The Wicker Man
Pious detective Neil Howie gets more than he bargained for when he probes a young girl's disappearance in this harrowing psychological thriller. As he follows a string of progressively disturbing clues, the trail leads him to a shocking conclusion.
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- Robin Hardy
- DVD and Blu-ray
RRestricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1Subtitles
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital MonoOther features
Color; scene access; trailer; making-of featurette; cast and crew interview
English, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: DTS-HD Master AudioOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this is a more intensely erotic film than the 2006 remake (though the newer, PG-13 version is more violent, thank you MPAA). While it shows up championed in lots of horror-movie reference books and fan magazines perused avidly by kids, this film is very adult in its themes and pace. There is much female nudity, sex (or attempted seduction), and a threat of human and animal sacrifice. Specific to religion, the conflict of Christianity and revived ancient pagan worship is the underlying theme.
- Sexual Content
- Nudity (mostly female) in fertility rites, outdoor lovemaking, and a woman surprised in the bathtub. Frank talk about sexual symbolism, and topiary hedges that look like male genitalia. Bawdy singing.
- Some tussling. A man is knocked out and tied up. A fire kills another (along with some animals), but little is shown directly.
- Some profanity.
- Social Behavior
- This is an especially troubling horror film in that "evil" triumphs, or at least the antagonists with lethal designs on the main character carry out their plans successfully. There is just a hint at the end that their punishment lies down the road. The hero is depicted as a firm, upstanding, and devoted Christian, though some of those very traits drag him to his fate.
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- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Social drinking; repeat visits to a jolly British pub.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it