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 - Winner's Circle

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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They don't come in here to gloat, they come to celebrate. Yeahhh, that's it. Either way, the following films won the Orlok poll for their respective years. Only time will tell whether they'll be able to hold onto the crown in 2016, but in the meantime they can rest easy here basking in their glory. Because there's going to be around 100 films listed here, this is going to end up being one long post. Stats applying only to these winners are located at the very bottom.

1919
Winner
Herr Arnes pengar (Sir Arne's Treasure)
Sweden / 10 points / Mauritz Stiller
* * * * * * * * * *
1920
Winner
Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari
(The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari)
Germany / 67 points / FRobert Wiene
* * * * * * * * * *
1921
Winner
Körkarlen (The Phantom Carriage)
Sweden / 31 points / Victor Sjöström
* * * * * * * * * *
1922
Winner
Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (Nosferatu)
Germany59 points / F.W. Murnau
* * * * * * * * * *
1923
Winner
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
USA33 points / Wallace Worsley
* * * * * * * * * *
1924
Winner
Orlacs Hände (The Hands of Orlac)
Germany26 points / Robert Wiene
* * * * * * * * * *
1925
Winner
The Phantom of the Opera
USA / 38 points / Rupert Julian
* * * * * * * * * *
1926
Winner
Faust: Eine deutsche Volkssage (Faust)
Germany46 points / F.W. Murnau
* * * * * * * * * *
1927
Winner
The Unknown
USA / 52 points / Tod Browning
* * * * * * * * * *
1928
Winner
La chute de la maison Usher 
(The Fall of the House of Usher)
France / 36 points / Jean Epstein
* * * * * * * * * *
1929
Winners (Tie)
Die Büchse der Pandora (Pandora's Box)
Germany / 13 points / Georg Wilhelm Pabst
* * * * * * * * * *
Un chien andalou
France [short] / 13 points / Luis Buñuel
* * * * * * * * * *
1930
Winner
The Bat Whispers
USA / 11 points / Roland West
* * * * * * * * * *
1931
Winner
Frankenstein
USA / 70 points / James Whale
* * * * * * * * * *
1932
Winner
Freaks
USA / 63 points / Tod Browning
* * * * * * * * * *
1933
Winner
King Kong
USA / 86 points / Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack
* * * * * * * * * *
1934
Winner
The Black Cat
USA / 58 points / Edgar G. Ulmer
* * * * * * * * * *
1935
Winner
Bride of Frankenstein
USA / 74 points / James Whale
* * * * * * * * * *
1936
Winner
Dracula's Daughter
USA / 28 points / Lambert Hillyer
* * * * * * * * * *
1937
Winner
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
USA [animated feature] / 12 points / David Hand (supervising director)
* * * * * * * * * *
1938
Winner
J'accuse! (I Accuse!)
France23 points / Abel Gance
* * * * * * * * * *
1939
Winner
Son of Frankenstein
USA / 35 points / Rowland V. Lee
* * * * * * * * * *
1940
Winner
Rebecca
USA / 24 points / Alfred Hitchcock
* * * * * * * * * *
1941
Winner
The Wolf Man
USA / 50 points / George Waggner
* * * * * * * * * *
1942
Winner
Cat People
USA / 88 points / Jacques Tourneur
* * * * * * * * * *
1943
Winner
I Walked with a Zombie
USA / 39 points / Jacques Tourneur
* * * * * * * * * *
1944
Winner
The Uninvited
USA / 51 points / Lewis Allen
* * * * * * * * * *
1945
Winner
The Body Snatcher
USA / 60 points / Robert Wise
* * * * * * * * * *
1946
Winner
Bedlam
USA / 41 points / Mark Robson
* * * * * * * * * *
1947
Winner
Nightmare Alley
USA / 16 points / Edmund Goulding
* * * * * * * * * *
1948
Winner
Daughter of Darkness
UK18 points / Lance Comfort
* * * * * * * * * *
1949
Winner
The Queen of Spades
UK / 37 points / Thorold Dickinson
* * * * * * * * * *
1950
Winner
House by the River
USA / 24 points / Fritz Lang
* * * * * * * * * *
1951
Winner
The Thing from Another World
USA / 55 points / Christian Nyby and Howard Hawks
* * * * * * * * * *
1952
Winner
Valkoinen peura (The White Reindeer)
Finland33 points / Erik Blomberg
* * * * * * * * * *
1953
Winner
Ugetsu monogatari (Ugetsu)
Japan / 30 points / Kenji Mizoguchi
* * * * * * * * * *
1954
Winners (Tie)
Creature from the Black Lagoon
USA / 48 points / Jack Arnold
* * * * * * * * * *
Gojira (Godzilla)
Japan / 48 points / Ishirô Honda
* * * * * * * * * *
1955
Winner
Les diaboliques (Diabolique)
France / 47 points / Henri-Georges Clouzot
* * * * * * * * * *
1956
Winner
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
USA / 80 points / Don Siegel
* * * * * * * * * *
1957
Winner
Night of the Demon (Curse of the Demon)
UK / 71 points / Jacques Tourneur
* * * * * * * * * *
1958
Winner
Dracula (Horror of Dracula)
UK68 points / Terence Fisher
* * * * * * * * * *
1959
Winner
A Bucket of Blood
USA / 53 points / Roger Corman
* * * * * * * * * *
1960
Winner
Psycho
USA / 83 points / Alfred Hitchcock
* * * * * * * * * *
1961
Winner
The Innocents
UKUSA / 63 points / Jack Clayton
* * * * * * * * * *
1962
Winner
Carnival of Souls
USA / 74 points / Herk Harvey
* * * * * * * * * *
1963
Winner
The Birds
USA / 50 points / Alfred Hitchcock
* * * * * * * * * *
1964
Winner
The Masque of the Red Death
UKUSA / 56 points / Roger Corman
* * * * * * * * * *
1965
Winner
Repulsion
UK85 points / Roman Polanski
* * * * * * * * * *
1966
Winner
Operazione paura (Kill Baby, Kill)
Italy / 57 points / Mario Bava
* * * * * * * * * *
1967
Winner
Spider Baby
USA / 57 points / Jack Hill
* * * * * * * * * *
1968
Winner
Night of the Living Dead
USA / 93 points / George A. Romero

