The Wicker Man Reviews

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August 31, 2020
There's suspense and wonderment, even when the pacing is a bit slow and the delay of answers a touch frustrating.
March 22, 2020
Besides being a great horror film, The Wicker Man is a marvelous time capsule of the 1970s.
April 8, 2019
An exploitative mystery horror film in which Edward Woodward overacts his heart out.
February 22, 2019
Its mysteries rely not on easy gimmicks, but on a process of intellectual unfolding carried out jointly by Howie and the viewer. All of this takes place against a context or texture of haunting eeriness.
February 18, 2019
A slow burn of a horror film portraying cynicism and paranoia that's as effective as our belief of its possibility. It's just plain weird and great. [Full review in Spanish].
November 10, 2018
A genius conflation of the on-screen pagan versus Christian (and provincial versus federal) dichotomies into an equally combustible cinematographic battle of the sensibilities
October 7, 2013
Christopher Lee, who plays the lord of the island, thinks it's one of the finest films he's ever made -- and he's right.
May 2, 2012
A truly unique horror movie, one of the odd handful throughout history that doesn't really seem to have been influenced by anything and has no obvious heirs, not even its own remake.
December 15, 2010
Adult chiller about modern pagans -- no Hogwarts.
October 10, 2009
A mordant study of theological anxiety
October 29, 2008
The gothic ambiance and mood synonymous with the era's familiar tales of unholy menace is wholly absent. If there is evil here, it doesn't know it's evil.
October 7, 2008
It remains a fine example of occult horror that remains with the viewer well past its conclusion.
October 7, 2008
Anthony Shaffer penned the screenplay which, for sheer imagination and near-terror, has seldom been equalled.
October 7, 2008
Robin Hardy's 1973 cult horror film passed through several distributors, several versions, and several bankruptcies, picking up a powerful reputation along the way.
August 24, 2007
You can't help smiling at the audacity of it all and shivering a little at the feelbad ending.
August 24, 2007
The tension occasionally goes slack, but hardly anything surpasses that clifftop finale for freakish terror.
August 24, 2007
Part folk musical, part occult chiller, and quite mad.
August 24, 2007
A British golden-oldie worthy to be placed alongside classics such as Ira Levin's The Stepford Wives or Rosemary's Baby.
August 24, 2007
Devised by its star Christopher Lee, director Robin Hardy and writer Anthony Shaffer as a meditation on the rise of New Age spiritualism, the movie is now, of course, gleefully camp and a tad reactionary.
August 24, 2007
The ultimate British cult classic -- a unique film that straddles genres, features Christopher Lee in a dress and builds toward one of cinema's most memorable climaxes.
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