Film Review: ‘The Wicker Man’ (1973)
Sergant Howie receives an anonymous letter from Summerisle Island. The addresser asks him for help to find a missing girl. After Howie gets to the island he starts an investigation. After a while he gets to know very unusual habits from the citizens. Finding a child on the small island won’t be an easy case, which he was expecting to be. The music continues through the whole film, and if someone was watching it in selected scenes, it could be thought of as a musical.
‘The Wicker Man’ is a thriller with a religious aspect. Robin Hardy lets the audience get to know the mysterious world of the citizens from the island. Robin Hardy Manipulates the audiences mixing the horror with happy melody which is quite untypical, as normally in that kind of films we hear terrifying music that keeps is the suspense.
The film contains extraordinary views of the citizens on the island. The people carry out very disturbing sexual rituals even the children are involved and it’s all being thought as normality. "With such a colourful production history, "The Wicker Man" was always destined for fame. Yet its cult status actually has more to do with the film's content - there's a paedophile subplot, lots of occult rituals, sexual perversion, Christopher Lee in drag, and a resolutely downbeat finale that's as far removed from a happy ending as it's possible to get. And on top of all that, it's bloody scary." (Russell 2001) Russel also touches up on the ending of the film as it’s carried out as another very ‘freaky’ ritual that no one from the audience would expect to happen, as it was a sudden turning point in the action. "The Wicker Man is, more than anything else, a film about what people can do in the name of religion or, more generally, belief. Its power comes not from appeals to the supernatural but from a deep understanding of our own undeniable nature. Horror doesn't get much closer to home than that." (Smith 2007) Smith explains that in the film people are murdering a person, whilst sinning a song and being happy for what they believe in, and thinking that they are doing a right thing and it’s a normal thing to do. The whole religious view of the island makes is extremely uncanny and wrong.
BBC Jamie Russel (2001) The Wicker Man (1973)- http://www.bbc.co.uk/films/2001/12/17/the_wicker_man_1973_review.shtml
Empire Magazine Adam Smith (2007) Empire Essay: The Wicker Man- http://www.empireonline.com/reviews/reviewcomplete.asp?DVDID=7892