The Cult Movie Bracket

Hampus Eckerman is a Swedish systems developer, blogger and frequent commentor and contributor to File 770.

Last year he hosted a “movie bracket”, a vote in the comments playoff between various genre films.

A couple of weeks ago he offered up another one, this time centered on “cult movies”.

But what exactly is a cult movie?  Does it have to be shown at midnight?  Does it have to be a bad movie?  Does it have to be black and white?

In his roll out post on the subject, Hampus offers some definitions:

  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.


Filers then launched a massive nomination program and the initial round produced this list of films:


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)

More (the full finalists list has 127 films on it).

Voting started and has now reached the conclusion of the Fourth Round.  The flicks making it this far were the following, with the winners of each play-off highlighted:


In the next day or so, we should be seeing the pair-offs for the next round. Why not head on over to File 770 and stick your oar in?

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