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.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The 2015 Orloks - 1993 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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1993
Top 5
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1. Return of the Living Dead III
USA / 49 points / Brian Yuzna
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2. Cronos
Mexico / 46 points / Guillermo del Toro
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3. Trauma
Italy, USA / 24 points / Dario Argento
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4. Schramm
Germany / 23 points / Jörg Buttgereit
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5. Bat sin fan dim: Yan yuk cha siu bau 
(The Untold Story)
Hong Kong / 22 points / Danny Lee, Herman Yau

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Making the Top 10:

6. Temnye vody (Dark Waters) / Italy, UK, Russia / 20 points / Mariano Baino
7. Nightmare Before Christmas, The / USA [animated feature] / 15 points / Henry Selick
8. (tie) Dark Half, The / USA / 11 points / George A. Romero
8. (tie) Fire in the Sky / USA / 11 points / Robert Lieberman
9. (tie) Body Bags / USA [TV] / 9 points / John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper
9. (tie) Leprechaun / USA / 9 points / Mark Jones
10. (tie) Body Snatchers / USA / 8 points / Abel Ferrara
10. (tie) Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday / USA / 8 points / Adam Marcus
10. (tie) Necronomicon: Book of the Dead / France, USA / 8 points / Christophe Gans, Shûsuke Kaneko, Brian Yuzna

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Others receiving votes:

- Addams Family Values / USA / Barry Sonnenfeld
- Arcade / USA / Albert Pyun
- Are You Afraid of the Dark?: "The Tale of the Shiny Red Bicycle" / Canada [TV] / David Winning
- Baby of Mâcon, The / France, Germany, Netherlands, UK / Peter Greenaway
- Bloodstone: Subspecies II / USA / Ted Nicolaou
- Body Melt / Australia / Philip Brophy
- Clean, Shaven / USA / Lodge Kerrigan
- Darkness / USA / Leif Jonker
- Dirty Weekend / UK / Michael Winner
- Doppelganger / UK, USA / Avi Nesher
- Ed and His Dead Mother / UK, USA / Jonathan Wacks
- Emmanuelle au 7ème ciel (Emmanuelle VI) / France / Francis Leroi
- E.T.A. Hoffmanns Der Sandmann (The Sandman) / Germany / Eckhart Schmidt
- Ghost in the Machine / USA / Rachel Talalay
- Good Son, The / USA / Joseph Ruben
- Hocus Pocus / USA / Kenny Ortega
- Jack Be Nimble / New Zealand / Gareth Maxwell
- Jûbê ninpûchô (Ninja Scroll) / Japan [animated feature] / Yoshiaki Kawajiri
- Krvavý román (Horror Story) / Czechoslovakia / Jaroslav Brabec
- Man's Best Friend / USA / John Lafia
- Mit moon cham on: Yit saat (Daughter of Darkness) / Hong Kong / Kai-Ming Lai
- My Boyfriend's Back / USA / Bob Balaban
- Needful Things / USA / Fraser Clarke Heston
- Night Owl / USA / Jeffrey Arsenault
- Nostril Picker, The / USA / Mark Nowicki
- Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings / USA / Jeff Burr
- Skinner / USA / Ivan Nagy
- Ticks / USA / Tony Randel
- Tommyknockers, The / New Zealand, USA [TV] / John Power
- Warlock: The Armageddon / USA / Anthony Hickox
- When a Stranger Calls Back / Canada, USA [TV] / Fred Walton
- Zombie Bloodbath / USA / Todd Sheets

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5 comments:

spookyx3 said...

OK, i've seen an even 20 of the films listed here. what this exercise points out to me is just how few great horror pictures i've seen for years that stick in my mind as being really strong (maybe this comment would be more apt somewhere in the '80s). also, that when it comes to horror -- at least between 1984-1992/3 -- there are very few foreign fright-films on my viewing lists, and "fun, fun, fun" seems paramount -- makes me look like some kind of un-serious xenophobe.

1993 candidates?

BODY SNATCHERS
CRONOS...........

hmm. suddenly 1994 is looking better. there's DARK HALF, DARKNESS (all inspiration, most of it from PHANTASM II, no substance), MAN'S BEST FRIEND (decent ally sheedy performance and made with some humor -- dog paw punching up through rubble...) none of which would be on my list. didn't mind WITCHBOARD II.

The Bloody Pit of Horror said...

I ended up voting for Cronos, Untold Story, Return III, Schramm and Skinner so four of my five actually made the Top 5 for a change. Clean, Shaven is very good too but I forgot to vote for it for some reason. Need to re-watch Witchboard II sometime but I remember thinking it was pretty fun back in the day and ditto for Man's Best Friend. Haven't seen Darkness yet.

spookyx3 said...

guess i'd also consider ACTING ON IMPULSE, which worked hard to appeal to b-horror fans.

The Bloody Pit of Horror said...

That's another one I haven't seen!

spookyx3 said...

it's nothing special. lots of well-known faces in cameos and bit roles.

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