As you, the careful and long-suffering reader, may have noticed, we’re starting to run low on slots for the 366 Weirdest Movies Ever Made. Only 67 spots remain at the time of this writing. In the past, we’ve relied on reader input to help shape the List by running regular polls. Readers are responsible for directly placing Alice [Neco Z Alenky], Visitor Q, Pink Floyd: The Wall, Trash Humpers, The American Astronaut, Dead Ringers, Keyhole, Sweet Movie, Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny, Ninja Champion, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Vampire’s Kiss, and Why Don’t You Play in Hell? into the field of 366. (That’s not even counting reader-suggestions which we reviewed and found worthy).

Some of those misfit films above surely would have made the List anyway without readers selecting them. But this new poll will be your last (maybe your last) chance to have direct input on the List. After this, you’ll be left hoping, begging, and cajoling us to pick your favorites. (You might want to consider “bribing,” also—just throwing that out there).

Here’s how it’s going to work this time around. We’re going to shut down the suggestion box for the time being, and you can post all your suggestions in the comments on this post. You may nominate any movie at all, whether it’s something we’ve never heard of, something that’s been languishing among our List Candidates, something that’s already sitting in the reader-suggested queue, or even something that we’ve already reviewed and rejected. The nominations are subject only to a few minimal rules:

  1. One official suggestion per reader.
  2. Don’t suggest a movie you had a part in creating. If you want us to review your work sent us a note via the contact form.
  3. Every movie suggestion will require a “second” from someone else in the comments to become a nominee. (Seconding someone else’s movie choice will not preclude you from forwarding your own nominee).
  4. Current contributors to 366 Weird Movies cannot nominate movies; they can second readers’ choices, however.
  5. If your nominee appears to be a joke (i.e. Star Wars) even a second will not help. But don’t be afraid to make a non-conventional choice for a non-conventional movie—you just have to be more persuasive about why you think it belongs here.

We will leave the nomination process open for an indeterminate length of time. Twenty titles seems like the most we’d be willing to deal with, so we’ll shut down the process if we reach that goal. Otherwise, we’d predict leaving it open for about two weeks, maybe longer if we don’t get enough candidates.

We’re trusting our readers are sophisticated enough to avoid recency bias and won’t only suggest movies made in the last two or three years.

Once we have enough nominees (we’re hoping for something in the ten to twenty movie range), we’ll shut off this post to new comments and create an official poll to officially add two of these movies. (Others from the poll may make the List at the editors’ discretion). At that time, we’ll also reopen the “Suggest a Weird Movie!” page, though using it will be a Hail Mary pass for latecomers only.

Since you’ll need a second to get your nominee on the ballot, you’ll probably want to campaign as persuasively as you can for your choice. Since you can only vote for two movies in the end, it would be a good idea not to second more than two.

Ready? Got to it! Comment away!

We’ll list the nominees (whether seconded or not) in the body of this post for clarity.

OFFICIAL NOMINEES (voting to commence soon):

The Addams Family (1992)

Amer (2009)

Berberian Sound Studio (2012)

The Beyond (1981)

Big Man Japan (2007)

The Butcher Boy (1997)

Chronopolis (1982)

City of the Pirates (1984)

Heart of a Dog (2015)

I Am Here… Now (2009)

Incubus (1966)

It’s Such a Beautiful Day (2012)

Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

Multiple Maniacs (1970)

O Ornitólogo (The Ornithologist) (2016)

Pink Narcissus (1971)

Save the Green Planet! (2003)

Survive Style 5+ (2004)

Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets (1971)

Under the Skin (2013)

Just missed (for historical purposes):

L’ange (1982) (russa03) – awaiting a second

Live Freaky – Die Freaky (Ben) – awaiting a second

Samurai Rauni (Aki Vainio) – awaiting a second

The Skin I Live In (Blakeg) – awaiting a second

Talking Head (chie) – awaiting a second

Madam Satan (1930) (Cham Ferguson) – awaiting a second

Wave Twisters (2001) (travis) – awaiting a second

The Spirit (2008) (Motyka) – awaiting a second

Fateful Findings (Wootex) – awaiting a second

Messiah of Evil (1973) (Scott Dwyer) – awaiting a second

Raising Arizona (Sebastian Murillo) – awaiting a second

mother! (2017)  (Barry Strickland) – awaiting a second

Seizure (1974) (Ricardo dos Santos) – awaiting a second

Dr. Caligari (1989) (Maico Nafarrate) – awaiting a second

Fight Club (Justin Gans) – awaiting a second

Blak Mama (2009) (Marco) – awaiting a second

Ritual dos Sádicos (Awakening of the Beast – 1970) (Douglas Fricke) – awaiting a second

