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This review is from: The Wicker Man: Director's Cut [DVD] (DVD)
I cannot put in to words just how angry films like this make me. A big budgeted American studio have taken a British classic and butchered it in an arrogant attempt to share in and steal its credibility. But in doing so they have removed anything remotely original about it and left what can only be described as The Scary Movie Team Presents The Wicker Man.
Supernatural elements, violence, a generic soundtrack, and the worst acting I have ever seen from a real big budgeted film. Nicholas Cage and Kate Beahan take original conversations from the original and ruin them beyond all recognition. I honestly think they were embarrassed doing it.
I cannot stress this enough. If you want to see a real horror film check out the original and give this one a wide berth. Neil LaBute didn't even like the soundtrack on the original film, and that is as much a testament to what this is as anything else. No one behind the project actually understood what the real one was about.
So why the one star? Simple. I couldn't give it minus 100 of them. But I would've.
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Initial post: 16 Jul 2009 23:23:32 BDT
i so totally agree. neil labute needs to be ashamed of himself. this film is just about as shirty (it's a typo, but it stays) as any remake can get.
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Aug 2009 18:21:25 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 Aug 2009 10:05:04 BDT
M. A. Baker says:
It just proves that Neil LaBute is a moron that just didn't or couldn't understand the original and thought that a few lousy word games would make up any plot deficiencies. Heaven help us if he decides to make a remake of the Prisoner, it'll be something to do with number 6 sent to the 'village' because of his alledged 'sexism' I bet, an village full of women. Followed by inevitable scenes of him 'punching out' his re-educators.
In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jun 2011 04:27:38 BDT
Bert Swiss says:
Good review of a crap Yank remake. The original version is peerless.
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jun 2011 17:31:41 BDT
Democrit JR says:
The remake is sheer blasphemy.
In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jun 2011 22:51:31 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Jun 2011 22:53:11 BDT
I want to make the remake of the remake. In my version, all the 1-star reviewers dance 'Summer Is A Coming In' as Oak in a Bear Suit carries Neil LaBute up to his appointment with the Wicker Man.
Anyone here got a box of Swan Vestas.
Posted on 21 Jul 2011 11:12:02 BDT
Chad Bronson says:
It's not just that, but it's also madness! ;)
Getting back onto the review, I haven't seen the original, merely watched this film to just list how hillariously bad this film was. But if Neil LaBute thought the original soundtrack was bad (bare in mind I hadn't heard it) and then to stick a completely Godawful one, he must be in complete denial.
I wonder if in America this film is better recieved than it is in Britain?
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Feb 2012 21:19:20 GMT
CLINT McGAVIN says:
Probably. Look what they did to 'Get Carter' too! I don't know off hand who was responsible for that remake, but it's the same thing - a ridiculous and pointless remake of a classic British film. These films cannot be improved upon. That's why they are classics. Leave 'em alone for pete's sake!
Posted on 15 Aug 2013 13:53:49 BDT
Mr G Turner says:
I think the arrogant producer and director saw the original 1973 classic, and later saw 'The Comic Script' episode 'Strike', and thought like every big Hollywood Studio "Let turn an excellent classic into a rubbish over the top crap movie, and add a bunch of second rate out of work actors to star in it". This movie is an insult to the late and great 'Edward Woodward's' memory.
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