The Wicker Man (1973)
First screened in August 2006 / Most recently screened in August 2014
Director: Robin Hardy. Cast: Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Diane Cilento, Irene Sunters, Lindsay Kemp, Russell Waters, Ingrid Pitt, Walter Carr, Aubrey Morris, Ian Campbell, Roy Boyd, Geraldine Cowper. Screenplay: Anthony Shaffer. Twitter Capsule:
Doesn't always sidestep kitsch or sleaze; may not always intend to. Best at creepy gestalts and externalizing guilt.
One hears often of its influence, but also of its singularity. I see signs of both but don't think the cinematic record topples if you subtract it. UK viewers, horror fans may differ.