Sep 25, 2021
Its ending is impactful and memorable, but the lead-up to its conclusion leaves a bit to be desired.
Apr 15, 2021
Classic...arguably the bleakest ending in cinema history anywhere...
Aug 31, 2020
There's suspense and wonderment, even when the pacing is a bit slow and the delay of answers a touch frustrating.
Mar 22, 2020
Besides being a great horror film, The Wicker Man is a marvelous time capsule of the 1970s.
Apr 8, 2019
An exploitative mystery horror film in which Edward Woodward overacts his heart out.
Feb 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.
Feb 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].
Nov 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
Oct 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.
Dec 15, 2010
Adult chiller about modern pagans -- no Hogwarts.
Oct 10, 2009
A mordant study of theological anxiety
Oct 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.
Oct 7, 2008
It remains a fine example of occult horror that remains with the viewer well past its conclusion.
Oct 7, 2008
Anthony Shaffer penned the screenplay which, for sheer imagination and near-terror, has seldom been equalled.
Oct 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.
Aug 24, 2007
You can't help smiling at the audacity of it all and shivering a little at the feelbad ending.
Aug 24, 2007
The tension occasionally goes slack, but hardly anything surpasses that clifftop finale for freakish terror.
Aug 24, 2007
Part folk musical, part occult chiller, and quite mad.
Aug 24, 2007
A British golden-oldie worthy to be placed alongside classics such as Ira Levin's The Stepford Wives or Rosemary's Baby.