Today at The Clinton: Friday, Sep 24

Clinton St. Theater presents WICKER MAN (1973)

Clinton St. Theater presents WICKER MAN (1973)


Thursday, Oct 7
the wicker man 1973

You can't help smiling at the audacity of it all and shivering a little at the feelbad ending.

Derek Malcolm, London Evening Standard

A slow burn of a horror film portraying cynicism and paranoia that's as effective as our belief of its possibility. It's just plain weird and great. 

Federico Furzan, Cinelipsis

Besides being a great horror film, The Wicker Man is a marvelous time capsule of the 1970s.

Sarah Boslaugh, TheArtsStl

the wicker man movie poster
Robin Hardy
88 minutes

This is it – the new, beautifully-restored, critically-acclaimed cult classic, re-cut again to the director’s final approval.  The Wicker Man is the tale of a pious (virgin) police sergeant who travels to a remote Scottish Isle in search of a missing girl and discovers an entire community that has embraced a sexually uninhibited pagan lifestyle, centered around the worship of nature.

The film originally arrived in 1973, at a juncture in time where many in the counter-culture movement had left traditional Christian-based religions for alternatives like the Church of Satan, the Church of Scientology, the Hare Krishna movement, and cults like The People’s Temple (which would tragically end with the Jonestown massacre in 1978).  You also had the “free love” movement, and a return to nature with the rise of communes and celebration of the first Earth Day (1970).  With this in mind, it is not surprising that screenwriter Anthony Shaffer (Sleuth, Frenzy), would choose to write a ‘horror’ story tied to pagan religion, with a core worship of nature/earth and sex/fertility/birth, as it relates to both ancient British May Day traditions and what was occurring in contemporary popular culture.   It is this combination that lends a credible air to the film, ultimately making it that much more unsettling.

Special Admission

$8; includes a $2 service fee