Robin Hardy‘s 1973 THE WICKER MAN is an icon of British horror cinema, an endlessly unsettling folkloric cult-classic that we have fielded endless requests for following the recent success of Ari Aster‘s (HEREDITARY) indie arthouse thriller MIDSOMMAR. Edward Woodward stars as Sgt. Howie, a righteous, puritanical, staunchly Christian police officer investigating the disappearance of a young girl on a secluded Scottish Island. Upon being dispatched at the behest of an anonymous letter, he comes into conflict with the unusual residents of Summerisle, and is surprised to discover that the inhabitants suspiciously dene the missing girl’s very existence. Even more shocking, at least to the traditionally pious law officer, is that the island seems to be ruled by a libertarian society organized around pagan rituals. With Christopher Lee, Britt Eklund.
“A British golden-oldie worthy to be placed alongside classics such as Ira Levin’s ‘The Stepford Wives’ or ‘Rosemary’s Baby’.” (The Guardian)
“The Wicker Man’s genre-bending, thematic daring, and tortuous history have made it the U.K.’s definitive cult movie.” (The Village Voice)
“The ‘Citizen Kane’ of horror movies.” (Cinefantastique Magazine)
“Mauled by the studio, obsessed over by fans, deconstructed by academics, remade with Nicolas Cage – yet the pagan British weirdness of ‘The Wicker Man’ remains fresh. Now, four decades since release, reappraised, scrutinised, analysed, deconstructed and obsessed over, it is the subject of painstakingly researched books and worthy academic treatises, and it features on the media studies ‘A’ level syllabus. You can buy the soundtrack – an essential purchase – or the Hollywood remake featuring Nicolas Cage in a bear suit, which is possibly not so essential.” (BFI.org)
Wednesday, August 21
Doors 8:30 pm | Movie 9:00 pm *Start time subject to change.
Advance tickets $10.50 HERE | $12.50 at the door
*Minors welcome. (Please note this film is rated 18A.) Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Rio Theatre groupons and passes OK. Please redeem at the door.
THE WICKER MAN (Robin Hardy, 1973 / 94 mins “Final Cut” / 18A) Police sergeant Neil Howie is called to an island village in search of a missing girl whom the locals claim never existed. Stranger still, however, are the rituals that take place there.