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.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The 2015 Orloks - 1961 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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1961
Top 5
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1. The Innocents
UKUSA / 63 points / Jack Clayton
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2. Pit and the Pendulum
USA / 52 points / Roger Corman
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3. The Curse of the Werewolf
UK / 28 points / Terence Fisher
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4. Taste of Fear (Scream of Fear)
UK / 22 points / Seth Holt
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5. Mr. Sardonicus
USA / 18 points / William Castle

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Making the Top 10:

6. Homicidal / USA / 17 points / William Castle
7. Matka Joanna od aniolów (Mother Joan of the Angels) / Poland / 15 points / Jerzy Kawalerowicz
8. Night Tide / USA / 14 points / Curtis Harrington
9. Ercole al centro della Terra (Hercules in the Haunted World) / Italy / 7 points / Mario Bava
10. Gorgo / UK / 6 points / Eugène Lourié

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Others receiving votes:

- Beast of Yucca Flats, The / USA / Coleman Francis
- Day the Earth Caught Fire, The / UK / Val Guest
- Devil's Hand, The / USA / William J. Hole Jr.
- Devil's Partner / USA / Charles R. Rondeau
- Doctor Blood's Coffin / UK / Sidney J. Furie
- El mundo de los vampiros (The World of the Vampires) / Mexico / Alfonso Corona Blake
- Kaidan Oiwa no borei (Ghost of Oiwa) / Japan / Tai Katô
- Konga / UK, USA / John Lemont
- L'assassino (The Ladykiller of Rome) / France, Italy / Elio Petri
- Lycanthropus (Werewolf in a Girl's Dormitory) / Austria, Italy / Paolo Heusch
- Mask, The (Eyes of Hell) / Canada / Julian Roffman
- Mosura (Mothra) / Japan / Ishirô Honda
- Muñecos infernales (The Curse of the Doll People) / Mexico / Benito Alazraki
- Shadow of the Cat, The / UK / John Gilling
- Snake Woman, The / UK / Sidney J. Furie
- Tulipunainen kyyhkynen (The Scarlet Dove) / Finland / Matti Kassila

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2 comments:

spookyx3 said...

THE INNOCENTS
CREATURE FROM THE HAUNTED SEA
PIT AND THE PENDULUM
DEVIL'S PARTNER
HOMICIDAL
MR. SARDONICUS

all i've got, except BLOODLUST, another take on THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME. i shoulda seen NIGHT TIDE by now.

1961

THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY
A WOMAN IS A WOMAN
UNDERWORLD, U.S.A.
TOO LATE BLUES
A WIFE CONFESSES
KILLERS ON PARADE
BLAST OF SILENCE
THE PLEASURE OF HIS COMPANY
ONE, TWO, THREE
YOJINBO

The Bloody Pit of Horror said...

All your horror picks I like. The Innocents is a masterpiece and I'm a fan of Creature from the Haunted Sea and think it gets an unfair bad rap. Devil's Partner was surprisingly pretty good. I would probably swap out Mr. Sardonicus and put it Homicidal but still a pretty good Top 5 here.

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