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A different sort of horror
This isn't the sort of horror that relies on a slasher villain with near-invincibility or supernatural forces. The horror comes from the uneasiness that the viewers feel as Sergeant Howie goes through the island trying to figure out what is going on. The people seem normal enough but they also give the impression that they're hiding something, waiting for the right time to spring a trap on the hapless hero. The horror comes from the idea that the viewers know something is wrong, but can't quite put their finger on it yet.

The Wicker Man is a fascinating piece of work that not only keeps a suspenseful atmosphere, but is also quite the feast for eyes while maintaining its mood. The beauty of the landscape helps emphasize the growing uneasiness that there is something wrong. The festival thrown by the people is rich in color and full of happiness, yet it also causes uneasiness because it seems that everyone is just a little too happy and that the climax of the festival will get ugly. This is a movie that should definitely be checked out; it is a horror film, but one of a different kind.
I'm assuming from all your talk of subtle suspense that you're talking about the original and not the Nicolas cage "NOTTHEBEES!!!" remake?
comment #3471 wellinever 19th Jul 10
Of course; I haven't seen the Nicholas Cage version, only the one with Christopher Lee.
comment #3883 dragonfire5000 11th Aug 10
My problem with the movie was that the atmosphere was always too bright and cheerful to give any sense of danger of even uneasiness.
comment #4135 TGGeko 24th Aug 10
I have to agree. It's not menacing enough, just odd. The ending is powerful for what happens in it, but the film before it needed to be a lot darker. Plus Christopher Lee in drag is just too Narmy.
comment #4224 Niaspace 30th Aug 10
I thought the cheery mood of most of the film made it CREEPIER, since around the time Christopher Lee first shows up, it slowly and subtly starts building up to the "horror" atmosphere that it's famous for.
comment #4864 ManwiththePlan 22nd Oct 10
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