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BFI 100: 96 – The Wicker Man (1973)

Here we continue, what will probably eventually become known as, the ill-fated journey of watching each of the British Film Institute’s 100 best films of the 20th Century. Starting at 100 and working my way to Orson Welles’ The Third Man at number 1. I’ll try to keep these blogs relatively spoiler free and I’ll consider them only a small record of moving through this series.

© British Lion Films
© British Lion Films

Robin Hardy’s acclaimed cult horror, The Wicker Man is up next at 96. I’ve never been a big horror fan, though I’ve certainly enjoyed psychological horror movies more than slasher pics. Certainly for this reason, the Wicker Man really struck me – not to mention it’s set on a small Scottish island owned by Christopher Lee in what surely is a stand-out role as Lord Summerisle. The Wicker Man is a creepy story of paganism that builds slowly to it’s shocking end that, even though I knew it was coming, was captivating to the last shot. It is worth mentioning that the music in the Wicker Man plays a strong role – it almost feels like an additional character – with Scottish and English folk songs adding to the feeling of provincial island life. A particular favourite was Robert Burns’ Corn Riggs set to music written for the film.

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