Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Wicker Man (1976)

The Wicker Man is a musical thriller, about religion.

Now that's something you don't see every day!

Because of it's religious themes, and bright lit, jolly presentation of dark ideas, many see it as more than just a movie. It is actually a very unique film, that has spawned hardcore fans who literary worship it.

So, what we have here is a film about a cult who practice pagan rituals, that is worshiped by cults of film-fanatics who will spend years studying the film, scavenge film archives for lost scenes, go to the WickerMan Festival and other Wicker Man meetings, visit the places where it was shot, and even re-build Wicker Men of their own, in memory of the film. One couple even got married in front of a wicker man.

Now, what might inspire such extreme interest and devotion to a mere film?

Well, other than the ominous religious and philosophical aspects, there's also catchy tunes and great songs to hum along too, there's pleasant nudity and plenty of passionate behavior, the script is so good that Christopher Lee did not want any payment for his role and to this day still thinks it's the best film he's been in (he's starred in almost 300 films), it's also a very complex film based on truth, that you can see many times and learn something new every time.

Whether you watch it casual interest, cherish it mildly or become a full out crazed cult film-aficionado, DO NOT under any circumstances see the remake. You have been warned.


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