Horrorfest 2014 Presents:  The Wicker Man (1973, Robin Hardy)


Due to it being a really old movie the twist near the end was unfortunately spoiled for me. However The Wicker Man still packs quite a punch and exists as a classic example of English folk horror that has stayed with me and others ever since. The casting sure helps, particularly as Christopher Lee gives one of his best performances in a long line of great ones, Edward Woodward as the policeman investigating a mystery, plus Britt Ekland and Ingrid Pitt in a smaller role. This movie fully embraces paganism and uses it as a horror movie device, similar to later horror films that this movie helped inspire. Considering how the film ends much of the movie has this eerie sense of foreboding, as if the audience and most of the characters know how it all ends save for one particular individual who is unaware of the dangers they face.

I don’t know Robin Hardy’s movie would be as effective if it was not made in the 1970s, as the movie fits in with the decade’s overall horror aesthetic. Woodward is both arrogant and yet likable as the police sergeant who thinks he knows what is going on but has no idea. Lee’s Lord Summerisle is both welcoming and clearly hiding many secrets. The Wicker Man seems to be a duel between religion and logic, although the island’s inhabitants would argue that both are intertwined and exist in the same sphere. I’m reminded that despite being a Christian I am fascinated by pagan beliefs, particularly ones concerning nature and the harvest.

Oh and Hardy makes the film into a bottle episode type movie of sorts, as all of the action takes place on the island and Howie (Woodward) is unable to leave in what is now a typical horror movie cliché. Never venture to an island without any backup, although I’m not sure it would have helped in this case. The Wicker Man also has one of the best uses of blasphemy ever in the “Oh Jesus Christ!” line, which is probably what the audience was thinking to at that part of the movie. The credits scene part which thanks the island’s residents for their cooperation was a nice touch, very cheeky indeed. Shudder has this movie as part of their folklore collection, and so a second viewing is in order. I believe I viewed this movie back in 2014 thanks to Netflix, when their horror movie collection was a lot better. What a picture.  

Movie Log 2022


You know the drill.

January:

  1. Return of the Street Fighter (1974, Ozawa)-82, Tubi
  2. Santa Sangre (1989, Jodorowsky)-91, Tubi
  3. The Guns of Navarone (1961, Thompson)-94, Netflix Instant Viewing
  4. The Witch Who Came From the Sea (1976, Cimber)-94, Shudder/Tubi
  5. Ichi The Killer (2001, Miike)-91, Shudder
  6. Dream No Evil (1970, Hayes)-60, Shudder
  7. Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood (1973, Speeth)-70, Shudder
  8. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979, Wise)-75, Hulu
  9. The Matrix Resurrections (2021, Wachowski)-86, Theater Viewing
  10. Dark August (1976,  Goldman)-80, Shudder
  11. Winterbeast (1991, Thies)-83, Shudder
  12. Fatal Exam (1990, Snyder)-71, Shudder
  13. The French Dispatch (2021, Anderson)-100, RedBox
  14. Beyond Dream’s Door (1989, Woelfel)-83, Shudder
  15. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009, Sommers)-54, Netflix Instant Viewing
  16. Carlito’s Way (1993, De Palma)-96, Tubi
  17. Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021, Watts)-93, Theater Viewing
  18. Eternals (2021, Zhao)-60, Disney+
  19. Encanto (2021, HowardBush)-80, Disney+
  20. Massacre In Dinosaur Valley (1985, Tarantini)-70, Tubi
  21. Luca (2021, Casarosa)-92, Disney+
  22. Coco (2017, Molina, Unkrich)-98, Disney+
  23. Scream (2022, Bettinelli-Olpin, Gillett)-85, Theater Viewing

February:

