Two films; there are tropes for both on this page. Robin Hardy's original film was made in 1973 with Creator/ChristopherLee as Lord Summerisle and Creator/EdwardWoodward as Sergeant Howie. It's a sort of suspense/horror/folk musical. Neil [=LaBute=] remade it (it was very different from the original, though) in 2006 with Creator/NicolasCage.

To sum it up it in the nicest terms possible: The original is generally considered to be an influential CultClassic within the horror film genre, and the remake is mostly viewed as inferior, and is probably better remembered for its moments of [[{{Narm}} unintentional]] [[Creator/NicolasCage hilarity]] than for actually being scary.

In 2011 Robin Hardy released ''The Wicker Tree'', a companion piece of sorts based on his novel 'Cowboys for Christ', with Lee appearing in a cameo (but not, as some have reported, as Lord Summerisle). Hardy was attempting to film a third and final installment in a ''Wicker Man'' trilogy - ''The Wrath of the Gods''. A massive flop of an Indiegogo campaign in Summer 2015 (raising only $8,318 of a goal of ''$210,000'') didn't help matters, and Hardy's death on July 1, 2016 may have completely ended hopes of completing the trilogy.
!!The original film provides examples of:

* AffablyEvil: Lord Summerisle. Possibly subverted. It's never clear whether Summerisle actually believes the religion of his island, or is just playing along to keep his subjects in line. If the former, he may genuinely believe the sacrifice is necessary for the harvest. And he tries to soothe his intended sacrifice:
-->[[spoiler: '''Howie:''' I am a Christian. And as a Christian I hope for resurrection. And even as if you kill me now, It is I who will live again, not your damned apples! [The Villagers prepare him for sacrifice] No matter what you do, you can't change the fact that I believe in Life Eternal, as promised to us by our Lord Jesus Christ. '''[[RealMenLoveJesus I BELIEVE IN THE LIFE ETERNAL AS PROMISED BY OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST!]]''']]
-->[[spoiler: '''Lord Summerisle:''' That is good. For believing what you do, we confer on you a rare gift these days: A martyr's death. You will not only have life eternal, but you will sit with the saints among the elect. Come, it is time to keep your appointment with [[TitleDrop the Wicker Man]].]]
* AntiHero: A very interesting take on it, too. It seems Howie is an upstanding, responsible policeman trying to find a young girl at least at first, but as the film goes on, he begins to show an uglier side; that of a preachy, Christian religious bigot and {{Jerkass}} who dislikes the islanders for being pagans. [[BlackAndGrayMorality That is]], murderous, perverted, two-faced pagans [[spoiler:who wind up killing him]].
* AntiVillain: The islanders genuinely believe their acts are necessary to save the next harvest.
* {{Arcadia}}: Summerisle sees itself as this (with a neopagan twist), but even before we learn the [[TownWithADarkSecret Dark Secret]], we know something's definitely ''off'' about the place.
%% * AristocratsAreEvil: Lord Summerisle again.
* ArousedByTheirVoice: Howie can only hear Willow's song, not see her, but he's still tempted. [[EnthrallingSiren Magic may be involved.]]
* ArtisticLicense: In the Director's Cut, Howie receives the anonymous letter on a Sunday. As in the United States, no mail delivery occurs on a Sunday in the UK.
* TheBadGuyWins: Though [[spoiler:thanks to Howie's final speech, only till the apple harvest fails again. If you look at it that way (see TakingYouWithMe further down), you could say that Howie was the real winner.]] It could also be argued that [[spoiler:from Howie's perspective he won, since Christianity teaches that a principled defeat counts as a victory.]]
* BadLiar: It is really, ''really'' obvious that the villagers of Summerisle are concealing information. Maybe they're fundamentally honest people who aren't used to this sort of thing, or maybe it's all part of the plan, intended to make Howie suspicious and keep him investigating. Probably a mixture of both.
* BasedOnAGreatBigLie: The opening credits thank Lord Summerisle and the people of his island for cooperating in the depiction of their religion. In reality, there was no Lord Summerisle, no Summerisle, and no community of Scots practicing the religion depicted in the movie.
