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Atmospheric, eerie, memorable; a British classic,
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This review is from: The Wicker Man [VHS]  (VHS Tape)
A film which changes peoples's lives. Once seen, the haunting images in The Wicker Man will stay with you forever: this is a film which proves that terror comes from the mind and the soul and makes the gruesome masks, bloodlust and decapitations of the so-called horror films of the 80's and 90's look like heavy-handed, garish, slapstick imitations of the real thing. Christopher Lee looks entirley at home in his role as the Heathen ("though not an unenlightened one") Lord Summerisle and not once does he have to bare his fangs. Edward Woodward, meanwhile, is totally believable as the devoutly Christian copper thrown into circumstances completely beyond his limited experience and comprehension. His character, Sgt Howie, remains focussed on both his duty and his unwavering faith to the bitter end. The counterpoint of the cheerful, apparently helpful islanders, the genreally sunny setting and the functional, settled community with the haunting folk tunes, monoliths, masks and pagan imagery send and often unexpected shiver up the spine and the whole story is a carefully orchestrated, inexorable journey toward a truly horrific finale. I have encountered people who watch this film weekly, have the read the excellent novel drawn from it on countless occasions and have generally have their whole lives altered by the Wicker Man; you surely cannot miss the opportunity to purchase this for yourself and feel the power of The Wicker Man...
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Initial post: 11 Sep 2011 05:21:10 BDT
Mr. Tony I. Eyre says:
I have to say this is one of the finest reviews I have ever read. I first saw the film, back in 1973, and like David says, was changed forever; in fact, totally 'hooked'. The plot is one of the best I have ever encountered, and during the first viewing, threw me completely 'off-track' right up until just before the gruesome ending. I can well imagine people watching this masterpiece weekly; having been through a period of roughly six months, when I viewed it around twenty times or more. You see, this film never loses its appeal, quite the opposite, in fact. Take this opportunity to enjoy what is surely the greatest horror movie ever; one which puts all other, more recent, 'efforts' in the shade...
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