1. Numerous – The Wicker Man (2006)

Nicolas Cage holding a doll and crying in The Wicker Man 2006

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: 2006’s The Wicker Man is a twisted Nic Cage masterpiece. A remake/reimagining of the 1973 film of the same name, the 2006 version stars none other than Nicolas Cage, the master of unexpected (and often unintentional) comedy. When Officer Edward Malus travels to a remote island populated by neo-pagans to investigate the disappearance of a young girl, he struggles to understand the strange ways of their society, and soon begins to uncover their sinister motives.

The Wicker Man is renowned for throwing caution to the wind and embracing its own lunacy. It’s rare that Cage is given the opportunity to open the floodgates of crazy that he attempts to hold back in every performance, but The Wicker Man sets him loose with a script so peculiar that it actually makes Cage seem normal. The result is countless scenes of unexpected hilarity – honestly, to document them all would require a list all its own.

Personal favorites include Malus’ sudden urge to begin knocking out the islands women (delivering multiple sucker punches while in a life-like bear suit), and his many small moments of eccentricity that add up to build a picture of unbridled insanity. The most infamous, of course, is the “not the bees” scene, but there’s also “how’d it get burned?!” and the strangely antagonistic relationship between Malus and the local innkeeper. The whole film is, from start to finish, an exercise in using horror and comedy interchangeably, and the result is a singularly bizarre and deeply amusing watch.


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