in the Highlands.. FIlmed on a resgricted budget and a studio facing bankruptcy, it is nonetheless coherent and magnetizes the viewer. It contains a cinematography that managed to capture the beautiful atmosphere of a Scottish island and several red herrings. A movie that also benefits from the presence of Christopher Lee and comes along ith a very powerful message: whre reason sleeps not only monsters are born but the human mass is also uncontrollable. Don't avoid watching it if you stumble on it on TV or cinema.

Reviewed by GL84 8 / 10

Enjoyable if slightly flawed effort

Traveling to a secretive island, a mainland police detective investigating a child abduction case finds the locals practice a pagan-like religion that hinders his quest as the more he reveals about it the gradual realization of his appearance there is revealed and must stop it from happening.

This here was quite the fun if a really flawed effort. One of the few problems here is the fact that there are some really bland and unappealing folk songs throughout here that just make this one feel overlong and quite bland. The numerous musical interludes really overwhelm this one as they're not that good and really don't offer up much of anything for the film other than getting in some nice innuendo, but on the whole it's not that appealing to stop the film cold to feature yet another suggestive local song-and-dance that's already mentioned before or to have an utterly obnoxious folklore tune continually play out. There's also a rather big problem here with the central mystery that unfolds here, simply providing a series of behavior that he finds weird only due to the contrast against the Christian ideologies he keeps spouting off yet none of these events really have much of a horror or even suspense setup as their standoff-ish behavior and mysterious rituals don't have any building suspense. The whole first hour plays out like a sardonic fish-out-of-water tale rather than any kind of macabre overview of a horror film as it boils down to a continuous series of run-ins with free-spirited folks who stonewall his investigations and scoff as his views of their practices which really hinders the film somewhat. There's still a lot to like here despite these issues, as there's a wicked air under the surface here as the weirdness of their transgressions slowly reveals far more menacing tones. The way it shows their attention to the pagan religion spurning his efforts with their brazen worship of paganism iconography and symbolism, the lax attitude to sexuality that shows copious couplings in public spaces, nude worshipping practices and the induction of children into sexually explicit conversations which are then thrown back at him with a rather easy-going dismissal that works a rather involving mystery here as they overlay these with the slowly unfolding mystery about the girl. This is certainly aiding nicely with the events of the finale which is undoubtedly the highlight here with the absolutely crazy ritual procession through the town as the garish costumes and jovial dancing creates some fully impressive sequence which comes off nicely alongside the central twist here that makes for a truly harrowing and cruel twist that really works well here. That gives this a considerable amount of good parts over the flaws, and along with the fine nudity throughout gives this a lot to really enjoy about this one.

Rated R: Full Nudity, Violence, Language, some sexual conduct and intense themes of children-in-jeopardy.

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