"The Wicker Man" (1973) starring Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland and Diane Cilento is a classic cult horror / thriller that is also a musical! A police sergeant travels to a remote private island off the Scottish coast to investigate a reported missing child and finds more than he bargained for!
This is a thoroughly unique horror movie that actually incorporates music and song into the scenes in a way that doesn't seem out of place. The songs are either ancient songs or folk songs and they add a lot to the film. "Willow's Song" is sung by Willow the bar owner's daughter, who sings a hauntingly beautiful song while she is nude and in the room next to the sergeant's. He must use all his reserves of devoutness to endure this haunting siren's song. The "Maypole Song" is sung a male teacher while the boys are tethered to the maypole in an ancient ceremonial dance. All the music and songs are something you will definitely enjoy and remember about this film.
"The Wicker Man" is a horror movie that you should see at least once in your lifetime and after that you generally will want to watch it again and again. The beautiful island scenery, the quirky locals, the Pagan costumes and masks, the songs and dance, the suspense and mystery all add to the atmosphere of this film. When Sergeant Howie finally finds out the truth about Rowan Morrison and the island and its people, he definitely finds something stranger than he would have ever imagined!