%% * BatmanGambit
* BawdySong: The customers at a pub engage in a lusty rendition of "The Landlord's Daughter", to the annoyance of the straight-laced protagonist and the amusement of Willow, the ReallyGetsAround daughter of the pub's landlord. As Creator/ChristopherLee said in the DVDCommentary, it's a good song for when you've got a pint in your hand.
** "Gently Johnny" may just be the sweetest, gentlest, most romantic bawdy song you've ever heard. It is also based on a very old song, but is much more explicit than the version commonly sung.
** And then there's Christopher Lee and Diane Cilento dueting ''The Tinker of Rye'', an absolutely filthy song about a tinker [[UnusualEuphemism fixing a woman's kettle]]. The fact that they are both in full evening dress, and Lee is playing the melody for the song on a grand piano [[{{Bathos}} just add to the hilarity]].
* BetterByADifferentName: Because of Creator/ChristopherLee, Ingrid Pitt and [[{{Fanservice}} Willow]] some like to name this "The greatest Film/HammerHorror that wasn't made by the Hammer Studio".
* BodyDouble: Britt Eklund had one intercut with her during "Willow's Song", thanks to ExecutiveMeddling. Eklund found it both annoying and amusing that people would have her autograph a photo of her ''double''.
* BookEnds: The Final Cut begins and ends with an religious ceremony (and Howie [[spoiler:sings "The Lord's My Shepherd" at both of them]]).
* ButIWouldReallyEnjoyIt: Howie doesn't believe in sex before marriage, and is therefore still a virgin. Willow does her best to seduce him [[spoiler: and fails, though Howie is literally trembling with desire]].
* CampStraight: The innkeeper, played by gay mime artist Lindsay Kemp.
* CaptainObvious: During the scene where Howie is in a classroom:
-->'''Howie:''' "I am a police officer. [[LampshadeHanging (laughs at it a bit)]] [[LampshadeHanging As you can see.]]"
* CelibateHero: Howie, as a conservative Christian and bachelor who doesn't believe in sex outside marriage. He's sorely tempted during the film however.
* CreepyChild: All of them, really, but Daisy Pringle in particular.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Lord Summerisle.
-->'''Howie:''' But they are... [[FelonyMisdemeanor are naked]]!
-->'''Summerisle:''' Naturally, it's far too dangerous to jump through fire with your clothes on!
%% * CorruptHick
* CorruptChurch: "Since it is no longer used for Christian worship, whether it is still a church is debatable."
%% * CrapsaccharineWorld: Summerisle
* CreatorCameo:
** Robin Hardy plays the preacher in the scene in the church in the film's opening minutes. This is one of the major parts of the film cut from the theatrical release, but is available on the uncut (full 102-minute film) and middle (typically, 92 to 95 minutes) versions.
** Anthony Shaffer is one of the villagers who surround Howie on the clifftop at the beginning of the film's climax.
** The film's music composer, New Yorker Paul Giovanni, and musical director, Gary Carpenter, make several appearances throughout the film, playing instruments along with the other members of the band formed specifically for this movie, Magnet. Carpenter is the one playing the lyre during the climax, when Howie is stripped and anointed by Willow and the Librarian. Carpenter says during filming one day, Giovanni suggested the band try marijuana. The band were so high, they couldn't play their instruments.
* CreditsGag: The director's and theatrical cuts open with a title card reading the following:
-->"The Producer [Peter Snell] would like to thank The Lord Summerisle and the people of his island off the west coast of Scotland for this privileged insight into their religious practices and for their generous co-operation [''sic''] in the making of this film."
** This is despite the fact that the film is never actually ''presented'' as a mockumentary, though it contains a lot of hand-held camera shots.
** The "middle" version (released in 2013 as ''The Wicker Man: The Final Cut'') opens with a time card reading, "Sunday - The 29th of April 1973". This leads into the church scene on the mainland.
* CreepyCrossdresser: Lord Summerisle dresses as a woman for the May Day parade.