Reflections in a Golden Eye (Ray C) – awaiting a second

Medea (1988, von Trier) (PeterRox) – awaiting a second



    I think – with its sequel – The Addams family makes the case for the most endearing weird individuals. It is funnily dark, over-the top, and charmingly perverted.

    Sadistic kids electrocuting each other, a wandering hand, knife-wielding dancing siblings, Christopher Lloyd, booby-trapped creepy house, the mundanity of everyday horror and violence, Cousin Itt, eerie everything, the banality and brotherly love of trying to kill each other, etc.

    Come on!

  2. Just ONE choice? Just ONE choice!
    I was going to say Last Year at Marienband, but I’m betting that has GOT to make the list.

    I’d like to see James Bidgood’s “Pink Narcissus” on the list. It’s a completely worthy inclusion based on all kinds of 366 Weird Movies’ criteria. The DIY, low budget production was incredibly filmed over 7 (!) years in a single NY apartment. It’s storied and mythic history as a once nearly lost film to one that has been restored and re-evaluated. Its beautiful intersection of low art values – camp, kitsch and pornography butting up against high art movements like surrealism, symbolism and erotic fantasy. It’s one of the first movies to ironically use music from the previous decade for it’s soundtrack. It is an authentic relic of 60s underground gay culture. The majority of the movie is PINK.

    It might be a BEWARE – there really isn’t much of a story. It’s more like a series of fantasy dream vignettes, lushly filmed. But it’s a pinnacle of underground cinema, erotic film and no-budget auteurism.

    I love it!

    1. Oh, and speaking of giallo…I’d like to second Amer.
      It was one of three films I considered for nomination. (The third was the directors’ other film, The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears)

  3. It’s Such a Beautiful Day

    Amazing and very strange animation by Don Hertzfeldt, creator of World of Tomorrow and Rejected. It’s got everything from bizarre comedy to existentialism.

  4. UNDER THE SKIN (2013) it is. I know it has already been nominated once but lost to that Nic Cage movie but Jonathan Glazer’s masterpiece should be given a 2nd chance. Often eerie and bleak and/or futuristic visuals paired with an opaque plot full of mind-boggling scenes. The erratic main character superbly embodied by Scarlett Johansson is the icing on the cake.

    At the same time, I want to second LAST YEAR IN MARIENBAD because it is super weird NOT to see it in the Weird List.

    1. I would like to second Under the Skin. A heads up to G. Smalley, here is a recommendation for you: Tiny Mix Tapes, a website dedicated to music, but they also have incredible taste in film and do excellent criticism and reviews of movies. Their 30 best films list at the end of each year I think would appeal to you. It’s always fantastic, and you will always find a couple of films that appear on the 366 Weird list. Again, they have great taste as exemplified by their BEST of 2014 list in which Under the Skin ranked first place, with a dynamic assessment of some of the underlying aspects that make it so unforgettable. Here is the link to that page:

  5. My nomination will go towards John Water’s Multiple Maniacs (1970). This insanely weird film features Divine going on a Godzilla-like rampage before being gunned down by the National Guard, Divine experiencing the world’s very first rosary job whilst reciting the Stations of the Cross, and Divine being raped multiple times, once by glue-sniffers and once by a giant lobster . If those three moments weren’t in the movie, then don’t worry, dear viewer- the movie has more bizarre and sick things coming your way: puke eating, cavalcades of perversion, prostitute daughters, cannibalism, car destruction, murderous lesbianism, Weather Underground men, Jesus multiplying white bread and cans of tuna and a surprise starring role from the Infant of Prague! Considering that John Waters is already enshrined on the List, I think that one more film will cement him as the Perverted King of the Certified Weird!

    1. Seconded. If for no other reason than they tried to imply in-film that the actors had committed the, then unsolved, Manson murders.

