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

Beast with a Million Eyes, The (1955)

... aka: Beast with 1,000,000 Eyes!, The
... aka: El monstruo del millon de ojos (The Monster with a Million Eyes)
... aka: Unseen, The

Directed by:
Roger Corman (uncredited)
David Kramarsky

Historically-speaking, this "nothing brings the family together like random farm animal attacks" flick is quite an important production as far as horror and sci-fi flicks are concerned. For starters, it is one of the earliest films ever to depict normal animals suddenly turning on humans and attacking them. In fact, there are a enough surprising similarities between this and Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963) to suggest this was a major inspiration behind that classic film. Second, this is not only an early producing credit for the prolific Roger Corman, but also the very first genre film that he stepped behind the camera to direct. Though Kramarsky receives sole credit, Corman had replaced him early on into the production. Third, this was a key establishing film for the fledgling company American Releasing Corporation, run by a few fellas named Samuel Z. Arkoff and James H. Nicholson. ARC would later become American International Pictures. Of course if you know anything about vintage horror, drive-in and exploitation films, you'll know just how important these names are.



Beast (originally titled The Unseen) was also a production beset with problems. Originally part of a multi-picture package arranged between Corman and Arkoff / Nicholson, the film's budget was initially slated to be way higher but had to be slashed down to just 29,000 dollars. Problems with the filmmaker's union led to the production being shut down after just a day a filming. It also resulted in the original director and cinematographer both having to be sacked and Corman having to complete the film along with new D.O.P. Floyd Crosby (who also received no credit for his work). Reputedly, the two managed to knock out all of the interior shots (48 pages of the script!) in just two days on studio sets! The exteriors were filmed in Indio, California and, all things considered, the photography actually looks quite good.









Paul Birch - later to appear in Corman's Day the World Ended (1955) and NOT OF THIS EARTH (1957) - stars as Allan Kelley, a farmer who lives on a date ranch deep in the California desert along with his wife Carol (Lorna Thayer) and teenage daughter Sandy (Dona Cole). The family have seen better times, especially Carol, who's neurotic, miserable because of the constant isolation and bitter to the point where she starts resenting and hating her own daughter out of sheer jealousy. An alien spacecraft that makes a strange humming noises lands in a cave in the desert, all of the glassware in the home shatters and, soon after, all manner of animals start going crazy and attacking. Birds of all kinds begin swooping out of the sky, a cow tramples over a farmer, chickens flog Carol and the family dog turns vicious and must be chopped up with an axe!









Also living on the farm is a character that would later become a staple of these kinds of films: the perverted, creepy, half wit handyman. The one in this one, played by Leonard Tarver, is a lonely mute referred to as only "Him." He's not only a voyeur who constantly stares at the females through his window, but he also spies on the daughter character stripping down to her swimsuit and going for a swim and then tries to touch her. "Him" sleeps in a shack next to the house where the walls are plastered with pictures of bikini or lingerie clad girls and he lies in bed looking at girlie magazines while his eyes bug out. I've seen this character countless other times in various exploitation movies, portrayed almost exactly the same as it is here, but never before 1955. This adds a rather sleazy touch to the proceedings, which is especially odd considering the film is essentially a family drama whose core message is about how it's important for families to stick together and support one another.









Though interesting and boasting an intriguing and original premise, this really isn't a very good movie. It's slow, the dialogue is hokey, the acting is gratingly melodramatic and the animal attacks are very poorly staged and edited and are mostly accomplished by filming the animals approaching the camera followed by a terrified reaction shot from the actor. People also rightfully snicker at the special effects, which include a tiny little spaceship that looks like something you'd serve coffee out of and an alien so bad they had to make the image all hazy and then superimpose a giant eyeball over top of it. Then again, the movie was originally filmed minus all that. Since Arkoff had pre-booked the film on the promise of a "beast" based on the title, he insisted a "beast" be in the film. Special effects man Paul Blaisdell was then given a whopping 200 bucks to create both the ship and the alien creature on short notice. The fact he was able to come up with anything at all is actually quite impressive in itself.



A young Dick Sargent (going by "Richard" here and years before finding fame as Darren in Bewitched) plays a small supporting role as a deputy and Sandy's love interest. Production manager "Jack Haze" would become Jonathan Haze and later became immortalized for playing Seymour in Corman's cult classic The Little Shop of Horrors (1960).

After somehow managing to bypass a home video release here in America for decades, MGM finally put this out on DVD in 2005 as part of their "Midnite Movies" series. They've paired it with the lousy THE PHANTOM FROM 10,000 LEAGUES (1955).

