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Amazon.co.uk Review
It must be stressed that despite the fact that it was produced in 1973 and stars both Christopher Lee and Britt Ekland, The Wicker Man is not a Hammer Horror film. There is no blood, very little gore and the titular Wicker Man is not a monster made out of sticks that runs around killing people by weaving them into raffia work. Edward Woodward plays Sergeant Howie, a virginal, Christian policeman sent from the Scottish mainland to investigate the disappearance of young girl on the remote island of Summer Isle. The intelligent script by Anthony Schaffer, who also wrote the detective mystery Sleuth (a film with which The Wicker Man shares many traits), derives its horror from the increasing isolation, confusion and humiliation experienced by the na? Howie as he encounters the island community's hostility and sexual pagan rituals, manifested most immediately in the enthusiastic advances of local landlord's daughter Willow (Britt Ekland). Howie's intriguing search, made all the more authentic by the film's atmospheric locations and folkish soundtrack, gradually takes us deeper and deeper into the bizarre pagan community living under the guidance of the charming Laird of Summer Isle (Lee, minus fangs) as the film builds to a terrifying climax with a twist to rival that of The Sixth Sense or Fight Club. --Paul Philpott
Synopsis
This controversial British cult classic, considered by its producer upon completion to be one of the worst films ever made, has been little seen since its brief theatrical release even though it is now regarded as a classic of British cinema. Edward Woodward stars as Sergeant Howie, a 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, one mistrustful and hostile to outsiders--none of them seem willing to even acknowledge the disappearance of young Rowan. Soon Howie begins to realise that the town belongs to some sort of pagan cult, one given to unbridled sexuality and possibly human sacrifice. Seeking an audience with the oddly civilised Lord Summerisle (Christopher Lee), Howie hopes to get to the bottom of the mystery, but instead finds something more shocking than he could have ever imagined.
A true cult classic that paints a disturbing portrait of an almost prehistoric, multi-deity worshipping society given to Bacchanalian excess and bizarre rituals, THE WICKER MAN is a truly unsettling experience. Erotic and mysterious, the film evokes the primal urges that underlay modern society through its unforgettable imagery and story.
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banned#1
voted cold for the idiotc review
#2
Voted hot for containing best dancing naked to a wooden door scene in any movie!
#3
Voted Hot for being a great film far better than the later version.
#4
Voted hot for not containing Nic Cage (even though I do like him).
#5
fatstoat
Voted hot for containing best dancing naked to a wooden door scene in any movie!


Apart from her dancing naked, I thought her "acting" was a bit wooden.
But that aside, it is still a great film so voted hot for that reason. :thumbsup:
#6
Have this already, but mines the white cover with 2 disks I think, will have to dig it out.
#7
Jumpingphil
Apart from her dancing naked, I thought her "acting" was a bit wooden.

To be honest even I felt a bit wooden when I first watched this in my early teens.

It's a great film and all Christians should watch it.
#8
A little gem nowadays this one .
#9
Hot price for a genuine classic. We waited so many years for a director's cut of this and the 'long' US VHS used to trade hands for a small fortune!

The US remake is a comedy abomination. "My legs! My legs!"
#10
fatstoat
Voted hot for containing best dancing naked to a wooden door scene in any movie!



yeah and we all know it wasnt her right??it was a body double did the nude bits..
#11
cobrastang
yeah and we all know it wasnt her right??it was a body double did the nude bits....:w00t:


Brilliant - I'm sure theres an opening for you when Jonathan Ross eventually leaves the BBC

Excellent film - Christopher Lee reportedly did this film for nothing he was so impressed with the script.
#12
How is still so expensive? It's not even very good.

Also, you can get the Director's cut for the same price, on play.com
#13
great film.
but the nicolas cage version was comprehensibly lame.

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