The Wicker Man: Nicolas Cage
Edward Woodward and Christopher Lee starred in the 1973 original film. Needless to say, they are a tough act to follow. Plus, their version is somewhat of a cult classic. The Guardian placed The Wicker Man at #4 on their list of 25 Best Horror Films of All Time.
Segue to 2006 and Nicolas Cage attempts a remake of his own. While we consider him to be an underrated actor who makes some bold and inspired choices, he is often ridiculed for his over-the-top performances.
However, if you look at his Academy Award winning portrayal of an alcoholic, suicidal Hollywood agent in Leaving Las Vegas, Cage is definitely talented. Unfortunately, no one can outshine Woodward. Nic tries but doesn’t succeed. The director, Neil LaBute at the time was riding the popularity of his indie darling film, In the Company of Men which was a hard-hitting look at misogyny.
LaBute was out of his element with this remake. Ellen Burstyn is game as Sister SummersIsle and is clearly stepping in for Lee. Yes, the bees scene is crazy and Cage screams more than a final girl but out of all the performances in the entire horror genre spanning decades, does this really deserve to be on everyone’s worst list?