%% * CruelTwistEnding: Oh. Yeah.
* CueCard: In the climax, Edward Woodward used one for his lines. Looking at [[ this photo]], it seems Christopher Lee used it, as well. Woodward and the prop department opted to use the card, because the burning of the wicker man had to be shot when the weather was good, and he had yet to really learn Howie's lines for the scene. According to director Robin Hardy, the climax was shot on a day late in the year when the weather was getting progressively worse day-by-day.
%% * {{Cult}}
* DaylightHorror: Many of the events in the movie take place during the day, with the climax happening at dusk. It lets the audience admire the SceneryPorn and also makes the bizarre behavior of the townspeople even more unsettling.
* DarkReprise: [[spoiler:Howie's reprise of the 23rd Psalm]] as counterpoint to the townsfolk's "Sumer is Icumen In" at the film's climax.
* DeadpanSnarker: Lord Summerisle quite often.
* DeathBySex: {{Inverted}}. [[spoiler: The pious virgin is killed, and losing his virginity just might have made him an unacceptable sacrifice.]]
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: The lion's share of the movie's creepiness comprises of this.
* DistinctionWithoutADifference: [[spoiler:"Now you can wrap it up any way you like, but you are about to commit ''murder.''"]]
%% * DoomedMoralVictor
* DoubleEntendre:
** The song Willow sings to seduce Howie is almost nothing but these.
-->''How a maid can milk a bull!.... And every stroke a bucket full."[[note]]Taken from the 11th century drinking song "Martin Said To His Man".[[/note]]
** Likewise "The Landlord's Daughter" song.
-->And, when her name is mentioned...The parts of every gentleman...[[SomethingElseAlsoRises Do stand up at attention.]]
%% * TheDragon: Oak
* DressingAsTheEnemy [[spoiler:It gets Howie killed.]]
%% * DyingCurse
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:The movie has Howie [[FaceDeathWithDignity die with dignity]]. The novelization by [[WordOfGod the director and writer of the original film]] actually has him die being a badass: actually freeing a flock of birds from the Wicker Man's arm ''as it's burning'', because he feels that, as long as he saves ''some'' sort of life, his police mission will have not been completely in vain.]]
* TheEndingChangesEverything The ending makes us see the islanders and their actions throughout the film in a new light.
%% * EnfantTerrible: [[spoiler:Rowan.]]
* EnthrallingSiren: A case of MaybeMagicMaybeMundane when Willow dances naked in the room next to Howie's, slapping the wall between them and singing to him. The staunchly Christian Howie is literally trembling with desire, but doesn't succumb.
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: Blonde hair certainly seems to be a requirement for a female leadership role on Summerisle.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Creator/ChristopherLee is in this movie.
* ExtremelyShortTimespan: Takes place over about 48 hours.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:Rather [[LargeHam hammily]] averted at first by Howie ("OH MY GOOOOOD!") but once the fire is actually lit, played straight, as Howie accepts his death and prays for his soul to go to Heaven.]]
* FacelessGoons: "Take those masks off!"
* FakeShemp: Britt Ekland would only agree to shoot her nude scenes from the waist up. A body double was secretly used for the naked rear shots of Willow dancing. The scenes were filmed after she had left the set. After shooting was over, not only was Ekland furious to learn she had been doubled in some shots but that she was also a few weeks pregnant in that scene.
* {{Fanservice}}: Would you like to watch Britt Ekland [[ dance naked?]] Don't get too excited, since the [[spoiler: butt]] shots are a body double. To Ekland's disgust, people are forever asking her to autograph stills of that one particular scene. She has to patiently explain to them that it isn't actually her.
%% * AFeteWorseThanDeath
* FilkSong: Music/BruceDickinson[='=]s "[[ Wicker Man]]" ([[ the one]] he co-wrote after rejoining Music/IronMaiden - quoted in the caption above - [[WordSaladLyrics less so]])
* ForegoneConclusion: It's right there in the title.
** Even worse, the original poster for the British theatrical release showed the structure itself on the hill where it stood. This angered Shaffer and Hardy, the latter of whom compared it to a poster of ''{{Film/Psycho}}'' telling people "Norman Bates's mother is actually Norman himself."
