Mary Poppins Returns
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The conclusion is chilling, disturbing and perfectly in keeping with what has taken place before.
If not quite the holy grail of horror films, than a holy terror just as well, lying lovingly in wait.
An absolute must for all serious movie buffs.
It remains a how-to model for making something that fancies itself a slow-burn thriller-until it isn't slow-burning whatsoever.
Many a film has tried to replicate this wonderfully off-kilter vibe -- and a few have come close -- but none has quite pulled it off.
It all helps it make a little more sense on a narrative level without diminishing everything that made it a cult classic in the first place.
No, it hasn't dated particularly well, and Hardy's rampant misogynistic tendencies feel even more appalling now. But it's still an unmissable one-off.
The strengths are overpowering; Edward Woodward's towering performance, Anthony Shaffer's brilliantly nasty script, Paul Giovanni's weirdie folk music, and that matchlessly horrifying ending.
While its influence has grown over the years, The Wicker Man still has the feel of a film apart, an island detached from the mainstream.
Troubling, brilliant and unmissable.
A British horror oddity like no other, now fully authorised.
The film's driftier interludes, however raggedly psychedelic, remain crucial to its aura, one of hypnotically sinister good cheer.
Quite audacious for the time it came out, this creepy cult classic should be remembered for the intelligent questions that it raises about religious intolerance and blind faith, with an also memorable performance by Christopher Lee and a terrifying, unforgettable ending.
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