  6. I might be a bit prejudiced here, because there just isn’t enough of these movies with any kind of ambition from Finland, but I would like to nominate Samurai Rauni, a Samurai movie inspired by Jodorowsky, set in a small Finnish town.

  7. The Skin I Live In (2011). I’m hard-pressed to think of a weirder plot: a brilliant plastic surgeon’s daughter is raped and in an act of revenge, he kidnaps the rapist and subjects him to gender reassignment and his skin graft experiments. As time passes, he begins to fall in love with his patient, now a woman (now Vera, formerly Vincente). She eventually escapes and finds her way back home to his mother and a lesbian friend, with whom she was in love when she was still a he. And there’s more crazy connections still, which for the sake of brevity, I’m glossing over. It’s a brilliant and wild film that prompted the declaration from my wife, “it’ll take me years to forget this movie.” It’s certainly not to everyone’s taste, but what weird movie is?

    And yes to Last Year at Marienbad too, for what it’s worth.

  8. After much deliberating with myself, the film I think deserves a nomination the most out of the ones I considered is Heart of a Dog (2015).

    In her 40+ years as an artist Laurie Anderson has created multiple memorable pieces, rarely catching mainstream popularity and/or notoriety with the exceptions of “O Superman” and arguably “Excellent Birds”, assisted by Peter Gabriel. Her work in film is comparatively sparse, consisting for the longest time of a concert film and “Collected Videos”, an hour-long series of music videos, public service announcements, and snippets of a short film that is presented as unconnected as it sounds.

    Heart of a Dog, then, was a surprise, in that it was a full-length dedication to her deceased Lolabelle and the sprawling thoughts that come from this event. The film is presented with Laurie poetically relating these thoughts to the viewer, which quickly reveal themselves as ruminations on death that range from quotes by David Foster Wallace, stories on near-death that change and become clearer as distance from time is created, and the passing of those closest to you, in this case Laurie’s friend (Gordon Matta-Clark) and mother.

    What makes this film weird however is its hypnotic pace and combination of desperate elements, like the ones mentioned above, that serve to intend for the viewer to feel a sense of confusion and despair, without ever feeling lost. In one vignette, Laurie describes the possible journey of Lolabelle in “the Bardo”, the Buddhist state between death and rebirth, to dissolve and travel aimlessly among visions within nothingness. In keeping with this theme, Heart of a Dog travels aimlessly, never truly keeping with one topic and jumping from moments in life and death, optimism and despair, without any fear towards whether it makes sense in the end. The viewer travels through the film much like they would travel through the Bardo, where certainty and logic take a backseat in favor of fulfillment, in coping with the worst life gives by submitting and examining its most unnatural and fearful times in search of release. All this, coupled with the deadpan wit and embrace of peculiarities one would expect out of Laurie’s previous works, make Heart of a Dog worthy, at least in my eyes, for List submission.

    I am aware that choosing this film may instill cries of a recency bias, but Heart of a Dog wouldn’t nearly be the way it is without the long career Laurie Anderson has had, allowing it to contain every element that makes her art respected and revered.

    1. Upon reading your thoughtful analysis, I was so impressed that I second your nomination of Heart Of A Dog. Truly a beautiful film.

  9. I choose City of the Pirates (1984), by Raoul Ruiz, which is one of my favorite surrealist arthouse film (on par with the best Parajanov, Wojciech Has or Teshigahara for me). Underrated and underseen gem.

    Uncanny theatrical yet somnambulic acting (seriously amazing acting), twisted passive agressive family dynamics, Jawdropping colorful (pastels) cinematography, dream logic, mystical symbolism, hypnotic mood, dada poetry dialogue, kind of a peter pan ghost story in a way ? Im still not sure.. pov shot from inside dentures, reverse footage in the middle of dialogue scenes, startling framing of foreground objects with deep focus..

    Oh and speaking of criminal omissions from the list, could somebody vote for a Shuji Terayama (Pastoral: to die in the country, or Throw away your books; rally in the streets) , Crispin Glover (what is it? or It is fine!) or Matthew Barney (Cremaster Cycle, Drawing Restraint 9) film ? :)

  10. Talking Head (1992) by Mamoru Oshii!

    Oshii is mostly well known for his animated movies, like his famous adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, but he’s also created a number of live-action movies. Many of his works in both mediums are weird, and he really deserves representation on the list somewhere. Although one of his most obscure works, Talking Head is also one of his weirdest.