** Or [[ this VHS artwork]], which may as well just say, [[spoiler: "Don't buy this film; you are looking the ending square in the face."]]
* ForTheEvulz:
** The only possible explanation for Daisy's beetle-abuse.
** That, or it's a symbol of Howie's fate: [[spoiler: the closer he gets to the answer of where Rowan is (i.e. the more he goes around the nail), the more entangled he is and the more difficult it is for him to escape.]]
* GambitRoulette: Summerisle's plan to [[spoiler: trick Sgt. Howie into coming to the island of his own free will and stay until May Day so they can sacrifice him.]] There's a lot of chance in this plan and a lot can go wrong.
* GenreBusting: Is it a crime movie? A horror movie? A mystery? A [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane fantasy]] movie? You can even argue that it's a Musical, if you're so inclined... or an excuse (albeit a good one) for Fanservice.
%% * GiantMook: Oak.
* GreyAndGrayMorality: Howie, whatever you think of his blustery self-righteousness, is genuinely trying to be a good police officer and save a child's life. The villagers [[spoiler: with the possible exception of Lord Summerisle]], however creeped out you may be by their practices, genuinely believe that they are saving their harvest.
%% * HandOfGlory
* TheHeroDies: [[spoiler:Howie himself at the end.]]
* HolierThanThou: Sgt. Howie's behavior is, depending on interpretation, either that of a sanctimonious prude, that of a deeply honourable and upright officer motivated by his faith or both.
* HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday: The movie is set at May Day. Although, according to the calendar in the chemist's, it ''is'' a Tuesday. Just not a normal Tuesday.
* HotLibrarian: Played by Hammer Horror regular Ingrid Pitt.
* HumanSacrifice: The islanders sincerely believe that [[spoiler:[[HumanResources Howie's death will revitalise their crops]]]].
* INeedAFreakingDrink: After failing to start his plane or find Rowan, Howie returns to the Green Man for a "big glass of whisky."
* {{Infodump}}: Lord Summerisle explaining to Howie how the island converted to paganism. But it's written in a way that reveals a lot about who he is, and introduces some important themes into the story.
* IntercourseWithYou: ''[[{{Fanservice}} Heyyy, hoooo, who is there?...]]''
* ItsAlwaysSpring: The film was shot in mainland Scotland from early October to late November 1972. Because it took place in the Spring of 1973, the film crew had to bring that season with them, gluing blossoms to trees, and, as Edward Woodward recalled, hauling in trees on trucks to be placed in certain scenes. The cold temperatures forced the actors to place ice cubes in their mouths during outdoor shooting so that their breath wouldn't be seen on camera. However, there are parts of the film where you can see Autumn leaves on the ground, so, the crew didn't completely hide the fact that it was Fall.
* IWantSong: Most of the songs, except the hero's song, which is the 23rd Psalm, starting "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want."
* {{Jerkass}}: Lord Summerisle, the island inhabitants, and some of Howie's co-workers from the original version's beginning and even Howie himself to an extent. Despite his {{affab|lyEvil}}ility, Lord Summerisle probably reigns supreme in this category; as the co-workers are minor, the inhabitants genuinely devout, and Howie at least genuinely wants to do the right thing. Summerisle has no real excuse.
* KidsAreCruel: "The little old beetle goes 'round and 'round. Always the same way, y'see, until it ends up right up tight to the nail. Poor old thing!"
%% * LargeHam: Creator/ChristopherLee.
%% * MaybeMagicMaybeMundane
* MyCarHatesMe: Howie's hydroplane breaks down, aborting his attempt to go back and get more officers.
* MyGirlIsASlut: When Alder [=MacGregor=] introduces his daughter Willow, the bar patrons break into a BawdySong about her promiscuity, which delights her and doesn't faze her father.
* TheNameSake: The titular effigy doesn't show up until the very end.
* NecessarilyEvil: Many of the villagers are visibly disturbed at the film's climax, but still participate for fear of [[spoiler:another crop failure]].
