The Wicker Man (1973)

Ambitious thriller, with a small cult following. And deservedly so (deservedly small, that is). A devout Christian copper from the Scottish mainland visits a pagan island to investigate a girl's disappearance and finds disturbing (to him) goings-on there. Disturbing is too strong a word for what most viewers will find. The cryptic, conspiratorial, tight-lipped behavior of the islanders is merely irritating. And the pseudo-folk musical numbers, especially the one with Britt Ekland slapping her naked haunches, are just embarrassing. The ending, with the appearance of the impressive title figure, is incredible, but not in the best sort of way. With Edward Woodward, Diane Cilento, and Christopher Lee; written by Anthony Shaffer; directed by Robin Hardy. 1973.

1.0 stars

— Duncan Shepherd

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x76 Oct. 29, 2013 @ 4:18 p.m.

Piecing together a definitive version of this film has been a rather elusive quest over the decades. It's an exceptionally well-told tale, completely unique. The rather glib micro-review irritated me. This film is worth seeing.


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