The director of cult horror film The Wicker Man has died. The BBC have reported that Robin Hardy passed away aged 86. His debut feature which tells of a police sergeant investigating a supposed missing child on a Scottish island earned the ire of studio bosses.

He worked on television drama in the US and was a partner with Anthony Schafer in a film production company. He recently adapted his novel Cowboys for Christ as The Wicker Tree and had been planning a third Wicker movie.