Cult Movie Bracket: The Finalizeling

Friday Night Runout at Blobfest.

Friday Night Runout at Blobfest.

By Hampus Eckerman: The list of contestants for the Cult Movie Bracket has been compiled. Without further ado…

THE CULT MOVIE BRACKET LIST

7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)
A Boy and His Dog (1975)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
A Scanner Darkly (2006)
Adventures in Babysitting (1987)
Akira (1988)
Allegro Non Troppo (1976)
Amelie (2002)
Army of Darkness (1992)
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978)
Bad Taste (1987)
Barbarella (1968)
Being John Malkovich (1999)
Better Off Dead (1985)
Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)
Blazing Saddles (1974)
Blue Velvet (1986)
Braindead (1992)
Brazil (1985)
Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
But I’m A Cheerleader! (1999)
Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death (1989)
Clerks (1995)
Conan the Barbarian (1982)
Crash (1996)
Cube (1997)
Dark City (1998)
Dark Star (1974)
Death Race 2000 (1975)
Destroy All Monsters (1968)
Die Hard (1988)
Donnie Darko (2001)
Dr. Strangelove or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Drunken Master (1978)
Eating Raoul (1982)
Eraserhead (1977)
Escape from New York
Evil Dead 2 (1987)
Excalibur (1981)
Fight Club (1999)
Flash Gordon (1980)
Forbidden Planet (1956)
Forbidden Zone (1980)
Fritz The Cat (1972)
Glen or Glenda (1953)
Godzilla (1954)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Hairspray (1988)
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
Harold and Maude (1971)
Hausu (1977)
Hawk the Slayer (1980)
Heathers (1988)
Heavy Metal (1981)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
Hell Comes to Frogtown (1988)
In Bruges (2008)
Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
Knightriders (1981)
Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
Labyrinth (1986)
Ladyhawke (1985)
Legend (1985)
Meet the Feebles (1989)
Memento (2000)
Metropolis (1927)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)
Mystery Men (1999)
Naked Lunch (1991)
Office Space (1999)
Paprika (2007)
Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
Pink Flamingos (1972)
Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982)
Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
Rebel Without a Cause (1956)
Reefer Madness (1936)
Repo Man (1984)
Return to Oz (1985)
Rock & Rule (1983)
Scanners (1981)
Scott Pilgrim vs The World (2010)
Serenity (2005)
Shaolin Soccer (2001)
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Shock Treatment (1981)
Sid & Nancy (1986)
Silent Running (1972)
Six-String Samurai (1998)
Soylent Green (1973)
Tank Girl (1995)
The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. (1953)
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
The Blues Brothers (1980)
The Brother from another Planet (1984)
The City of Lost Children (1995)
The Dark Crystal (1982)
The Fifth Element (1997)
The Ice Pirates (1984)
The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
The Mouse That Roared (1959)
The President’s Analyst (1967)
The Princess Bride (1987)
The Quiet Earth (1985)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
The Room (2003)
The Rutles (1978)
The Stunt Man (1980)
The Terminator (1984)
The Wicker Man (1973)
The Wizard of Speed and Time (1979)
Them! (1954)
They Live (1998)
This is Spinal Tap (1984)
Time Bandits (1981)
Tremors (1990)
Troll 2 (1990)
Videodrome (1983)
Withnail and I (1987)
Wizards (1977)
Yellow Submarine (1968)
Young Frankenstein (1974)
Zardoz (1974)

After the jump —

THOSE THAT DIDN’T MAKE IT…

Three votes:

  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
  • Aliens
  • Battle Beyond the Stars
  • Bedazzled (1967)
  • Beetlejuice (1988)
  • Blade Runner
  • Brick
  • Bugsy Malone
  • Cannibal! The Musical (1993)
  • D.E.B.S.
  • Delicatessen
  • Dog Soldiers
  • Dune (1984)
  • Earth Girls are Easy (1988)
  • El Mariachi (1993)
  • Fantastic Planet (1973)
  • Fargo (1996)
  • Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)
  • Flesh Gordon (1974)
  • Gamera (1965)
  • Ghost World (2001)
  • Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
  • Hard Boiled (1992)
  • Hercules in New York
  • Hudson Hawk
  • Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)
  • Krull
  • Let the Right One In (2008)
  • Logan’s Run (1976)
  • Manos: The Hands of Fate
  • Mars Attacks! (1996)
  • Matilda (1996)
  • O Brother Where Art Thou
  • On the Beach
  • Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
  • Pitch Black
  • Polyester (1981)
  • Project A (1983)
  • Pulp Fiction (1994)
  • Re-Animator (1985)
  • Reptilicus (1961)
  • Rumble Fish (1983)
  • Solaris (1971)
  • Spaceballs
  • Star Crash (1979)
  • Starship Troopers
  • Strange Brew
  • Tampopo
  • Team America: World Police
  • Terminator 2
  • The Evil Dead (1981)
  • The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)
  • The Lathe of Heaven
  • The Magic Christian
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik-Yak
  • The Pirate Movie (1982, dir. Ken Anakin)
  • The Return of Captain Invincible
  • The Wild Bunch (1969)
  • Thelma & Louise (1991)
  • They Might Be Giants (1971)
  • Trollhunter (2010)
  • Twelve Monkeys (1995)
  • Xanadu

