It’s May Day, so we’re watching the 1973 version of THE WICKER MAN.
FIANCÉE: “I feel like you’d love to live on Summerisle, David, since these people wear tweed and bone all the time.”
Forgot how good the soundtrack is.
FIANCÉE: “I want this on my tombstone.” Image
I mean, Howie sucks and the villagers seem happy with their lives, but on the other hand they’re all basically Lord Summerisle’s sex slaves.
The reason this movie works so well is that everything is from Howie’s perspective and he is literally the only person on his side onscreen.
Here’s the thing: the denizens of Summerisle don’t seem so bad, as far as evil cults go.

They drink, laugh, and fuck, and the only person they kill is kind of an asshole.
Maybe it’s because I just watched TRUE DETECTIVE and the evil cult there was genuinely monstrous.
Still kind of hard not to feel bad for Howie at the end, though.
This is a great movie, but some of the dialogue, man... Image
Overall, 9/10. Good May Day movie, could’ve used more communism.

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