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Member # 4289
 - posted November 16, 2009 17:24
So farewell then,
Edward Woodward.
Some thought of you as The Equaliser
But you were always Sgt Howie
to me.

With apologies to E.J. Thribb,
and a degree of personal sadness.
Member # 1089
 - posted November 18, 2009 06:01
Originally posted by Grummash:
So farewell then,
Edward Woodward.
Some thought of you as The Equaliser
But you were always Sgt Howie
to me.

With apologies to E.J. Thribb,
and a degree of personal sadness.

Yep, old Eddie Baby turned what could have been a farcical movie into a cult classic. Christopher Lee was awesome in it as well, of course, but the whole thing would have been poo if it didn't have Eddie Baby's dramatic skill -- the ability to blend the rigid formalism of his character with its inner conflicts (like the dancing naked bird scene in the inn).

And he was from Croydon! Only good things come from Croydon (meself having spent a year at Croydon College... [Wink] )
Member # 4289
 - posted November 18, 2009 16:50

It is true that E-war Woo-War's ability to portray a strait-laced religious fundamentalist without straying into laughable pomposity was one of the main contributions to the films plausibility.

But more than that, The Wicker Man was one of the last great horror films where the creation of a mood and a sense of place was more important than than having the audience wade through gore and clamber over mangled corpses for the duration of the movie. A proper horror film should, for the most part, deal with a rising threat of unspeakable things, with any realising of that threat being saved for the dramatic climax, followed by some only partially-convincing reassurances constituting the denouement.
Member # 2071
 - posted November 18, 2009 17:01
Talking of the actors, "The Wicker Man" is one of the few movies to survive Britt Ekland's presence in the cast. She was the Elizabeth Hurley of her day, with an unparalleled ability to sink any movie she appeared in. Truly one of the worst actresses of all time.
Member # 966
 - posted November 19, 2009 00:35
There was also "Get Carter" and "The man with the golden gun" for Britt, according to IMDB.
Member # 2340
 - posted November 20, 2009 13:26
Wicker man is too scary. I watched it once!!! You are right that playing with the audience's mind is much more powerful than pictures of gore.

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