45th Anniversary Screening
THE WICKER MAN is the crown jewel of folk horror. Directed by Robin Hardy, it’s an absolute masterclass of British horror that has never been matched since its 1973 release.
The plot is simple: a repressed, uptight policeman, Sergeant Neil Howie (Woodward), is posted to a remote Scottish island to investigate the disappearance of a young girl named Rowan. Here, he encounters a village unfettered by traditional law or rules, led by the charming Lord Summerisle (Lee), for whom the isle is named.
To Howie’s abhorrence, it becomes apparent that the village has rejected Christian notions of god in favor of Celtic deities, pagan rituals and sexual hedonism. What’s more, some of the villagers seem to be obfuscating his investigation. The more the god-fearing Howie learns about the islanders’ strange and sacrilegious practices, the closer he gets to the frightening truth at the heart of Summerisle.
Hardy’s direction of THE WICKER MAN is as assured as the performances from the cast are pitch perfect. Anthony Shaffer’s dense script brims with tension, weaving a story that chills, terrifies, and manages to keep you guessing until its harrowing climax that, once seen, can never be forgotten.
Director: Robin Hardy
Egyptian Theatre: Hulu Screen