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.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The 2015 Orloks - 1988 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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1988
Top 5
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1. Brain Damage
USA / 53 points / Frank Henenlotter
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2. Hellbound: Hellraiser II
UK, USA / 46 points / Tony Randel
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3. Dead Ringers
Canada, USA / 39 points / David Cronenberg
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4. The Serpent and the Rainbow
USA / 25 points / Wes Craven
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5. (tie) Pin
Canada / 21 points / Sandor Stern
* * * * * * * * * *
5. (tie) They Live
USA21 points / John Carpenter

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Making the Top 10:

6. (tie) Sommarens tolv månader (The Twelve Months of the Summer) / Sweden / 19 points / Richard Hobert
6. (tie) Vampire's Kiss / USA / 19 points / Robert Bierman
7. (tie) Blob, The / USA / 18 points / Chuck Russell
7. (tie) Phantasm II / USA / 18 points / Don Coscarelli
8. Spoorloos (The Vanishing) / France, Netherlands / 16 points / George Sluizer
9. Night of the Demons / USA / 14 points / Kevin S. Tenney
10. (tie) Nekromantik / West Germany / 13 points / Jörg Buttgereit
10. (tie) Paperhouse / UK / 13 points / Bernard Rose

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Others receiving votes:

- American Gothic / Canada, UK / John Hough
- Amsterdamned / Netherlands / Dick Maas
- Apartment Zero / Argentina, UK / Martin Donovan
- Beetlejuice / USA / Tim Burton
- Carrier, The / USA / Nathan J. White
- Child's Play / USA / Tom Holland
- Dead Heat / USA / Mark Goldblatt
- Dni zatmeniya (Days of Eclipse) / Soviet Union / Aleksandr Sokurov
- Dogura magura (Dogra Magra) / Japan / Toshio Matsumoto
- Flesh Eating Mothers / USA / James Aviles Martin
- Friday the 13th, Part VII: The New Blood / USA / John Carl Buechler
- Ginî piggu: Manhôru no naka no ningyo (Guinea Pig: Mermaid in a Manhole) / Japan / Hideshi Hino
- Heart of Midnight / USA / Matthew Chapman
- Hound of the Baskervilles, The / UK [TV] / Brian Mills
- Jack's Back / USA / Rowdy Herrington
- Killer Klowns from Outer Space / USA / Stephen Chiodo
- Kiss, The / Canada, USA / Pen Densham
- La casa 3 (Ghosthouse) / Italy / Umberto Lenzi
- Lady in White / USA / Frank LaLoggia
- Lair of the White Worm, The / UK / Ken Russell
- Lurkers / USA / Roberta Findlay
- Maniac Cop / USA / William Lustig
- Monkey Shines / USA / George A. Romero
- Na srebrnym globie (On the Silver Globe) / Poland / Andrzej Zulawski
- Neco z alenky (Alice) / Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, UK, West Germany / Jan Svankmajer
- Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, A / USA / Renny Harlin
- Pumpkinhead / USA / Stan Winston
- Quella villa in fondo al parco (Rat Man) / Italy / Giuliano Carnimeo
- Return of the Living Dead Part II / USA / Ken Wiederhorn
- Remando al viento (Rowing With the Wind) / Spain / Gonzalo Suárez
- Scarecrows / USA / William Wesley
- Shiryô no wana (Evil Dead Trap) / Japan / Toshiharu Ikeda
- Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers / USA / Michael A. Simpson
- Slugs, muerte viscosa (Slugs: The Movie) / SpainUSA / Juan Piquer Simón
- Spellbinder / USA / Janet Greek
- Trinadtsatyy apostol (The Thirteenth Apostle) / Soviet Union / Suren Babayan
- Waxwork / USA / Anthony Hickox

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Links here will be connected when the time comes.

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7 comments:

spookyx3 said...

