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Sunday, August 31, 2014
7:30 p.m. The Wicker Man
Robin Hardy (U.K., 1973)

Restored “Final Cut”!

Just added! Free scratch-and-sniff cards to accompany key scenes in the film. Don't miss this chance to experience the amorous aromas of paganism.

“The Citizen Kane of horror movies”—Cinefantastique Magazine

Before Burning Man, there was The Wicker Man, that burning sensation. A Christian believer, Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward), travels to the rustic island of Summerisle to investigate the disappearance of a young girl the islanders deny exists. The sarge is alarmed to find the inhabitants possessed of a paganism that has the cultists raising the maypole and fornicating in the fields. Playwright Anthony Shaffer (Sleuth, Frenzy) penned this heathen husk of folk horror specifically for Christopher Lee, who plays the priestly Lord Summerisle. This flammable flick finds its fright in the slow revelation that you are either kin or kindling.

—Steve Seid

• Written by Anthony Shaffer. Photographed by Harry Waxman. With Christopher Lee, Edward Woodward, Diane Cilento, Britt Ekland. (94 mins, DCP, Color, From Rialto Pictures)

Scratch-and-sniff cards devised by Bren O'Callaghan from Cornerhouse in Manchester. Supported by the BFI Film Audience Network NW Central (UK). Special thanks to Samuel Sharkey at the Exploratorium.