The Wicker Man is based on Robin Hardy and Anthony Shaffer's quietly brilliant original chiller, and it's a revisit that Mr. Hardy is none to thrilled about. (As Karina reported back in September, he had some decidedly unhappy things to say about LaBute's remake.) The new take features Nicolas Cage, Ellen Burstyn, Leelee Sobieski, and Molly Parker. (The original coasted by on just mood, atmosphere, and a commanding lead performance by Edward "the eventual Equalizer" Woodward.) If you really crave a plot synopsis on The Wicker Man, do us both a favor and go buy/rent the original flick. It really is as good as the fans say.
Now, The Reaping is the latest from the Dark Castle gang, the folks who offered you House on Haunted Hill, 13 Ghosts, Ghost Ship, Gothika, and House of Wax. It stars two-time Oscar-winner Hilary Swank as a supernatural debunker who visits a small Louisiana town, only to discover that some truly freaky shiznit is going down. We're talking biblical plagues here, horror fans. Although Dark Castle's been a bit inconsistent with their output, The Reaping seems to be getting off on the right foot: The director is Stephen Hopkins, the man who helmed Nightmare on Elm St. Part 5, Predator 2, Judgment Night, The Ghost and the Darkness, and several episodes of Tales from the Crypt and 24. (True, he also directed the big-screen version of Lost in Space, but I'm trying to think positive thoughts here.)