Announcing The Cult Movie Bracket

Friday Night Runout at Blobfest.

Friday Night Runout at Blobfest.

By Hampus Eckerman: It is time for another bracket, this time for Cult Movies, to find the most interesting and worth watching Cult Movies.

A Cult Movie is kind of hard to define, but I have added a few criteria below. These aren’t fixed rules, only indications of what a cult movie is or can be.

  1. A Cult Movie is defined more by audience reaction than by the movie itself. Typically, there is a buzz about the movie that never quite reaches the mainstream. There is often a community aspect around the movies
  2. A Cult Movie isn’t about being good or bad. It is about being unique and memorable.
  3. There is often something that sets the movie apart from mainstream movies and makes them unique. Unusual acting, direction or script. There is a non-conformism in the movie and it is not of a type that is sent out by the barrel (i.e Troma). Sometimes, the uniqueness is not in the movie, but in the audience participation.
  4. Cult Movies are of the type where you are happily surprised that someone else has seen them (or been part of audience participation of) and you both feel you have to talk about them. They are of the type shown at special screenings.
  5. Types of Cult Movies might include:
  • Turkey Movies: Movies that are so bad they are good
  • Campy Movies: Movies that don’t take themselves seriously
  • Exploitation and Art Movies
  • Low Budget Movies
  • Mockumentaries, Failed documentaries and Mondo documentaries
  • Highly quotable movies
  • Movies shown around or after midnight on TV

RULES FOR NOMINATION

  1. Bracket is not restricted to Science Fiction or Fantasy.
  2. Animated movies are accepted.
  3. TV-movies are accepted.
  4. Minimum length of a movie to be accepted is one hour.
  5. Movies should have first been shown to a wider audience at least 2010.
  6. Do not let the fact that a list has already been created hinder you from naming a movie that is already on it.
  7. You are not restricted in the number of movies you may nominate.
  8. Think not only of what is good or fun. Think of what is interesting or unforgettable.

Nominations will go on for approximately 2 – 4 days, then I will create a new consolidated list consisting of a mix of your recommendations and mine. You will then have a few additional days to nominate what you might have missed. Then I will finalize the list that we will use for voting. I expect the bracket to become something like mainstream Cult Movies – whatever that is.

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EXAMPLES OF CULT MOVIES

  • The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)
  • The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
  • Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)
  • Evil Dead 2 (1987)
  • Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)
  • Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978)
  • Bad Boy Bubby (1994)
  • Bad Taste (1987)
  • Barbarella (1968)
  • Battlefield Earth (2000)
  • Bedtime for Bonzo (1951)
  • Beetlejuice (1988)
  • Being John Malkovich (1999)
  • Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
  • Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)
  • Blacula (1972)
  • The Blob (1958)
  • The Blues Brothers (1980)
  • A Boy and His Dog (1975)
  • Braindead (1992)
  • Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
  • Caligula (1979)
  • Cannibal! The Musical (1993)
  • Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
  • A Clockwork Orange (1971)
  • Condorman (1981)
  • Crash (1996)
  • Crumb (1994)
  • Death Race 2000 (1975)
  • The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988)
  • Deep Throat (1972)
  • Django (1966)
  • Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965)
  • Dr. Strangelove or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
  • Drunken Master (1978)
  • Eat the Rich (1987)
  • Eraserhead (1977)
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
  • The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)
  • Flash Gordon (1980)
  • Flesh Gordon (1974)
  • Food of the Gods (1976)
  • Frankenhooker (1990)
  • Fritz The Cat (1972)
  • Gamera (1965)
  • Glen or Glenda (1953)
  • The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)
  • Godzilla (1954)
  • La Grande Bouffe (1973)
  • The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle (1979)
  • Hairspray (1988)
  • Häxan (1922)
  • Heathers (1988)
  • Heavy Metal (1981)
  • Heavy Metal Parking Lot (1986)
  • Hell Comes to Frogtown (1988)
  • Highway to Hell (1992)
  • How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989)
  • Howard the Duck (1986)
  • Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS (1974)
  • The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living And Became Mixed-Up Zombies (1963)
  • Ishtar (1987)
  • Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)
  • The Killer Condom (1996)
  • Kung Pow! Enter the Fist (2002)
  • The Lair Of The White Worm (1988)
  • Liquid Sky (1982)
  • The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
  • Logan’s Run (1976)
  • The Lost Boys (1987)
  • El Mariachi (1993)
  • Mars Attacks! (1996)
  • Matilda (1996)
  • Meet the Feebles (1989)
  • Memento (2000)
  • Metropolis (1927)
  • Mommie Dearest (1981)
  • Mondo Cane (1962)
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
  • Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982)
  • Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)
  • Mr. Vampire (1985)
  • Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)
  • Office Space (1999)
  • The Party (1968)
  • The People Under the Stairs (1991)
  • Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
  • Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
  • Polyester (1981)
  • The Princess Bride (1987)
  • Pulp Fiction (1994)
  • Rare Exports (2010)
  • Re-Animator (1985)
  • Rebel Without a Cause (1956)
  • Reefer Madness (1936)
  • Repo Man (1984)
  • Reptilicus (1961)
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
  • Rope (1948)
  • Rumble Fish (1983)
  • Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
  • Satyricon (1969)
  • Scanners (1981)
  • Sexmission (1984)
  • Shaun of the Dead (2004)
  • Shivers (1975)
  • Shogun Assassin (1980)
  • Sid & Nancy (1986)
  • Six-String Samurai (1998)
  • Some Like It Hot (1959)
  • Soylent Green (1973)
  • Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)
  • Streets of Fire (1984)
  • The Stuff (1985)
  • Swamp Thing (1982)
  • Tank Girl (1995)
  • Thelma & Louise (1991)
  • Them! (1954)
  • They Live (1998)
  • This is Spinal Tap (1984)
  • Toys (1992)
  • Troll 2 (1990)
  • Vampyros Lesbos (1971)
  • Videodrome (1983)
  • Village of the Damned (1960)
  • The Warriors (1979)
  • The Wicker Man (1973)
  • Withnail and I (1987)
  • Wizards (1977)

