The Wicker Man

The Wicker Man

Neil LaBute (2006)

97min
15 Certificate
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Our Score
The 1973 British cult classic here gets a glossy, expensive and utterly pointless remake courtesy of writer/director Neil LaBute. The action is shifted from Scotland to America's Pacific Northwest coast, as traumatised cop Nicolas Cage is lured by ex-lover Kate Beahan to the remote island of Summersisle to look for her missing daughter. There he stumbles upon a matriarchal society of bee-keepers, led by Ellen Burstyn, that's engaged in some disturbing pagan May Day rituals. No longer a chaste Christian (as in the original movie), instead Cage's character is allergic to bees - a meaningless plot change if ever there was one. Adapting Anthony Shaffer's screenplay, LaBute's version is both dumbed and dulled down, culminating in a laughably over-explained finale.You're better off sticking with the magical, musical and menacing original.

Summary

A policeman receives a message from his former fiancee, asking him to help find her daughter. The search takes him to an isolated island controlled by the members of a mysterious matriarchal cult, which he is convinced is planning a pagan sacrifice with the missing girl as the intended victim. American remake of the 1973 classic horror, with Nicolas Cage, Ellen Burstyn, Kate Beahan and Frances Conroy.

Cast & Crew

Edward Malus Nicolas Cage
Sister Summersisle Ellen Burstyn
Sister Willow Kate Beahan
Dr Moss Frances Conroy
Sister Rose / Sister Thorn Molly Parker
Sister Honey Leelee Sobieski
Sister Beech Diane Delano
Rowan Erika-Shaye Gair
Director Neil LaBute
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Lionsgate UK Guidance: Violence and swearing. Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 1 Sep 2006

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