Wicker Man, The (1975)
The Citizen Kane of horror movies
The Citizen Kane of horror movies (as attributed to Film magazine Cinefantastique).
The Wicker Man is an amazing, audacious and intelligent film expertly crafted and beautifully shot.
Surviving an extremely troubled production (the film company British Lion Films was taken over by EMI and actors including Christopher Lee worked without pay), the Wicker Man defies all conventions with its chilling and off centre screenplay. Successfully blending a number of genres and employing a superb and oft used folk soundtrack, the film snakes its way to a cataclysmic and shocking finale. One of the best British movies of all time, the effect of the Wicker Man is hypnotic even after multiple viewings and although it offers many questions, the answers are not so forthcoming.