 

173 thoughts on “Announcing The Cult Movie Bracket

  1. I anticipate the 2048-film bracket! I will probably have seen about half of them….

  2. Adventures in Babysitting
    After Hours
    Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death
    Dark Star
    Fearless Vampire Slayers
    Get Crazy
    Kiki’s Delivery Service
    Rocky Horror Picture Show
    What’s Up Doc?

    Please someone here start squeeing about Get Crazy. It would do my heart good.

  3. Crossovers we probably don’t need:
    Snake Plissken! We thought you was a toad!

    I thought that cult movies had to have a certian amount of skew to them — to have whimsy, or be flat-out bizarre, not just unjustifiably obscure. (Or justifiably obscure, come to that…) But I applaud the unwillingness to gatekeep.

  4. To me, part of cult status is having a degree of obscurity, either at the time of release, or with the passage of years. It isn’t a big deal when someone overhears me saying “Come to me Luke. It is your destiny” and recognizes the source. But when I say “They screwed us man. We asked for a Blues Band and they sent us a Jews band” and they respond with a Three Stooges style “Shalom Shalom Shalom… Shalom” I know I’ve found a kindred spirit. Rocky Horror is an exception to this, because any definition of cult movie that excludes Rocky Horror is IMHO a bad definition.

    Adventures in Babysitting
    After Hours
    Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death
    Dark Star
    Fearless Vampire Slayers
    Get Crazy
    Kiki’s Delivery Service
    Rocky Horror Picture Show
    What’s Up Doc?

    Please someone here start squeeing about Get Crazy. It would do my heart good.
    I’ll add more movies after I read other people’s suggestions.

    ETA: Tasha Turner wants me to inform you I have the pleasure to be her husband.

  5. Speaking of Proctor and Bergman, a semi-random co-worker suggested Americathon (1979) for this endeavour.

  6. I’m going with movies that I quote at least a few times a month:
    Big Trouble In Little China
    A Clockwork Orange
    Monty Python and The Holy Grail
    The Princess Bride
    Soylent Green
    Adventures In Babysitting
    Escape From New York
    Aliens
    Valley Girl

    And from the Cult Of Mel Brooks (you should see the initiation ritual, it’s right out of the Spanish Inquisition):
    Blazing Saddles
    Young Frankenstein
    and even Spaceballs

  7. On Blue Velvet, about which someone opined earlier that it was “just an ordinary good art film, nothing cultish”, both Wikipedia and ISFDB identify it as being a cult movie, so there’s consensus that it’s a cult movie.

    I’m actually pretty surprised that there was pushback on Blue Velvet instead of on, say, Animal House. I’m even more surprised that no one else has seconded it (or the infamous Pink Flamingos or the iconic Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!), all three of which often appear on top cult movie lists (easily confirmed with a bit of googling).

  8. I will second (third, actually) Pink Flamingos, which I love/hate/hate. Also +1 for things I’m not sure got a second vote:

    Attack of the 50 Foot Woman
    Glen or Glenda
    El Mariachi
    Matilda
    Rebel Without a Cause
    Rumble Fish
    Sid and Nancy
    Picnic at Hanging Rock
    The Wanderers
    The Nightmare Before Christmas
    Fantastic Planet
    Fargo
    The Wild Bunch
    Die Hard
    Fight Club
    Cat People (either one, although I prefer mine with shadows instead of a pound of cheese)
    The Abominable Dr. Phibes
    Clerks
    Bugsy Malone
    The Mouse That Roared
    Hedwig and the Angry Inch
    Conan the Barbarian
    Terminator 1 and 2
    Tampopo

    And I’d like to add two that aren’t particularly quotable, but are an ineradicable part of my mental furniture:

    Legend of Hell House
    Bride of Frankenstein

  9. Classics often have problems with what is a cult movie or not. Because there are many classics. But only some have cult followings with special screenings, with the kind of followers that almost forces other people to see the film, that feel the absolute need to discuss the movie when they heard someone else has seen it, etc.

    And if you have only seen the movie, but never been part of that group, how can you know if it was cult or not?

