PG-13 | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A sheriff investigating the disappearance of a young girl from a small island discovers there's a larger mystery to solve among the island's secretive, neo-pagan community.
Winona Ryder turned down a role in this film.
Edward Malus: Hello, hello? Pete Pete! Help us. Help. Please! P- eh! Please help!
When Edward first meets Sister Willow in the woods on the island, he makes a motion to close his sports coat. In the next shot of him, his sports coat is completely buttoned. In the ensuing shot of him after a quick shot to Sister Willow, Edward's coat is completely unbuttoned and open again.
The Unrated DVD includes an alternate ending in which Malus is held down and his legs are broken at the knee. A wire mesh helmet is placed over his head and live bees are poured in. After he passes out, the helmet is removed and he is revived with a shot of adrenaline in the neck from his med-kit. Throughout all this, he keeps asking how can he be a good sacrifice if he does not believe in their religion. The movie proceeds along the lines of the theatrical version except the credits begin after the wicker man's burning head falls off. The "6 months later" scene is missing.
£736,316 (UK) (3 September 2006)
$23,643,531 (USA) (12 November 2006)