    Talking Head’s story begins when a film director with an obscure style, Rei Maruwa, goes missing during the production of his latest animated feature, Talking Head. With the deadline approaching and next to no progress made, the producer calls in a “shadow director” with the ability to mimic any director’s style.

    Talking Head is live action with brief animated interludes. The beginning consists of mostly monologues on the nature of film, but it gets more and more surreal from there. It’s incredibly metafictional. To give an idea of its style, almost every single scene is shot on a set that consists of a wooden platform above the seats of a theater. If the characters are driving a car, that car is in place on the platform while the theater screen shows the road. If the characters are in an office, the office is built on top of the platform with a door on the edge.

    The movie’s tone is all over the place, sometimes switching from slow-paced psychological horror to ridiculous self-parody comedy and back again. The plot enters that particular kind of mind screw rollercoaster around the second half, with lots of fake-out reveals. In a way, it shares some similarities with the recently-Listed Perfect Blue, but predates it – I think it’s not unreasonable to suggest that Talking Head inspired PB. Yet despite those similarities, Talking Head is incredibly individualistic and unique, too.

    Oshii needs representation on the list; why not have it be his weirdest?

  11. I might have to suggest Chronopolis (1982). The atmosphere of the subject matter, animation and soundtrack are mesmerizing enough to give this a spot within the “psychedelic” box, but I’m not sure if that’s what Kamler had in mind. It definitely has otherworldly, dreamlike visions with creative spotlighting and edits. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but one of my personal favorites. I think this and L’Ange are very similar in pace, style and cinematography.

  12. I’d like to see Madam Satan (1930) at least be reviewed for the list, though I never hear anyone talk about it. Directed by Cecil B. DeMille.

    I also second Under the Skin.

  13. “Incubus”. I won’t go so far as to say it’s a good movie, but it sure is entertaining. It’s the only movie that I know of filmed entirely in Esperanto, and it stars William Shatner. What more do you need?

    I’d like to add my endorsement to “Under the Skin”.

    “Addams Family”? You’ve got to be fucking kidding me. Why not “Saving Private Ryan”?

  14. I would nominate Save the Green Planet, but it’s already in the first 10 movies on the readers’ list.

    Chronopolis is at least borderline weird, worth a watch.

  15. I second The Addams Family.

    I was going to say Nymphomaniac, but The Addams Family just has to be on this list, I’m kind of surprised it isn’t yet. It was the first movie that introduced me to the bizarre as a child and still (along with the Addams Family Values) probably the darkest comedy I’ve seen to date.

  16. The Spirit (2008):

    Sure, it doesn’t exactly work but I’ll be damned if it’s not one of the most original and auteur superhero movies ever made. The Spirit represents every Frank Miller’s quirk and obsession – questionable portrayals of women, WWII imagery, hardboiled detective monologues – and turns a classic comic into an exhilarating noir nightmare. One of those movies you cannot really predict the plot of and it’s all better for that.

  17. I would like to nominate Lucio Fulci’s “The Beyond”, which was reviewed here:
    but was rejected because “its filmmaking quality leaves much to be desired”. I think this was an unfair assessment; sure it often displays rough production values, but the atmosphere, cinematography, music and pacing create a sustained nightmarish quality that complement the surrealistic narrative.

    And I will second the nomination for “City of Pirates”

    1. I would like to second The Beyond. Truly an assault on the viewer, hugely influential, and the Italian Horror offshoot of horror, really, maybe the weirdest. Everything from Inferno, Burial Ground, Zeder, Nightmare City, such a treasure trove of weird that 366WF has pretty much ignored up to this point. The Beyond would be a great representative of the genre.

  18. The response has been heavy in just over 24 hours. 19 candidates and 6 official nominees as it now sits. I doubt we will make it to 2 weeks, but I will shut down the nominations if it goes that long, or if we reach 20 nominees, whichever happens first.

