MARCH MAD MOVIE MADNESS TOURNAMENT: THE STRANGE 16

We know it’s already April, but we’re too in love with alliteration to change the tournament title. At any rate, we’ve now distilled the original 366 candidates to sixteen strange movies, which will face off each other in this round to see who has the stuff to be named one of the Eerie Eight.

Here are the official Strange 16, along with the path they took to make it this far:

Spirited Away (2001): defeated Vampyr (1932), 107-68; defeated Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (1983), 95-58; defeated Howl’s Moving Castle (2004), 122-33; defeated The City of Lost Children [La cité des enfants perdus] (1995), 86-73.

The Holy Mountain (1973): defeated Playtime (1967), 135-33; defeated The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), 105-36; defeated Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), 108-45; defeated Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970), 107-46.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968): defeated Dementia [Daughter of Horror] (1955), 125-18; defeated Lost Highway (1997), 99-52; defeated Enter the Void (2009), 107-42; defeated Santa Sangre (1989), 109-51.

Repo Man (1984): advanced through play-in round; defeated Altered States (1980), 78-76; defeated Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams (1990), 88-44; defeated Bubba Ho-Tep (2002), 99-52; defeated Repulsion (1965), 78-75.

Suspiria (1977): defeated Hour of the Wolf [Vargtimmen] (1968), 87-24; defeated Vertigo (1958), 123-39; defeated Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), 96-68; defeated The Hourglass Sanatorium (1973), 109-36.

Donnie Darko (2001): defeated The Phantom of Liberty (1974), 68-33; defeated Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), 78-75; defeated Come and See (1985), 93-51; defeated Wild at Heart (1990), 83-77.

Under the Skin (2013): advanced through play-in round; defeated The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971), 69-21; defeated Fantastic Planet [La Planète Sauvage] (1973), 75-64; defeated mother! (2017), 89-63; defeated Dark City (1998), 99-52.

Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989): advanced through play-in round; defeated Phantom of the Paradise (1974), 64-36; defeated After Hours (1985), 79-44; defeated The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover (1989), 89-49; defeated Barton Fink (1991), 89-68.

Naked Lunch (1991): defeated Time Bandits (1981), 94-44; defeated Glen or Glenda (1953), 103-16; defeated Don’t Look Now (1973), 94-52; defeated Dogtooth [Kynodontas] (2009), 98-55.

Possession (1981): defeated You, the Living [Du Levande] (2007), 103-20; defeated Alice [Neco Z Alenky] (1988), 66-58; defeated Being John Malkovich (1999), 80-73; defeated Pink Flamingos (1972), 87-61.

Un Chien Andalou (1929): defeated Forbidden Zone (1982), 76-49; defeated The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), 76-39; defeated Daisies [Sedmikrásky] (1966), 77-61; defeated Akira (1988), 83-71.

El Topo (1970): Defeated Lucifer Rising (1981), 104-19; defeated Metropolis (1927), 66-44; defeated Perfect Blue (1997), 93-65; defeated INLAND EMPIRE (2006), 87-62.

Mulholland Drive (2001): defeated Society (1989), 111-22; defeated Orpheus (1950), 97-27; defeated Brazil (1985), 91-69; defeated The Lobster (2015), 111-43.

House [Hausu] (1977): defeated Cemetery Man [Dellamorte Dellamore] (1994), 94-27; defeated Audition [Ôdishon] (1999), 91-30; defeated Videodrome (1983), 85-84; defeated Blue Velvet (1986), 98-56.

Häxan [Witchcraft Through the Ages] (1922): advanced through play-in round; defeated The Triplets of Belleville (2003), 75-35; defeated Underground (1995), 81-25; defeated Meshes of the Afternoon (1943), 79-58; defeated The Saragossa Manuscript (1965), 81-46.

Eraserhead (1977): defeated Evil Dead II (1987), 99-29; defeated A Clockwork Orange (1971), 102-33; defeated The Exterminating Angel [El àngel exterminador] (1962), 117-30; defeated The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), 112-41.

You can see the full results and progress of the entire tournament here: https://challonge.com/tsut4018 (note that this link is just for viewing results. You must vote using the forms below.)

You may vote once every 24 hours. This round closes at midnight, EST Apr. 8.

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3 thoughts on “MARCH MAD MOVIE MADNESS TOURNAMENT: THE STRANGE 16”

  1. So will the survivors of the next round be “the Fantastical Four”?

    …or “the Freaky Four”?

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