Ratings Key



★★★★
= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
★★★
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The 2015 Orloks - 1939 Results

Started many moons ago by Prof-Hieronymos-Grost, the Orloks were a yearly poll on the IMDb horror boards where users submitted Top 5 lists of their favorite horror movies for each year. All of the results were then tabulated to come up with a definitive list of the year's most-liked genre offerings. Alas, when the good Professor decided to depart the boards years ago, the awards went with him... that is until now. IMDb-er seth_yeah - taking on responsibilities as both host and calculator - has decided to bring back this long-standing tradition in 2015, and now the awards will have a permanent place right here on this blog. Scoring is rather simple and done on a weighted system where first choice receives 5 points, second choice 4 points, etc., with a +1 bonus then awarded to the #1 selection on each list. IMDb release years are being used, but it is left up to voters to determine what they may or may not consider horror (which may be in conflict with IMDb's genre labeling system). If you'd like to participate, head on over to the IMDb HORROR BOARDS to vote! So without any further ado, the results...

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1939
Top 5
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1. Son of Frankenstein
USA / 35 points / Rowland V. Lee
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2. Tower of London
USA / 31 points / Rowland V. Lee
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3. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
USA / 26 points / William Dieterle
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4. The Hound of the Baskervilles
USA / 15 points / Sidney Lanfield
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5. The Cat and the Canary
USA / 13 points / Elliott Nugent

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Making the Top 10:

6. Man They Could Not Hang, The / USA / 12 points / Nick Grinde
7. Human Monster, The (The Dark Eyes of London) / UK / 9 points / Walter Summers
8. Face at the Window, The / UK / 4 points / George King
9. (tie) Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The / USA / 3 points / Alfred L. Werker
9. (tie) Cada loco con su tema (Every Madman to His Specialty) / Mexico / 3 points / Juan Bustillo Oro
9. (tie) Gorilla, The / USA / 3 points / Allan Dwan
9. (tie) Return of Dr. X, The / USA / 3 points / Vincent Sherman
9. (tie) Spook Sport / USA [animated short] / 3 points / Mary Ellen Bute, Norman McLaren and Ted Nemeth
10. (tie) Devil's Daughter, The / USA / 2 points / Arthur H. Leonard
10. (tie) La charrette fantôme (The Phantom Wagon) / France / 2 points / Julien Duvivier

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Others receiving votes:

- Charlie Chan at Treasure Island / USA / 1 point / Norman Foster
- Torture Ship / USA / 1 point / Victor Halperin
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