Scenes That I Love: Christopher Lee as Lord Summerisle in The Wicker Man


Over the course of his long career, Christopher Lee often cited his performance as the charismatic but ultimately sinister Lord Summerisle in 1973’s The Wicker Man as one of his personal favorites.  It’s easy to see why.  The role not only showcased Lee’s ability to be menacing but it was also one of the few films that allowed him to be witty as well.  Lord Summerisle may be a pagan who maintains his power by sacrificing virgins but he’s still quite charming.  With his longish hair, sideburns, and turtleneck, Lord Summerisle is the perfectly aristocratic 70s rogue.

Today’s scene that I love comes from the original The Wicker Man.  (Sorry, the Nicole Cage “bees” scene from the remake will have to wait for next year’s horrorthon.)  In this scene, Lord Summerisle expalins the ways of the island to a skeptical police detective.  Little does the detective know that he’s already been selected to be the next sacrifice.  Lee’s avuncular performance holds up wonderully.

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