Set on the isolated island of Summerisle, the film initially seems to be a police investigation led by Sergeant Howie, but his bewildering and frustrating encounters with the inhabitants about pagan rituals, customs, & initiations, ultimately lead to a gruesome end.
Part-horror, part-thriller, “The Wicker Man” stars Edward Woodward as Sergeant Howie, Christopher Lee as Lord Summerisle, and Britt Ekland as Willow. The film also features Diane Cilento, Sean Connery‘s wife at the time, who claimed to be a white witch during filming.
Despite the studio’s reluctance to fully support the film at the time of release, cutting the running time and demoting it to supporting-picture status, the recognition of “The Wicker Man” has grown over the years to become a much-admired cult classic of British cinema.
Christopher Lee considered it to be his best work and the film’s longevity is testament to Anthony Schaffer’s great screenplay & Robin Hardy’s direction – the final shot alone is cinematic perfection.
Take an artistic trip to Summerisle and discover Art & Hue’s pop art prints inspired by “The Wicker Man” below.
2017 marks 45 years since “The Wicker Man” was filmed in Scotland.
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