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 3, 2015

The 2015 Orloks - 1971 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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1971
Top 5
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1. Reazione a catena (Bay of Blood)
Italy / 44 points / Mario Bava
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2. Let's Scare Jessica to Death
USA / 33 points / John D. Hancock
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3. The Abominable Dr. Phibes
UK, USA / 30 points / Robert Fuest
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4. The Devils
UK / 26 points / Ken Russell
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5. Duel
USA [TV] / 24 points / Steven Spielberg
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Making the Top 10:

6. Les lèvres rouges (Daughters of Darkness) / Belgium, France, West Germany / 20 points / Harry Kümel
7. Blood on Satan's Claw, The / UK / 15 points / Piers Haggard
8. Lo strano vizio della Signora Wardh (The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh) / Italy, Spain / 13 points / Sergio Martino
9. (tie) Beguiled, The / USA / 10 points / Don Siegel
9. (tie) La corta notte delle bambole di vetro (Short Night of the Glass Dolls) / Italy, West Germany, Yugoslavia / 10 points / Aldo Lado
10. (tie) Fright / UK / 8 points / Peter Collinson
10. (tie) Omega Man, The / USA / 8 points / Boris Sagal
10. (tie) Una lucertola con la pelle di donna (A Lizard in a Woman's Skin) / France, Italy, Spain / 8 points / Lucio Fulci

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Others receiving votes:

- Bacchanale / USA / John Amero and Lem Amero
- Blood and Lace / USA / Philip S. Gilbert
- Clockwork Orange, A / UK, USA / Stanley Kubrick
- Dr. Jekyll & Sister Hyde / UK / Roy Ward Baker
- El techo de cristal (Glass Ceiling) / Spain / Eloy de la Iglesia
- Frustration / France / José Bénazéraf
- Gebissen wird nur nachts (The Vampire Happening) / West Germany / Freddie Francis
- Giornata nera per l'ariete (The Fifth Cord) / Italy / Luigi Bazzoni
- Headless Eyes, The / USA / Kent Bateman
- House That Dripped Blood, The / UK / Peter Duffell
- La coda dello scorpione (The Case of the Scorpion's Tail) / Italy, Spain / Sergio Martino
- La noche de Walpurgis (The Werewolf vs. the Vampire Woman) / Spain, West Germany / León Klimovsky
- La philosophie dans le boudoir (Beyond Love and Evil) / France / Jacques Scandelari
- La plus longue nuit du diable (The Devil's Nightmare) / Belgium, Italy / Jean Brismée
- L'araignée d'eau (The Water Spider) / France / Jean-Daniel Verhaeghe
- La tarantola dal ventre nero (Black Belly of the Tarantula) / France, Italy / Paolo Cavara
- Le frisson des vampires (The Shiver of the Vampires) / France / Jean Rollin
- Mais ne nous délivrez pas du mal (Don't Deliver Us from Evil) / France / Joël Séria
- Morgane et ses nymphes (Girl Slaves of Morgana Le Fay) / France / Bruno Gantillon
- Night Digger, The / UK / Alastair Reid
- Night Visitor, The / Sweden, USA / Laslo Benedek
- Return of Count Yorga, The / USA / Bob Kelljan
- Sometimes Aunt Martha Does Dreadful Things / USA / Thomas Casey
- 10 Rillington Place / UK / Richard Fleischer
- Trzecia czesc nocy (The Third Part of the Night) / Poland / Andrzej Zulawski
- Twins of Evil / UK / John Hough
- Una farfalla con le ali insanguinate (The Bloodstained Butterfly) / Italy / Duccio Tessari
- What's the Matter with Helen? / USA / Curtis Harrington
- Willard / USA / Daniel Mann
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