5 Bad Movies Turned Iconic Thanks to Nicolas Cage's Performance
These are perfect examples of "so bad it's good" movies that are very entertaining, even if sometimes in an unintentional way.
Nicolas Cage is truly a great actor who shines in every movie he appears in. Over the years, he has starred in all kinds of genres, from dramas to action movies and comedies.
However, not all of his works are equally great, on the contrary, he has appeared in quite a number of bad movies, especially during the stagnation of his career, which thankfully seems to be improving now.
But even then, Cage managed to make the worst of his work entertaining thanks to his charisma and bizarre acting.
Here are five movies that would have been absolutely terrible without Cage's involvement.
The Wicker Man (2006)
A remake of a 1973 British horror classic that follows policeman Edward Malus (Cage) as he arrives on a mysterious island seemingly ruled by a female-led cult, this film was completely decimated by critics upon its release, failing in almost every aspect of its supposedly suspenseful story.
But if you choose to see it as an unintentional comedy, it is absolutely worth your time, full of moments that will make you burst out laughing.
It generated countless memes at the time and is absolutely beloved by fans. Just watch the unrated version to not miss the legendary "not the bees" scene.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)
While the first Ghost Rider movie was not that good, the sequel was even worse, but if you are a fan of Cage's acting, you should definitely give it a try.
The scene where Johnny Blaze transforms into Ghost Rider while making all kinds of weird faces is pure gold of unintentional comedy.
Mom and Dad (2017)
This horror comedy about parents who suddenly turn murderous towards their own children has recently gone viral and created an absolutely majestic "Nicolas Cage and the Slap of God" meme.
It relies heavily on Nic's signature crazy acting, and fans love it for it.
Prisoners of Ghostland (2021)
This horror western has a beautiful B-movie feel to it, accompanied by a post-apocalyptic Japanese aesthetic. It's absolutely insane and can be a perfect example of a "so bad it's good" movie.
Cage himself admitted that it "may be the wildest movie he ever made."
Willy's Wonderland (2021)
What initially seemed like a cheap Five Nights at Freddy's video game rip-off turned movie ended up being surprisingly entertaining for many fans.
Nic Cage stars in an atypical role as the janitor who has absolutely no lines of dialogue, but he still manages to make the character absolutely badass and steals every moment he is in.