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The Wicker Man (1973)

UK 88m, Colour
Director: Robin Hardy; Cast: Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento, Ingrid Pitt, Britt Ekland

wicker-man-1973The 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).

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2 comments on “The Wicker Man (1973)

  1. Derrick
    02/14/2010

    It had a very Hammer feel to it didn’t it? The remake is worth watching in the sense that you see how insanely bad a movie can get. OH NO NOT THE BEES NOT THE BARGGBARGGEESS

  2. klausming
    02/15/2010

    Yeah it does have a similar feel – I also thought it had a bit of a Canadian look to it as well. I haven’t seen the remake, and probably won’t for a while – but was happy to find a copy of the original for $5 at our local gas station.

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