Wicker Man(1973)(Review)[Weirdo Wednesday]
This is one of those films that has received high praise ever since I can remember. It wasn’t until a few days ago that I decided to give this movie a try after hearing Eli Roth give it serious props during a podcast.
Sgt. Howie receives an anonymous letter claiming that a girl has gone missing on a tropical island. He arrives by plane and begins to question the locals only to be met by mockery and rhetoric. The mystery is honestly captivating – and there’s a great chance you actually don’t know where it’s going to go.
But the inhabitants are pagans who put religion over everything. Sgt. Howie however is a devout Christian who finds these people to be blasphemous. Cue the social clash between them. They are polite to his face, but they are condescending to the fact that he believes he has authority over their domain.
This films finale is very popular due to the image of the titular wicker man (and because of a God-awful remake starring Nicholas Cage), but it lands a lethal blow. This is a film that is almost 50 years old and it still feels fresh today, featuring Christopher Lee in one of the most powerful roles he has every portrayed. It’s very funny, very dark, and leaves you feeling dirty. It deserves all the hype it’s received.
‘The Wicker Man’ is currently streaming on The Criterion Channel
‘Til Next Time, Mike Cleopatra