The Wicker Man (Unrated)

The Wicker Man (Unrated)
The Wicker Man (Unrated)
  • PG-13
  • 1h 42m
  • 2006
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Some Sacrifices Must Be Made. Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage stars in this spine-tingling remake of the '70s British cult classic horror film The Wicker Man. Police officer Edward Malus (Cage--Leaving Las Vegas, The Ant Bully) investigates the disappearance of a young girl on a remote island off the coast of Washington state. His hopes of unraveling the girl's unsettling disappearance become increasingly uncertain, however, when he unearths disturbing evidence of pagan rituals in the small cult-like community. With the help of a frightened local (Kate Beahan--Flightplan, The Matrix Revolutions), Malus must confront the island's horrific secret and its otherworldly leader (Academy Award® winner Ellen Burstyn--The Exorcist).

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Puzzlingly misguided, Neil LaBute's update The Wicker Man struggles against unintentional comedy and fails.
Time Out
Nigel Floyd

Neil LaBute's utterly misconceived remake of Robin Hardy's 1973 cult horror film is a boring, frig...

June 21, 2017
New York Daily News
Jack Mathews

The '73 film is brilliantly constructed and ends with a punctuation mark that was shocking in its...

March 4, 2019
New York Times
A.O. Scott

The Wicker Man is comically inept as a horror movie, unable to even manage an effective false scar...

March 4, 2019
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Horror remake about murderous cult. Not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the plot sets up an agrarian cult of women who sacrifice humans and animals to a "fertility goddess." The eventual sacrifice is harrowing, as the victim is dragged, beaten, tied up, and burned to death (this scene is potentially scary for kids, as it uses sounds and blackouts). The film begins with a violent accident, in which a car with a mother and child inside is slammed by a truck and catches fire; this scene repeats as the witness/cop suffers flashbacks throughout the film. Island women menace the cop, who responds by pulling his gun and eventually fighting them physically. The cop discovers a dead body with bloody eyes (in close-up). Several tense scenes and arguments. One f-word; assorted other profanities.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Horror
  • Release Date:September 1, 2006

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