The Wicker Man
The Wicker Man (1973)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 1, 1973
DVD Release Date: January 6, 2009
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This intelligent horror film is subtle in its thrills and chills, with an ending that is both shocking and truly memorable.

Variety Staff

Anthony Shaffer penned the screenplay which, for sheer imagination and near-terror, has seldom been equalled.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

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.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Robin Hardy's 1973 cult horror film passed through several distributors, several versions, and several bankruptcies, picking up a powerful reputation along the way.

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James Berardinelli

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.

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Adult chiller about modern pagans -- no Hogwarts.

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Graham Fuller
Village Voice

The Wicker Man's genre-bending, thematic daring, and tortuous history have made it the U.K.'s definitive cult movie.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

A mordant study of theological anxiety

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Extremely audacious for the time it came out, this creepy cult classic should be remembered for the many intelligent questions it raises about religious… More
Clintus Maximus
While Cinemafantastique termed The Wicker Man "the Citizen Kane" of horror films, I believe this is an excellent and fascinating film but that… More
jay nixon
Unusual to be sure. An unsettling drama with mystical overtones, excellent performances.
familiar stranger
The journey till the end of the movie was quite boring, and at times, unbearable. I'd have given it just 1/2 out of 5, had it not for it's extremely… More
Spencer S.
It's very difficult to have anything incisive to say about this horror film, because it is so strange and otherworldly. An English policeman, who has… More
Christopher Heim
There are some creepy ideas imbedded in the script, but the execution is un-even and silly. Most of the film is build up to a pay-off that may have been… More