Motion pictures – Terrifying horror films about cults
Whereas many of the cults within the movies talked about on this checklist are overtly diabolical, the faith practiced in 1973’s The Wicker Man is not completely sinister. A minimum of, at first.
The folks of Summerisle, a tiny island off the coast of Scotland, observe a pagan observe related to many historical traditions. We have May Day celebrations (together with the maypole), a non secular connection to nature, and the assumption that sacrifice will lead to a fruitful harvest. That the sacrifice in query is human is not inherently evil within the eyes of the island’s chief (Christopher Lee) and his constituents, however as an alternative, they view it as centuries-old custom. Nonetheless, visiting English policeman Edward Woodward, whose religious Christianity and virginal standing make him an object of eager curiosity amongst Summerisle’s locals, would undoubtedly disagree, particularly within the horror movie’s surprising conclusion.
That cut up perspective — what’s monstrous to some is simply part of life to others –- is what’s endeared The Wicker Man to horror followers for many years, particularly among the many folks horror motion, which considers the movie a forerunner to main titles in that subgenre, together with The Witch, The Ritual, and Midsommar. Oh, and that 2006 remake with Nicolas Cage? Do not trouble, even for the yucks.