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The Wicker Man (2006)

  Tags: Diane Delano, Ellen Burstyn, Erika-Shaye Gair, Frances Conroy, Kate Beahan, Leelee Sobieski, Molly Parker, Neil LaBute, Nicolas Cage, religion, religious, remake, The Wicker Man, Wickerman

Your rating: None Average: 4 (1 vote)
Reviewer Rating: 
4

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Rating #: 
4/10
Director: 
Neil LaBute
Runtime: 
102 minutes
Cast: 
Nicolas Cage, Ellen Burstyn, Kate Beahan, Frances Conroy, Molly Parker, Leelee Sobieski, Diane Delano, Erika-Shaye Gair


Why anyone would want to remake the 1973 film is beyond me, but apparently someone thought it had a big enough fan base to dish out some decent $$ at the box office. This obviously wasn't the case considering the budget was an estimated $40-million, while only making $12-million opening weekend.

Giving the film a PG-13 rating was an attempt to bring in younger viewers’ despite the fact that more than half the people who are even aware of the original, let-alone fans of it, are obviously adults. In the end, after its theatrical run it barely reached half the budget. Granted the original does have cult status and some critics consider it one of the best horror films ever made, I personally hated it. All the pointless singing and naked dancing was an incredible waste of time.

The remake keeps the basic storyline of a cop from the city going to a small island (which has its own ritualistic religion) in search of a missing girl. This time, however, they've removed all the annoying singing, (kept some of the dancing though) and threw in a very funny Nic Cage as the lead. Whether Nic was delivering comedic moments intentionally or not, I had a good laugh during a few scenes.

The movie tries to remain a horror film by delivering some delusions by Cage of the young girl running around in the forest, and it's clear that the community is up to something sinister, but aside from that we're really not witness to much in terms of scares. Speaking of Cage, this isn't his first time to appear in a film from our genre. He was also in a very strange horror film in the late 80's called Vampire's Kiss, where he's bit by a mysterious woman one night, whom he believes to be a vampire.

Even if you throw big names into the cast, in the end you're just remaking one bad movie into another bad movie. Do yourself a favor and skip both versions.

Posted on September 29, 2011 - 9:05pm | FrighT MasteR

 

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