in about 100 words or less
UK 88m, Colour
Director: Robin Hardy; Cast: Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento, Ingrid Pitt, Britt Ekland
The Wicker Man is a cleverly scripted horror film which also contains an unexpected musical element that adds to its overall strangeness and general foreboding mood. The story is set in the fictional island community of Summerisle, where there is a revival of pagan beliefs and rituals that are practiced by the entire town. The central plot of much of the film is an investigation which brings a lone police officer to Summerisle to determine the whereabouts of a “missing” young girl. The effectiveness of the film can be attributed to the misdirection given to both the audience and to the officer during his ill-fated investigation. The true nature of the plot is provided in a twist ending – when the community’s elaborate ruse is finally revealed in a horrific final scene (Klaus Ming February 2010).