Nicolas Cage is a man who needs no introduction. Coming up on a four-decade long career, Cage is easily one of the most popular actors of all time, due to his general unpredictability in both performance and output. Because of this, he’s been the reason for some of the head-scratching films you’ll randomly see while browsing Walmart (but deep down, that DVD is calling to you). And in recent news, Cage has been announced to play Dracula for Chris Mckay’s Renfield, leaving horror fans foaming at the mouth. Calling Nic Cage a horror icon is...worth exploring. He’s definitely been in a lot more recently, but stretch back further. Horror is definitely an influence on him; he has claimed his style of acting is influenced by the occult and German Expressionism. Hell, he impulsively bought a murder mansion, and even has a son in a black metal band. Though sparce, his horror output encompasses the good, the bad, and the strangeness of one of the internet’s favorite actors. I found ten, and let me rank them from worst to best.
Alex Ayres is filmmaker and writer based in Atlanta, GA. An avid genre fan overall, he started his love of horror at age 13, diving head first down the rabbit hole and has not looked back since.