  19. I would like to nominate Neil Breen’s 2013 movie “Fateful Findings”. It’s a one two punch of being unbelievably poorly made and also pretty weird content-wise. A hacker/ author reveals top secret government and corporate secrets. His neighbor shoots her husband and a mushroom fades into a magic box and also he has magic powers for some reason. Plot threads are constantly dropped, the acting is awkward and the editing is unpredictable. Weird on all fronts.

    1. I’d love to see Neil Breen (auteur Neil Breen) on the list! But maybe “I Am Here….Now” instead? It gets the edge because of the four-point ellipses, right?

    2. I’d agree with “I Am Here…. Now” as the Neil Breen selection.
      You ever see the YourMovieSucks video on the Neil Breen films? Because of the extra ellipse, he adds an extra long pause before he says “here” whenever saying the title of that film.

  20. Throw Away Your Books Rally in the Streets (1971).

    Bleak, hilarious, and phantasmagorical Japanese coming of age film that predated the grungy style of John Cassavettes and Werner Herzog while packing enough bizarre imagery, psychedelic art design, wild proto punk music, and contradictory anarchist philosophy to be considered the Asian equivalent to Jodorowsky or even Fellini. To any fan of the strangest film offerings of the far east, this film comes with the highest recommendation.

    1. Even though I haven’t seen it, I really want 366 to cover Shuji Terayama somehow, so I’m seconding this regardless.

  21. Big Man Japan (2007) – This is by far the weirdest movie I have ever seen, and offers some truly bizarre and unsettling – in a way I can’t quite describe – kaiju for the protagonist to battle. Almost any individual image from this film could qualify as some of the strangest images put to nitrate. This made it on the site as a reader recommendation and seems to have not received a full review simply because of the volume of films.

    1. I will second this movie. A lot of good Japanese films on this list but this one should be checked out.

    2. I should disclose too that my friend posted this but we are both huge fans of this movie and would love to see it be nominated but I’d be happy to support another film instead

  22. I will have to go with Last Year at Marienbad, both based on my own preferences and the amount of support that it is rightfully getting. The fact that it is one of the most polarizing “classics” speaks volumes to how the disjointed narrative of this film has captured viewers for decades.

    While I know it is likely to be viewed at some point, it seems silly to take the risk that this list might be completed without this film getting a fair shot.

  23. Berberian Sound Studio.

    Not only is its presentation unique in that we’re seeing the film within the film that’s being made solely through the sound design, but also it’s third act is nearly incomprehensible, and makes you rethink everything you saw in the first 2/3 of the film. Plus, it’s a wonderful tribute to giallo films without really being a giallo film, if that makes sense.

  24. I would like to nominate Messiah of Evil ( 1973 ). It is a more subtle brand of Weird, but I think 366WF celebrates all manner of Weird, not just the over the top geek out fests. Messiah of Evil has one of the weirdest characters in all of cinema ( Rats? I eat them! ) This strange city after dark feel, really original art design, nods to masters of Weird like Lovecraft, Hitchcock, and Romero, and atmosphere to spare.

  25. Damn, this is hard to pick just one, but I’ll try. Of all the picks I can think of Raising Arizona (1987) I think needs to be considered. It is a dark comedy where you are rooting a couple stealing a baby, a mad max like bounty hunter Leonard Smalls, and camera works that are out of this world. That being said, I was either going to pick this or Beetlejuice, but I think Raising Arizona (1987) wins to me by a hair.

  26. Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! (2017) seemed destined to find a place on this list. Easily one of the most insane things I’ve ever seen, it may be Aronofsky’s most bizarre movie.

    1. Too fresh. I think it could eventually make the list on its own and probably doesn’t need to be part of the reader poll.

  27. The Butcher Boy. (1997, Neil Jordan)

    A kid goes to borstal for crapping on a friend’s floor, survives a nuclear apocalypse, becomes best buds with The Virgin Mary (as played by Sinead O’Connor), and kills his best friend’s mother Charlie Manson-style. The fact that this movie has been left as a mere List Candidate baffles me to no end.

  28. Dr. Caligari (1989) by Stephen Sayadian.

    I actually discovered this weird film browsing on this page. The unnatural acting, the sets, the mood. WOW, it’s weird.

    Let’s make it an official nominee!

    1. It would be a sin to enshrine the low-budget camp antics of Dr. Caligari when the Original Cinema WEIRDO, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari hasn’t even been reviewed yet! Don’t make me send a somnambulist after you!