  1. (24) Leptirica (1973, Kadijević)-85, Shudder
  2. (25) The Child (1977, Voskanian)-55, Shudder
  3. (26) Son of Frankenstein (1939, Lee)-88, Shudder
  4. (27) House of Frankenstein (1944, Kenton)-60, Shudder
  5. (28) The Black Cat (1934, Ulmer)-92, Shudder
  6. (29) The Most Dangerous Game (1932, Pichel, Schoedsack)-84, Tubi
  7. (30) And Then There Were None (1945, René Clair)-85, Tubi
  8. (31) Cherry Falls (2000, Wright)-40, Shudder
  9. (32) Licorice Pizza (2021, Anderson)-100, Theater Viewing
  10. (33) Algiers (1938, Cromwell)-80, Tubi
  11. (34) Valentine (2001, Blanks)-70, Shudder
  12. (35) Eyes Of Fire (1983, Crounse)-90, Shudder
  13. (36) Clearcut (1991, Bugajski)-91, Shudder
  14. (37) De dødes tjern (1958, Bergstrøm)-93, Shudder
  15. (38) Il Demonio (1963, Brunello Rondi)-94, Shudder
  16. (39) The King’s Man (2021, Vaughn)-45, Hulu
  17. (40) The Premonition (1976, Allen)-55, Shudder
  18. (41) Alison’s Birthday (1981, Coughlan)-83, Shudder
  19. (42) The Harder They Fall (2021, Samuel)-91, Netflix Instant Viewing
  20. (43) Sonic the Hedgehog (2020, Fowler)-88, Hulu
  21. (44) Free Guy (2021, Levy)-90, Disney+

March:

  1. (45) Black Sunday (1977, Frankenheimer)-71, Hulu
  2. (46) Darkman (1990, Raimi)-90, Shudder
  3. (47) Darkman II: The Return of Durant (1995, May)-70, Shudder
  4. (48) Contagion (2011, Soderbergh)-87, Netflix Instant Viewing
  5. (49) Darkman III: Die Darkman Die (1996, May)-35, Shudder
  6. (50) From Hell It Came (1957, Milner)-63, Tubi
  7. (51) The Eagle Has Landed (1976, Sturges)-90, Tubi
  8. (52) Stalag 17 (1953, Wilder)-100, Tubi
  9. (53) Wilcyca (1983, Piestrak)-85, Shudder
  10. (54) Spencer (2021, Larraín)-90, Hulu
  11. (55) Paddington 2 (2017, King)-95, Tubi
  12. (56) The King of Comedy (1983, Scorsese)-85, Hulu
  13. (57) In a Valley of Violence (2016, West)-83, Netflix Instant Viewing
  14. (58) Nightmare Alley (2021, del Toro)-88, Hulu
  15. (59) X (2021, West)-93, Theater Viewing
  16. (60) Death On The Nile (2022, Branagh)-77, Theater Viewing
  17. (61) Massacre Mafia Style (1974, Mitchell)-81, Tubi
  18. (62) The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974, Sargent)-100, Tubi
  19. (63) Don’t Look Up (2021, McKay)-80, Netflix Instant Viewing
  20. (64) Cutter’s Way (1981, Passer)-95, Tubi
  21. (65) The Insider (1999, Mann)-97, Hulu
  22. (66) Hudson Hawk (1991, Lehmann)-55, Netflix Instant Viewing
  23. (67) Trouble Every Day (2001, Denis)-91, Shudder
  24. (68) High Tension (2003, Aja)-87, Shudder
  25. (69) Way Down East (1920, Griffith)-90, Tubi

April:

  1. (70) Rome, Armed to the Teeth/The Tough Ones (1976, Lenzi)-85, Tubi
  2. (71) Man On Fire (1987, Chouraqui)-80, Hulu
  3. (72) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990, Barron)-71, Netflix Instant Viewing
  4. (73) The January Man (1989, O’Connor)-45, Tubi
  5. (74) À l’intérieur (2007, Paradis and Dalle)-92, Shudder
  6. (75) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991, Pressman)-40, Netflix Instant Viewing
  7. (76) Hackers (1995, Softley)-75, Tubi
  8. (77) Double Team (1997, Hark)-75, Netflix Instant Viewing
  9. (78) Geronimo: An American Legend (1993, Hill)-90, Netflix Instant Viewing
  10. (79) Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022, Kwan and Scheinert)-100, Theater Viewing
  11. (80) Roxanne (1987, Schepisi)-90, Hulu
  12. (81) The Addams Family (1991, Sonnenfeld)-88, Netflix Instant Viewing
  13. (82) The Net (1995, Winkler)-65, Netflix Instant Viewing
  14. (83) The General’s Daughter (1999, West)-85, Netflix Instant Viewing
  15. (84) Rush (2013, Howard)-81, Netflix Instant Viewing
  16. (85) The Imitation Game (2014, Tyldum)-86, Netflix Instant Viewing
  17. (86) Return of the Killer Tomatoes (1988, De Bello)-83, Tubi
  18. (87) Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D. (1990, Kaufman)-75, Tubi
  19. (88) Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016, Flanagan)-92, Netflix Instant Viewing
  20. (89) Army of the Dead (2021, Snyder)-80, Netflix Instant Viewing
  21. (90) Frontier(s) (2007, Gens)-75, Shudder
  22. (91) The Northman (2022,  Eggers)-94, Theater Viewing
  23. (92) The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (2022, Gormican)-87, Theater Viewing
  24. (93) Martyrs (2008, Laugier)-91, Shudder
  25. (94) Antropophagus (1980, D’Amato)-35, Shudder