* NoAnimalsWereHarmed: Britt Ekland claimed that some of the animals inside the wicker man died when it was burned. Robin Hardy has repeatedly assured that the animals were in no danger; the wicker man was completely empty when it was set on fire, and fires were built in front of the animals to make sure they weren't hurt. He also said the animals were repeatedly placed in and taken out of the structure.
* NoNameGiven: Lord Summerisle is only addressed by his title, with no first name shown.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent:
** Despite the island being somewhere off the coast of Scotland, Lord Summerisle speaks with Creator/ChristopherLee's normal Received Pronunciation accent. Although being a member of the aristocracy, he was probably privately educated and had elocution lessons.
** There's no particular reason why the Librarian speaks with a faint Polish accent, other than that she's played by Ingrid Pitt.
* NothingIsScarier: There are no real "scares" to speak of, no monsters...the town and its inhabitants are just really, really creepy.
* {{Novelization}}: In 1978, a book based on the film written by Robin Hardy and Anthony Shaffer[[note]]Well, primarily by Hardy; some of Shaffer's dialogue from the film was used word-for-word, so, he got credit.[[/note]] was published in the United States, right when the film was picking up steam in America. The readers get more detail of Howie and Mary's relationship, as well as the former's interest in bird-watching. In later editions, Scottish author Allan Brown, who has written many published works about the film, including a popular behind-the-scenes book, wrote a foreword, where he argued that Howie's arguments with Summerisle have more impact on paper than they did in the film, since casting Christopher Lee made viewers automatically assume he was the villain, as he had played so many in his career already.
* NudeNatureDance: Towards the middle, Howie sees a group of young pregnant women dancing around a fire, nude. See ComicallyMissingThePoint for the reaction.
* OhCrap:
** This is one of the few films where the main character can shout "Oh Jesus Christ!" and have it come across as a true, in-character OhCrap moment.
** Christopher Lee has a nicely subtle one when [[spoiler:Howie points out that if his own death doesn't help the next harvest, the villagers will likely conclude that only Summerisle himself will be a large enough sacrifice to satisfy their gods]].
* PathOfInspiration: {{Lampshaded}}. Lord Summerisle openly admits that his ancestor was a "Victorian freethinker" and propagated Celtic paganism among the villagers only to ensure social stability. It is strongly implied he also sees the local religion merely as a tool of control.
* PeekABooCorpse:
** But it's in a coffin.
** Subverted in a prank a girl plays on Howie while he searches for Rowan.
* PottyFailure: Edward Woodward and Robin Hardy were urinated on by a frightened goat sitting in the chamber above them in the wicker man while filming the climax.
* PragmaticAdaptation: Anthony Shaffer started out trying to adapt David Pinner's 1967 novel ''Ritual'' but decided it wouldn't work as a film. He took the basic concept (a puritanical police officer investigates a crime in a isolated community with a thriving pagan religion) and a few specific points (most notably a woman who attempts to seduce the cop) and built a new story around them. There's been some sniping between Pinner, Shaffer and Hardy over exactly how much ''The Wicker Man'' borrowed from ''Ritual''. [[ This is a good summary]] of the relation between the two works.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "THEY. WILL. NOT. FAIL."
* QuirkyTown: Summerisle seems like one at first, but we quickly realize it's a TownWithADarkSecret.
%% * TheRadioDiesFirst
%% * ReligiousHorror
* RiddleForTheAges: Why ''was'' Willow trying to seduce Howie? [[spoiler:As a SecretTestOfCharacter to prove he was a perfect sacrifice? If Howie caved, it would ruin the sacrifice, so was she warning him? Maybe trying to ''save'' him by ruining him for the sacrifice? Was she just genuinely attracted to him? None of these questions are answered.]]
%% * SceneryPorn
* TheScream: "[[BigNo NO!]] For the love of God, THINK WHAT YOU'RE DOING!"
* SexIsEvil: Well, on Summerisle it is.