    Wikipedia shows the different mindsets in establishing criteria:

    “A cult film, also commonly referred to as a cult classic, is a film that has acquired a cult following. Cult films are known for their dedicated, passionate fanbase, an elaborate subculture that engage in repeated viewings, quoting dialogue, and audience participation. Inclusive definitions allow for major studio productions, especially box office bombs, while exclusive definitions focus more on obscure, transgressive films shunned by the mainstream.”

    I am a bit in between myself.

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  11. Pink Flamingos may be something of a special case – one hesitates to admit an enthusiasm for it in polite company, much less sinking so far as to force it upon an unsuspecting friend!!

    Come voting time, I think I might go with a rainbow selection! 🙂
    Pink Flamingos
    Blue Velvet
    A Clockwork Orange
    Yellow Submarine
    Soylent Green

    (BTW, in connection with my comment on Blue Velvet above, I meant IMDB, not ISFDB – force of habit!)

  12. @Cheryl S.

    Oh yeah, my Cat People was the original 1942 Cat People – which will apparently soon be released on blu-ray.

  13. Charon D. thank you so much for that live Escape from New York theme

    I know! John Carpenter has a band, and they’re touring! Who knew???

  14. I’ll second Blue Velvet, which is really a Hardy Boys movie with the psychosexual weirdness put back in. And therefore also, now that I think of it:

    Brick.

  15. @Jim Henley,

    Yay, someone else for Brick!

    Also if I didn’t say Dark City already. Dark City.

  16. Pink Flamingoes is the perfect example of the love/hate/hate movie.

    …and I have had He Died with a Felafel in His Hand in my Netflix queue for so long that it’s finally reaching the top — and now I can’t remember who recommended it or why it’s there. @Robert Whitaker Sirignano, your comment has single-handedly spared it from relegation….

  17. He died with a felafel is a movie? Whoa. I never knew.

    The book by John Birmingham is a collection of anecdotes about flatting aka house sharing. It’s a fun read especially if you’ve also flatted. It’s an early (the first?) book of his but you might be more familiar with his more recent genre books.

    ETA: I enjoyed his Axis of Time trilogy about a modern navy (carrier group?) displaced back in time to WWII.

  18. Of all the movies to have forgotten, (eh?):

    Strange Brew

    (Memory jiggled by Kip W. on another thread)

  19. There is also:

    Freaks (1932)

    Unless I missed it back there. And:

    Trilogy of Terror (1975)

    Scarred many a childhood, it did.

  20. Oh! Canadian Bacon.

    Yegods, I love that movie — the humor is so sly and so dark and so true.

    The Canadians. They walk among us. William Shatner. Michael J. Fox. Monty Hall. Mike Meyers. Alex Trebek. All of them Canadians. All of them here.

    Like maple syrup, Canada’s evil oozes over the United States.

    Think of your children pledging allegiance to the maple leaf.

    Mayonnaise on everything.

    Winter 11 months of the year.

    Anne Murray – all day, every day.

    — Propaganda campaign to whip Americans up into declaring war on Canada

  21. +1 for Strange Brew (I’m actually embarrassed that I left this off my initial set of nominations), Harold and Maude, and Dark City.

    Oh, and someone mentioned The President’s Analyst! Yes, +1 for this!! And yes, I’m old enough to say with some certainty that it is and always was a cult movie. Absolutely my favorite James Coburn movie, though. And he’s done some good ones.

    Added nomination (I don’t think anyone has mentioned it) for the oft-overlooked Lily Tomlin/Steve Martin vehicle, All of Me. I’m pretty sure it counts. “Back in bowl!” became a catchphrase in my household! 🙂

    Oh, and Skidoo. It’ll never win, but it definitely deserves to be mentioned in a list of cult movies. Jackie Gleason, Carol Channing, Frankie Avalon, and Groucho Marx take LSD. Guest appearances by Peter Lawford, Burgess Meredith, Cesar Romero, George Raft, Mickey Rooney, and more. :jawdrop:

  22. Ah, and I have to throw in 200 Motels by Frank Zappa. I rewatched this recently, and it held up surprisingly well. Particularly surprising since I wasn’t high this time, unlike when I last saw it in the seventies. 🙂

  23. Not embarrassed by how few I’ve heard of never mind seen.
    +1 to the following:
    Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
    Blade Runner
    The Blues Brothers (1980)
    Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death – Larry made me watch it
    Drunken Master (1978)
    Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
    Groundhog Day (1993) – I quote it here so have to include it
    The Fifth Element
    Ladyhawke (1985)
    Legend
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    The Princess Bride (1987)
    Thelma & Louise (1991)
    Time Bandits

  24. A couple of Canadian ones

    Big Meat Eater
    Abdullah the apprentice butcher (played by jazz musician Big Miller) sings the blues while he charcoal grills gangsters and turns Dalmation dogs into spotted spam… Alien robots desperate for the rare fuel bolonium possess the defrosted Mayor as their zombie agent…

    Bon Cop, Bad Cop
    Two Canadian detectives, one from Ontario and the other from Quebec, must work together when a murdered victim is found on the Ontario-Quebec border line. Bilingual English and French, including the swearing.

  25. The Stunt Man – a really lumpy movie with moments of genius as a director struggling to make an anti-war movie that won’t end up making war looks cool takes in a Vietnam vet on the run from the cops. Peter O’Toole plays the director and has some of his most O’Toole moments in it.

