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The Wicker Man - Final Cut

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Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times The conclusion is chilling, disturbing and perfectly in keeping with what has taken place before. Oct 31, 2013 Full Review Mark Kermode Observer (UK) The strengths are overpowering; Edward Woodward's towering performance, Anthony Shaffer's brilliantly nasty script, Paul Giovanni's weirdie folk music, and that matchlessly horrifying ending. Rated: 4/5 Sep 29, 2013 Full Review Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com An absolute must for all serious movie buffs. Sep 26, 2013 Full Review Eddie Harrison film-authority.com …locating a beating pagan heart behind Scottish superstitions, The Wicker Man shows civilised man at a loss, out of his depth and helpless in the face of a fervent radicalism he thought had long-since vanished… Rated: 5/5 Feb 20, 2024 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy It employs allegory and atmosphere to amplify its thin veneer of the supernatural -- it registers as both a fantasy flick and a horror movie in our minds more than it does on the screen. Rated: 3.5/4 Oct 28, 2023 Full Review Emilie Black Cinema Crazed ...this horror classic mixes mystery and paganism along with a touch of insanity to create a film that is both mesmerizing and fascinating. Rated: 4/5 Oct 17, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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Bob W This is a movie with a long and complicated history and multiple versions but this is the "Goldilocks" cut made after a negative was discovered against all odds. Not exactly a horror film -- unless you're very easily scared -- but one of the greatest dark thrillers of all time. Perfect performances from the great Edward Woodward and Christopher Lee. Stay, far, far, far away from the egregious Neil Labute remake with Nicholas Cage at least until you see this. If you do decide to see the other for a giggle, prepare to be appalled at how outrageously that version completely misses the point of the material. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/22/23 Full Review samuel r it was very slow, in places it was boring. over all a waste of celluloid Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Slow burning until its shocking end, The Wicker Man provides subtle (and some not so subtle) illuminations on religion, religious intolerance, and man's relationship with faith. Edward Woodward gives a fine performance as a devout, strict Christian copper investigating a disappearance in a community of pagans. Woodward disapproves and even looks down upon, somewhat undeservedly at first, of practices outside his own faith. His own personal faith is tested by the trials that beset him, pitting him against a community he does not wish to know, but seeks to understand. He uncovers a power structure that allows his foe, a lyrical, suave Christopher Lee, to sway a community to its knees with beliefs in iconoclastic and natural forces, the very same forces that gave rise to Woodward's own religious faith. This conflict is not just personal, but spiritual, and philosophical in its examination of the power of different beliefs over the lives of very different people. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Really not sure what to make is this cult horror classic. Definitely wierd. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member An absurd and oddly charming thriller that's very easily predicted and will be lost for many, but what Hardy ahcieves with his film is conveying the utter lust and greed of man for/against nature, with props to both Woodward and Lee who both give frighteningly stark and polar emotional performances. The cinematography still looks fantastic and the edge of the climax is still as strong as it was presumably in 1973, hitting hard with a shocking finale. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member Quite audacious for the time it came out, this creepy cult classic should be remembered for the intelligent questions that it raises about religious intolerance and blind faith, with an also memorable performance by Christopher Lee and a terrifying, unforgettable ending. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Robin Hardy