Rent The Wicker Man (2006)

2.3 of 5 from 154 ratings
1h 37min
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Synopsis:
In this director's cut of the atmospheric adaptation of the 70s cult horror classic. Nicolas Cage (lord of wars) stars as Detective Edward Malus. A troubled man in search of the missing daughter of an old friend on the mysterious island of summersisle. The seemingly idyllic island off the mainland is home to a private community who lead a traditional pastoral life under the watchful eye of Matriarch sister Summersisle (Ellen Burstyn). As Malus's quest for information pits him against the mistrusting locals and their baffling ancient traditions. He becomes immersed in an ever more perplexing mystery. Amidst claims that the girl never even existed.
As his search for the truth reaches its horrifying climax. Malus discovers the sickening truth behind the community's belief system and is drawn inexorably nearer to the place where evil awaits.
Actors:
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Directors:
Writers:
Neil LaBute, Anthony Shaffer
Studio:
Lionsgate Films
Genres:
Horror, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
22/01/2007
Run Time:
97 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Audio commentary from director Neil LaBute producer Norm Golightly and editor Joel Plotsch
BBFC:
Release Date:
Not released
Run Time:
102 minutes
Languages:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour

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Reviews (5) of The Wicker Man

Maybe I should have watched the original?!!!! - The Wicker Man review by CP Customer

Spoiler Alert
17/07/2007

As the title says, have never seen the original and have to say, I imagine it was probably better than this.

I love Cage, but his dry humour just didn't fit with this film, the plot is silly, nothing really happens, and this tends to only work in the classics when they have atmosphere on their side, which this did not! However, I was suprised by the ending, but only for about 30 seconds!

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

A truly awful film. - The Wicker Man review by CP Customer

Spoiler Alert
02/06/2010

I've seen the original 1973 'Wicker Man' a couple of times, I'm not a particular fan of the original and was prepared to watch this remake with an open mind, but the truth is this is a truly awful film. While the storyline is pretty much in line with the 70's film, it changes key elements which made the original film so memorable. The original 70's film storyline followed a mainland policeman sent to investigate a missing child on a remote Scottish island, and a key part of the storyline was this straight-laced devout Christian policeman forced to be on an island with a heavily sexualised pagan community which both repulsed him and caused him to fight his own temptations. This key element is completely removed from this remake and is replaced by a dull California cop traumatised after a fatal road accident, who goes to the island after receiving a letter from his ex-fiancé claiming her child is missing. Because the key element of sex and paganism is removed from the remake the film really looses it's heart and ends up being little more than a fairly shallow thriller, and they even manage to ruin the memorable end of the film by tacking on an unnecessary additional scene. Nick Cage is up to his usual standard of dull wooden acting and the scene towards the end of the film where he's pursued through the woods while wearing a bear costume was just laughable. If you've never seen the original 1973 'The Wicker Man' I would rent that and give this a miss.

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Disappointing - The Wicker Man review by CP Customer

Spoiler Alert
28/02/2007

I have never seen the original but wish I hadn't bothered with this. I believe there were pagan fertility rituals in the original, but the point is lost in this uber feminist matriarchal version, where the men (in their rare appearances) are totally subservient to women. It's depressing and there is no closure - too many loose ends that leave you frustrated rather then pondering on possible outcomes. Totally unbelievable plot and hammy acting. Don't bother!

0 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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