    I’ll plus 1 this movie. And yes, Peter O’Toole at his most O’Tooleish. Lovely.

  26. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
    The Big Lebowski
    Clerks
    The Dark Crystal
    The Fifth Element
    His Girl Friday
    Kontroll
    Labyrinth
    Newsies
    The Princess Bride
    Thelma & Louise
    Willow

  27. I should probably go through and look, but I thought of this last night:

    Xanadu
    (full disclosure: I saw it in the theaters and owned the album.)

  28. So, MOVIE MOVIE. In 1978, we drove (60 mi) to Denver to see Mr. McFeely at the zoo, but it was crowded, so instead we went to a movie. A movie movie.

    After a forgettable intro by George Burns, we are watching a double feature (with a preview) from the 1930s. The first feature is a black and white boxing movie, with Harry Hamlin as the naive delivery boy with dynamite fists. But he’s going to law school. (“These hands are for readin’ books!”) Ah, but his sister needs an eye operation, so he’ll be a fighter, but only till he has enough money. The plot is familiar, the actors full of character. George C. Scott is honest and crusty. Red Buttons is mildly brain damaged. Joey Popchik’s family is a kitchen fulla love. This is the most 1930s movie that ever was. Dialog by Gene Reynolds, who put the reverse spin on so much of the words in the series M*A*S*H, twists innocuous lines to the point of subversion, or worse: accidental honesty. It is played so straight, you could calibrate a laser from it. Here, the young pugilist first sets eyes on the femme fatale, Troubles Moran:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFejKyzOylU

    (“Boy,” he gasps at the conclusion, “She sure can sing.”)

    Then we have a preview for a coming attraction:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8sRVGGlY3c

    Then the color feature begins, with the same set-up as the black-and-white one. George C. Scott, as impresario “Spats” Baxter, gets the bad news from Dr. Art Carney: he’s been stricken with Spencer’s Disease, and has six months to live. “Six months,” muses Spats.
    “…as of your last appointment,” the doc continues. “That was five months ago.”
    “A lifetime to live in a month. Just thirty days…”
    “This is February, Spats.”

    Spats is in a jam. He needs a hit show so he can leave money to his secret daughter in an orphanage. Luckily, he has hired snappy young accountant Dick Cumming to go over his books, and Dick (Barry Bostwick, a gangster in the first feature) nurtures a secret ambition!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4PX40GkpNA

    “Just one catch, though. I need it by tomorrow.”

    Seriously, the best pastiche of old movies I’ve ever seen. Never smirks at the audience, never breaks through the screen, and it bears multiple watchings to see them set things up and have them pay off without drawing a lot of attention to it. Charles Lane is in it, too. Stanley Donen directed it. A top ten fave.

  29. LIMONADOVY JOE.
    LEMONADE JOE.
    How can I ever do justice to this movie?

    My sister and I used to watch “Afternoon at the Movies” on Denver’s KLZ, hosted by Starr Yelland. One day, Starr seemed a bit bemused as he explained that, contrary to their usual practice, they were showing this one again, because they got so much positive reaction from viewers. That seemed promising, so we watched. We watched a 1960s filming of a 1946 Czech musical stage play based on a series of satirical dime novels beginning in 1940. It’s a satire of western movies and western commercialism, and it kicks twelve kinds of ass.

    Wikipedia

    The movie is tinted black and white, and feels like the most ultimate Western ever. The music is atmospheric and has the soul down pat. At times, it looks like a silent movie. At other times, it’s like the 60s Batman series or a spy flick. It takes healthy liberties with the laws of physics (and references the Acme Company at one point). Heroes and villains are insanely competent.

    In one of my favorite small scenes, Doug Badman is expressing a momentary doubt to his hired gunman, Hogofogo. As Badman looks off, Hogofogo unobtrusively opens his ring and dumps a small quantity of powder into one of the drinks on the table. He glances without any particular expression at Badman for a moment, then swirls the liquid in the glass, drinks it down, and belches quietly.

    I am not exaggerating when I say that I used to look at the TV movie guide every single week, hoping I’d find this movie. I’m not aware of it having been shown on TV here in decades, though it’s still a popular movie (with a cult following) in Czechoslovakia, where the musical still gets staged by amateurs (and put on YouTube), and where references to the movie are still understood out in the wild.

    Then, eight or ten years ago, I was visiting a friend in Colorado, and he had something special to show me. The library in my home town got the movie on VHS! It turns out, Randy was watching Afternoon at the Movies that day as well, and had been obsessed with the movie just as I had. We watched it—and I think my sister was there with us—and marveled at the parts they hadn’t shown on KLZ. “Piano Tuner’s Blues” had been completely cut, I’m pretty sure, and it’s a highlight of the movie (and a total digression with no relevance to anything anywhere). Long story short, I went home and ordered the movie for myself, from Facets. The first copy was defective, but on the second try, I was able to make the long story short at last.

    Never pass up a chance to see this movie. It will repay your attention handsomely, as will any of my other nominees, FORBIDDEN ZONE (with caveat: grossness), J-MEN FOREVER, MOVIE MOVIE, and I think I signed on for STRANGE BREW as well, but people have heard of that one.

