Conclusion: I have loved The Wicker Man since a friend first screened a 16mm print of the really long version of the film for me when I was a kid. I later saw the 99 minute version at an Art House when I was a teenager, and then and only then finally saw the shorter theatrical version when I was a young adult.
Conclusion: StudioCanal deserve a lot of credit for this very beautiful release of Robin Hardy's classic film The Wicker Man . It is very easy to see that their hard work has paid off. The new digital restoration, completed with the British director's guidance, has truly given the film a new life.
Excerpt: About ten years ago I was watching Ebert and (then) Siskel and Roger Ebert was giving his rundown of the years best villains in film. One of his choices was the character “Chad” from the movie “In the Company of Men”.
Conclusion: In all seriousness on April Fool's Day, The Wicker Man is a truly awful movie. The dialogue is consistently terrible, the pacing makes "sluggish" seems like a speeding rocket, and the plot makes little sense.
Conclusion: Neil LaBute's Wicker Man remake is a career misstep that the director will undoubtedly regret for many years. The film works as neither a thriller nor a drama, and takes itself too seriously for us to believe it was intended as parody. It's basically just awful.
Conclusion: A masterpiece of unintentional camp excess, 'The Wicker Man' is the most hilarious piece of hack work I've seen in ages. This Blu-ray version is virtually identical to the HD DVD version, and looks and sounds perfectly swell (although once again Blu-ray gets cheated out of Dolby TrueHD track).
Excerpt: Wicker Man may be a remake, but at least it's not another remake of an Asian horror movie. The Wicker Man is all American, and with that comes an obvious plot and a decided lack of scares. It also means Nicolas Cage instead of an unknown teenage actress or worse, Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Excerpt: Much of the fun of the original 1973 film version of Anthony Shaffer's novel The Wicker Man came from its thoroughly unlikable protagonist: Playing a pushy, prudish Christian zealot, Edward Woodward stormed through the story like a cut-rate Cotton Mather, condemning everyone around him and earning...