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The True Nature of Sacrifice – A Look Back At “The Wicker Man” – Part Two

25 November 2010 5:45 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

We continue our look back at the classic horror film The Wicker Man, to read the first part of this feature please click here.

And so to the late, great Edward Woodward himself, who inspires great confidence as Sergeant Howie, a man whose unfettered dogged persistence defies all who stand before him in his pursuit of answers.

A key scene in understanding Howie comes when, upon visiting the school house, he is shocked to discover the school mistress (played by Diane Cilento, a former Mrs. Sean Connery and widow of screenwriter Anthony Schaffer) teaching her young class the phallic importance of the maypole. Approaching an empty desk he assumes to belong to Rowan Morrison (the missing girl at the centre of the mystery) he is surprised to discover a small beetle tied to a piece of string running endless circles around a small nail with no apparent meaning or purpose. »

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