    Is THE WIZARD OF OZ a cult movie? It’s my favorite movie, anyway, and it has a cult, but doesn’t every movie have one? Just mentioning.

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  31. “King of Hearts”

    This quirky comedic war film focuses on Scottish soldier Charles Plumpick (Alan Bates), who is sent to a French town on a mission to disarm a bomb left behind by the retreating German army. Plumpick discovers that the area is deserted except for the inmates of the local asylum. The mental patients playfully take over the town and pronounce the soldier their king. While Plumpick is intrigued by the antics of the former inmates, he must stay on task and find the bomb before it detonates.

    Saw this as a double feature with “Harold and Maude” at Camera One Theater in San Jose years ago.

  32. Gaaaah, nearly 500 movies nominated. This bracket will be a weird one. So I call…

    NOMINATION STOP!

    Will finish counting tomorrow.

  33. Can we get to 512? That’d be a good number with no byes at all.

    Sorry not to have suggested any but I’m terrible with titles; I rely on my daughter to interpret my waving hands and plot points so we can identify the one we want to watch.

  34. CULT MOVIE BRACKET – SECOND NOMINATION ROUND

    I have now compiled all nominations from the comments. Some movies are cleared for the final brackets. Others are waiting for more nominations before I decide on them. I will list list them in two sections here.

    THESE WILL BE PART OF THE BRACKET

    A Clockwork Orange (1971)
    Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
    Brazil (1985)
    Dark City (1998)
    Dark Star (1974)
    Donnie Darko (2001)
    Escape from New York
    Flash Gordon (1980)
    Forbidden Zone (1980)
    Godzilla (1954)
    Harold and Maude (1971)
    Hausu (1977)
    Labyrinth (1986)
    Ladyhawke (1985)
    Metropolis (1927)
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
    Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)
    Mystery Men (1999)
    Office Space (1999)
    Rock & Rule (1983)
    Shaolin Soccer (2001)
    Silent Running (1972)
    The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. (1953)
    The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
    The Big Lebowski (1998)
    The Dark Crystal (1982)
    The Fifth Element (1997)
    The Ice Pirates (1984)
    The Princess Bride (1987)
    The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
    The Wicker Man (1973)
    The Wizard of Speed and Time (1979)
    They Live (1998)
    This is Spinal Tap (1984)
    Time Bandits (1981)
    Troll 2 (1990)
    Withnail and I (1987)
    Zardoz (1974)

