The Wicker Man (1973)
Director: Robin Hardy
Main Stars: Christopher Lee, Edward Woodward, Diane Cilento, Britt Ekland
Storyline: A missing girl upon an island leads to a group of people that state that she never existed. What is really happening with this small community?
Review (Spoils): Welcome to Summerisle where something strange is happening we have the disappearance of young girl named Rowan Morrison and even her own mother is not worried and denies all. The island is isolated and is known for the fruit that it bears along with the maypole, the act of using toads to cure sickness and the beliefs are very druid and leans towards reincarnation. During the investigation looking for the young girl the truth of people of the island starts to come to light as it is a pagan like group that live upon the island with the leader being Lord Summerisle (Christopher Lee) being the craziest of all.
This film is a classic when it comes to films dealing with the occult. Christopher Lee is outstanding as he plays the madman druid that believes that with sacrifice to the old gods their crops will prosper. The clothing, make-up and hair are what stand out for the film and of course the finale with the wicker man itself on fire. The film is beautiful with lots of Scotland like scenery and the hippy cult that exists on the island.
Rating: This is a classic when it comes eerie horror films of the 70s era. Next to Dracula of the Hammer films this is Christopher Lee next great horror character. Grab some beers and sit back and enjoy a classic horror film with this one. It blows the remake way out of the water and who does not like Christopher Lee?