Director: Robin Hardy
Production Companies: British Lion Films
Distribution Company: British Lion Films
Genre: British Horror, Cult Classic
Music: Paul Giovanni and traditional folk songs
Release Date: December 6, 1973
Running Time: 88 minutes
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Reviewer: Karen “Neckromance” St. Claire
Final Score: 5 (out 5 moons)
Police sergeant, Neil Howie is on a detective quest looking for a missing girl. He has landed his small plane on a quaint Scottish Isle in search of missing person, Rowan Morrison. When he arrives at this small encapsulated island called “Summer-Isle”, he finds himself in a strange world ruled by Pagan worship and ritual. Howie is a devout Christian and is disturbed by the elements. They are teaching the schoolchildren about the Maypole ritual and describe it as a phallic worship to represent fruitful regeneration of the species.
Couples unite in erotic rendezvous in the nocturnal grasslands, sharing the sacred space amongst several other coupled lovers in the community love nest. To cure a kid’s sore throat, a frog is placed inside a child’s mouth and then removed so that the frog now carries the sickness as it is magically transferred from the youngster into the amphibian. The school chalkboard lesson of the day reads “a loadstone preserves the newborn from weird women and that the hag stone preserves people from nightmares.” A local bakery is filled with cupcakes in the form of goat’s heads, Day of the Dead skulls, and Good Charlotte doll cakes. At the local pharmacy an apothecary jar filled with dried foreskins is readily on display, while a fish-tank full of skinned animal carcasses float in formaldehyde. Behind the countertop a goat’s head plaque is hung.
This British cult classic horror flick is filled with Traditional Pagan ritual. Hosted around the May Day festival, the small isle township is a tight knit clan of tavern folk musicians at jam parties, weathered fisherman, along with a slew of seductive statuesque Nordic type female sorceresses. The worship of the sun goddess and the goddess of the harvest is a festive holiday for all to attend. The crops must bear fruit for the reaping. Whether dancing around the maypole for mating rites or jumping the bonfire sky clad in fertility ritual, the townspeople are a jovial group of pagan worshippers. During the May Day festival they dress in masked Renaissance attire and masquerade round the town to partake in the seasonal events. The musicians are donned in Scottish kilts and play their instruments at the Spring processional march. Based on a Scottish Isle, this small secluded area is packed with Pagan ritual in every aspect of daily life. Due to the quirky yet disturbing elements of the film, it has gained major cult status.
Story: 5.0 Moons (Out of 5.0)
Presentation: 5.0 Moons (Out of 5.0)
Audience Fit: 5.0 Moons (Out of 5.0)
Final Score (not an average): 5.0 Moons (Out of 5.0)