The Wicker Man

1975 R 1h 28m Blu-ray / DVD

The Wicker Man

1975 R 1h 28m Blu-ray / DVD
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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.
Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento, Britt Ekland, Ingrid Pitt, Lindsay Kemp, Russell Waters, Aubrey Morris, Irene Sunters, Walter Carr, Ian Campbell, Leslie Blackater, Roy Boyd
Robin Hardy
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital Mono
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them. UR -
age 17+
Common Sense rating Not for kids
age 17+

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 child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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