Avec en allègre filigrane sonore quelques antiennes et comptines celtiques, éclairant les us et coutumes amoraux d'un insulaire microcosme faussement béotien, cette étonnante et fascinante œuvre délicieusement vénéneuse, devenue culte, reste un grand moment de cinéma d'une subtilité et d'un magnétisme époustouflants... www.cinefiches.com
A film that defies normal storytelling and combines elements of thriller, crime movie, folk music numbers and horror. It has an aura of realism through it and memorable cinematography. While it's ending can be said to be predictable there is something natural about it as this is the only way it could and should end.
Upon watching this at a Halloween screening my friend remarked that it was more "rapey" than her remembered - I completely disagree! It makes sense seem innocent and fancy-free and very freely and enthusiastically engaged it! The problem - the film posits - is when spiritual feelings and their rituals are cut off from the cycles of nature and institutionalised. But, we suspect, Lord Summerisle will get his. Campy?
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?
Eerie take on rural communities and their rites, juxtaposing the idyllic nature of the tight-knit island against the undercurrent of something's-not-right-here experienced by Sargeant Howie. A wonderful reflection on Paganism vs. Christianity in the modern era, too.
"Not being a horror film buff, I avoided this movie for years, thinking that it was simply a silly and compulsive cult-film fixation fest about closet-paganism run amok in the violence-saturated New Age West. A hippie-dippy witchy-woman musical that was anything but trite or predictable (but so obvious was its intention—or so I thought) that it fooled me right up until the last millisecond. Fooled again."