A new film has pulled into pole position for the title of worst of the year. Say hello to The Wicker Man
, a horrible remake of the British cult horror film. The film stars the semi-reliable Nicolas Cage and is directed by the often-good Neil LaBute, and yet it couldnt be worse. LaBute, maker of such fine dramas as In the Company of Men
and Your Friends and Neighbors
, makes it evident that while social horror is his forte, he has no business directing a straightforward horror film. Cage plays a cop called to a mysterious island to search for a missing girl, and its some of his worst work yet (worse than Snake Eyes
). Ellen Burstyn does an embarrassing turn as the islands pagan leader. The film ends with a strange festival reminiscent of Burning Man. Youll laugh out loud for all of the wrong reasons.