Our Hero comports himself with a certain obliviousness to danger. Is it sloppy writing, or just that Our Hero stubbornly believes enough in Jesus Christ and Her Majesty the Queen to assume no one would dare touch him? Either way, The Wicker Man is less an airtight mystery thriller than a kind of religious parable for happy nihilists, plus a fine case study in cozy paranoia. Happy Halloween, y'all!
It's not really horror, it's rather more a musical mystery with a ending that left us thought-prvovking for many viewings now. The storyline still amuses me ever since I watched the first time (yes, the masks, Britt Ekland singing & dancing, the wicker man, Lord Summerisle, the rituals, the mystery, etc.)
Ignore that Nic Cage remake, this is what you should be watching. A clash of religious ideals and some sexually charged folk music with a dash of Christopher Lee playing one of his best villains ever and you have a truly great horror movie. Where oh where has Robin Hardy gone?
3 1/2 out of 5 stars. I love the overall setting The Wicker Man created which complimented the conservative Woodward's nightmare. The music was fun, even if it was goofy & a bit dated. Just when it started getting boring the discomfort level went up and I was actually disturbed by the end. Christopher Lee made a great bad guy and Britt Ekland's dance of seduction was too silly to be erotic.
Very arbitrary views. This is a film that underestimates its audience. Sorry for sounding like a total MUBI douche, but with a crazy ending like that I feel like talking in the same idiotic matter as the inital 82 minutes of the film. God damn you, Robin hardy!!!
Highly disturbing. Few films are more atmospheric and haunting. There's something about the rough and tumble style of filmmaking that works well here. I empathized with Sargent Howie to a degree. I imagine many would react similarly if confronted with the absurd and horrific.
Suffers a little from trying to be a whodunit and not a character examination. The bizarre imagery is more than enough to carry the film as is the fantastic performances, yet as a mystery it is a little too predictable. 4/5
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.