It’s been over a year since our last review writing contest, and we’re itching for some new blood. To encourage you guys to chip in (and possibly earn a spot as a junior contributor—we get a lot of low-budget screeners we could use help sorting through), we’re offering a Ghastly PackTM, consisting of a DVD copy of The Ghastly Love of Johnny X with the cover signed by director , two promotional postcards, and a video production diary (a separate DVD-R disc of  behind-the-scenes material that is not commercially available). This is a great pack for anyone interested in low-budget movie making. All you have to do to earn this ghastly (and wonderful) prize is to submit the best movie review, following the rules set out below:

The Ghastly Love of Johnny X poster

  1. Write a review of a movie that you think should be on the List of the 366 Best Weird Movies, but that we haven’t added yet.  Including the following sections: DIRECTOR, FEATURING (listing the most important actors), PLOT (a one sentence synopsis), WHY IT DESERVES TO MAKE THE LIST (a one sentence to one paragraph description of why you think the movie is weird), COMMENTS (one to two paragraphs describing the movie in more detail). If you have a suggestion for a still to represent the movie and/or a quote from a critic on the film, you can include those, but they are not required.
  2. Alternatively, a well-thought out “second opinion” on a movie that we have already considered, but that you think we got wrong (either by putting it on the List when it shouldn’t have made it, or rejecting a film that should have made it), will be acceptable.
  3. Submit your work on our contact form. By submitting your entry on this form, you agree to allow to publish your work, either whole or in edited form, on this website. Your work may be selected for publication even if you are not chosen as the winner.
  4. The contest is open to anyone whose work has not previously been published on
  5. You may not write a review promoting a film which you were involved in the production of, or in which you have a financial interest.
  6. This site strives to remain “PG” rated; try not to use profanity in your review.
  7. The contest will remain open for one month, until Jan 2, 2014, at which time the editor will select the best entry. The winner will be chosen on the basis of writing style, insight, and appropriateness of the movie chosen.  The deadline may be extended, depending on the number of entries received.
  8. In order to be eligible to receive the prize, you must supply a valid email address and a valid mailing address. International addresses are acceptable. If the winning entrant does not supply a valid mailing address, or declines the prize, the DVD will be given to a randomly selected entry with a mailing address in the United States. If no entries are from the United States, then the deadline to complete the contest will be extended.

TIPS: Avoid merely summarizing the plot in your comments. Avoid giving away “spoilers” in your descriptions that might ruin the enjoyment of the film. Obscure titles are fine—in fact, they may be worth bonus points—but try to pick a film that is available on DVD, or is at least likely to be released. If you write on a film no one will be able to view or locate, the movie may be judged as inappropriate. Try to keep your review to under 1000 words total—more is not always better when it comes to movie recommendations.

One final tip: don’t be scared away by thinking you have to write something profoundly insightful. Simply consider it as a chance to describe and recommend a film to that narrow audience of people who are interested in the same kind of weird movies as you are.

Chances of winning depend on the number of entries received.


  1. 100 words ?? i guessed another zero is missing in action.

    I’ve been playing with this idea for a long time (writing a sort of “reader recommendation”), but i always chickened out when confronting my broken english… I’m willing to try, but the final work would need a LOT of editing and correcting…

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