Wednesday, 3 February 2010

'The Wicker Man'


I finally got round to watching ‘The Wicker Man’ and have successfully completed my ‘Horror Film Required Viewing’ before the wife gets home on Thursday! I’m assuming that you all know the plot for ‘The Wicker Man’, I feel like I must be the last person to have seen it! I knew how it was going to end (being one those films that people know all about even if they haven’t seen it) but couldn’t help but be carried away by the intensity and sheer weirdness of the plot. I don’t think I’ve ever watched a horror film with so much singing...

The setting is beautiful yet very disturbing at the same time (almost too beautiful...) while the tension is racked up to unbelievable levels. Sergeant Neil Howie knows that something isn’t quite right on Summerisle but he has no idea just how wrong it’s all going to turn out to be. The twist in the tale is brilliant and comes at just the right moment. The look on Howie’s face right at the end (when it all hits home) has to be seen to be believed. I sat there shivering as the end credits rolled and then spent the next few minutes walking round the house saying, “what the f...” over and over again.

I’m glad I finally got to watch ‘The Wicker Man’. Apparently, the 2006 remake is to be avoided at all costs...

11 comments:

N. R. Alexander said...

Yay! Glad you liked. Don't go near the remake, please, it'll spoil everything positive you've taken away from the original.

On the other hand, I have a bone to pick with you, Graeme. The other half and I sat down and watched Mum and Dad earlier this evening and oh my, that was... grim. If Jigsaw walked on to the set of Easterders, Mum and Dad would be the result. And I despise Eastenders!

Seriously though, I don't know that the girlfriend will be speaking to me for the next while. I've tried to blame you but she's having none of it. :(

Simon said...

It's a fantastic film, it hits all the right notes from the setting, the music, the feeling of isolation and the just plain weirdness. Lee has probably never been better.

The remake is a typical Nicholas Cage film, dire.

Graeme Flory said...

I'll give the remake a miss then, unless I'm really bored one night...

Mr Alexander - 'Mum and Dad' is grim isn't it? I didn't want to go into too much detail here but was hoping that the 'squeamish' comment would be enough to warn squeamish people off. Hope your girlfriend talks to you soon!

Celine said...

Ah Graeme, squeamish just makes Mam and Dad sound like it's gorey! But it's disturbing Disturbing is the word you should have used used!!

I know I'm serious girl, but Yucky!

Are you going to read the book that The Wicker Man is based on? I think it's called The Ritual? I read it when I was a kid and remember it as a thoroughly whacked out bit of acid-tripage.

Graeme Flory said...

That was the word I was looking for! Very, very disturbing...

I might give that book a go if I can track down a copy. The reading pile is quite big at the moment though, not sure that I can justify adding more books to it!

Celine said...

Eek! I was looking up The Ritual to see if was the acid trip book I remember and IT ISN'T!!! SO back away from it. Back away now.

The book I was actually thinking of is called Harvest Home by Thomas Trynon. It was a damned ho read for a wide eyed thirteen-yr-old let me tell you!

Sure TBR piles are there to be added to!

Celine said...

that should read 'Hot' a hot read! ( curse this new keyboard and my small fat fingers)

N. R. Alexander said...

Pardon my for saying, but I rather enjoyed your typo, Celine. Any other damned ho reads come to mind? :P

Celine said...

LOL! There's nothing like a ho read to educate a teen! (Harvest Home is where I first read the word 'prapic' - you an imagine my confusion when it was in relation to an elderly woman's rocking chair.

Celine said...

sigh. Priapic. The word should be priapic. *walks off cliff*

N. R. Alexander said...

No, Celine! You can't write your books from down there. I hope it's not too late. All this because of a dinky new keyboard...