The Wicker Man

Genre:  Drama, Horror, Thriller
Running Time:  97 min.
Release Date: September 1, 2006
DVD: December 19, 2006

Current rating: Rating: 2.66
based on 743 votes and 91 reviews
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Cast: Nicolas Cage, Ellen Burstyn, Kate Beahan, Frances Conroy, Molly Parker, Leelee Sobieski, Diane Delano, Erika-Shaye Gair

Synopsis

On a California highway, police officer Edward Malus (Nicolas Cage) stops a station wagon to return a little girl's lost doll. Moments later, a runaway truck slams into the station wagon, igniting it into a fiery wreck with the mother and child trapped inside. Edward fails to save them before the car explodes...and then spends months of his life choking down pills to get the image of their faces out of his head.

But Edward is about to get a second chance.

A desperate letter from his former girlfriend, Willow (Kate Beahan), arrives at his home with no postmark. Her daughter Rowan has gone missing, and Edward is the only person she trusts to help locate her. She asks him to come to her home on an island - Summersisle - a place with its own traditions where people observe a forgotten way of life. Edward seizes the opportunity to make his life right again, and soon finds himself bound for the islands of the Pacific Northwest.

But nothing is what it seems on isolated Summersisle, dominated by its matriarch Sister Summersisle (Ellen Burstyn). The secretive people of Summersisle ridicule his investigation, insisting that a child named Rowan never existed there.

In unraveling Summersisle's secrets, Edward is drawn into a web of ancient traditions and deceit, and each step he takes closer to the lost child brings him one step closer to the Wicker Man.

A remake of the 1973 horror film of the same name.

Canadian Connection  Canadian Connection: Filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia. Some cast members are Canadian.

Director: Neil LaBute
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Producer(s): Nicolas Cage, John Thompson, Avi Lerner, Randall Emmett, Norman Golightly, Boaz Davidson
Screenplay: Neil LaBute
Official Site: thewickermanmovie.warnerbros.com/

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  • 1 star "A howlingly bad stinker remake of the classic chiller."