!!The Original Film Provides Examples Of:

* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: There are two camps for Howie's character -
** 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...
** He's an [[spoiler:AssholeVictim]] that hates the villagers for being pagans.
** [[TakeAThirdOption Or you can combine the two.]] Howie is a GoodCop who also happens to be a bit of a morally upright prude who despises the islanders for being pagans. [[CorruptChurch Murderous, perverted, gullible, two-faced pagans]] [[spoiler:who deceived him to his death]].
** Similarly, it's up to the viewer to decide whether Lord Summersisle [[spoiler:has pagan beliefs or is a cynic using pagan beliefs to his own end.]]
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment:
** [[spoiler:Was that naked crying woman on the grave ever explained?]][[note]]The restored cut shows that she was mourning the death of her lover.[[/note]]
** In the extended version, we see a group of young islanders out on the village green, having sex. [[spoiler: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.]]
** Why was that woman nursing a baby while sitting on a grave with an egg in her hand?
*** As Robin Hardy told AlanCumming in a 2009 BBC Four special, ''Scotland on Screen'', it was a fertility ritual; she was hoping for another baby.
* EarWorm: The Maypole song.
* FreudWasRight: The film.
* MagnificentBastard: Arguments can be made for [[spoiler: 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 [[AffablyEvil affablly so]].]]
* MisaimedFandom:
** WordOfGod ''has'' 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 [[DracoInLeatherPants 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.
* RonTheDeathEater:
** Some viewers can't get past Howie's prudish religious/authoratative behavior and consider him [[spoiler:an AssholeVictim 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 [[AffablyEvil 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.
** Putting religion aside, most of what the community does would outrage or at least shock the average joe, let alone a devout, strict, churchgoer. [[spoiler:A little kid who tortures an insect for no apparent reason... a bunch of people engaging in public sex... a woman sitting naked in a graveyard... very young adolescent girls dancing naked in broad daylight...]]
* {{Sequelitis}}: Hardy is hoping to make a ''Wicker Man'' trilogy. The "spiritual sequel", 2011's ''The Wicker Tree'', was heavily criticized for bad acting, what many saw as a poor script by Hardy, and bad logic. Many felt Christopher Lee's cameo was a letdown, since it was so short. Its star, newcomer Brittania Nicol, had never been in an film or television production of any kind before filming - and hasn't since. Some feel that ''the remake is better than this film.'' Hardy's attempt to crowdfund the third film, ''The Wrath of the Gods'', [[https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-wrath-of-the-gods#/story fell flat on its face]], showing that people aren't exactly clamoring for a third film.
* {{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!"
* TearJerker: Many people say that Howie's horrible fate has reduced them to tears. One girl who had never seen the film before watched PawDugan's review of it on ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com, and commented that the clips of the final scene made her bawl, and that it also made her decide to ''never'' watch the film in its entirety.

!!The 2006 Remake Provides Examples Of:

* AlternateAesopInterpretation: Neil [=LaBute=] claims that he was trying to show what patriarchial power dynamics would be like if the genders were reversed. Most viewers get the exact ''opposite'' vibe from the movie, thinking it's anti-feminist to absurd degrees.
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: One fan-made trailer [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_mW8mBzmHo states]] that ''The Wicker Man'' was actually a StealthParody.
* {{Anvilicious}}: Either way you take the film's supposed moral (see above), it still comes across as this.
* {{Corpsing}}: Near the end, Ellen Burstyn can barely keep a straight face. Considering the dialogue and the ''{{Braveheart}}''-esque face paint she's wearing, you can hardly blame her.
* CrossesTheLineTwice: The Nicholas Cage version. Violence against women has never been so hilarious.
* {{Dedication}}: One of the ''weirdest'' examples ever. Nicholas Cage dedicated the film to ''Johnny Ramone''. That's right, the '''guitarist of Music/TheRamones'''.
* FountainOfMemes
* HamAndCheese: Nicolas Cage's acting is as over the top as ever, but when interviewed seemed annoyed that it was assumed the film wasn't meant to be ridiculous. He maintains that the over-the-top-ness was intentional.
* MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6i2WRreARo This montage]] of scenes from the film. On their own, they're hilariously inexplicable. Viewers who saw the film have said they make even less sense in their context.
* MemeticMutation: '''AHHH, NOT THE BEES!!!'''[[note]]Ironically, this was only in the uncut version, not the theatrical cut.[[/note]]
** '''KILLING ME WON'T BRING BACK YOUR GODDAMN HONEY'''
** How'd it get burned? '''How'd it get burned!? HOWDITGETBURNED HOWDITGETBUUURNED!!??'''
* {{Narm}}: So very much:
** Nearly every scene where Malus gets dramatic. The bit with [[MemeticMutation the bees]] is probably the most notable example.
** The way Malgus goes around punching and kung-fu kicking all the cultists during the finale. Especially the bit where he silently walks up to the innkeeper before randomly punching her in the face.
** Never has a little girl getting hit by a truck looked so hilarious. The fact they use it continuously doesn't help.
* NightmareRetardant: The weird, ''Braveheart'' face paint that the cult leader is wearing in the climax.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: The original's version of Howie was disliked by many audiences because of his religious behavior. Thanks to Cage's ham-filled performance, the remake's Howie (renamed "Malus") brings life to what would otherwise be an atrociously boring film.
* SoBadItsGood: The remake is a bad horror movie, but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_mW8mBzmHo it's a great comedy]]. Also, in his review on Ebert & Roeper, Richard Roeper ALMOST gives the Wicker Man a thumbs-up just because it's "a cinematic car wreck".
* SpecialEffectsFailure: In Cage's famous dying rant, ("'''No! NOT THE BEES'''") he screams twice that the bees are, "'''IN MY EYES!'''". We can clearly see that they're not. That, and they decided they wanted to be his [[IncrediblyLamePun beard for the night]].
* TookTheBadFilmSeriously: Played straight with the actors for the cultists. Completely averted by Nicholas Cage, who's has gone on the record saying that he quickly realized how awful the film was (which might explain some of his more goofy moments).
* UnfortunateImplications: Funny as this film may be, [[http://tigerbeatdown.com/2009/04/29/triumphs-of-unintentionally-feminist-humor-well-sort-of/ it has a nasty streak of female hate a mile wide.]]
** 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 radical feminism, and Nicolas Cage runs around punching women in the face.
** 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 [[spoiler: gets burned alive and the women of the island get ready to seduce a pair of poor young guys on the mainland]].
** 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 [[NoIndoorVoice '''BITCHES!!!!!''']] and throws punches at anything feminine by the end.
** Even the one woman who isn't in the cult (Malus's co-worker) isn't very pleasant.
* WhatAnIdiot: The denizens of the island act as suspiciously as possible, and any rational cop would call for back-up or at least alert authorities that he was in a potentially dangerous situation so things would be investigated if he didn't come back. Even in handling the case of the missing little girl, he bungles it; waiting several hours before taking the first step of asking to be shown the last place she was seen.