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3.9
2,928 Ratings

The Wicker Man

Directed by Robin Hardy
United Kingdom, 1973
Drama, Horror, Thriller

Synopsis

This cult classic follows a police detective as he investigates the disappearance of a young girl on a strange island inhabited by sexually adventurous pagans.

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The Wicker Man Directed by Robin Hardy
It's a masterclass in threatening coziness, in the ways that the ruddy, friendly faces of a rural town can creep you the hell out... take the ride, because it has a prime horror movie ending. And if that prime horror movie ending bums you out, you can always pick yourself up again by heading to YouTube and watching Nicolas Cage scream about the bees.
October 12, 2017
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One could choose to view "The Wicker Man" cynically, as an extremely clever version of 1970s "male-gaze" cinema in which Summerisle's implausible levels of female pulchritude and nudity are not technically gratuitous, but serve the story. That's a valid perspective, but from this distance it looks more to me like a work of seductive erotic genius. This movie is a product of its time, to be sure, but that time was perhaps the most adventurous era in cinema history.
September 26, 2013
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Knowing something is up and knowing just what that is prove to be two very different things for both protagonist and viewer, and The Wicker Man is propelled by the thrill of not knowing. Many a film has tried to replicate this wonderfully off-kilter vibe—and a few, most recently Ben Wheatley's Kill List, have come close—but none has quite pulled it off.
September 25, 2013
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