Review: ‘The Wicker Man’

The Wicker Man was lensed entirely on location in Scotland and is possessed of a weird and paganistic story. Anthony Shaffer penned the screenplay which, for sheer imagination and near-terror, has seldom been equalled.

The Wicker Man was lensed entirely on location in Scotland and is possessed of a weird and paganistic story. Anthony Shaffer penned the screenplay which, for sheer imagination and near-terror, has seldom been equalled.

Frightening aspects build one upon the other as a Scottish police sergeant arrives on a little offshore island to investigate the disappearance of a young girl. He finds, under the regime of an all-powerful, benevolent and suave despot, a sinister situation dating back to the days of pagan practices and fertility rites.

Edward Woodward plays role of the sergeant who arrives to find a conspiracy of silence and is forced into a fatal part in the paganistic rituals. Christopher Lee is the cultured feudal Lord Summerisle, lord of the island. Both score in their roles.

The Wicker Man

UK

Production

British Lion/Brut. Director Robin Hardy; Producer Peter Snell; Screenplay Anthony Shaffer; Camera Harry Waxman; Editor Eric Boyd-Perkins; Music Paul Giovanni; Art Director Seamus Flannery

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1973. Running time: 87 MIN.

With

Edward Woodward Britt Ekland Diane Cilento Ingrid Pitt Christopher Lee Roy Boyd
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