The Wicker Man
Directed by Robin Hardy
Naive officer Sargeant Howie is sent to Summerisle, a secluded island off the coast of Scotland, to investigate the disappearance of a young girl named Rowan in this horror essential. 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. An all-time classic, with standout performances from Woodward and the legendary Christopher Lee, THE WICKER MAN is a high point in the still lively folk horror subgenre; its influence living on in the likes of KILL LIST, DARKLANDS and more.
A police sergeant travels to a remote Scottish island and its pagan community, in search of a missing girl.
Cast: Edward Woodward, Diane Cilento, Britt Ekland, Christopher Lee
I was never a fan of this film. I always thought it was a lot of fuss about nothing. The only good thing is Christopher Lee.
After years of procrastinating, I finally watched this and was terribly underwhelmed. If you think you like this old English rural horror setting, watch The Blood on Satan's Claw. (On Amazon, not here.) Then watch The VVitch. Both have a similar vibe but are superior flicks.
This is a great movie, but this is wrong version! This is the shorter, mixmatched chopped up version that was released into theaters against the director's wishes- this is also the version called "garbage" by Christopher Lee. Do yourself a favor and find a copy of the Final Cut, you will thank me later. It's way better, and the rhythms of the story flow so much better and is far creepier (and ending way more shocking). You can tell it's the wrong version by a combination of length, and where the scene with Willow dancing comes into play. If it's in the first half of the movie (like it is here), it's the wrong version. Completely messes up the rhythm of the whole thing. Since this is the wrong version, three skulls. The right cut, five skulls.
Absolute classic. Recommended if you're at all witchy.