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The Wicker Man (1973)

  R HD Closed Captioning

Robin Hardy

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Plot Summary

Edward Woodward stars as Sergeant Howie, a naive young police officer sent to Summerisle, a secluded island off the coast of Scotland, to investigate the disappearance of a young girl named Rowan. When he arrives there, he finds a very tight-knit community that is mistrustful and hostile to outsiders. Soon, Howie begins to realize that the town might be a strange pagan cult, one given to unbridled sexuality and possible human sacrifice. Seeking an audience with the oddly civilized Lord Summerisle (Christopher Lee), Howie hopes to get to the bottom of the mystery, but instead he finds something more shocking than he could have ever imagined.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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90%
  • Reviews Counted: 48
  • Fresh: 43
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 7.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Anthony Shaffer penned the screenplay which, for sheer imagination and near-terror, has seldom been equalled. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: The Wicker Man's genre-bending, thematic daring, and tortuous history have made it the U.K.'s definitive cult movie. – Graham Fuller, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Like many of the best horror/thrillers, The Wicker Man works because it surprises audiences, relying on carefully-nurtured suspense rather than cheap, theatrical shocks. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Jun 10, 2008

Fresh: Robin Hardy's 1973 cult horror film passed through several distributors, several versions, and several bankruptcies, picking up a powerful reputation along the way. – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

A Harmonious Interlude of Horror and Societal Commentary

Between commenting on the role of religion and conflicting ideologies in society and integrating a masterful musical score, you'd think that "Wicker Man" would have it's hands full. However the film still maintains its status today as one of the most terrifying and suspenseful thrillers ever created. The interwoven urgency of the possible evil doings at hand as well as those by humanity as a whole make for a movie that not only will drop jaws, but also set minds into motion. Magnet's soundtrack workings make for such a stirring addition that the film often walks the line of treading into musical territory, most notably with the beautiful "Willow's Song." Forget the awful remake- go back to the roots of this film and realize what true horror is all over again.

Enjoyed it

I had heard many a story about this film and decided to check it out. I can say the movie was worth while. Those who wrote bad reviews are those who only like popcorn flicks which this film is not. It is from the 70s so don't expect award winning acting. It makes you wonder and think, and despite what others may say, the ending is one of my favorites of all time. Worth at least renting.

Exceptional

Hard to understand why some people dislike this movie....Liked it so much I bought it! A horror musical that really is legitamately freightening. Who else has ever been able to pull that off??

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Horror
  • Released: 1973

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