Friday, March 12, 2010

Zombies, Killer Leprechauns and Ray Harryhausen

Clear your DVRs - I just updated My Horror on TV Calendar.

Note: Networks that don't edit for television include Turner Classic Movies, Fox Movie Channel, HDNet and MGMHD.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The 2009 Cyber Horror Awards

Once again, Brian Solomon (from The Vault of Horror blog) has assumed the burden of using the disparate opinions of over 40 horror bloggers to determine the winners of  The 2009 Cyber Horror Awards.

Here are the nominees, my choices and the winners. Be sure to visit for Brian's commentary on why the winners deserved to win.

Ray Harryhausen Award for Best Visual Effects
Winner - Coraline
My Vote - Drag Me to Hell
Jennifer’s Body

I voted for Best Visual Effects in a Horror film. Read into that what you will.

Albert S. D'Agostino Award for Best Production Design
Winner - Steve Saklad, Drag Me to Hell
My Vote - Gareth Stover, Halloween 2
Nathan Amondson, Blood: The Last Vampire

Drag Me to Hell took place in some houses and a bank. Halloween 2 covered the gamut from hospitals to the inside of Michael's head. No contest.

Tom Savini Award for Best Makeup
Winner - Greg Nicotero, Drag Me to Hell
My Vote - Lene Bruksas, Ragnhild Prestholt, Gudmund Saksvik & Elisabeth Haugan Sorensen, Dead Snow
Scott Stoddard, Friday the 13th

I voted for Nazi zombies over talking goats - and I don't take it back.

Bernard Herrmann Award for Best Score
Winner - Christopher Young, Drag Me to Hell
Bruno Coulais, Coraline
Jeff Grace, I Sell the Dead

I didn't have strong feelings in the category, so I didn't vote.

Molly Arbuthnot Award for Best Costume Design
Winner & My Vote - Magali Guidasci, Zombieland
Isis Mussenden, Drag Me to Hell
Katia Stano, Jennifer’s Body

Once again, the zombies won. Go figure. ;)

Karl Freund Award for Best Cinematography
Winner & My Vote - Anthony Dod Mantle, Antichrist
Daniel Landin, The Uninvited
Peter Deming, Drag Me to Hell
Sharone Meir, Last House on the Left
Zoran Popovic, Grace

Love it or hate it, Antichrist is a great looking film.

Linnea Quigley Award for Best Supporting Actress
Winner - Lorna Raver, Drag Me to Hell
My Vote - Vera Farmiga, Orphan
Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer’s Body
Danielle Harris, Halloween 2
Ok-bin Kim, Thirst

Lorna Raver's performance was too over-the-top for me, but I'm unsurprised she won.

Dwight Frye Award for Best Supporting Actor
Winner - Bill Murray, Zombieland
My Vote - Brad Dourif, Halloween 2
Brian Cox, Trick ‘r Treat
Kyle Gallner, A Haunting in Connecticut
Noah Sagan, Deadgirl

Another unsurprising winner, but too comedic to win my vote in the Cyber Horror Awards.

Vincent Price Award for Best Actor
Winner - Woody Harrelson, Zombieland
My Vote - Willem Dafoe, Antichrist
Dylan Baker, Trick 'r Treat
Kang-Ho Song, Thirst
Peter Saarsgard, Orphan

See my previous comment.

Jame Lee Curtis Award for Best Actress
Winner & My Vote - Isabelle Fuhrman, Orphan
Alison Lohman, Drag Me to Hell
Emily Browning, The Uninvited
Jordan Ladd, Grace
Megan Fox, Jennifer’s Body

Isabelle Fuhrman did a great job. I never saw the final twist coming, yet it made perfect sense.


 As I stated in my review of Triangle, I'm a fan of non-linear, recursive storytelling. Trick ‘r Treat won my next three votes for pulling this off really well.

Curt Siodmak Award for Best Screenplay
Winner & My Vote - Michael Dougherty, Trick ‘r Treat
Craig Rosenberg, Doug Miro & Carlo Bernard, The Uninvited
Diablo Cody, Jennifer’s Body
Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick, Zombieland
Sam & Ivan Raimi, Drag Me to Hell

David Cronenberg Award for Best Director
Winner & My Vote - Michael Doughery, Trick 'r Treat
Chan-Wook Park, Thirst
Paul Solet, Grace
Ruben Fleischer, Zombieland
Sam Raimi, Drag Me to Hell

Val Lewton Award for Best Film
Winner & My Vote - Trick 'r Treat
Drag Me to Hell

Once again, be sure to visit for Brian Solomon's insight into why the winners won in each category.

Monday, March 8, 2010

The Oscars' Tribute to Horror Film

For those who missed it, here's the tribute to horror film from this year's Oscars.

There's clips from Jaws, Nightmare on Elm Street, Child’s Play, The Exorcist, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Psycho, Halloween, Scream, Poltergeist, The Amityville Horror, The Shining, Hellraiser, Jason from one of the Friday the 13th films, Saw, Silence of the Lambs, Alien, Leprechaun, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Ring, Rosemary's Baby, Misery, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, Nosferatu, The Phantom of the Opera, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Mummy, Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Young Frankenstein, From Dusk Til Dawn, Beetlejuice, Sleepy Hollow, The Birds, Night of the Living Dead, Little Shop of Horrors, Marathon Man, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, The Blob, Interview With the Vampire, Edward Scissorhands, Friday the 13th, The Sixth Sense, Paranormal Activity, Carrie, The Blair Witch Project, The Omen and... Twilight: New Moon (ugh).

I'm pretty sure I missed something. Feel free to remind me in the comments.