Hello, dear readers. With the Oscars coming up and various other awards shows already in the can, the three of us here at FGSG have decided to make our own awards. Just like our top 13, we’re keeping it within the genre (otherwise Inception would be all over this thing!) and we modeled the awards on the Oscars, with a few cool additions. Hey, the Oscars SHOULD have a Best Gore award!
So here are our Oscars – read on and then tell us what you think!
Crowbait: Aronofsky’s strong artistic vision is a constant. Jenny Dreadful: Always amazing work whether the film’s subject matter appeals or repels. But, for the record, this is my favorite Aronofsky film to date. StayFrosty: This is also my favorite so far. A near perfect film directed by man with vision who isn’t afraid to tackle difficult subjects and not talk down to his audience. Can’t wait to see what’s next.
We’ve got a tie here…
Crowbait: The film is a vehicle for his terrific voice. They didn’t really leave room for a sequel but let’s just have a radio show for him anyway. StayFrosty: He made this movie, both with his wonderful voice and his acting talent. He has such an expressive face – one raised eyebrow says more than some actors can do with their whole body.
The Last Exorcism
Jenny Dreadful: Patrick Fabian charms the audience and carries this film. I wonder if The Last Exorcism would be worth watching without him? StayFrosty: This performance is stellar. I don’t think it would be half as good of a movie without him.
Crowbait: You don’t need to hear from me that this is a great performance. What is special about it is that the academy is willing to honor her achievement in what some would still call a genre picture. StayFrosty: People have always been divided on the level of Natalie Portman’s talent, but all those in doubt should watch this movie and I have a feeling they’d change their tune. This is probably the performance of the year, and I would be very surprised if she’s not up there at the end of February winning a very well deserved Oscar for Best Actress.
Best Supporting Actor
Let Me In
Crowbait: The biggest way in which the remake of this film improves on the original is in the detail given to the Father character.
Best Supporting Actress
Crowbait: Unstable mothers are always a favorite of horror films. What’s more upsetting than your own mother turning against you? Hershey’s portrayal starts subtly and spirals into the chaos of the surrounding action. StayFrosty: It takes a lot to make a nail clipping scene terrifying, but Hershey does it. Even Carrie White would be uncomfortable.
Directed by Matt Reeves, Screenplay by Matt Reeves and John Ajvide Lindqvist, Based on both a novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist and a film by Tomas Alfredson
Crowbait: Though it loses some moments from the original, it adds a lot of enjoyable characterization. Jenny Dreadful: It’s hard for me to endorse any remake, but this is an excellent film. Probably the best horror remake we’ve seen since The Ring. StayFrosty: It doesn’t surpass the original, but it’s still an amazing film – well acted, beautifully shot, and at times both touching and terrifying.
Crowbait: Mansell’s brooding music is both a contrast and compliment to the romantic sweep of Swan Lake. His score does a good job of avoiding that sort of sentimentality and playing on the growing tension within the character’s relationships but in such a way that when the full orchestra kicks in I never felt that any musical expression was less valid than the other.
Jenny Dreadful: Dren, played by Delphine Chaneac, isn’t your standard monster. She(?) is scary and dangerous, but also sympathetic and sweet… Alien, animalistic, but oh so human. Like a modern Frankenstein’s monster, it’s hard not to become emotionally attached to Dren as she grows up and the plot races toward its bizarre and horrific conclusion. Crowbait: Few films these days want you to feel for the monster (and those that do use some hackneyed methods to provoke your affection.) Dren is a fragile creature, oftentimes vicitimized for her lack of understanding and that makes her the perfect monster; one you actually care to see live or die.
Directed by Alexandre Aja, Written by Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg, Gore by far too many FX professionals to name individually. We salute you!
Jenny Dreadful: Possibly the best gore I’ve ever seen. Crowbait: Blood, guts, bits and pieces and one very prominent knob. StayFrosty: This man is a master of gore – the massive beach attack alone is worth the price of admission. The Grand Guignol would be proud.
Best Visual FX
Directed by Vincenzo Natali, Screenplay by Vincenzo Natali, Antoinette Terry Bryant and Doug Taylor. Again, too many incredible FX artists to name.
Jenny Dreadful: It’s possible that other bigger-budget films had more polished visuals, but the creature FX in this film were incredibly ambitious. Concepts that could have been utter disasters were pulled off beautifully by the production team. Through a combination of practical FX and CGI, realistic textures, natural movements and a plausible sense of weight brought Dren and friends to life.
Best Poster Art
Variant designs by Ignition Print
Jenny Dreadful: Although some of the variants by Ignition Print have a fun and graphic Hitchcock flavor, it’s the claustrophobic simplicity of this poster that had people talking. A bold move to leave so much asymmetrical black space around our star and his predicament, but a successful one. StayFrosty: Just goes to show that sometimes less is more – so impacting without overdoing it. Maybe one day the people who make trailers will learn this…
Design shown by Bemis Balkind. Other variants by Balkind and La Boca
Jenny Dreadful: The stark layout of the main poster, shown, utilizes a creepy photograph of Natalie Portman’s dark transformation beautifully. The red eyes and lips and the black makeup popping against the hazy white hints at the film’s beautiful aesthetic and horror content, but doesn’t give too much away. In addition to Balkind’s design, there are a number of illustrated variants by British design firm, La Boca. Equally stark and beautiful, they evoke Eastern European posters from the 60’s and 70’s.
Nightmare on Elm Street
Directed by Samuel Bayer, Screenplay by Wesley Strick and Eric Heisserer, Based on a film by Wes Craven
Crowbait: I missed the 80’s stereotyped victims. They had more character. Jenny Dreadful: As much as I despise the trend of remakes, I always thought this was the horror property that could actually use a reboot. The increasingly cartoony films just didn’t live up to their fright potential for me and the possibility of a Freddy tale with less humor and more dread was exciting. I was a fool for thinking this might be that film. I can see that the production team tried to deliver that experience, but the end result is a disappointment. StayFrosty: I agree with Jenny, while I think the original is cool, another take could have been interesting and very scary. Not so much here – instead we get wooden acting, worse line delivery, and disappointing CG effects. There’s so much you could do with a dream monster, and it is just wasted here. And what should have been a creepy performance by the talented Jackie Earl Haley is marred with poor makeup choices and even poorer scripting.
We Warned You
We told you it sucks and it does. Mightily.
Directed by The Brothers Strause, Screenplay by Joshua Cordes and Liam O’Donnell
Jenny Dreadful: Ugh. This should have been a dumb fun FX extravaganza. Instead, it was kind of a boring eye-sore. But the laughable ending will stay with me always. Don’t eat the red brains. Crowbait: Such a waste of time and sfx budget. These guys need to stick with making other people look good by providing effects, not by providing comparison.
(Honorable Mention: Jonah Hex. We didn’t warn you because it was released before the creation of this blog. But we should have. We let you down. -JD)
This dubious award goes to a film that many people seem to love and we just totally dislike – like some bad relationships, we just don’t understand what people see in this one…
Directed by Anthony DiBlasi, Screenplay by Anthony DiBlasi, Based on a short story by Cliver Barker.
Crowbait: When the poster has the movie’s title written in crap, that’s all the review I need.
So there it is, carnage lovers, the FGSG awards. Agree? Disagree? Think we’re crazy? Post and let us know!