Oh the horror of conservative Britain, this is what they’re fighting against: a promiscuous hippie commune with heathen rituals and pseudo-science, no Christians visible, only naked girls jumping over fire - of course, since it would be too dangerous with clothes on. “The Wicker Man” is a hilarious, eerie, bold, wicked and magnificently written piece of a movie.
Really liked this movie, the way it shows the catholic teachings, that every other form of worship twords any other thing other than The Great Big Bearded guy called God, is Paganism or just creation of the devil. Christopher Lee makes a great crossdresser hahahaha.
"Its easy for kids to belive in reincarnation, than resurection."
Horribly haunting and frightening. A classic of the horror genre completely devoid of gore. The scares here are deeper cultural and spiritual ones. The last scene of the film is breathtaking and Christopher Lee has rarely been better.
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.
Why should predictability be a gage of how good a film is? The Wicker Man is pure genius, and the ending is incredible. And even though I KNOW what is going to happen, I still have enjoyed this film upon repeated viewing because of its high craft and the bizarre universe the film so perfectly creates. A unique and chilling experience every time.
Wicker Man is nearly unmatched in shocking finales. While the mystery doesn't obviously have the same surprise in subsequent viewings, one can then better take in the themes. As an analysis on organized religion, it asks us if the more mainstream religions are truly any more different or wrong than paganism, especially if a cultural/societal Christ-figure is created. Even then, are these beliefs fiction or reality?