* * * * * * * * * *
1969
Winner
Môjû (Blind Beast)
Japan / 30 points / Yasuzô Masumura

* * * * * * * * * *
1970
Winner
Il rosso segno della follia (Hatchet for the Honeymoon)
Italy, Spain34 points / Mario Bava
* * * * * * * * * *
1971
Winner
Reazione a catena (Bay of Blood)
Italy / 44 points / Mario Bava
* * * * * * * * * *
1972
Winner
Non si sevizia un paperino (Don't Torture a Duckling)
Italy / 33 points / Lucio Fulci
* * * * * * * * * *
1973
Winner
The Exorcist
USA69 points / William Friedkin
* * * * * * * * * *
1974
Winner
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
USA107 points / Tobe Hooper
* * * * * * * * * *
1975
Winner
Jaws
USA68 points / Steven Spielberg
* * * * * * * * * *
1976
Winner
Carrie
USA / 66 points / Brian De Palma
* * * * * * * * * *
1977
Winner
Suspiria
Italy80 points / Dario Argento
* * * * * * * * * *
1978
Winner
Dawn of the Dead
Italy, USA / 105 points / George A. Romero
* * * * * * * * * *
1979
Winner
Alien
UK, USA / 115 points / Ridley Scott
* * * * * * * * * *
1980
Winner
The Shining
UKUSA / 60 points / Stanley Kubrick
* * * * * * * * * *
1981
Winner
The Evil Dead
USA / 74 points / Sam Raimi
* * * * * * * * * *
1982
Winner
The Thing
USA99 points / John Carpenter
* * * * * * * * * *
1983
Winner
Videodrome
Canada90 points / David Cronenberg
* * * * * * * * * *
1984
Winner
A Nightmare on Elm Street
USA / 65 points / Wes Craven
* * * * * * * * * *
1985
Winner
Day of the Dead
USA / 81 points / George A. Romero
* * * * * * * * * *
1986
Winner
The Fly
Canada, UK, USA54 points / David Cronenberg
* * * * * * * * * *
1987
Winner
Hellraiser
UK64 points / Clive Barker
* * * * * * * * * *
1988
Winner
Brain Damage
USA / 53 points / Frank Henenlotter
* * * * * * * * * *
1989
Winner
Santa Sangre
Mexico, Italy / 47 points / Alejandro Jodorowsky
* * * * * * * * * *
1990
Winner
Jacob's Ladder
USA / 52 points / Adrian Lyne
* * * * * * * * * *
1991
Winner
The Silence of the Lambs
USA / 72 points / Jonathan Demme
* * * * * * * * * *
1992
Winner
Candyman
USA / 80 points / Bernard Rose
* * * * * * * * * *
1993
Winner
Return of the Living Dead III
USA / 49 points / Brian Yuzna
* * * * * * * * * *
1994
Winner
Dellamorte Dellamore (Cemetery Man)
France, Germany, Italy / 71 points / Michele Soavi
* * * * * * * * * *
1995
Winner
Se7en
USA / 42 points / David Fincher
* * * * * * * * * *
1996
Winner
From Dusk Till Dawn
USA / 91 points / Robert Rodriguez
* * * * * * * * * *
1997
Winner
Cube
Canada / 49 points / Vincenzo Natali
* * * * * * * * * *
1998
Winner
Ringu (Ring)
Japan / 76 points / Hideo Nakata