May:

  1. (95) Easy A (2010, Gluck)-90, Hulu
  2. (96) The Devils (1971, Russell)-90, Shudder
  3. (97) Blade: Trinity (2004, Goyer)-45, Netflix Instant Viewing
  4. (98) Blackhat (2015, Mann)-81, Netflix Instant Viewing
  5. (99) Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (2022, Fowler)-92, Theater Viewing
  6. (100) The Devil’s Own (1997, Pakula)-57, Netflix Instant Viewing
  7. (101) Eaten Alive (1976, Hooper)-73, Shudder
  8. (102) A Beautiful Mind (2001, Howard)-60, Hulu
  9. (103) The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976, Gessner)-90, Shudder
  10. (104) Invasion U.S.A. (1985, Zito)-83, Tubi
  11. (105) Fatal Beauty (1987, Holland)-81, Tubi
  12. (106) Brannigan (1975, Hickox)-70, Tubi
  13. (107) Cat Ballou (1965, Silverstein)-95, Plex
  14. (108) The Good Dinosaur (2015, Sohn)-86, Disney+
  15. (109) Pig (2021, Sarnoski)-93, Hulu
  16. (110) Suburban Gothic (2014, Bates Jr.)-55, Hulu
  17. (111) Logan Lucky (2017, Soderbergh)-81, Hulu
  18. (112) The House That Jack Built (2018, von Trier)-80, Hulu
  19. (113) Splash (1984, Howard)-75, Disney+
  20. (114) The English Patient (1996, Minghella)-95, Pluto TV
  21. (115) Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters (2017, Shizuno and Seshita)-70, Netflix Instant Viewing

June:

  1. (116) Slaughterhouse (1987, Roessler)-67, Shudder
  2. (117) Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008, Stoller)-90, Hulu
  3. (118) Top Gun: Maverick (2022, Kosinski)-90, Theater Viewing
  4. (119) Married To The Mob (1988, Demme)-85, RedBox
  5. (120) Iron Monkey (1977, Kuan-tai)-90, Tubi
  6. (121) 7 Grandmasters (1978, Kuo)-93, Tubi
  7. (122) The Freakmaker aka The Mutations (1974, Cardiff)-30, Shudder
  8. (123) Coffy (1973, Hill)-84, Tubi
  9. (124) Foxy Brown (1974, Hill)-85, Tubi
  10. (125) The Gunfighter (1950, King)-100, Tubi
  11. (126) The Unforgiven (1960, Huston)-85, Tubi
  12. (127) Texas Across The River (1966, Gordon)-53, Grit TV
  13. (128) Dick (1999, Fleming)-75, Hulu
  14. (129) Alligator II: The Mutation (1990, Hess)-35, Shudder
  15. (130) The Tall T (1957, Boetticher)-90, Tubi
  16. (131) The Beastmaster (1982, Coscarelli)-80, Public Library DVD
  17. (132) Singin’ in the Rain (1952, Kelly, Donen)-100, Public Library DVD
  18. (133) Hellbender (2021, Adams, Poser, Adams)-87, Shudder
  19. (134) Thirst (2019, , ), Shudder
  20. (135) Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle (2018, Shizuno and Seshita), Netflix Instant Viewing

July:

