Hot Picks

- Ready for My Close Up 2019

- Talk of the Dead 2016

- Cosmos 2021

- Royal Jelly 2021

- Death Screams 1982

- Gap Weekend 2021

- It Came from Below 2021

- Man vs Bigfoot 2021

- Tokoloshe - The Calling 2020

- Mental Aquarium: The Collected Short Films and Trailers of Andrew Buckner 2021

- Creature with the Atom Brain 1955

- Chompy and the Girls 2021

- Answer Your Phone 2021

- Skinwalker: The Howl of the Rougarou 2021

- Death Drop Gorgeous 2020

- Snake Girl and the Silver Haired Witch 1968

- Digging to Death 2021

- The Influencer 2021

- Danny Boy 2021

- Eerie Fairy Tales 2019

- Blind Beast 1969

- Love is Not Love 2020

- Tango Shalom 2021

- A Good Couple 2021

- Queen of the Beach 2019

- Horrortales.
666 Part 2
2021

- HipBeat 2020

- Children of the Corn 1984

- Michael: A Murderabilia Memoriam 2021

- Rumba Love 2021

- Acting 2020

- My Best Worst Adventure 2020

- When I'm a Moth 2019

- The Devil in My Heart 2018

- The Ringmaster 2018

- Like a Dirty French Novel 2021

- Shakespeare: The Truth Behind the Name 2021

- The Last Thing Mary Saw 2021

- 10/31 Part 2 2019

- Dune 1984

- Life on Pause 2020

- The Brotherhood of Satan 1971

- Quartz Vein 2021

- First Impressions Can Kill 2017

- A Killer Conversation 2014

- Star Crash 1979

- Strangler of the Swamp 1946

The Wicker Man

UK 1973
produced by
Peter Snell for British Lion
directed by Robin Hardy
starring Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Diane Cilento, Ingrid Pitt, Lindsay Kemp, Russell Walters, Aubrey Morris, Irene Sunters, Walter Carr, Geraldine Cowper, Ian Campbell, Jennifer Martin, John Sharp, Richard Wren, Tony Roper, Donald Eccles, Myra Forsyth, John Hallam, Lesley Mackie, Kevin Collins, Fiona Kennedy, Roy Boyd, Penny Cluer, Andrew Tompkins, Bernard Murray, Ian Cutler, Peter Brewis, Michael Cole, Alison Hughes, Ross Campbell
screenplay by Anthony Shaffer, based on his novel, music by Paul Giovanni

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Quick Links

Abbott & Costello

Alice in Wonderland

Arsène Lupin

Batman

Bigfoot

Black Emanuelle

Bomba the Jungle Boy

Bowery Boys

Bulldog Drummond

Captain America

Charlie Chan

Cinderella

Dick Tracy

Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Orloff

Doctor Who

Dracula

Edgar Wallace made in Germany

Elizabeth Bathory

Emmanuelle

Fantomas

Flash Gordon

Frankenstein

Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

Freddy Krueger

Fu Manchu

Fuzzy

Gamera

Godzilla

Hercules

El Hombre Lobo

Incredible Hulk

Jack the Ripper

James Bond

Jekyll and Hyde

Jerry Cotton

Jungle Jim

Justine

Kekko Kamen

King Kong

Laurel and Hardy

Lemmy Caution

Lobo

Lone Wolf and Cub

Lupin III

Maciste

Marx Brothers

Miss Marple

Mr. Moto

Mister Wong

Mothra

Nick Carter

OSS 117

Phantom of the Opera

Quatermass

Robin Hood

Santa Claus

El Santo

Schoolgirl Report

The Shadow

Sherlock Holmes

Spider-Man

Star Trek

Sukeban Deka

Superman

Tarzan

Three Mesquiteers

Three Musketeers

Three Supermen

Winnetou

Wizard of Oz

Wolf Man

Wonder Woman

Yojimbo

Zatoichi

Zorro

Available on DVD !

