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January 10, 2007

Neil LaBute, Practical Joker?

I normally don't miss films by directors whose work I've admired in the past, but this year, for various reasons, I did. Films by Woody Allen, Oliver Stone, Christopher Nolan and others came and went, and I kept on missing them. Included among these names was Neil LaBute's remake of The Wicker Man. I generally find LaBute brilliant, and I remember being intrigued both by his interest in remaking this cult classic and by the trailer itself, but apparently that wasn't enough to get me into the theater during it's gone-in-a-flash release last fall. Since then, I'd forgotten all about it - until last night, when I saw this and just about fell out of my chair.

I know that context means everything, but still - without this, I don't think I'd ever have added the movie to my queue.

Posted by David Lowery at January 10, 2007 08:10 PM


and after that, I'm adding to my queue as well.

I know that it's probably just a bad remake trying to retain some camp value, but maybe it will at least be worth some laughs.

Thanks for the link

Posted by: Regularkarate at January 11, 2007 10:47 AM

For the love of God man, reconsider!

Posted by: Bob at January 17, 2007 12:17 AM

Too late! I'm getting together with friends to watch it tomorrow night! I'll report back here with some brief thoughts...

Posted by: Ghostboy at January 17, 2007 12:31 AM

Man, that movie was terrible! But it was fun to see how bad it got. I think a good "reimagining" of The Wicker Man could be made, but it couldnt' be a straightforward horror film, which is apparently what Neil LaBute was interested in (and which he failed miserably at).

The best part was the Aaron Eckhart cameo at the beginning. He and LaBute had joked about doing that same opening for The Shape Of Things (the first Eckhart-less LaBute film) and it was fun to see it happen here.

Posted by: Ghostboy at January 19, 2007 06:45 PM