%% * ShownTheirWork
* SleepingWithTheBoss: A real-life example occurred ''during filming'', when Anthony Shaffer walked into producer Peter Snell's hotel room one morning, and saw Snell in bed with Ingrid Pitt. Pitt was dating Rank Organisation head of exhibition George Pinches at the time, and would later marry and divorce him. Snell believes that this affair cost them a possible deal with Rank to distribute the film, which is why Pitt was cast in the first place.
%% * SmugSnake: [=MacGregor=] the innkeeper. What a loathsome creature he is.
%% * SoundtrackDissonance
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''The Wicker Tree''
* StoutStrength: Oak. [[spoiler:Howie may look more fit, but he doesn't have a chance. The rest of the crowd can just stand around and watch.]] Hinted at early on in the inn, when we see Oak carrying a grown man around on his shoulders for fun.
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler:Howie points out that if ''his'' sacrifice doesn't bring back the crops, only Lord Summerisle will be a suitable sacrifice next year. Summerisle's reaction shows that it briefly hits home before he declares that the crops won't fail; even if he doesn't believe in the island's gods, the rest of the island certainly does!]]
* TapOnTheHead: [[spoiler: When Howie knocks out [=MacGregor=] to [[MuggedForDisguise steal his Punch costume]], even though Howie clearly hits him on the hump on the back of the costume.]]
%% * TownWithADarkSecret
* ThemeNaming: All the townsfolk are named for trees or plants. May Morrison gets a doubly symbolic name, with May not only being a plant (another name for hawthorn), but also a month of fertility. And when an islander dies, they plant the tree the deceased was named after on the grave, [[ to symbolize that death is part of the cycle of life.]]
* TitleDrop: "Come, it is time to keep your appointment with the Wicker Man."
* TooDumbToLive:
** Though Howie isn't as dumb as Edward Malus from the remake, one has to wonder why he would go investigate a missing person's case on a remote island ''by himself''.
** Also, in the full cut of the film, Police Constable [=McTaggart=] (John Hallam) reads aloud the letter Howie gets. The letter says that Rowan has "been missing for many months." Howie never stops to question why someone would be contacting law enforcement about this situation now if Rowan has been missing for so long (although, in dialogue cut from the film altogether, Howie acknowledges during his first meeting with May Morrison that he ''could'' have been sent on a wild goose chase - too bad he didn't think about that harder before leaving the mainland in the first place - but wanted to cover his bases).
** Furthermore, the locals attempt to thwart his investigation the second he steps off the plane. He never even mentions backup until his first full day on Summerisle, and, on May Day itself, when he finally returns to his plane to bring more officers, he finds the locals have messed with it and his radio.
* {{Troll}}: Starting with the letter, the people of Summerisle subject Howie to an amazingly thorough bout of trolling. They clearly know all of his {{Berserk Button}}s and push them at exactly the right moments.
-->'''Lord Summerisle''': You came here to find Rowan Morrison, but it is we who have found you and brought you here and controlled your every thought and action since you arrived.
* UnexpectedVirgin: Howie. It actually becomes a plot point.
* UrineTrouble: As the Wicker Man burned, the goat in the chamber above Edward Woodward relieved itself in terror on the actor, as well as Robin Hardy, who was in the structure with Woodward.
* ValuesDissonance: In-universe, with Howie being baffled or horrified at the islanders' pagan beliefs and the islanders being equally baffled by his Christian morality.
%% * TheVamp: [[spoiler:Willow]]
* ViewersAreGeniuses : Argued by Creator/ChristopherLee in the DVDCommentary, [[FunnyAneurysmMoment very shortly before the remake was announced]].
-->'''Christopher Lee''': This attitude that "people wouldn't understand" is far too prevalent in cinema today. People should be able to use what's left of their minds when they watch something.
* VirginPower: As a staunch Christian, Howie is a firm opponent of sex before marriage and displays strength of will by keeping to his beliefs. [[spoiler: In spite of being quite opposed to Howie's belief, the pagan residents of Summerisle also think think his purity gives him certain spiritual qualities.]]
