LaBute on “Wicker Man”

“All of [the] power is lying in the last third of the movie, and you’re slowly ratcheting up the tension along the way,” Wicker Man director-writer Neil LaBute has told Coming Soon’s Edward Douglas. “You have to be very patient and say that I’m making a movie that people can watch and enjoy, but it’s not something that’s going to keep rattling the cage every few minutes. It’s just something that’s constantly twisting, twisting itself so that you’re very caught up in it.
“It’s knowing the genre, knowing how you want to approach that and how you want to surprise with it. You set up situations that look like very familiar ones where audiences are like, ‘I know what’s going to happen.’ You’re going to get close to that girl and then her eyes are going to open to try to spook me, and when that doesn’t happen, you go, ‘Now, why did they do that?’ Because you’re always trying to reward expectations and reward the audience a bit later with something. I tried to know that genre well, and then play against it a bit as well.”

5 thoughts on “LaBute on “Wicker Man”

  1. Edward on said:

    I hope LaBute can pull it off, I’d love to experience a horror film that get’s under the skin ever so gradually and creeps the hell out of me.

  2. LaBute definately elevates this project to another level, but his track record has been fairly inconsistant. For every “In the Company of Men” or “The Shape of Things” – there’s a “Nurse Betty” or “Possession”.
    Add the remake factor, a late August release and Nicholas Cage and you’ve got some serious signs of trouble.

  3. If audience members on Friday were to step into darkened theaters and suddenly find themselves inside smouldering wicker cages, then THAT would be something, THAT would be worthwhile. Short of a real surprise like that, this project is about as exciting as wet teak.

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