The Wicker Man

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Released 1973

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Director:
Robin Hardy
Released:
1973
Rating:
R

The Wicker Man is a taut, atmospheric horror film which accomplishes what so few horror movies do: it profoundly frightens and disturbs its audience without showing large amounts of blood, gore, and horror. In fact, it frightens partially because its setting seems disarmingly idyllic; viewers are largely unprepared for the horrific events of the climax. The film's protagonist is a middle-aged police detective who is summoned to a beautiful, remote location to search for a missing girl. The locals are simple, rustic folk who live off the land and keep to themselves. As the detective gets to know them and tries to piece together the events surrounding the child's disappearance, it becomes clear that the villager's reasons for contacting the police are more complicated -- and more alarming -- than a search for a missing child.

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      • Appropriately enough for a film about paganism, all the inhabitants of Summerisle seemed to named after either plants or trees.

      • Although set in the early summer, the film was actually shot in the winter, with the result that the various actors and actresses who had to perform naked on location were badly affected by the freezing temperatures.

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      • The film was first released in late 1973 as the lower half of a double-bill with Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now. It was trimmed to a length of 86 minutes against the wishes of director Robin Hardy, whose preferred cut ran to 102 minutes. In the late 1980s, a version of the film was screened on BBC television which restored some, but not all, the missing footage; it was about 95 minutes. The full 102-minute version was eventually made available on DVD.

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    Drama, Horror, Suspense

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    Horror Masters, Cult, Classics, Murder & Mayhem