THEY LIVE
PAPERHOUSE
PIN
KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE
LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM
SORORITY BABES IN THE SLIMEBALL BOWL-O-RAMA
NIGHTMARE SISTERS (it has to be here)
LADY IN WHITE
PULSE
SPELLBINDER

otherwise:

MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO
THE MODERNS
NIGHT SHIFT NURSES
LA LECTRICE
THE THIN BLUE LINE
THE CHOCOLATE WAR
PAPERHOUSE
TALKING TO STRANGERS
LET'S GET LOST
IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO LEARN TO PLOW BY READING BOOKS

The Bloody Pit of Horror said...

Haven't even heard of half of the movies on your second list. Will have to check some of those out! This was a pretty strong horror year. I'm personally not a fan of Hellbound but the rest of the Top 5 and most of the Top 10 is pretty strong I think.

spookyx3 said...

i'll spotlight NSN, because it's the only porn movie (except maybe something or other directed by eric edwards) that i'd put on a legit 10-best list. you can keep your BARBARA BROADCASTs, AMANDA BY NIGHTs, and CAFE FLESHs, NSN is _it_, and being made outside of the accepted golden-age, well into the video-era, when budgets, inspiration, and enthusiasm were at an all-time low, just makes it all the more laudable and... yeah, fascinating. this is a "_real_ comedy", not just a couple of amusing lines as part of a frame to initiate a string of utilitarian sex scenes. whereas most of the people in porn adopted pseudonyms, not because they were ashamed of what they were doing, but because it allowed them to avoid taking direct responsibility for the more often than not lousy work they turned in, leslie, at least to begin with, truly cared about his films, and it shows. yeah, it's all subjective, i know. most folks would look at NURSES, see it as indistinguishable from most other lousy video-porn and that'd be that, but it's 100% on my wavelength.

as for the horror, i need to see the foreign language stuff that's listed. don't know VAMPIRE'S KISS. thought about listing THE BLOB remake, just not sure how i'd feel about it now. it was a good year.

The Bloody Pit of Horror said...

Sounds like something I'd enjoy! Those 80s videos may be cheap but they had a more upbeat spirit to them than what they make now. Cafe Flesh kind of fails as a porno but I like it as a movie movie that just happens to have hardcore. The same team's Nightdreams is a better porno porno. I wouldn't mind seeing Amanda by Night because of Veronica Hart.

Vampire's Kiss I have not seen yet. I think Nick Cage being in it has kept me away. lol. I like The Blob remake quite a bit. In fact it's one of the ONLY remakes I think is actually good.

spookyx3 said...

> Sounds like something I'd enjoy! Those 80s videos may be cheap but they had a more upbeat spirit to them than what they make now.

while leslie's first few subsequent efforts -- especially CHAMELEON & GOIN' DOWN SLOW -- are better films, there's something about NSN, even with it's rough edges (& hasty makeover of the sets used in MOTEL SWEETS the previous year) that really gets me. in 1994, after 25 or so films, he left VCA to start making 'gonzo'. lots of no-plot videos that share simple direct titles with only a issue number to differentiate them. these i have no interest in.

> Cafe Flesh ... Nightdreams

they're good, but i'll take sayadian's DR. CALIGARI over them.

> I wouldn't mind seeing Amanda by Night because of Veronica Hart.

she's a fine actress. can't remember which films made me a fan or that showcase her best anymore. gary graver was fairly consistent until he began shooting on videotape; think 10 1/2 WEEKS (1986) may have been his first.

> Vampire's Kiss I have not seen yet. I think Nick Cage being in it has kept me away.

that'll do it!

> The Blob ... one of the ONLY remakes I think is actually good.

my aversion is only limited to this current (unending) wave. i've happily avoided all of the remakes released since the 1995 VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (can you blame me?). life's short enough. BLOB '88 is on the re-see list.

The Bloody Pit of Horror said...

Definitely don't blame you at all for avoiding remakes. Most of them are terrible. A few I do enjoy are Body Snatchers 78, The Blob, The Fly, The Ring and Let Me In.

spookyx3 said...

THE FLY, definitely.
DOWN AND OUT IN BEVERLY HILLS

those i like that aren't up to the originals:

HIS GIRL FRIDAY
DEAD OF WINTER, i guess.
SORCERER
joseph losey's M.

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