Two votes:

  • 200 Motels
  • Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)
  • Americathon (1979)
  • Basket Case (1982)
  • Basket Case 2
  • Being There
  • BIG TROUBLE
  • Birdemic (2010)
  • Blacula (1972)
  • Bring me the head of Alfred Garcia
  • Caddyshack
  • Carrie (1976)
  • Cat People
  • Condorman (1981)
  • Damnation Alley
  • Dawn of the Dead (1978)
  • Death Bed
  • Django (1966)+A3
  • Doc Savage
  • Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965)
  • Drop Dead Fred (1991)
  • El Topo (1970)
  • Elves (1989)
  • Equilibrium (2002)
  • eXistenZ (1999)
  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
  • Five Million Years to Earth (aka Quatermass & the Pit) (1967)
  • Food of the Gods (1976)
  • Freaks (1932)
  • From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
  • Hackers
  • Head
  • Heat
  • Highway to Hell (1992)
  • His Girl Friday
  • How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989)
  • Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS (1974)
  • Incubus (1965)
  • Invasion of Astro-Monster
  • Ishtar (1987)
  • Jabberwocky
  • King of Hearts
  • Kung Pow! Enter the Fist (2002)
  • La Grande Bouffe (1973)
  • Legend of Hell House
  • Leprechaun 4: In Space (1996)
  • Liquid Sky (1982)
  • Lorna
  • Megaforce
  • Mothra
  • Mulholland Drive (2001)
  • Near Dark
  • Night of the Comet (1984)
  • Night of the Living Dead (1968)
  • Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock
  • Predator
  • Primer
  • Princess Raccoon
  • Project A-ko (1986)
  • Ran [Kurosawa Akira]
  • Repo The Genetic Opera
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Restless Natives
  • Road House (1989)
  • Roller Blade (1985)
  • Rollerball (1975)
  • Serial Mom (1994)
  • Shivers (1975)
  • Shogun Assassin (1980)
  • Some Like It Hot (1959)
  • Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone
  • Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)
  • Strange Days
  • Streets of Fire (1984)
  • Strictly Ballroom
  • Subway
  • Swamp Thing (1982)
  • The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
  • The Avenging Disco Godfather (1979)
  • The Bed-Sitting Room
  • The Blob (1958)
  • The Castle! (1997)
  • The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)
  • The Guns of El Chupacabra (1997)
  • The Heroic Trio
  • The Host (2006) (The Korean one, not the Meyer one!)
  • The Killer Condom (1996)
  • The Lair Of The White Worm (1988)
  • The Lost Boys (1987)
  • The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (1966)
  • The Stuff (1985)
  • The Toxic Avenger (1984)
  • The Wanderers
  • The Warriors (1979)
  • Toys (1992)
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  • Valley Girl (1983)
  • Willow
  • Wings of Honneamise
  • Wristcutters: a love story

One vote:

