Film history abounds in examples of misunderstood works being cut by unsympathetic distributors, receiving minor, perfunctory releases, and even being shelved outright. THE WICKER MAN is a sad example of such treatment: This well-told tale of mounting horror was completely mishandled on its initial release, and trimmed cruelly.
Scottish Sgt. Howie (Edward Woodward), a devoutly Christian policeman (so much so that he remains a virgin) and lay minister, receives a photograph of a girl name Rowan Morrison (Geraldine Cowper) in the mail with an anonymous note stating she has mysteriously vanished. Woodward heads out to Summerisle, a Scottish island community within hi...