    THESE NEED MORE NOMINATIONS TO BE INCLUDED

    Adventures in Babysitting
    200 Motels
    7 Faces of Dr. Lao
    A Boy and His Dog (1975)
    A Life Less Ordinary
    A Scanner Darkly (2006)
    After Hours
    Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
    Akira (1988)
    Aliens
    All of Me
    Allegro Non Troppo
    Alphaville
    Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)
    Amelie (2002)
    Americathon (1979)
    Angel Heart
    Animal House (1978)
    Army of Darkness
    Ashes of Time Redux
    Ator the Invincible
    Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)
    Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978)
    Avenging Disco Godfather
    Bad Boy Bubby (1994)
    Bad Taste (1987)
    Barbarella (1968)
    Basket Case (1982)
    Basket Case 2
    Battle Beyond the Stars
    Battlefield Earth (2000)
    Bedazzled (1967)
    Bedtime for Bonzo (1951)
    Beetlejuice (1988)
    Being John Malkovich (1999)
    Being There
    Best in Show (2000)
    Better of Dead
    Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls (1970)
    Big Meat Eater
    BIG TROUBLE
    Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)
    Billy Liar
    Birdemic (2010)
    Blacula (1972)
    Blade Runner
    Blazing Saddles (1974)
    Blue Velvet (1986)
    Bon Cop, Bad Cop
    Braindead (1992)
    Brick
    Bride of Frankenstein
    Bring me the head of Alfred Garcia
    Brother from another Planet
    Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
    Buckaroo Banzai
    Bugsy Malone
    But I’m A Cheerleader!
    Bye Bye Brazil 
    Caddyshack
    California Dolls / aka …All the Marbles
    Caligula (1979)
    CALL ME GENIUS
    Canadian Bacon
    Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
    Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death
    Cannibal! The Musical (1993)
    Carrie (1976)
    Cat People
    Cherry 2000 (1987)
    Christmas on Mars
    Circle of Iron
    Clerks (1995)
    Conan the Barbarian
    Conan the Destroyer
    Condorman (1981)
    Crank 1
    Crank 2
    Crash (1996)
    Cross of Iron
    Crumb (1994)
    Cry Baby
    Cube (1997)
    Cypher
    D.E.B.S.
    Damnation Alley
    Dark Odyssey
    Darling
    Dawn of the Dead (1978)
    Dazed and Confused
    Dead Ringers
    Death Bed
    Death Race 2000 (1975)
    Deep Throat (1972)
    Destroy All Monsters
    Die Hard
    Diva
    Django (1966)+A3
    Doc Savage
    Dog Soldiers
    Dougal And The Blue Cat
    Down Among the Z Men
    Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965)
    Dr. Strangelove or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
    Drop Dead Fred (1991)
    Drunken Master (1978)
    Dune (1984)
    Earth Girls are Easy (1988)
    Eat the Rich (1987)
    Eating Raoul (1982)
    El Mariachi (1993)
    El Topo (1970)
    Elves (1989) 
    Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (1988)
    Equilibrium (2002)
    Eraserhead (1977)
    Evil Dead 2 (1987)
    Excalibur
    eXistenZ (1999)
    Fantastic Planet (1973)
    Fargo (1996)
    Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
    Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
    Fearless Vampire Slayers
    Fifth Element
    Fight Club
    Five Deadly Venoms
    Five Million Years to Earth (aka Quatermass & the Pit) (1967)
    Flesh for Frankenstein
    Flesh Gordon (1974)
    Flesh 
    Food of the Gods (1976)
    Forbidden Planet
    Frankenhooker (1990)
    Freaks (1932)
    Freebie and the Bean (1974)
    Freeway (1997)
    Fritz The Cat (1972)
    From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
    Gamera (1965)
    Get Carter
    Get Crazy
    Ghost World (2001)
    Girlfriend from Hell (1989)
    Girlstown
    Glen or Glenda (1953)
    Go tell the spartans 
    Going Places 
    Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
    Groundhog Day (1993)
    Hackers
    Hairspray (1988)
    Hairspray (original John Waters version)
    Hard Boiled (1992)
    Hard Candy (2005)
    Hard Rock Zombies
    Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
    Hawk the Slayer
    HE DIED WITH A FELAFEL IN HIS HAND
    Head
    Hearts and Minds 
    Heat 
    Heathers (1988)
    Heavy Metal (1981)
    Heavy Metal Parking Lot (1986)
    Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
    Hell Comes to Frogtown (1988)
    Helzapoppin
    Hercules in New York
    Highway to Hell (1992)
    His Girl Friday
    Horror Express
    How I Won the War
    How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989)
    Howard the Duck (1986)
    Hudson Hawk
    Human Highway,
    Häxan (1922)
    Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS (1974)
    In Bruges
    Incubus (1965)
    Invasion of Astro-Monster
    Ishtar (1987)
    Jabberwocky
    J-Men Forever
    Jubilee (1978)
    Kiki’s Delivery Service
    Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)
    King of Hearts
    Knightriders
    Kontroll
    Krull
    Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
    Kung Pow! Enter the Fist (2002)
    La Grande Bouffe (1973)
    Lars and the Real Girl
    Legend
    Legend of Hell House
    Lemonade Joe
    Leprechaun 4: In Space (1996)
    Les Enfants du Paradis
    Let the Right One In (2008)
    Liquid Sky (1982)
    Logan’s Run (1976)
    Lorna 
    Manos: The Hands of Fate
    Mars Attacks! (1996)
    Matilda (1996)
    Mazes and Monsters
    McAbe and Mrs. Miller 
    Meet the Feebles (1989)
    Megaforce
    Memento (2000)
    Merlin (miniseries with Sam Neill)
    Minbo no Onna [Itami Juzo]
    Mommie Dearest (1981)
    Mondo Cane (1962)
    Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982)
    Mothra
    Movie Movie
    Mr. Vampire (1985)
    Mulholland Drive (2001)
    Naked Lunch (1991)
    Natural Born Killers (1994)
    Near Dark
    Neverwhere (miniseries)
    Newsies
    Night Flight
    Night of the Comet (1984)
    Night of the Living Dead (1968)
    Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)
    O Brother Where Art Thou
    On the Beach
    Onmyouji (2001)
    Orgy of the Dead (1965)
    Overdrawn at the Memory Bank
    Pandorum
    Paprika (2007)
    PASS THE AMMO
    Patlabor II (1993)
    Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
    Petulia
    Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
    Picnic at Hanging Rock
    Pink Flamingos (1972)
    Pink Floyd: The Wall
    Pitch Black
    Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
    Polyester (1981)
    Predator
    Primer
    Prince of Space (1959)
    Princess Raccoon
    Project A (1983)
    Project A-ko (1986)
    PUCKOON
    Pulp Fiction (1994)
    Pumpkinhead 
    Ran [Kurosawa Akira]
    Rare Exports (2010)
    Re-Animator (1985)
    Rebel Without a Cause (1956)
    Reefer Madness (1936)
    Repo Man (1984)
    Repo The Genetic Opera
    Reptilicus (1961)
    Reservoir Dogs
    Restless Natives 
    Return to Oz
    Road House (1989)
    Rockula
    Roller Blade (1985)
    Rollerball (1975)
    Rope (1948)
    Rubber
    Rumble Fish (1983)
    Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
    Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
    Satyricon (1969)
    Save me
    Scanners (1981)
    Scarecrow 
    Scott Pilgrim vs The World
    Serenity
    Serial Mom (1994)
    Sexmission (1984)
    Shaun of the Dead (2004)
    Shivers (1975)
    Shock Treatment
    Shogun Assassin (1980)
    Sid & Nancy (1986)
    Six-String Samurai (1998)
    SNATCH
    Solaris (1971)
    Some Like It Hot (1959)
    Sonatine
    Soylent Green (1973)
    Spaceballs
    Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone
    Spanking the Monkey (1994)
    Speed Racer (2008)
    Spice World
    Star Crash (1979)
    Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)
    Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning
    Starship Troopers
    Strange Brew
    Strange Days
    Strangers With Candy (2006)
    Streets of Fire (1984)
    Strictly Ballroom
    Subway
    Sunset Boulevard
    Super Fuzz
    Superman 2
    Suspiria (1977)
    Swamp Thing (1982)
    Tampopo
    Tank Girl (1995)
    Team America: World Police
    Terminator
    Terminator 2
    The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
    The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)
    The Avenging Disco Godfather (1979)
    The Bed-Sitting Room
    The Blob (1958)
    The Blues Brothers (1980)
    The Bride with White Hair
    The Castle! (1997)
    The City of Lost Children (1995)
    The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988)
    The Devils (1972)
    The Evil Dead (1981)
    The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec (2010)
    The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)
    The Final Programme aka The Last Days of Man on Earth
    The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)
    The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle (1979)
    The Guns of El Chupacabra (1997)
    The Heroic Trio
    The Host (2006) (The Korean one, not the Meyer one!)
    The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living And Became Mixed-Up Zombies (1963)
    The In-Laws (1979)
    The Killer Condom (1996)
    The Lair Of The White Worm (1988)
    The Last Detail
    The Last House on the left
    The Last Wave
    The Lathe of Heaven
    The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
    The Lost Boys (1987)
    The Magic Christian
    The Mouse That Roared (1959)
    The naked Kiss 
    The Nightmare Before Christmas
    The Party (1968)
    The People Under the Stairs (1991)
    The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik-Yak
    The Phantom Edit
    The Pirate Movie (1982, dir. Ken Anakin)
    The President’s Analyst (1967) 
    The Return of Captain Invincible
    The Room (2003)
    The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (1966)
    The Rutles
    The Saragossa Manuscript
    The Score 
    The Shout
    The Stuff (1985)
    The Stunt Man
    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
    The Thief and the Cobbler: The Recobbled cut
    The Toxic Avenger (1984)
    The Tree of Wooden Clogs
    The Usual Suspects
    The Wanderers
    The Warriors (1979)
    The Wild Bunch (1969)
    The Witches
    Thelma & Louise (1991)
    Them! (1954)
    They Might Be Giants (1971)
    Titan A.E.
    Tomorrow I’ll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea
    Touch of Evil
    Toys (1992)
    Trash
    Tremors
    Trilogy of Terror (1975)
    Trollhunter (2010)
    Trouble in Mind 
    Truly Madly Deeply
    Twelve Monkeys (1995)
    Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
    Valley Girl (1983)
    Vampyros Lesbos (1971)
    Waterworld
    Wattstax
    Wavelength 
    Welcome to the Dollhouse 
    What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
    What’s Up Doc?
    Who’ll stop the Rain 
    Who’s that knocking at my door
    Videodrome (1983)
    Village of the Damned (1960)
    Willow
    Wing Chun (1994)
    Wings of Honneamise
    Witchfinder General / aka The Conqueror Worm
    Wizards (1977)
    Woman in the Dunes (1964)
    Wristcutters: a love story
    Wrong Turn
    Xanadu
    Yellow Submarine (1968)
    Young Frankenstein (1974)
    Zombieland (2009)

