The ending in particular is one of the most frightful sights for an audience. The way the community gathers, hold hands and sing, whilst murdering and watching an innocent man burn alive. The fact that no one seems concerned or has a conscience and smiling all the time, is a truly cruel and revolting thought. Adam Smith suggests, "The Wicker Man is, more than anything else, a film about what people can do in the name of religion or, more generally, belief. Its power comes not from appeals to the supernatural but from a deep understanding of our own undeniable nature. Horror doesn't get much closer to home than that." (Smith 2007) Smith has observed the main ideology of the film and boldly points out the key to a true horror is something that seems supposedly normal, yet we know to be wickedness. The idea of the community laughing at the person they are tricking into their own death is personified at first with the beetle in the school desk. Tied to a nail and going round in circles till it dies.
List of illustrations
Figure 1. Hardy, Robin (1973) The Wicker Man Movie Poster. At: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:TheWickerMan_UKrelease_Poster.jpg (Accessed on:7/12/11)
Figure 2. Hardy, Robin (1973) Edward Woodward. At: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/filmblog+media/television (Accessed on:7/12/11)
Figure 3. Hardy, Robin (1973) Final Scene. At: http://movies.sky.com/the-wicker-man/review (Accessed on:7/12/11)
BBC Jamie Russel (2001) The Wicker Man (1973). At: http://www.bbc.co.uk/films/2001/12/17/the_wicker_man_1973_review.shtml (Accessed on:7/12/11)
Empire Magazine Adam Smith (2007) Empire Essay: The Wicker Man. At: http://www.empireonline.com/reviews/reviewcomplete.asp?DVDID=7892 (Accessed on:7/12/11)
The Guardian Peter Bradshaw (2007) The Wicker Man. At: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2007/aug/24/horror (Accessed on:7/12/11)