The Wicker Man (1973)


(out of 5)

A police officer () is summoned to a remote Scottish island by an anonymous letter that tells him of a young girl who has gone missing. When he arrives, he discovers that the people of the island are all members of a pagan religion that devotes itself to the worship of fertility, dancing around maypoles, holding bizarre spring rituals, and teaching schoolchildren about the symbolic importance of the phallus. He begins to smell the possibility of a ritualistic murder being prepared for the missing girl when the local inhabitants all insist that she is not only not missing but has never actually existed. This is a curious drama unlike anything you’ve ever seen, totally engrossing and building to a climax that will chill you to the very bone. (his own personal favourite of all the film roles he played) is marvelous as the local Laird, and  has a small part as the beautiful daughter of the local tavern owner (trivia: that’s a body double doing her vexatious nude scenes).  Remade, abysmally, by Neil LaBute.

British Lion Film Corporation

United Kingdom, 1973

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