  29. I have to nominate Fight Club; it saddens me that there’s still no review for it here. 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die included it on their list, and it is generally considered one of the best book to film adaptations. The now-widespread plot twist is the most easily identifiable strange element, but there are many others. The opening credits appear inside of a brain whose neurons fire the response for fear. Having a protagonist attend support groups for diseases he doesn’t have is offbeat, but when you include meditation with a visible peguin power animal, a skin-and-bones patient announcing her handcuffs and lubricant, and Meat Loaf with motherly “bitch tits” from reactions to testosterone injections, the story surpasses the mere unusual.
    And this is all before Tyler Durden’s anarchic operations take over. As a waiter, he and his followers urinate into the food of their wealthy clients. As a theater projectionist, he splices frames of pornography into children’s movies while pointing out the “cigarette burns” in the literal film the audience watches. He steals gooey bags of fat from liposuction clinics and makes it into soap, so he can profit off the rich. He also concocts nitroglycerin from the fat so he can undermine their society. Helena Bonham Carter gives her most iconic crazy performance as Marla Singer, describing how she found her dress “bound with electrical tape like a sex crime victim.” Towards the end the improbability escalates as the narrator seems to find that every adult male in America works for Tyler’s Project Mayhem. The antisocial black humor rings true, as some of these incidents actually happened to the novel’s author Chuck Palahniuk and his friends when they participated in the Cacophony Society.

  30. “Ritual dos Sádicos” (Awakening of the Beast – 1970).
    Jose Mojica Marins’ mockumentary is a LSD extravaganza with split personalities, a bizarre strip-potty scene and monstruous people made of butt smoking light cigarettes, a penis and some leaves glued to said penis.

  31. Hey! I want to suggest O Ornitólogo (The Ornithologist) by Joao Pedro Rodrigues (2015) as a nominee. It’s a mystic story of a bird watcher who experiences an odyssey after he and his canoe get caught into strong currents. The plot resembles the life of Saint Anthony of Padua but is added by two weird Chinese female pilgrims, a young deaf shepherd and several masked ritualists dancing around a campfire. It’s a stunning and strange movie.

  32. Save The Green Planet is one of the weirdest movies I have ever seen. It will leave you laughing at first and maybe wounded at last (sometimes switching between emotions in the same scene) but in any case it’ll make you ask until the last minutes ‘What kind of movie is this going to be?’ The execution is questionable, but you definitely come out of it thinking that your eyes and ears have experienced something they hadn’t before. And that’s even after watching many movies of this list.
    Does the fact that it’s pretty high on the reader suggestion list count as seconding it?

  33. May I nominate REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE .
    It was a sixties film based on the novel by Carson Mc Cullers. It stars Marlon Brando, Julie Harris, Zorro David and Elizabeth Taylor. Please consider this southern gothic entry.

  34. I will second “Save the Green Planet”. Excellent bizarre Korean film that balances multiple wild tonal and genre shifts almost effortlessly. I’m surprised that “I’m a Cyborg but That’s OK” got in the list before this film did.

  35. I’m not sure if this can count as a nomination (because I think it was actually produced for TV), but I would like to put up Lars Von Tiers Medea. Anti-Christ. Melancholia. Dancer in the Dark. None of them come close to the singularity of Medea.

    If that movie is excluded, I would like to nominate “Liquid Sky” which 366 Weird Movies has promised a re-review of for a long time. This is by far one of my favorite films of the 80s. It’s a movie that I’ve always felt should be in continuous print – but it continues to be only sporadically available every 20 years or so. It almost seems forgotten now, now that we are deep into the new millennium. For all we know Anne Carlisle might be 70 years old now! I dream of a blu-ray.

    I would like to second the very Kenneth Anger-ish, Pink Narcissus.

  36. I definitely have to nominate “Survive Style 5+” – it’s not only a weird movie, but a great one at that. The intertwined stories shine with their extraordinary ideas and the film’s colorfulness.

  37. I would like to second The Berberian Sound Studio – a fantastic meta-horror film, which brought out the art of the foley artist. And you’ve got to love the title of the film being made – The Equestrian Vortex needs now to be completed. Great to see Toby Jones in a leading role too.

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