WICKER MAN is a disarmingly simple film that grows on you with repeated viewings.
Forget the reportedly awful 2006 remake, this 1973 classic directed by Robin Hardy is a unique fish-out-of-water horror film that takes place entirely in the daylight and weaves an eerie spell around the viewer which won’t soon be forgotten. The tale of a self-righteous puritan (played by TV’s Equalizer, Edward Woodward) who travels to an island where things aren’t what they seem is an eye-opener of the first order, so well written (by scribe Anthony Shaffer) that Christopher Lee reportedly agreed to appear in it for free. Our repressed conservative police office, Sergeant Howie, arrives at the hippiest island ever, to investigate a missing child report, but he soon finds himself at odds with some of the Pagan traditions on Summerisle. In fact the eccentric community seems less concerned with the little girl’s disappearance and possible death than it is with messing with the new arrival’s head. Soon there are naked women (namely Britt Ekland) doing fertility dances outside his door, confusing mind games with the Lord of Summerisle (Lee), and a growing mystery as to who’s responsible for her disappearance, as Howie begins to unearth occult practices within the community. Is it paranoia, hallucination, or is the mob out to get him? If you’re a fan of creepy Hammer Studios films or any well written movie that dares to be different, you’ll enjoy finding out for yourself – so ignore the remake and avoid spoilers, and experience it for yourself. For goodness’ sake, it’s a movie about isles – you gotta love it.
July 2, 2010 No Comments