%% * VirginSacrifice
* WeatherSavesTheDay: In a WhatCouldHaveBeen scenario, after reading the completed script, the studio wanted a change: a sudden thunderstorm to put out the burning Wicker Man, and save Howie's life at the last minute so that the movie could have a more positive ending. The scene was filmed as written.
* WhatDoesSheSeeInHim: Howie's fellow police officers wonder this about his fiance.
* WholePlotReference: More than a little similar to ''Film/EyeOfTheDevil'', a 1966 horror film starring Creator/DavidNiven about a TownWithADarkSecret, featuring a {{Cult}} that holds AFeteWorseThanDeath, concluding with a HumanSacrifice to propitiate the gods in order for the failing crops to become productive again. Possibly averted, as ''The Wicker Man'' was based on a novel called ''Ritual''--but ''Ritual'' was published the year after ''Eye of the Devil'' was released. Regardless of the inspiration, ''The Wicker Man'' is by far the better-remembered film.
* WickedCultured: Exemplified by Lord Summerisle; suave, eloquent and TheChessmaster behind luring an innocent policeman to his death.
* WrongInsultOffence:
-->'''Sgt. Howie:''' It means that you, sir, are a pagan!
-->'''Lord Summerisle:''' A heathen, conceivably, but not - I hope - an unenlightened one.
* YoureInsane: "You're all raving mad!"
!!The remake provides examples of:

* AuthorAppeal: This isn't the first film by Creator/{{Neil LaBute}} that [[Film/InTheCompanyOfMen examined SEXISM]].
* BadCopIncompetentCop: '''Malus'''. He's not only terrible at conducting an investigation, he's also operating outside of his jurisdiction. He's a member of the California Highway Patrol. Summersisle is just a short distance away from ''Seattle''.
* BearsAreBadNews: The infamous bear suit Cage dons in a scene.
* BeeAfraid: '''[[MemeticMutation NOT THE BEES!!!]]'''
%%* BeeBeeGun
* BigNo: Edward when [[spoiler:Rowan sets fire to the wicker man and he realizes his fate]].
* BookEnds: The film both begins and ends with [[spoiler: someone trapped inside something that is burning, someone outside the fire looking in, and the roles are reversed between the two. In the beginning, a car is burning and Cage is trying to save the people trapped inside; at the end, Cage is trapped inside the burning Wicker Man, while the people who orchestrated the original "accident" look on from outside.]]
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:Edward is allergic to bees. He is going to an island famed for its honey.]]
* ChewingTheScenery: Creator/NicolasCage, '''all the time'''.
* CreepyTwins: Though unusually for CreepyTwins, they're really old ladies, not kids.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Edward is set-up by his ex-girlfriend and her daughter, and gets sacrificed inside a giant wicker man in flames.]]
* DreamWithinADream: [[spoiler:Edward dozes off on the pier while waiting for the seaplane pilot, and has a nightmare in which he finds the dead little girl under the pier. Then he wakes up... to find her corpse in his lap. Then he wakes up again.]]
* GambitRoulette: The islander's plan would have fallen apart before it started, if Edward hadn't [[spoiler: been knocked unconscious while trying to save the two women in the burning car, allowing them to escape unseen]]. ThePlan only becomes more dependent on [[LuckBasedMission luck]] from that point on, considering how much of it required him to notice the right thing or even be facing the right direction at the right time.
* GenderFlip: Lord Summerisle was rewritten as Sister Summerisle.
* TheHeroDies: [[spoiler:Like in the original, Edward himself at the end.]]
* HeroStoleMyBike: "Step away from the bike!"
* InNameOnly: Robin Hardy's attitude toward the remake.
* LadyLand: The island.
* LargeHam: Creator/NicolasCage. One can easily suspect he [[HamAndCheese knew how awful the film was and overacted on purpose]].
* LukeYouAreMyFather: Willow reveals to Malus that yes, Rowan is his daughter, after he gets suspicious. The islanders apparently believe it was necessary to have a sacrifice with a blood connection to one of their people.
* MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext: Even knowing how all the MemeticMutation stuff fits into the narrative doesn't make it any more logical or understandable.
