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, July 28, 2015

The 2015 Orloks - 1973 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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1973
Top 5
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1. The Exorcist
USA / 69 points / William Friedkin
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2. The Wicker Man
UK / 52 points / Robin Hardy
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3. Don't Look Now
Italy, UK / 29 points / Nicolas Roeg
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4. Theatre of Blood
UK26 points / Douglas Hickox
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5. (tie) Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things
USA / 15 points / Bob Clark
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5. (tie) The Crazies
USA15 points / George A. Romero

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Making the Top 10:

6. (tie) I corpi presentano tracce di violenza carnale (Torso) / Italy / 14 points / Sergio Martino
6. (tie) Lisa e il diavolo (Lisa and the Devil) / Italy, Spain, West Germany / 14 points / Mario Bava
6. (tie) Messiah of Evil / USA / 14 points / Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz
7. Legend of Hell House, The / UK / 12 points / John Hough
8. Flesh for Frankenstein / France, Italy, USA / 10 points / Paul Morrissey
9. Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural / USA / 8 points / Richard Blackburn
10. (tie) Candy Snatchers, The / USA / 6 points / Guerdon Trueblood
10. (tie) Die Zärtlichkeit der Wölfe (Tenderness of the Wolves) / West Germany / 6 points / Ulli Lommel
10. (tie) Ganja & Hess / USA / 6 points / Bill Gunn
10. (tie) La semana del asesino (The Cannibal Man) / Spain / 6 points / Eloy de la Iglesia
10. (tie) Night Strangler, The / USA [TV] / 6 points / Dan Curtis
10. (tie) Vault of Horror, The / UK, USA / 6 points / Roy Ward Baker

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Others receiving votes:

- Ceremonia sangrienta (The Legend of Blood Castle) / Italy, Spain / Jorge Grau
- Creeping Flesh, The / UK / Freddie Francis
- Devicanska svirka / Yugoslavia / Djordje Kadijevic
- Devil in Miss Jones / USA / Gerard Damiano
- Don't Be Afraid of the Dark / USA [TV] / John Newland
- Don't Look in the Basement (The Forgotten) / USA / S.F. Brownrigg
- Dværgen (The Sinful Dwarf) / Denmark, USA / Vidal Raski
- Frankenstein / USA [TV] / Glenn Jordan
- Frankenstein: The True Story / USA [TV] / Jack Smight
- La campana del infierno (A Bell from Hell) / France, Spain / Claudio Guerín
- La corrupción de Chris Miller (The Corruption of Chris Miller) / Spain / Juan Antonio Bardem
- La morte ha sorriso all'assassino (Death Smiles on a Murderer) / Italy / Joe D'Amato
- La morte negli occhi del gatto (Seven Deaths in the Cat's Eye) / France, Italy, West Germany / Antonio Margheriti
- La nuit des étoiles filantes (A Virgin Among the Living Dead) / Belgium, France, Italy, Liechtenstein / Jesus Franco
- La rose de fer (The Iron Rose) / France / Jean Rollin
- La saga de los Drácula (The Dracula Saga) / Spain / León Klimovsky
- Love Me Deadly / USA / Jacques Lacerte
- Malatesta's Carnival of Blood / USA / Christopher Speeth
- Picture of Dorian Gray, The / USA [TV] / Glenn Jordan
- Return, The / UK [short] / Sture Rydman
- Satanic Rites of Dracula, The / UK / Alan Gibson
- Scream Bloody Murder / USA / Marc B. Ray
- Sisters / USA / Brian De Palma
- Sssssss / USA / Bernard L. Kowalski
- Thriller - en grym film (Thriller: A Cruel Picture) / Sweden / Bo Arne Vibenius
- Una vela para el diablo (It Happened at Nightmare Inn) / Spain / Eugenio Martín
- Voices / UK / Kevin Billington
- Westworld / USA / Michael Crichton

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