The Wicker Man

2006

The Wicker Man

Critics Consensus

Puzzlingly misguided, Neil LaBute's update The Wicker Man struggles against unintentional comedy and fails.

15%

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17%

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Movie Info

A young child has gone missing and it's up to a haunted but determined policeman to travel to the remote island community where she was last seen and solve the lingering mystery of her disappearance in director Neil LaBute's updated reworking of Anthony Shaffer's 1973 cult horror classic. Upon receiving a letter from his one-time fiancée, Willow (Kate Beahan), imploring him to search for her missing daughter on the secluded island of Summersisle, Policeman Edward Malus (Nicolas Cage) quickly makes his way to the island to locate the girl and seek an answer as to why Willow suddenly and inexplicably disappeared shortly before their wedding date. Once there, Malus is troubled to discover that although there are traces of the child to be found in such locations as the local schoolhouse, the residents of Summersisle seem reluctant to offer any specific details as to the girl's apparent death. His investigation effectively stalled by the highly secretive Wiccan community, Sheriff Malus soon discovers that there are still some cultures that have their own unique beliefs about humankind's relationship with Mother Earth, and refuse to adapt to the rules of modern society. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast

Nicolas Cage
as Edward Malus
Ellen Burstyn
as Sister Summersisle
Kate Beahan
as Sister Willow
Molly Parker
as Sister Rose/Sister Thorn
Leelee Sobieski
as Sister Honey
Diane Delano
as Sister Beech
Christa Campbell
as Truck Stop Waitress
Emily Holmes
as Station Wagon Mom
Zemphira Gosling
as Station Wagon Girl
Matthew Walker
as Sea Plane Pilot
Christine Willes
as Sister Violet
Mark Black
as Sister Oak
Mary Black
as Sister Oak
Xantha Radley
as Village Sister No. 1
Tania Saulnier
as Attendant No. 1
Anna Van Hooft
as Attendant No. 2
Moraea Bieber
as School Girl No. 1
Jayda Bieber
as School Girl No. 2
Talia Ranger
as School Girl No. 3
Kendall Cross
as Female Cop
Simon Longmore
as Village Male No. 1
Andre Danyliu
as Village Male No. 2
Jacqueline Robbins
as Blind Twin No. 1
Joyce Robbins
as Blind Twin No. 2
Aaron Eckhart
as Truck Stop Patron
James Franco
as Bar Guy No. 1
Jason Ritter
as Bar Guy No. 2
Monique Ganderton
as Rams Horn Woman
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Critic Reviews for The Wicker Man

All Critics (107) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (91)

  • The '73 film is brilliantly constructed and ends with a punctuation mark that was shocking in its day. LaBute's movie attempts to shock, as well, and does: Given the names involved and the casting of Cage, it is shockingly bad.

    Sep 23, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4
  • Neil LaBute's utterly misconceived remake of Robin Hardy's 1973 cult horror film is a boring, fright-free catastrophe.

    Sep 23, 2006 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Despite retaining significant chunks of Shaffer's dialogue to go along with the basic story structure, LaBute has transformed the eerie, disturbing psychological thriller into an unintentional comedy.

    Sep 7, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The Wicker Man is comically inept as a horror movie, unable to even manage an effective false scare, or sustain suspense for more than a beat or two.

    Sep 5, 2006 | Rating: 1/5
  • To his credit Cage plays it with an admirably straight face, even when mugging a woman for her bear costume. But then he must have known from the beginning he was backing a loser.

    Sep 5, 2006 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Neil Smith

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • The original Wicker Man had its flaws, particularly in the lumpy pacing. LaBute's thoroughly inessential remake not only lovingly reproduces those flaws, it introduces a slew of new ones.

    Sep 2, 2006 | Rating: D+

    Tasha Robinson

    AV Club
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Wicker Man

  • Nov 10, 2016
    "No! Not the bees! Not the bees!" Nicolas Cage stars in Neil LaBute's remake of the cult horror film The Wicker Man. When California patrolman Edward Malus receives a letter from his former fiancée asking for help finding her missing daughter he flies out to a remove private island to investigate, and come to believe that a feminist cult has abducted the child to be a pagan sacrifice. Unfortunately the storytelling is just awful, and does a terribly job at building intrigue and suspense; as Malus is continually stonewalled at every turn. Additionally, the performances are all pretty bland, except for Cage who goes really over-the-top. Complete garbage, The Wicker Man is an incredible dull non-thriller that doesn't deliver any scares.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 01, 2014
    Incredibly unnecessary and boring with occasional unintentional humour. Not as hilarious and goofy as you might be hoping for.
    ZACHO D Super Reviewer
  • Apr 16, 2013
    So indescribably bad and full of plot holes. I have to give Cage credit though--he knows how to make an entertainingly-bad movie. This is a blast to watch because it sucks so much lol.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 22, 2013
    I don't know why Hollywood always have to be such a pain in the ass by making remakes. And watching Nicolas Cage is the most annoying 106 minutes of my life. I hated the whole film for it's stupidity and lousy schlocky shocks.The film offers nothing good, only scared audience by suddenly introducing loud noises and dreadful dream sequence. Expected nothing, received nothing.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer

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