* * * * * * * * * *
1999
Winner
Ravenous
Czech RepublicUKUSA / 55 points / Antonia Bird
* * * * * * * * * *
2000
Winner
Ginger Snaps
Canada / 60 points / John Fawcett
* * * * * * * * * *
2001
Winner
Session 9
USA / 47 points / Brad Anderson
* * * * * * * * * *
2002
Winner
28 Days Later...
UK58 points / Danny Boyle
* * * * * * * * * *
2003
Winner
Janghwa, Hongryeon (A Tale of Two Sisters)
South Korea65 points / Jee-woon Kim
* * * * * * * * * *
2004
Winner
Shaun of the Dead
France, UK, USA55 points / Edgar Wright
* * * * * * * * * *
2005
Winner
The Descent
UK / 80 points / Neil Marshall
* * * * * * * * * *
2006
Winner
El laberinto del fauno (Pan's Labyrinth)
Mexico, Spain, USA32 points / Guillermo del Toro
* * * * * * * * * *
2007
Winner
A l'intérieur (Inside)
France / 62 points / Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury
* * * * * * * * * *
2008
Winner
Låt den rätte komma in (Let the Right One In)
Sweden / 69 points / Tomas Alfredson
* * * * * * * * * *
2009
Winner
Drag Me to Hell
USA / 37 points / Sam Raimi
* * * * * * * * * *
2010
Winner
Akmareui boatda (I Saw the Devil)
South Korea61 points / Jee-woon Kim
* * * * * * * * * *
2011
Winner
The Innkeepers
USA / 30 points / Ti West
* * * * * * * * * *
2012
Winner
Sinister
UK, USA / 56 points / Scott Derrickson
* * * * * * * * * *
2013
Winner
The Conjuring
USA / 46 points / James Wan
* * * * * * * * * *
2014
Winner
It Follows
USA / 62 points / David Robert Mitchell

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Country Count:

1. USA - 58 (including 10 co-productions)
2. UK - 16 (including 8 co-productions)
3. Italy - 8 (including 4 co-productions)
4. (tie) France - 7 (including 2 co-productions)
5. Germany - 6
6. (tie) Canada - 4 (including 1 co-production)
6. (tie) Japan - 4
7. (tie) Sweden - 3
8. (tie) Mexico - 2 (including 2 co-productions)
8. (tie) South Korea - 2
8. (tie) Spain - 2 (including 2 co-productions)
9. (tie) Finland - 1
9. (tie) Czech Republic - 1 (including 1 co-production)

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Highest points:

01. Alien (1979) - 115 points
02. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) - 107 points
03. Dawn of the Dead (1978) - 105 points
04. The Thing (1982) - 99 points
05. Night of the Living Dead (1968) - 93 points
06. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) - 91 points
07. Videodrome (1983) - 90 points
08. Cat People (1942) - 88 points
09. King Kong (1933) - 86 points
10. Repulsion (1965) - 85 points

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Largest margin of victory:

01. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) +58 (over Black Christmas)
02. Cat People (1942)  +55 (over The Ghost of Frankenstein)
03. Alien (1979)  +54 (over Phantasm)
04. Videodrome (1983) +51 (over The Dead Zone)
05. The Thing (1983) +48 (over Tenebre)
06. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) +47 (over The Golem)
07. (tie) Repulsion (1965)  +42 (over Planet of the Vampires)
07. (tie) Ringu (1998) +42 (over The Faculty)
08. The Descent (2005) +41 (over The Devil's Rejects and Wolf Creek)
09. Carnival of Souls (1962) +38 (over What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?)
10. Night of the Demon (1957)  +37 (over The Curse of Frankenstein)

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Smallest margin of victory:

01. (tie) Blind Beast (1969) +1 (over The Honeymoon Killers)
01. (tie) The Conjuring (2013) +1 (over Under the Skin)
01. (tie) Hellraiser (1987) +1 (over Evil Dead II)
01. (tie) Sir Arne's Treasure (1919) +1 (over Eerie Tales)
01. (tie) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)  +1 (over Song at Midnight)
02. (tie) Carrie (1976) +2 (over The Omen)
02. (tie) The Body Snatcher (1945) +2 (over Dead of Night)
02. (tie) Daughter of Darkness (1948) +2 (over Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein)
02. (tie) Dracula's Daughter (1936) +2 (over The Man Who Changed His Mind)
02. (tie) Freaks (1932) +2 (over Island of Lost Souls)
02. (tie) Nightmare Alley (1947) +2 (over The Ghost and Mrs. Muir and The Red House)
02. (tie) Pandora's Box and Un chien andalou (both 1929)  +2 (over Seven Footprints to Satan)
02. (tie) The Shining (1980) +2 (over Cannibal Holocaust)
02. (tie) Ugetsu monogatari (1953) +2 (over House of Wax)

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Directors with multiple winning films:

- Mario Bava (3) - Kill Baby, Kill (1966), Hatchet for the Honeymoon (1970), Bay of Blood (1971)
- Roger Corman (2) - A Bucket of Blood (1959), The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
- David Cronenberg (2) - Videodrome (1983), The Fly (1986)
- Alfred Hitchcock (3) - Rebecca (1940), Psycho (1960), The Birds (1963)
- Jee-woon Kim (2) - A Tale of Two Sisters (2003), I Saw the Devil (2010)
- F.W. Murnau (2) - Nosferatu (1922), Faust (1926)
- Sam Raimi (2) - The Evil Dead (1981), Drag Me to Hell (2009)
- George A. Romero (3) - Dawn of the Dead (1978), Day of the Dead (1985), Night of the Living Dead (1968)
- Jacques Tourneur (3) - Cat People (1942), I Walked with a Zombie (1943), Night of the Demon (1957)
- James Whale (2) - Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
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Notes:

- Un chien andalou (1929) is currently the only short to win its year.
- Pandora's Box and Un chien andalou (both 1929) and Creature from the Black Lagoon and Godzilla (both 1948) are the only films to tie for first place.
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) is currently the only animated feature to win its year, plus is one of only two animated features to make the Top 10 (the other being 1997's Perfect Blue).
- 1978 is currently the only year where two films - Dawn of the Dead and Halloween - scored over 100 points apiece.
- Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Dawn of the Dead (1978), Day of the Dead (1985) and Return of the Living Dead III (1993) are currently the only sequels / follow-ups to win their year.
- The Thing (1982) is currently the only remake to win its year.
- Jacques Tourneur and Mario Bava are currently the only directors to have two films win back-to-back.
- With Ravenous, Antonia Bird is the only female director to have a film win its year.
- Costing just 30,000 dollars to produce, Carnival of Souls is the lowest-budgeted feature to win its year.
- With a budget of 33 million, Se7en (1995) is currently the highest-budgeted film to win. The second highest-budgeted film is The Thing (1982), which cost around 15 million to make.

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Questions? Comments? Leave em below.

4 comments:

zed said...

Perfect blue I assume not perfect dark

The Bloody Pit of Horror said...

Ha, yes! Nice catch there cause I was just playing Perfect Dark a few days ago. :)

Rafe said...

"Masque Of The Red Death" came out in 1964.

The Bloody Pit of Horror said...

Thanks for the correction. No clue why I put that there. I'll blame lack of sleep. lol

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