To buy, click on link(s) below and help keep this site afloat

Always make sure of DVD-compatibility !!!

To investigate an anonymous missing persons report concerning 12-year old Rowan Morrison (Geraldine Cowper), inspector Howie (Edward Woodward), a deeply religious and prudent man, comes to Summerisle, a privately owned island off the Scottish coast, where the mores seem to be loose (with people fornicating in public spaces and strolling around in the nude and that sort of stuff) and the whole populace doesn't seem to be believing in the Christian God at all, instead a Midieval cult of the Old Gods prevails, that also involves sacrifices - as Howie will soon find out.

When Howie starts questioning people, he has to find out that nobody seems to know Rowan or has even heard her name. Even May (Irene Sunters), who Howie believes to be Rowan's mother (and she is, too) denies having ever even heard of her. Still, Howie is convinced that something sinister is going on and thus is unrelenting ... until in the register of the local school, he finds a first mention of her - for which schoolteacher Miss Rose (Diane Cilento) finds a rather unconvincing excuse, that she has passed on to another level of existence and is thus no more ... she has a grave, though ...

Eventually, Howie gets an audition with the owner of the island, Lord Summerisle (Christopher Lee), and asks for permission to open Rowan's grave - which Summerisle gives him rather surprisingly. In Rowan's coffin though, Howie finds not a litle girl but a dead hare ...

Eventually, Howie reads up on the island and its ancient rituals, and all this leads to a shocking conclusion: That Rowan is to be sacrificed to the Older Gods on Mayday for better crops - and Mayday is today. Immediately, he wants to fly back to the mainland to return with reinforcements, but his plane has been sabotaged, so he decides to join the Mayday celebrations in the guise of Punch the fool (while Christopher Lee is disguised as a woman) - and ultimately, he really meets Rowan when she is about to be sacrificed - but he helps her escape, only to finally realise the whole thing, the kidnapping of Rose and everything, was a trick to trap him, a virgin fool who has come here out of his own will, and make him this year's Mayday sacrifice.

The end sees him plead to the islanders and call upon their common sense and decency, but to no avail - he is ultimately burned alive for the sake of the community ...

Britt Ekland, as the innkeeper's (Lindsay Kemp) sexy daughter, does a sing-and-dance-routine in the nude.

 

A fantastically weird and creepy film that doesn't work so much because of its far-out story but its genuinely other-worldly, even surreal and sometimes also darkly comical atmosphere that's closer to a nightmare than to horror genre mainstays. And in that respect, even the occasional sond-and-dance-routine thrown in (quite unusual for a horror film, don't you think ?) makes perfect sense.

A deserved classic. Recommended.

 

In 2006, the film was remade as a Hollywood-production (what ?), directed by Neil LaBute and starring the vastly overrated Nicholas Cage.

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

Feeling lucky ?
Want to
search
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?

The links below
will take you
just there !!!

Find The Wicker Man
at the amazons ...

USA  amazon.com

Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)  amazon.co.uk

Germany (East AND West)  amazon.de

Looking for imports ?
Find The Wicker Man here ...

Thailand  eThaiCD.com
Your shop for all things Thai

Something naughty ?
(Must be over 18 to go there !)

x-rated  find The Wicker Man at adultvideouniverse.com


Thanks for watching !!!

 

 

Robots and rats,
demons and potholes,
cuddly toys and
shopping mall Santas,
love and death and everything in between,
Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

is all of that.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
-
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
the twisted mind of
screenwriter and film reviewer
Michael Haberfelner.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
Michael Haberfelner

 

Out now from
Amazon!!!

 

 

 

On the same day
a Burglar wants to kill you
and your Ex wants
to make up ...
... and for the life of it,
you can't decide
WHICH IS WORSE!!!

 

A Killer Conversation

produced by and starring
Melanie Denholme
directed by
David V.G. Davies
written by
Michael Haberfelner
starring
Ryan Hunter and
Rudy Barrow

out now on DVD