It opens as any good film should: with a secret society of hooded criminals — the Crooked Circle — swearing allegiance to one another, to crime, to the occult, to pretty much anything evil they can think of.
On the surface, The Wicker Man is the story of one police constable’s attempt to scrooge up a town’s May Day revelries. Delving deeper into its waters, however, is aided by a few key texts that informed the film.
On Alcohol Professor, I’m writing about the history of the Alexander. It’s a story featuring appearances by James Bond, Walter Winchell, Murder Inc, Ziegfeld chorus girls, Czar Alexander II of Russia, and a guy named Felix.