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The Wicker Man Reviews

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March 21, 2020
Besides being a great horror film, The Wicker Man is a marvelous time capsule of the 1970s.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
April 8, 2019
An exploitative mystery horror film in which Edward Woodward overacts his heart out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 22, 2019
Its mysteries rely not on easy gimmicks, but on a process of intellectual unfolding carried out jointly by Howie and the viewer. All of this takes place against a context or texture of haunting eeriness.
February 18, 2019
A slow burn of a horror film portraying cynicism and paranoia that's as effective as our belief of its possibility. It's just plain weird and great. [Full review in Spanish].
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 10, 2018
A genius conflation of the on-screen pagan versus Christian (and provincial versus federal) dichotomies into an equally combustible cinematographic battle of the sensibilities
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 7, 2013
Christopher Lee, who plays the lord of the island, thinks it's one of the finest films he's ever made -- and he's right.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 2, 2012
A truly unique horror movie, one of the odd handful throughout history that doesn't really seem to have been influenced by anything and has no obvious heirs, not even its own remake.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
December 15, 2010
Adult chiller about modern pagans -- no Hogwarts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 10, 2009
A mordant study of theological anxiety
October 29, 2008
The gothic ambiance and mood synonymous with the era's familiar tales of unholy menace is wholly absent. If there is evil here, it doesn't know it's evil.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 7, 2008
It remains a fine example of occult horror that remains with the viewer well past its conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 7, 2008
Anthony Shaffer penned the screenplay which, for sheer imagination and near-terror, has seldom been equalled.
October 7, 2008
Robin Hardy's 1973 cult horror film passed through several distributors, several versions, and several bankruptcies, picking up a powerful reputation along the way.
August 24, 2007
You can't help smiling at the audacity of it all and shivering a little at the feelbad ending.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 24, 2007
The tension occasionally goes slack, but hardly anything surpasses that clifftop finale for freakish terror.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 24, 2007
Part folk musical, part occult chiller, and quite mad.
August 24, 2007
A British golden-oldie worthy to be placed alongside classics such as Ira Levin's The Stepford Wives or Rosemary's Baby.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 24, 2007
Devised by its star Christopher Lee, director Robin Hardy and writer Anthony Shaffer as a meditation on the rise of New Age spiritualism, the movie is now, of course, gleefully camp and a tad reactionary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 24, 2007
The ultimate British cult classic -- a unique film that straddles genres, features Christopher Lee in a dress and builds toward one of cinema's most memorable climaxes.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 24, 2007
It's a heady brew, but Hardy keep the mystery simmering, while his staging of several merrie pagan songs -- and of course the chilling climax -- is truly memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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