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.
On iconic actor Christopher Lee’s birthday (he’d have been 95), we pay tribute with one of the best cult films of his overwhelmingly culty career. Despite being recently sullied by a Nicholas Cage remake, the oh-so-70s original still thrills with a palpable fear of rural communities and traditions.
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.
Completely bonkers, "The Wicker Man" just keeps getting better scene after scene. The twist and the final moments were specially good. The mixture of folk music, mystery and campy/weird moments along with lovely cinematography gave me a "Twin Peaks" vibe. Once you get on board with it, you'll find it truly entertaining.