These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Howie is a mostly reasonable police officer investigating the disappearance and possible death of a little girl. He's understandably frustrated when the community blatantly refuses to cooperate and act more and more suspicious as times goes on. Or...
In the extended version, we see a group of young islanders out on the village green, having sex. Horny as the island is, it seems odd that they would all choose to do so at the same time, so there's most likely some ritual reason for it, something to do with the approaching May Day. She's just visiting her lover, as all the other women in the scene were doing.
Magnificent Bastard: Arguments can be made for Lord Summerisle, who manipulates the entire population of his island to help him manipulate Howie, managing to come across as really evil but so damn affablly so.
Misaimed Fandom: Word of Godhas gone on the record to say, no matter how appealing you find Summerisle and how irritating Howie might be, the murderous pagan cult in this film is not supposed to be considered good at all. But there are some neopagan viewers who don't get this...
Also, some neopagan viewers hate the movie because the pagans are the bad guys. But actually, the reason behind this particular group of pagans going bad is given in great detail by Lord Summerisle in the movie, and isn't supposed to represent all pagans.
Ron the Death Eater: Some viewers can't get past Howie's prudish religious/authoratative behavior and consider him an Asshole Victim by the end, but putting all religion and whatnot aside, he is the only character in the film who is trying to save a life (or at least thinks he is), while the affable islanders have manipulation and murder on their minds.
It's also worth noting that Howie doesn't initially act religiously intolerant toward the islanders; he just ignores their paganism the best he can and tries to do his policework. It's only when the islanders keep on dicking around with him and not cooeparating that his anger brings out the uglier side of his religious views.
Squick: During the film's US release, Christopher Lee did a radio spot, playing a post-film Lord Summerisle responding to allegations toward him and his cult of murder with "We love the flesh, even as it BURNS! ...Aaaah, the sweet smell of burning flesh!"
There is a heavy layer of misogyny present throughout the film. The main villain was changed from a man in the original to a woman in the remake, the Celtic neo-paganism of the original is diluted in favour of something which more resembles ultra-feminism, and Nicolas Cage runs around punching women in the face.
Plus quite literally EVERY significant (and insignificant) female in the movie is portrayed as being part of this evil female cult and wholeheartedly enjoying the murder and bee-related insanity that this incurs.
There's also another bad set of implications when Cage's character gets burned alive and the women of the island get ready to seduce a pair of poor young guys on the mainland. Perhaps the message to take away is "you shouldn't mess with the crazy misandrists".
Plus director Neil La Bute's other work hasn't exactly shown a very good attitude towards women...
These factors combined all enhance the disturbing subtext of the scenes where Nick Cage shrieks about the '''BITCHES!!!!!''' and throws punches at anything with a uterus near the end of the film.