The great English star of stage and screen, Edward Albert Arthur Woodward OBE, passed on this morning at the age of 79. For many, he might have been known as the star of The Equalizer, a late 1980s private detective TV series (on which my great uncle appeared a bunch of times as an extra). But to horror fans, and fans of genre cinema in general, he will always be known as the self-righteous Scottish policeman Sgt. Howie, star of the ultimate cult classic, The Wicker Man.
Aside from the 1973 masterpiece, Woodward did little else in the genre--a minor 1970 flick called Incense of the Damned, with Peter Cushing and Patrick Macnee, being a rare exception. Yet, for most us, his iconic performance in The Wicker Man is more than enough to cement him amongst the immortals of horror film history. Clicking on the picture below will take you to video of the infamous closing scene of the film--one of the most harrowing and truly horrifying endings to a fright flick you will ever see. Alongside Christopher Lee, Woodward gave one of the finest lead performances in a horror movie, ever. Let's remember him today.
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