imagesThe Wicker Man is arguably one of the greatest pop culture films ever made – a heady mix of the pagan undercurrent to merry old England with a weird swirl of the swinging sixties somehow flavouring it – genuinely unnerving and with a unique and brilliant atmosphere and that stunning ending.

The Film’s director Robin Hardy has died at the age of 86, a family friend has confirmed.

He was best known for directing this cult British film, starring Sir Christopher Lee and Edward Woodward.

The 1973 film told the story of police sergeant Howie, played by Woodward, who was sent to search for a missing girl on the fictional island of Summerisle.

Hardy, who went on to make follow-up The Wicker Tree in 2011, died on Friday, the friend said.

Last year, Hardy said he wanted to make a third version of the the film as a tribute to Sir Christopher.

The Wicker Man was Hardy’s feature film debut, and he went on to direct only two more feature-length films.

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