The Wicker Man
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As May Day approaches shamanistic and erotic events erupt around him.
Was the girl a human sacrifice?
Must go to youtube and see if I can find the movie as I am curious as to whether it is better than the book was.
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I remember how harrowing the film was when I first saw it, and it has held up well over the years. There's a moderately entertaining "companion piece", The Wicker Tree, which I also enjoyed. [I should also mention the 2006 remake of the original film, starring Nicolas Cage - not because it's a good movie, but because it's so amazingly bad that it has inspired a lot of jokes and internet memes.]
I noticed that my perceptions of the characters were skewed by the actors in the '73 film; Christopher Lee as Lord Summerisle had charisma that Edward Woodward's Sgt. Howie couldn't match. If one reads this novel without having the actors from the '73 film in mind, the religious and philosophical debates can stand on their own feet a bit better - but even then, some aspects of the pagan beliefs are more attractive than the Christian ones, at least for me.
But it's certainly the case that, by the time we realize just what Howie's fate is to be - and, more horrifying to me, the fates of the many birds and animals that will join him - the price of this particular pagan society proves to be far too high...
[There's a TV Tropes page on the original film, with comments on the remake as well.]
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