The Wicker Man (1973)

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This week we have an appointment to keep... with The Wicker Man.

The Wicker Man is a 1973 cult British horror film directed by Robin Hardy and starring Edward Woodward, Britt Ekland, Diane Cilento, Ingrid Pitt, and Christopher Lee. The screenplay by Anthony Shaffer, inspired by David Pinner's 1967 novel Ritual, centers on the visit of Police Sergeant Neil Howie to the isolated island of Summerisle in search of a missing girl. Howie, a devout Christian, is appalled to find that the inhabitants of the island have abandoned Christianity and now practice a form of Celtic paganism.

The film is well-regarded by critics and has been described as "The Citizen Kane of horror movies". In 2006, a poorly received (and ill-conceived) American remake was released starring Nicholas Cage, which Hardy and others involved with the original dissociated themselves from. In 2011, a spiritual sequel directed by Hardy entitled The Wicker Tree was released and featured Lee in a cameo appearance.

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