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This intelligent horror film is subtle in its thrills and chills, with an ending that is both shocking and truly memorable. Read critic reviews

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Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward) arrives on the small Scottish island of Summerisle to investigate the report of a missing child. A conservative Christian, the policeman observes the residents' frivolous sexual displays and strange pagan rituals, particularly the temptations of Willow (Britt Ekland), daughter of the island magistrate, Lord Summerisle (Christopher Lee). The more Sergeant Howie learns about the islanders' strange practices, the closer he gets to tracking down the missing child.

Cast & Crew

Edward Woodward
Sergeant Neil Howie
Christopher Lee
Lord Summerisle
Lindsay Kemp
Alder MacGreagor
Donald Eccles
T.H. Lennox
Paul Giovanni
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Harry Waxman
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Seamus Flannery
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Sue Yelland
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Critic Reviews for The Wicker Man

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  • Jul 19, 2016
    Extremely audacious for the time it came out, this creepy cult classic should be remembered for the many intelligent questions it raises about religious intolerance and blind faith, while offering us also a memorable performance by Christopher Lee and a terrifying, unforgettable ending.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2015
    An unsettling horror film, The Wicker Man is set in a remote Scottish Isle where a police officer is tasked to find a missing girl. However, the bizarre behaviors of the inhabitants suggest something else is going on. The Wicker Man is quietly frightening with it's juxtaposition of cheerful songs and occult imagery, it's a rare British gem with a truly twisted ending.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • May 13, 2014
    While Cinemafantastique termed The Wicker Man "the Citizen Kane" of horror films, I believe this is an excellent and fascinating film but that designation is pure hyperbole. This film is not so much a horror film as it is an unusual mystery about a clash of cultures that defy understanding, and within one region of one nation. It is thought-provoking and iconoclastic. The ending is jaw-droppingly memorable, both visually and as the climax of the plot. I liked the cast; Woodward is perfectly cast, even better than the well-known Christopher Lee. Lee is an iconic villain yet this role calls more for obscure or mysterious than frightening or sinister. One-time Rod Stewart girlfriend Britt Ekland's nudity is a bonus! There is pervasive nudity throughout the film, added as a shock to traditional British sensibilities. The only real deficiencies, for me, are the goofy, "hippy" elements of this 1973 film. It archaic, today, like a pagan cult Brady Bunch. The plot and characters still hold up today as shocking, only some imagery and music are dated. In summation, this is a brilliant story of manipulation, delusion, even psychosis- comparisons with The Stepford Wives and Rosemary's Baby are legitimate.
    Clintus M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 29, 2012
    "The Wicker Man" could have benefited from better direction. I don't think that Robin Hardy fully realized that he had a potentially terrifying script in his hands, opting instead to take a more eccentric approach to the material. There are short musical numbers that almost come out of nowhere and they just don't fit, and moments that could have been tense and dramatic often come off as purposely silly. Overall, it's a hit-and-miss attempt that's memorable for its ending and because of how strange it is. Edward Woodward fits the role like a glove and he does well when the film takes an eerie turn in its latter stage, but "The Wicker Man" could have been much better if it just felt a little more serious.
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