Today is the last day of the second round of Movie Madness. We’ll choose the last two contestants for the Cinematic Sixteen with this post. Over the weekend, Maximus was able to get the best of Judge Doom, even though the voting ended up pretty close. The other matchup wasn’t close at all as the Terminator took out Dirty Harry with relative ease. Today’s first matchup pits the sword-wielding vampire killer Blade against Dr. Richard Kimble in possibly the most lopsided match thus far. The other contest is between two of Stephen King’s most memorable crazies, Annie Wilkes and Jack Torrence.
I hate to see what the voting is going to be like on this one. Kimble made it past Biff Tannen in the first round, but going up against Blade seems far too insurmountable even for the resourceful MD.
Dr. Richard Kimble – His matchup with Biff Tannen seemed heaven-sent, because otherwise Kimble would have been an underdog to most of the people in the field of 64. Can he find a way to outsmart Blade, or is this as far in the tournament as Kimble will go?
Tools of the Trade: The guy is smart. He can blend in and assume that “everyday man” quality, all the while trying to achieve his own goals. He’s crafty and wily, but he’ll need quite a bit of luck to navigate his way around an opponent like Blade.
Tools of the Trade: Most of Blade’s weapons are specified for killing vampires, but that doesn’t stop him from being deadly to a normal human being. That sword he carries around could just as easily slice Kimble to ribbons.
Dr. Richard Kimble vs. Blade
- Blade (71%, 95 Votes)
- Dr. Richard Kimble (29%, 38 Votes)
Total Voters: 133
Now this is a very interesting development in the tournament. It’s just one of those things that couldn’t really be planned, but I’m glad that happened. Both Torrance and Wilkes were born from the slightly demented mind of author Stephen King. They’re both extremely creepy, harnessing crazy like it’s their job. Dare we nickname this battle the “Crazy-Off”? I think so.
Jack Torrance – Over the course of time, he slowly became insane – so insane that he just wanted to kill everyone around him including his own family. A man that will try to kill his own family obviously doesn’t have any qualms about dispatching a rival.
Tools of the Trade: Two parts crazy, one part giant axe of death. That’s all Torrance needs to carry out a reign of terror and mayhem.
Annie Wilkes – She has an affinity for writers, which may just be Torrance’s downfall here. If Wilkes is obsessed enough with whatever he writes, she may just strap him down to a bed, hobble him, and wait for him to finish his next novel.
Tools of the Trade: She hobbled the Grinch’s skinny legs in the first round, so there’s a good chance she’d return to that method here with Torrance. Why not? It works so well.
Jack Torrance vs. Annie Wilkes
- Jack Torrance (73%, 93 Votes)
- Annie Wilkes (27%, 35 Votes)
Total Voters: 128