    I will let nominations continue a few days before finalizing the bracket. And yes for all you messerschmidts, the sorting order is wrong for movies starting with “The”.

  35. Forgot to nominate “The Quiet Earth” (1985). Some say it was quite the challenge organising to film the scenes in a deserted downtown Auckland. But really, all they had to do was schedule shoots on a Sunday afternoon. Back in the 80s downtown was virtually dead Sunday afternoons.

  36. All right, I’ll chip in for:
    Adventures in Babysitting
    Animal House (1978)

    What, 3 Nominations for Better Off Dead aren’t enough to get it in the bracket already??? o_O

    I’d also like to mention a movie that no one else here has probably seen, 1984’s absolutely hysterical Making the Grade, starring a pre-St. Elmo’s Fire Judd Nelson as a juvenile delinquent thug who is hired by a lazy rich kid to take his tests and pass his classes for him at an expensive private school (with a supporting role by Scott McGinnis, “Mr Adventure” from Star Trek III).

    Also, 1986’s even more hysterical My Chauffeur, featuring Sam J. “Flash Gordon” Jones as a drunken, spoilt rock star coaxed into growing the hell up by his young female limo driver, Deborah “Valley Girl” Foreman.

    And, what — no one (including me) has thought to mention Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? No? Bueller? Anyone???

  37. Will avoid the ones I’ve initially mentioned

    Blade Runner

    BtW, @Hampus, you’ve got Buckaroo Banzai twice, as “Buckaroo Banzai” and as “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)”

    ETA: Oops, already mentioned 2 of those.

  38. Tell you what, I forgot to nominate Better of Dead myself. It is in. As is Buckaroo Banzaii.

  39. Hampus Eckerman: Tell you what, I forgot to nominate Better of Dead myself. It is in.

    Yay!

    But I still want my two dollars.

