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March 26, 2020
it is kinof weird movie
May 5, 2019
The slight twist at the end isn't enough to make this creepy film rewatchable. The village's awkward residents seem to be missing the darkness that would be serving the plot. The gratuitous nudity and sexual undertones seem only to shock the audience who may have found this disturbing when it was released... this isn't the case now. It almost plays out like an overly long episode of the Twilight Zone.
March 27, 2019
The only problem with The Wicker Man is the first 77 minutes.
January 28, 2019
Great climax and twist. The excess of singing is a downside. Some of the acting is a bit over the top. But overall is a great movie.
January 16, 2019
A very good mystery with a gripping ending.
½ December 19, 2018
Well-acted and mysterious. The soundtrack is very good.
½ November 29, 2018
This wasnt a horror movie. There were no scares. Its a suspenceful drama. Decent storyline with a good ending.
October 16, 2018
Eerie atmospheric film from the 70s with interesting plot twists and enjoyable dialogue.
October 2, 2018
Its October so its Halloween that means horror movie time. The original Wickerman even though a little dated and with no violent killings is still to this day a very good movie. The story line is simple but deep especially for being made in the 70s. The people on this island were completely insane to say the least I mean luring a police officer to the island by tricking him into thinking their is a missing child who could have been murdered only to find out shes still alive and that the cop will be burned alive as a sacrifice to appease the gods so that their fruits and vegetables will grow next Harvest. The whole entire movie is nuts and definitely worth watching
August 6, 2018
A pagan cult horror classic with lots of mystery, shock, and surprise.
½ July 22, 2018
A filmographic masterpiece, this tale of a strange pagan cult and an officer who abides by the laws of society and God has us bolt upright throughout. It's unique flavour and eccentric characters make for a beautifully constructed film in addition to the intriguing and riveting plot of a strong Christian believer off to a secluded and rural island of Summerisle in search of a missing girl. The journey that Seargent Howie unknowingly embarks on puts his sanity, faith and pride into question as they are constantly being challenged. This film ends with one of the most iconic and shocking scenes in cinematic history, leaving us with our mouths agape. This truly is Britains best horror...and not one you will ever forget!
½ July 18, 2018
The Wicker Man is a so bad it becomes good movie starring Nicholas Cage as he continues his descent into B movie schlock in order to pay off his tax bills. The film concerns a policeman whose daughter goes missing and he is lead to an island where neo pagans live and thrive. The film has become known for its unintentional hilarity which includes scenes such as Nicholas Cage punching a woman wearing a bear suit and the infamous "not the bees" scene. You can watch this just to see what an unintentionally campy film can be. (A 4 just because this is so bad its good)
Super Reviewer
July 14, 2018
This popular British cult film follows a devout Christian policeman to an island where the locals are all believers of some ancient pagan Earth god. And "horrors". That's it. The shocker. An island of sex fertility nuts. Atmospheric and moody, it's those charms that carry the thing. It's different, that's for sure.
½ July 8, 2018
4.5/5. Not at alll what I expected it to be, The Wicker Man is intelligent and subtle in building tension. The mystery is engaging and the film itself is so surreal. It will make you go WTF multiple times and is truly an experience to watch.
June 26, 2018
One of my favourite films...it has a documentary quality emphasised by the announcement at the start that thanks should be given to Lord Summerisle for allowing the events to be documented. Lee and Woodward performances are hugely impressive with locals packing out the main cast adding a more realistic air. Sure the film builds yo that one moment at the end but the bravery to have such a nihilistic end is to be admired. It challenges the sensibilities with lewd and shocking moments, but frankly the story stands up even if these scenes were omitted.
April 21, 2018
Not much of a horror film but rather good on the mystery front, "The Wicker Man" is a bit of an oddity. There's an unexpected amount of musical numbers and casual nudity and Hardy's approach can get pretty ethnographic at times, which, seeing as it's in tune with the script's themes of folklore, superstition and religion, is particularly interesting. I can't say I was taken aback by the resolution but the finale is surely iconic in its design and execution, thanks also to Woodward's great turn.
February 17, 2018
1001 movies to see before you die.
½ January 11, 2018
It's a difficult film to watch with modern eyes, the ideas and concepts within have been so lampooned by programmes like 'The League of Gentlemen' that any tension or fear is now lost. It's a really great film though and Woodward's performance is great in particular. Not many films have such a standout conclusion either.
January 3, 2018
You know it's a good movie already from the get go when there filming the beautiful English countryside and costal side. I want to visit this part of the world so bad. I love movies that show how beautiful a certain country or town is. Already, the few older gentlemen at the beginning seem suspicious. Love the camera work. Seems familiar to other horror movies of that same time, around the 70's.

I love the very English countryside setting, especially in the pub. The song they chant in the pub seems kind of inappropriate being that it's about the beautiful blonde and there's only guys in the pub. It slips right past you, but you can tell there's something off about it all. It seems to me that the town is completely fine with sex and reproduction and doesn't seem to find any of it as a sin or bad. Which can't be said much of the officer who is a religious man.

I will say that what they are teaching the kids in the schools, about reincarnation through the wind and water and animals, is a pretty beautiful message. That song that's played midway through the movie where the blonde girl is singing, was really wonderful. Pretty twisted the whole back story of Pagans and how they sacrifice humans.

Amazing imagery in this movie. The whole festival scene was intriguing. All the weird and creepy masks. Quite a beautiful but twisted ending. Seeing that huge statue burning with the sun glowing in the background, really mesmerizing. In the end, both religions, Christianity and Paganism, both had their extremes. The officer, representing Christianity, saw everything that was sexual as sinful and evil. While the whole island, representing Paganism, saw it fit to sacrifice a human in order for there crops to grow. Each one was too extreme. If they had both met in the middle somewhere, maybe religion wouldn't seem so harsh and unnecessary.

Overall, absolutely fantastic film! I knew from the beginning that it was going to be one hell of a movie, and boy was I not disappointed. It's always an interesting film when it covers topics such as religion and beliefs.
December 7, 2017
Classic horror movie, with great acting, and suspense. Awesome. Good work.
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