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  1. (136) Creature with the Atom Brain (1955, Cahn)-71, Arrow Films Video Blu-ray
  2. (137) Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022, Raimi)-73, Disney+
  3. (138) The Werewolf (1956, Sears)-85, Arrow Films Video Blu-ray
  4. (139) Zombies of Mora Tau (1957, Cahn)-58, Arrow Films Video Blu-ray
  5. (140) The Giant Claw (1957, Sears)-75, Arrow Films Video Blu-ray
  6. (141) Massacre Time (1966, Fulci)-85, Arrow Films Video Blu-ray
  7. (142) My Name Is Pecos (1966, Lucidi)-80, Arrow Films Video Blu-ray
  8. (143) Swing Time (1936, Stevens)-90, Criterion Blu-ray
  9. (144) The Gray Man (2022, Russo Brothers)-82, Movie Theater Viewing
  10. (145) Shaft’s Big Score! (1972, Parks)-75, Criterion Blu-ray
  11. (146) Bandidos (1967, Dallamano)-90, Arrow Films Video Blu-ray
  12. (147) Mary, Mary, Bloody Mary (1975, Moctezuma)-75, Shudder
  13. (148) Who Saw Her Die? (1972, Lado)-80, Shudder
  14. (149) Jason and the Argonauts (1963, Chaffey)-91, Tubi
  15. (150) Le foto proibite di una signora per bene aka Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion (1970, Ercoli)-85, Shudder
  16. (151) Tombs of the Blind Dead (1972, de Ossorio)-87, Shudder
  17. (152) Thor: Love and Thunder (2022, Waititi)-90, Theater Viewing
  18. (153) Eat, Brains, Love (2019, Flender)-75, Shudder
  19. (154) The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973, Hessler)-87, Tubi
  20. (155) Mosquito (1994, Jones)-56, Shudder
  21. (156) Without Warning (1980, Clark)-75, Shudder
  22. (157) Invaders From Mars (1986, Hooper)-80, Shudder
  23. (158) I Come In Peace/Dark Angel (1990, Baxley)-77, Shudder
  24. (159) Phantom of the Mall: Eric’s Revenge (1989, Friedman)-83, Shudder

August:

  1. (160) And God Said To Cain (1970, Margheriti)-75, Arrow Films Video
  2. (161) Walker (1987, Cox)-95, Criterion Blu-ray
  3. (162) Nope (2022, Peele)-98, Theater Viewing
  4. (163) Stepfather II (1989, Burr)-40, Crackle
  5. (164) Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957, Corman)-65, Crackle
  6. (165) AVP: Alien vs Predator (2004, Anderson)-70, Hulu
  7. (166) Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959, Kowalski)-45, Crackle
  8. (167) Misery (1990, Reiner)-94, Shudder
  9. (168) Needful Things (1993, Heston)-83, Shudder
  10. (169) Bullet Train (2022, Leitch)-87, Theater Viewing
  11. (170) Head of the Family (1996, Band)-60, Shudder
  12. (171) Uncle Sam (1997, Lustig)-75, Shudder
  13. (172) The Wolfman (2010, Johnston)-81-
  14. (173) The Toolbox Murders (1978, Donnelly)-75, Shudder
  15. (174) Son of Dracula (1943, Siodmak)-73, Tubi
  16. (175) Color Me Blood Red (1965, Lewis)-65, Tubi
  17. (176) The Predator (2018, Black)-75, Public Library Blu-ray
  18. (177) Blood Suckers from Outer Space (1984, Coburn)-69, Tubi
  19. (178) The Cannibal Man (1972, de la Iglesia)-84, Shudder
  20. (179) Mississippi Masala (1991, Nair)-90, Criterion Blu-ray

September:

  1. (180) Nadie oyó gritar aka No One Heard the Scream (1973, de la Iglesia)-85, Shudder
  2. (181) Three Thousand Years of Longing (2022, Miller)-90, Theater Viewing
  3. (182) Watch Me When I Kill (1977, Bido)-86, Shudder
  4. (183) Meatcleaver Massacre (1977, Lee)-35, Shudder
  5. (184) Mansion of the Doomed (1976, Pataki)-77, Shudder
  6. (185) The Wizard of Gore (1970, Lewis)-78, Tubi
  7. (186) The Oracle (1985, Findlay)-50, Shudder
  8. (187) The Fall of the House of Usher (1928, Jean Epstein)-90, YouTube
  9. (188) Storm of the Century (1999, Baxley)-90, Hulu
  10. (189) Barbarian (2022, Cregger)-93, Theater Viewing
  11. (190) Day Shift (2022, Perry)-75, Netflix Instant Viewing
  12. (191) Blood Hook (1986, Mallon)-35, Tubi
  13. (192) Pearl (2022, West)-90, Theater Viewing
  14. (193) Blades (1989, Rondinella)-75, Peacock
  15. (194) Blood Beach (1981, Bloom)-23, YouTube
  16. (195) Cemetery of Terror (1985, Galindo Jr.)-82, Shudder
  17. (196) Abby (1974, Girdler)-85, YouTube
  18. (197) The Batman (2022, Reeves)-94, RedBox
  19. (198) Fright Night Part 2 (1988, Wallace), YouTube
  20. (199) Grave Robbers (1989, Galindo Jr.), Shudder

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