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:
- One official suggestion per reader.
- 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.
- 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).
- Current contributors to 366 Weird Movies cannot nominate movies; they can second readers’ choices, however.
- 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)
Berberian Sound Studio (2012)
The Beyond (1981)
Big Man Japan (2007)
The Butcher Boy (1997)
City of the Pirates (1984)
Heart of a Dog (2015)
I Am Here… Now (2009)
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