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The Wicker Man

much, much more than a horror film

Stunning, an absolute must!!

A great gift (unless the recipient is a member of the Free Church of Scotland, that is)...

Warning: some flashes of Ekland and her stand-in nude - a fabulous knock-out film.

The Wicker Man with Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee and Britt Ekland

It must be stressed that despite the fact that it was produced in 1973 and stars both Christopher Lee and Britt Ekland, The Wicker Man is not a Hammer Horror film. Edward Woodward plays Sergeant Howie, a virginal, Christian policeman sent from the Scottish mainland to investigate the disappearance of young girl on the remote island of Summer Isle. The intelligent script by Anthony Schaffer, who also wrote the detective mystery Sleuth (a film with which The Wicker Man shares many traits), derives its horror from the increasing isolation, confusion and humiliation experienced by the nave Howie as he encounters the island community's hostility and sexual pagan rituals, manifested most immediately in the enthusiastic advances of local landlord's daughter Willow (Britt Ekland). Brilliant performance from Britt Ekland (one of the great beauties of her time). To scotch all the rumours, Britt Ekland does not appear nude in this film (it was the body double, as Britt Ekland was pregnant at the time of filming).

Howie's intriguing search, made all the more authentic by the film's atmospheric locations and folkish soundtrack, gradually takes us deeper and deeper into the bizarre pagan community living under the guidance of the charming Laird of Summer Isle (Lee, minus fangs) as the film builds to a terrifying climax with a twist to rival that of The Sixth Sense or Fight Club.

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