Review: The Wicker Man (1973)

I have a bold statement: This is the best b-movie out there! And one of my favourite movies all together.


Director: Robin Hardy
Stars: Christopher Lee, Edward Woodward, Britt Ekland
Distributor: Studio Canal
Runtime: 104 mins

“Come. It is time to keep your appointment with the Wicker Man.”


A police officer is travelling to the Summerisle, a little island out of the coast of Scotland, to investigate the disappearence of a young girl. While at the island, the locals seems weird and unhelpful regarding the girl. And more weird is the island’s leader and their weird rituals. Sgt. Howie suspect something hideous has happened to the girl, and gets determined to come to the bottom of the mystery.


Labeled as a horror and a cult movie. “The Wicker Man” is an unique approach to the genre. It’s got a plot unlike any other, revealing a gruesome and different ending. The casting is good, and very 70’s, but using local fishermen as extras helps to make this a social realistic nightmare. The music is also unique and always present. It’s almost a musical, as the characters are singing their bit. This is paganism in it’s most horrifying suit. The story unfolds in beautiful surroundings, almost always at daytime. It lacks the jump scare scenes, but the horror lies in the twisted normality of the story, and the way the characters interact in it. This is one of the best movies and most important genre films. Christopher Lee sees this movie as his favourite (and he’s been one of the busiest actors out there). Recommended with all of my movie-heart and soul!

Robin Hardyƕs THE WICKER MAN (1973). Courtesy: Rialto Pictures/ Studiocanal
This Studio Canal 40th anniversary release is just a wet dream for fans of the title. It’s a triple disc with three different cuts(some scenes have been lost for a long time). The soundtrack is on a CD. It’s got loads of interesting featurettes, interviews, audio commentaries and more. This is your best buy.