  •  A Life Less Ordinary
  • After Hours
  • All of Me
  • Alphaville
  • Angel Heart
  • Animal House (1978)
  • Ashes of Time Redux
  • Ator the Invincible
  • Bad Boy Bubby (1994)
  • Battlefield Earth (2000)
  • Bedtime for Bonzo (1951)
  • Best in Show (2000)
  • Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls (1970)
  • Big Meat Eater
  • Billy Liar
  • Bon Cop, Bad Cop
  • Bride of Frankenstein
  • Bye Bye Brazil
  • California Dolls / aka …All the Marbles
  • Caligula (1979)
  • CALL ME GENIUS
  • Canadian Bacon
  • Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
  • Cherry 2000 (1987)
  • Christmas on Mars
  • Circle of Iron
  • Conan the Destroyer
  • Crank 1
  • Crank 2
  • Cross of Iron
  • Crumb (1994)
  • Cry Baby
  • Cypher
  • Dark Odyssey
  • Darling
  • Dazed and Confused
  • Dead Ringers
  • Deep Throat (1972)
  • Diva
  • Dougal And The Blue Cat
  • Down Among the Z Men
  • Eat the Rich (1987)
  • Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (1988)
  • Fearless Vampire Slayers
  • Five Deadly Venoms
  • Flesh for Frankenstein
  • Flesh
  • Frankenhooker (1990)
  • Freebie and the Bean (1974)
  • Freeway (1997)
  • Get Carter
  • Get Crazy
  • Girlfriend from Hell (1989)
  • Girlstown
  • Go tell the spartans
  • Going Places
  • Hard Candy (2005)
  • Hard Rock Zombies
  • HE DIED WITH A FELAFEL IN HIS HAND
  • Hearts and Minds
  • Heavy Metal Parking Lot (1986)
  • Helzapoppin
  • Horror Express
  • How I Won the War
  • Howard the Duck (1986)
  • Human Highway,
  • Häxan (1922)
  • J-Men Forever
  • Jubilee (1978)
  • Kontroll
  • Lars and the Real Girl
  • Lemonade Joe
  • Les Enfants du Paradis
  • Mazes and Monsters
  • McAbe and Mrs. Miller
  • Merlin (miniseries with Sam Neill)
  • Minbo no Onna [Itami Juzo]
  • Mommie Dearest (1981)
  • Mondo Cane (1962)
  • Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982)
  • Movie Movie
  • Mr. Vampire (1985)
  • Natural Born Killers (1994)
  • Neverwhere (miniseries)
  • Newsies
  • Night Flight
  • Onmyouji (2001)
  • Orgy of the Dead (1965)
  • Overdrawn at the Memory Bank
  • Pandorum
  • PASS THE AMMO
  • Patlabor II (1993)
  • Petulia
  • Prince of Space (1959)
  • PUCKOON
  • Pumpkinhead
  • Rare Exports (2010)
  • Rockula
  • Rope (1948)
  • Rubber
  • Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
  • Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
  • Satyricon (1969)
  • Save me
  • Scarecrow
  • Sexmission (1984)
  • SNATCH
  • Sonatine
  • Spanking the Monkey (1994)
  • Speed Racer (2008)
  • Spice World
  • Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning
  • Strangers With Candy (2006)
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Super Fuzz
  • Superman 2
  • Suspiria (1977)
  • The Bride with White Hair
  • The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988)
  • The Devils (1972)
  • The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec (2010)
  • The Final Programme aka The Last Days of Man on Earth
  • The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle (1979)
  • The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living And Became Mixed-Up Zombies (1963)
  • The In-Laws (1979)
  • The Last Detail
  • The Last House on the left
  • The Last Wave
  • The naked Kiss
  • The Party (1968)
  • The People Under the Stairs (1991)
  • The Phantom Edit
  • The Ruling Class
  • The Saragossa Manuscript
  • The Score
  • The Shout
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
  • The Thief and the Cobbler: The Recobbled cut
  • The Tree of Wooden Clogs
  • The Usual Suspects
  • The Witches
  • Titan A.E.
  • Tomorrow I’ll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea
  • Touch of Evil
  • Trash
  • Trilogy of Terror (1975)
  • Trouble in Mind
  • Truly Madly Deeply
  • 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
  • Village of the Damned (1960)
  • Wing Chun (1994)
  • Witchfinder General / aka The Conqueror Worm
  • Woman in the Dunes (1964)
  • Wrong Turn
  • Zombieland (2009)

Three votes from Kip W:

  • Forbidden Zone
  • J-Men Forever
  • Movie Movie
  • Lemonade Joe

21 thoughts on “Cult Movie Bracket: The Finalizeling

  1. Oooh. I am disappointed at what didn’t make the cut and excited over what did.

  2. ultragotha – me too, I think, but I didn’t nominate too many.

    I also don’t personally think of a lot of these films as “cult classics”, but tthat’s a discussion for a different day.

  3. steve davidson: I also don’t personally think of a lot of these films as “cult classics”, but tthat’s a discussion for a different day.

    I’m wondering if my own opinions about that will be justified as the voting plays out, or if I just have an idiocyncratic idea of what makes a cult film.

  4. I love this title with a fierce and abiding love. Just saying. Thanks so much for doing this, Hampus. I know the brackets are a huge amount of work for the organizer.

    I suspect it isn’t possible to come up with a definition of cult classics that would sway even a slim majority here, unless you made the definition so broad as to be meaningless. Maybe the best approach is I knows it when I sees it (and I trust you to do the same, even when we disagree.) 😉

  5. Mike Glyer on July 6, 2016 at 11:29 am said:

    steve davidson: I also don’t personally think of a lot of these films as “cult classics”, but tthat’s a discussion for a different day.

