They Do What???

In my ongoing, almost quixotic, coverage of the almost inevitably bad remake of “The Wicker Man” I present yet another thing I must swallow if I indeed intend to see this film in the theatres. A short interview with actor Edward Woodward who starred in the original film (and wisely turned down a cameo in the remake) gives away a vital nugget of information about the new isolated pagan cult in the film.

Nicolas Cage as Detective Edward Maulis

“The remake will be set in the US and in a change from the original movie, the pagan cult has been replaced by a society of women who cut out their men’s tongues. The film is set for release in September.”

Cut. Out. Their. Men’s. Tongues. That sound you hear is the last bit of hope that this movie will surprise me and surpass my already low expectations flushing down the toilet. Is this movie becoming some sort of anti-feminist screed? Did Neil LaBute enjoy portraying sexist pigs so much in “In the Company of Men”, that he decided to make them the heroes in this latest film?

What is certain is that any subtle exploration of a modern Pagan culture (and its conflicts with a dominantly Christian world) has been dropped in favor of horror-flick conventions and over the top telegraphed “statements”. This is a movie to miss at all costs if you liked the classic original at all.

Related Posts:
8.07.2005 More Witchcraft Needed
9.10.2005 Should I Keep My Appointment With The Wicker Man?
1.03.2006 More Wicker Man Remake
3.12.2006 Isn’t It Already A Musical?

Jason Pitzl-Waters


  • Lolair

    There is a wooden box set that retails for about $70 that has both versions of the original Wicker Man. The extended version gives a better background of Sergeant Howie and has ‘Gently Johnny’ as well as a few other good scenes.I’m a big fan of the original Wicker Man, my partner is an even bigger one (he knows all the songs by heart). I was going to go see the new version, even after hearing the ‘matriarchial pagan society’ BS. This cutting out men’s tongues throws me for a loop – I don’t know if I want to see it anymore, it doesn’t sound like the Wicker Man I know and love. I also don’t like the portrayal of ‘pagans’ as crazed matriarchal men haters – this isn’t the Amazon, it was filmed on Vancouver Island for goodness sake. The closest you’ll get to that is very large skyclad Dianics – hmm maybe that is pretty close *snicker*

  • Anvil

    If they cut out Cage’s tongue early on, it will no doubt make the movie more tolerable.