The Wicker Man

1973

Action / Crime / Horror / Musical / Mystery / Thriller

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 90%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 82%
IMDb Rating 7.6 10 56044

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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 xander-2 7 / 10

Chilling insight into ancient paganistic rituals, slightly chipped

The bizarre and chilling tale of a fool chosen to be king for a day.

The shocking denouement of this film has stayed with me for many years, far longer than scenes or images from more famous films. A classic of its kind, it deserves the re-release it will probably never get.

Superficially a mystery thriller, this intelligent and well researched story delves into the beliefs and rituals of Ancient Britain, its folk mythologies and music, and reveals some of the un-settling fears that lie at their root. Set on a remote Scottish Island and giving the appearance of being a Whisky Galore, Local Hero type community, there is yet something off-centre about the townspeople that Edward Woodward, as Sergeant Howie, has come to investigate. The presence of Christopher Lee as the eloquent, commanding Lord of the Isle, gives the film an insidiously creepy edge suggesting a Hammer Horror lurks around the next wee wall. He is perfect in the role.

The story un-folds like a cross between Chinatown and Rosemary's Baby, as the dogged Howie gets led all over town, up one blind alley and down another. Clues are dropped all the way about what is really going on, but we don't heed them. Until it's too late. Too late to walk away.

The standard video version runs for 85 minutes, cuts many important scenes and shows others out of sequence. A BBC version shown in 1998 ran around 95 minutes. The full version ran 102 minutes but I have never found it.

However, whilst uneven in parts and certainly flawed this is one of the most intelligent and interesting stories I have ever seen on film. See it yourself and you too will have many meetings with 'The Wicker Man', in your dreams, in the dark, where you cannot escape.

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.

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