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Certificate 18
Edward Woodward
Christopher Lee
Britt Ekland
Robin Hardy
Anthony Shaffer
Running Time
102 minutes

EMPIRE ESSAY: The Wicker Man
Iconic British horror with Christopher Lee

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Sgt. Howie travels to Summerisle to investigate the disappearance of a young girl. He discovers that the locals are weird and unhelpful, and becomes determined to get to the bottom of the disappearance.

The Wicker Man is, more than anything else, a film about what people can do in the name of religion or, more generally, belief. Its power comes not from appeals to the supernatural but from a deep understanding of our own undeniable nature. Horror doesn't get much closer to home than that.

Reviewed by Adam Smith

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