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: 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: Neil LaBute's remake of the British horror classic The Wicker Man is a competent and handsome-looking film but it never finds a compelling answer to the question most people will be asking: "What's the point?
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...
Conclusion: The Wicker Man is, more than anything else, a film about what people can do in the name of religion or, more generally, belief. Its power comes not from appeals to the supernatural but from a deep understanding of our own undeniable nature. Horror doesn't get much closer to home than that.