The Wicker Man ★★★★½

I saw the trailer for this when I went and saw Midsommar and I was like "man, I gotta watch this movie," then I watched it and it was terrific. I love not being let down.

Inevitable but never uninteresting, The Wicker Man follows uptight Police Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward) as he investigates the disappearance of a young girl on a pastoral Scotland island village. During his investigation he goes toe to toe with the island’s leader, Lord Summerisle (Christopher Lee), and a way of life that vastly differs from his own.

The film is an absolute treat because there is so much to love here. It is filled with terrific music that creates a pitch perfect environment, making this my favorite Horror Musical. It contains plenty of creepy imagery (dead hands!), especially animal masks that will haunt my dreams for years. This is also the first movie I’ve seen that made rabbits, sorry, hares terrifying. Christopher Lee is an absolute marvel; the only thing better than his performance is his wardrobe. Woodward also nails his role, but the real star of the show is Irene Sunters, who plays the missing girl’s mother.

In addition to its haunting and insidious atmosphere, The Wicker Man asks plenty of probing questions about community and acceptance, and it’s always nice to see characters sticking to their beliefs. I’m very glad I got to this party late because it is proof that The Wicker Man is going to continue to age spectacularly. Don’t miss your appointment with the Wicker Man!

"You'll simply never understand the true nature of sacrifice"

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