    I’m wondering if my own opinions about that will be justified as the voting plays out, or if I just have an idiocyncratic idea of what makes a cult film.

    I’m certainly going to vote on a basis of whether a movie has essence-of-cult deeply pervading it – even if I’m not sure what that essence is.

  6. The 1978 Drunken Master rather than the far superior Drunken Master II (1994) (released in the US as Legend of Drunken Master)?? I guess I can’t complain since I didn’t vote.

  7. Only 15 on that list I haven’t seen, and one of them (Troll 2) I never had any intention of seeing. Lots of overlapping interests.

  8. Some of my more obscure nominations got more votes than I was expecting them to. One (Hedwig) even made the final list. I’m glad I didn’t go with my initial instinct and leave them out in favor of more popular fare!

    Of all the nominees that didn’t quite make it, I think I’m saddest about Let the Right One In, Strange Brew, and The Gods Must Be Crazy

    @Stankrom: I pondered that question when I first saw it nominated, but decided to second the one that had been nominated. The first may not be as good overall, but it’s still a cult classic. And I certainly enjoyed it.

    And yes, I do plan to allow my ideas of “cultness” influence my voting. There’s a couple of things on the list that I love but have a hard time thinking of as cult, so I may feel compelled to vote them down. Though I cannot offer a definition of “cult movie” that I would expect anyone to accept. 🙂

  9. I wish I hadn’t missed the nomination phase. I too have struggled with a definition of cult. To me, one of the defining elements has to be a film that was generally overlooked upon initial release but later develops a passionate following. So that would disqualify Fargo, for instance, which was nominated for Best Picture.

    Keeping with the Cohen Bros., perhaps The Big Lebowski would count, since a lot of people were underwhelmed by it when it was released, if I recall, and now it’s considered the Cohen’s best film by many. Of their films, I think Blood Simple would fit under my criterion, but that didn’t make the cut.

  10. I’ve seen 18 of the movies which made it into the bracket and heard of a few others. This should be an interesting bracket. I expect more commentary than usual explaining votes.

    Thanks for putting this together Hampus.

  11. I have seen 112 of th of all the movies listed here. It make me wonder HOW MANY movies I have seen in my lifetime…

  12. I’ve seen 84 of them, many of those multiple times, which is what makes them cult movies, I suppose. Which is odd because I did most of my movie watching last century. Did they stop making cult films at some point, or did the cult films just get so self-aware they ceased being cultish?

    (Woot Escape From New York made the cut! Along with all the movies that would probably be on my top movies of all time list if I had bothered making one — fortunately I don’t have to do that now. Thanks for the listifying!)

  13. I”ve seen only 28. The list makes it plain that “cult movie” means, er, nothing, but I salute Hampus for his work: I know first-hand how much is involved in putting a bracket together and he’s done amazing stuff so far.

  14. Only fifteen I haven’t seen at all, though there’s a few others I’ve mostly seen in bits and pieces, rather than ever sitting down to watch the whole thing. Despite its reputation for being “so bad it’s good”, I don’t think I’ve seen quite all of Plan 9, for example.

    Six of the fifteen are movies I’ve never heard of, which makes them particularly interesting.

    @Charon D.: I think it takes a while to properly establish a reputation as a cult movie, even using such a vague definition as we have here. Without that time, it’s too easy to mistake a randomly forming flash-mob from a purposeful cult. 🙂

  15. I have seen a bit over 100 of the movies in the bracket myself and have 5-10 others lying on my living room table waiting to be seen. The rest I have ordered. 😉

    The list is a mix of obvious cult movies, what promotional texts call “cult classics”, highly quotable movies, movies that might have cult following, “this is cult among *my* friends” and “there is something special about this one”. Which is about what I expected.

    Those I am most surprised in not seeing on the final list are Flesh Gordon, The Blob and Killer Klowns From Outer Space. And I miss La Grande Bouffe, Aguirre, the Wrath of God and Mr. Vampire myself. I would have thought a bit more exploitation and turkey movies would have been nominated, but the nature of the bracket says it is the “mainstream cult” (whatever that is) that will win most nominations. The more cultish a movie, the less people have seen it. 😛

    It is a bit fun to see “Let The Right One In” nominated as a cult movie. For me, it is just a very popular swedish movie. The swedish cult campire movie would be “Frostbitten” which is fantastic fun with not a serious bone in its body.

  16. And afterwards: Why didn’t I nominate Empire of the Ants and Death Becomes Her?

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