* MeaningfulName:
** The protagonist Edward '''Malus''', a lawman who spends the movie investigating a pagan cult, may be named for the '''[[ Malleus]]''' Malificarum, a treatise on prosecuting witches published in the 15th century.
** Alternatively, Malus is the Latin word for apple, and is used in the taxonomy of the species.
* MilkmanConspiracy: Malus arrives to the island and comes to head with a terrifying paganist cult of...beekeepers?
* MyGodYouAreSerious: Creator/ChristopherLee, who played Lord Summerisle in the original, got this reaction when he mentioned the (at-that-point-not-yet-made) remake at a press conference.
--> '''Christopher Lee:''' I was very happy to be in it; it was a remarkable film. A cult film, with followings all over the world. They're talking about re-making it in America with Nicolas Cage. ''(the audience chuckles)'' [[ No, that's what Universal says. They're going to re-make the movie.]]
* MythologyGag: A subtle one (if you can call anything in this movie "subtle"). As mentioned above, "Malus" is the Latin word for "apple", possibly referencing the 1973 original, where Lord Summerisle's cult carried out human sacrifices to ensure a successful apple harvest.
* ObviouslyEvil: One of the main criticisms is that unlike the 1973 film, the Summersisle inhabitants are ''obviously'' creepy.
* PlotAllergy: Most of the story takes place on an island famous for beekeeping and Edward happens to have a bee allergy. [[TooDumbToLive He doesn't appear to bring any medicine or backup with him to prepare for this.]]
%% * ShootTheShaggyDog
* ShoutOut:
** Nightmares about blonde girls in red raincoats are a reference to ''Film/DontLookNow''.
** A {{Tuckerization}} of Edward Woodward, who played Sergeant Howie in the original film, is split between two characters: '''Edward''' Malus and Rowan '''Woodward'''.
* StrawFeminist: The cult. Particularly egregious in light of the Gaelic paganism portrayed in the original, which explicitly stated that Man and Woman were indispensable to each other. On the other hand, these guys were American and probably got their ideas about whatever brand of Celtic paganism they're supposedly following off the internet.
* StupidEvil: The cult comes off as this, in stark contrast to the original film.
* TooDumbToLive:
** Edward, Cage's character - he barges onto the island and tries to throw his police weight around, with no plan, no actual authority to enforce the non-existent plan, and no backup. Not even a token visit to the local police to explain why he's there.
** Again, he's allergic to bees, yet goes to an island famous for...beekeeping. Apparently without any medication.
** Even though Edward is bullying the citizens of the island with no back-up (or any apparent way of communicating with his superiors to ''ask'' for back-up), he still manages to ignore and overlook clear signs of evidence. When he sees two women carrying a corpse-shaped, slightly-moving bag with red liquid dripping from it, he just gets spooked by it and lets them walk away with it.
** Knowing full well he's on an island full of ObviouslyEvil crackpots who clearly don't like him, he continuously puts himself in even ''more'' dangerous positions--the most mind-numbingly stupid example is probably his dip in the easily-covered cistern (not to mention, [[spoiler:in the easily-locked tomb]], though that doesn't end up being relevant--probably because [[spoiler:nobody was actually trying to kill him yet]]).
** Asking Rowan to put down the flaming torch she's been given to light the Wicker Man. Naturally, she does. With predictable results.
* UnexpectedVirgin: Subverted. The virgin aspect was removed due to [=LaBute=] considering the notion of Cage playing a virgin ridiculous. They gave his character an allergy to bees instead. Not quite the same.
* WouldHitAGirl: Sending elderly ladies flying into walls with karate-side kicks, in fact. Cage's character [[ punches one woman while wearing a suit and tie]], [[ punches another while wearing a bear costume]], {{kick|TheSonOfABitch}}s Creator/LeeleeSobieski, and [[ bikejacks another woman at gunpoint]]. Which has all been condensed [[ here]]. To said character's defense, he thinks they're all conspiring to [[VirginSacrifice burn a little girl alive]]. [[spoiler: That's what they ''want'' him to think.]]