The Wicker Man
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A righteous police officer investigating the disappearance of a young girl comes into conflict with the unusual residents of a secluded Scottish isle in this unsettling, intelligent chiller. Brought to the island of Summerisle by an anonymous letter, Edward Woodward's constable is surprised to discover that the island's population suspiciously denies the missing girl's very existence. Even more shocking, at least to the traditionally pious law office, the island is ruled by a libertarian society organized around pagan rituals. Repelled by the open acceptance of sexuality, nature… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Anthony Shaffer penned the screenplay which, for sheer imagination and near-terror, has seldom been equalled."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Essentially, it's an insane guilty pleasure, still enjoyable for its delightfully eccentric casting and for the funniest, creepiest pub scene in British movies outside of next week's reissue, Withnail & I."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"A truly unique horror movie, one of the odd handful throughout history that doesn't really seem to have been influenced by anything and has no obvious heirs, not even its own remake."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"The gothic ambiance and mood synonymous with the era's familiar tales of unholy menace is wholly absent. If there is evil here, it doesn't know it's evil."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"The tension occasionally goes slack, but hardly anything surpasses that clifftop finale for freakish terror."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"Robin Hardy's 1973 cult horror film passed through several distributors, several versions, and several bankruptcies, picking up a powerful reputation along the way."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Like many of the best horror/thrillers, The Wicker Man works because it surprises audiences, relying on carefully-nurtured suspense rather than cheap, theatrical shocks."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Adult chiller about modern pagans -- no Hogwarts."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"It remains a fine example of occult horror that remains with the viewer well past its conclusion."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Part folk musical, part occult chiller, and quite mad."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"The Wicker Man's genre-bending, thematic daring, and tortuous history have made it the U.K.'s definitive cult movie."
‑ Graham Fuller, Village Voice
"Christopher Lee, who plays the lord of the island, thinks it's one of the finest films he's ever made -- and he's right."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"A mordant study of theological anxiety"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"You can't help smiling at the audacity of it all and shivering a little at the feelbad ending."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"A British golden-oldie worthy to be placed alongside classics such as Ira Levin's The Stepford Wives or Rosemary's Baby."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
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