I am a Nicolas Cage fan, but I was put off by this film's lukewarm reviews. I watched this film (the unrated version with the alternate ending), and then I re-viewed the 1973 VHS cassette (84 minute) British film version of the [[ASIN:6303149200 Wicker Man [VHS]]].
The 1973 British film version is classic lusty cinema from a comparatively staid era. Today's cinema viewers are jaded, and the 2006 US film remake reflects US modern cultural differences while following a similar plot. The 1973 film depicts British Pagans lustily worshiping agrarian fertility and human fertility while seeking a Christian sacrifice to appease their Pagan indifferent gods. The 2006 film depicts Dianic witchcraft (a magickal tradition discussed in [[ASIN:014019536X Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today (Compass)]] where men play a weak supporting role): the Dianic witches proactively identify a potential future sacrifice in case the witches' apiaries (where symbolically the queen bees rule and male drones largely are idle) fail.
That said, Nicolas Cage believably depicts a man personally pulled into a (Pagan) family intimate problem. And both film versions follow the identical plot to the point of repeating dialogue. But the 21st Century Dianic witchcraft depicted in this film remake lacks the entertaining charm of the 20th Century lusty Paganism depicted in the film original version.