Inside the Wicker Man, How Not to Make a Classic by Allan Brown [1] Probably the best single resource about the movie.

The Wicker Man by Robin Hardy and Anthony Shaffer [2] (Wikipedia page) The novelization, written after the movie.

Robin Hardy created a graphic novel using the complete set of storyboard images for the film. We hope it will be published it in the future.

(A page from the sequel - very low res. Page 341 in Brown's e-book)

Studying The Wicker Man by Andy Murray and Lorraine Rolston [3] An academic look at the movie.

The Quest for the Wicker Man, Historical, Folklore and Pagan Perspectivesby Benjamin Franks, Stephen Harper, Jonathan Murray and Lesley Stevenson [4] Another academic look. Read Chapter 2 here. (A review.) (See the page on the conference it came from.)

Constructing ‘The Wicker Man’: Film and Cultural Studies Perspectives, Edited by Jonathan Murray, Lesley Stevenson, Stephen Harper and Benjamin Franks.  (See the page on the conference it came from.)

 Religion and Film: An Introduction, Hardcover – 27 Oct 2006 by Melanie Wright (Author) Chapter 5 deals with the Wicker Man. (Read it here. Download the whole thing here.) Melanie Jane Wright, ‘The Wicker Man’, Religion and film: an introduction (London: I.B.Tauris, 2007)[Google Books preview, some pages omitted]The Wicker Man at Screenonline (BFI)

The Golden Bough by Sir James George Frazer. touted as a source of research by Robin Hardy and Anthony Shaffer.

The White Goddessby Robert Graves, touted as a source of research by Robin Hardy. (downloadable pdf)

Academic papers

The Folklore Fallacy. A Folkloristic/Filmic Perspective on The Wicker Man by Michael Koven (a "folkloric amusement park"... - From The Quest For the Wicker Man book.

Cinema of the Not Yet

Gail Ashurst (author of the Nuada newsletters) academic paper: In the footsteps of 'The Wicker Man': personal mythopoesis and the processes of cult film fandom

Peter Hutchings, 'Uncanny Landscapes in British Film and Television', Visual Culture in. Britain vol. 5. No. 2, 2004 (page not found, 9/27/15)

A Burning Passion Thats Close To Worship from the TES (Service not available, 9/27/15)

A review by Paul Binnion, University of Nottingham, UK (Search for it. It's near the end of the document.)

Catterall, Ali & Wells, Simon. "'The True Nature of Sacrifice' from Your Face Here: British Cult Movies Since the 'Sixties". Fourth Estate, 2002, (BK), 0007145543

Catterall, Ali & Wells, Simon. "'Three Great Horror Movies Were Made in 1973: The Exorcist, Don't Look Now - and The Wicker Man. The Who?'". In: "The Guardian", 8 January 1999, (NP)

Peary, Danny. "the Sleepers, the Weird and the Wonderful". In: "Cult movies 2: 50 More of the Classics", Dell New York, 1983, (BK), 0440516323, 1989, (BK), 038529753X,  1984, (BK), 0091544416

Withnail and Us: Cult Films and Film Cults in British Cinema by Justin Smith has a chapter on the Wicker Man. (Google Books version with pages missing)

Smith, Justin (2008) "The Wicker Man" digest: a web ethnography of a cult fan community. In: Chapman, J., Glancy, H. and Harper, Sue, eds. The new film history:. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 229-244. ISBN 9780230594487 (or go to, register and go to Justin Smith, U of Portsmouth for the download. It's free.)

Calculated Risks: Film Finances and British Independents in the 1970s - Justin Smith. From the Journal, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Volume 34, 2014 - Issue 1: The Film Finances Archive or

Mister Punch as sacrificial victim in The Wicker Man, Melissa Smith (pdf)

The Wicker Man: Virgin Sacrifice in Dumfries and Galloway - Valentina Bold

Essays and articles on the web

Poster for a conference

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