★★

The 2015 Orloks - 1989 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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1989
Top 5
* * * * * * * * * *
1. Santa Sangre
Italy, Mexico / 47 points / Alejandro Jodorowsky
* * * * * * * * * *
2. Pet Sematary
USA / 30 points / Mary Lambert
* * * * * * * * * *
3. Tetsuo (Tetsuo, the Iron Man)
Japan / 25 points / Shin'ya Tsukamoto
* * * * * * * * * *
4. Society
USA / 21 points / Brian Yuzna
* * * * * * * * * *
5. Intruder
USA19 points / Scott Spiegel

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Making the Top 10:

6. Baxter / France / 15 points / Jérôme Boivin
7. Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Love, The / France, UK / 14 points / Peter Greenaway
8. Dance of the Damned / USA / 12 points / Katt Shea
9. (tie) Celia / Australia / 10 points / Ann Turner
9. (tie) Parents / Canada, USA / 10 points / Bob Balaban
10. La chiesa (The Church) / Italy / 9 points / Michele Soavi

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Others receiving votes:

- Black Past / West Germany / Olaf Ittenbach
- Black Rainbow / UK / Mike Hodges
- Bride of Re-Animator (Re-Animator 2) / USA / Brian Yuzna
- 'burbs, The / USA / Joe Dante
- Clownhouse / USA / Victor Salva
- Curse II: The Bite (The Bite) / Italy, Japan, USA / Federico Prosperi
- Dead Calm / Australia / Phillip Noyce
- Dead Dreams of Monochrome Men / UK / David Hinton
- Dead Next Door, The / USA / J.R. Bookwalter
- Dead Pit, The / USA / Brett Leonard
- Deepstar Six / USA / Sean S. Cunningham
- Der siebente Kontinent (The Seventh Continent) / Austria / Michael Haneke
- Dr. Caligari / USA / Stephen Sayadian
- Fly II, The / USA / Chris Walas
- Gui yao gui (Encounters of the Spooky Kind 2) / Hong Kong / Ricky Lau
- Horror Show, The (House III) / USA / James Isaac
- I, Madman / USA / Tibor Takács
- Kitchen Sink / New Zealand [short] / Alison Maclean
- La casa nel tempo (The House of Clocks) / Italy [TV] / Lucio Fulci
- Leviathan / Italy, USA / George P. Cosmatos
- Moontrap / USA / Robert Dyke
- Night Life / USA / David Acomba
- Nightmare Beach (Welcome to Spring Break) / Italy, USA / Umberto Lenzi
- Phantom of the Opera, The / USA / Dwight H. Little
- Posetitel muzeya (Visitor of a Museum) / Soviet Union, Switzerland, West Germany / Konstantin Lopushanskiy
- Redneck Zombies / USA / Pericles Lewnes
- Shocker / USA / Wes Craven
- Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland / USA / Michael A. Simpson
- Sûîto Homu (Sweet Home) / Japan / Kiyoshi Kurosawa
- Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat / USA / Anthony Hickox
- Things / Canada / Andrew Jordan
- 3615 code Père Noël (Dial Code Santa Claus; Game Over) / France / René Manzor
- U.F.O. Abduction (The McPherson Tape) / USA / Dean Alioto
- Warlock / USA / Steve Miner
- Woman in Black, The / UK [TV] / Herbert Wise

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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
* * * * * * * * * *
1. Brain Damage
USA / 53 points / Frank Henenlotter
* * * * * * * * * *
2. Hellbound: Hellraiser II
UK, USA / 46 points / Tony Randel
* * * * * * * * * *
3. Dead Ringers
Canada, USA / 39 points / David Cronenberg
* * * * * * * * * *
4. The Serpent and the Rainbow
USA / 25 points / Wes Craven
* * * * * * * * * *
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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The 2015 Orloks - 1957 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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1957
Top 5
* * * * * * * * * *
1. Night of the Demon (Curse of the Demon)
UK / 71 points / Jacques Tourneur
* * * * * * * * * *
2. The Curse of Frankenstein
UK / 34 points / Terence Fisher
* * * * * * * * * *
3. The Incredible Shrinking Man
USA / 32 points / Jack Arnold
* * * * * * * * * *
4. The Abominable Snowman
UK / 22 points / Val Guest
* * * * * * * * * *
5. El vampiro (The Vampire)
Mexico18 points / Fernando Méndez

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Making the Top 10:

6. Quatermass 2 (Enemy from Space) / UK / 14 points / Val Guest
7. 20 Million Miles to Earth / USA / 11 points / Nathan Juran
8. I vampiri (The Devil's Commandment) / Italy / 10 points / Mario Bava and Riccardo Freda
9. Kaidan Kasane-ga-fuchi (The Ghosts of Kasane Swamp) / Japan / 9 points / Nobuo Nakagawa
10. (tie) Det sjunde inseglet (The Seventh Seal) / Sweden / 6 points / Ingmar Bergman
10. (tie) Not of This Earth / USA / 6 points / Roger Corman

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Others receiving votes:

- Attack of the Crab Monsters / USA / Roger Corman
- Blood of Dracula / USA / Herbert L. Strock
- Cat Girl / UK / Alfred Shaughnessy
- Chikyû Bôeigun (The Mysterians) / Japan / Ishirô Honda
- From Hell It Came / USA / Dan Milner
- Invasion of the Saucer Men / USA / Edward L. Cahn
- I Was a Teenage Werewolf / USA / Gene Fowler Jr.
- Kumonosu-jô (Throne of Blood) / Japan / Akira Kurosawa
- Nachts, wenn der Teufel kame (The Devil Strikes at Night) / West Germany / Robert Siodmak

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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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