  40. I would like to add the following movies for consideration:

    Bride of the Monster
    Delicatessen

    And I will add my vote to the following movies in need of votes:

    A Scanner Darkly (2006)
    Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)
    Being John Malkovich (1999)
    Being There
    Blazing Saddles (1974)
    Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
    But I’m A Cheerleader!
    Clerks (1995)
    D.E.B.S.
    Earth Girls are Easy (1988)
    Fight Club
    Forbidden Planet
    Ghost World (2001)
    Glen or Glenda (1953)
    Hairspray (1988)
    Hairspray (original John Waters version)
    Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
    Ishtar (1987)
    Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
    Let the Right One In (2008)
    Logan’s Run (1976)
    Night of the Comet (1984)
    Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)
    Pink Floyd: The Wall
    Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
    Reefer Madness (1936)
    Repo Man (1984)
    Scott Pilgrim vs The World
    Serenity
    Shaun of the Dead (2004)
    Solaris (1971)
    Soylent Green (1973)
    Star Crash (1979)
    Strange Brew
    Tampopo
    The Blues Brothers (1980)
    The City of Lost Children (1995)
    The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
    The Mouse That Roared (1959)
    The Room (2003)
    Twelve Monkeys (1995)
    Yellow Submarine (1968)
    Young Frankenstein (1974)

  41. I’ve not nominated yet, so from the list that needs more:

    A Boy and His Dog (1975)
    A Scanner Darkly (2006)
    Akira (1988)
    Aliens
    Army of Darkness
    Bad Taste (1987)
    Barbarella (1968)
    Battle Beyond the Stars
    Beetlejuice (1988)
    Being John Malkovich (1999)
    Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)
    Blade Runner
    Blazing Saddles (1974)
    Blue Velvet (1986)
    Braindead (1992)
    Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
    Buckaroo Banzai
    Bugsy Malone
    Cannibal! The Musical (1993)
    Carrie (1976)
    Clerks (1995)
    Conan the Barbarian
    Crash (1996)
    Cube (1997)
    Dawn of the Dead (1978)
    Destroy All Monsters
    Die Hard
    Dr. Strangelove or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
    Drunken Master (1978)
    Dune (1984)
    Earth Girls are Easy (1988)
    El Mariachi (1993)
    Evil Dead 2 (1987)
    Excalibur
    Fargo (1996)
    Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
    Fifth Element
    Fight Club
    Five Million Years to Earth (aka Quatermass & the Pit) (1967)
    Forbidden Planet
    Fritz The Cat (1972)
    From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
    Gamera (1965)
    Glen or Glenda (1953)
    Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
    Groundhog Day (1993)
    Hackers
    Hairspray (1988)
    Hairspray (original John Waters version)
    Hard Boiled (1992)
    Head
    Heat
    Heathers (1988)
    How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989)
    Hudson Hawk
    In Bruges
    Invasion of Astro-Monster
    Kiki’s Delivery Service
    Krull
    Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
    Legend
    Mars Attacks! (1996)
    Matilda (1996)
    Memento (2000)
    Naked Lunch (1991)
    O Brother Where Art Thou
    On the Beach
    Paprika (2007)
    Pink Floyd: The Wall
    Pitch Black
    Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
    Predator
    Princess Raccoon
    Project A (1983)
    Pulp Fiction (1994)
    Ran [Kurosawa Akira]
    Rebel Without a Cause (1956)
    Reefer Madness (1936)
    Repo Man (1984)
    Repo The Genetic Opera
    Reservoir Dogs
    Return to Oz
    Scanners (1981)
    Scott Pilgrim vs The World
    Serenity
    Serial Mom (1994)
    Shaun of the Dead (2004)
    Shivers (1975)
    Shock Treatment
    Shogun Assassin (1980)
    Sid & Nancy (1986)
    Sonatine
    Soylent Green (1973)
    Spaceballs
    Starship Troopers
    Tank Girl (1995)
    Team America: World Police
    Terminator
    Terminator 2
    The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)
    The Blob (1958)
    The Blues Brothers (1980)
    The City of Lost Children (1995)
    The Evil Dead (1981)
    The Heroic Trio
    The Host (2006) (The Korean one, not the Meyer one!)
    The Lair Of The White Worm (1988)
    The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
    The Nightmare Before Christmas
    The Toxic Avenger (1984)
    The Wild Bunch (1969)
    Them! (1954)
    Tremors
    Twelve Monkeys (1995)
    Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
    Videodrome (1983)
    Willow
    Wings of Honneamise
    Yellow Submarine (1968)
    Young Frankenstein (1974)

    And I’ll second Kyra’s Delicatessen

  42. Sticking with the theory that some of these aren’t quite cult (sorry, Blade Runner et al, you were too good for this world of suffering and evil… err, bracket), and not double dipping those I already nominated, I’ll add seconds for:

    Army of Darkness
    The Fifth Element

    Shop smart, shop S-Mart!

  43. From the “needs more noms” list, I’d definitely include:

    Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
    Being John Malkovich
    Blue Velvet
    Ghost World
    Heathers
    Kung Fu Hustle
    Memento
    Repo Man
    The Lathe of Heaven
    The President’s Analyst

    Also second Soon Lee’s last minute nom for The Quiet Earth.

    AND… one more I was startled to realize wasn’t on the list already: THE RULING CLASS, with Peter O’Toole. How did that get missed?

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