Annalee: The climax is the most important part of this truly unique landmark British film about the horrors of religion. I can't imagine not being riveted enough by the creepy images/intriguing mystery to turn the film off prematurely. And although films are subjective, the 1 star you gave Robin Hardy's The Wicker Man is far more suited to the truly laughable remake (but to each their own). IMO, horror at its finest.
One of the all time great 'cult' films. Though somewhat dated in its music use and look the film still has the power to un-nerve and fascinate. Shaffer's script is a clever examination of paganism trying to exist outside the parameters of a christian culture's acceptability. Woodward just great as the sergeant and Lee well cast as Lord Summerisle. Creepy at times, suspenseful at others and in the end horrifying.
Interesting how it's as if the camera-eye is already "paganized" with the island, by that I mean it doesn't agree with the horror-viewer's normal reactions. The viewer feels estranged both from the film's subject and its technique.