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This Is Horror Awards

It’s that time of year again, lists, awards… The This Is Horror Awards 2014 are now open. Please send your votes to awards@thisishorror.co.uk with the subject line ‘Awards 2014 Votes’. To cast a vote simply write the category and your vote for each award. You may vote for your top two in each category. For example:

Award
1. First choice
2. Second choice

Here are the awards and nominations:

Novel of the Year
Bird Box by Josh Malerman
Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
Revival by Stephen King
The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey
The Troop by Nick Cutter

Film of the Year
Oculus
Snowpiercer
The Babadook
The Raid 2
Under The Skin

TV Series of the Year
American Horror Story: Coven
Hannibal (Season Two)
The Strain
The Walking Dead (Season Four)
True Detective

Short Story Collection of the Year
After the People Lights Have Gone Off by Stephen Graham Jones
Burnt Black Suns: A Collection of Weird Tales by Simon Strantzas
Gifts for the One Who Comes After by Helen Marshall
The End in All Beginnings by John F.D. Taff
Unseaming by Mike Allen

Anthology of the Year
Burnt Tongues: An Anthology of Transgressive Short Stories (Edited by Chuck Palahniuk, Richard Thomas and Dennis Widmyer)
The Cutting Room: Dark Reflections of the Silver Screen (Edited by Ellen Datlow)
The New Black (Edited by Richard Thomas)
The Spectral Book of Horror Stories (Edited by Mark Morris)
Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Volume 1 (Edited by Laird Barron)

Magazine of the Year
Black Static
Fangoria
Morpheus Tales
Nightmare Magazine
Rue Morgue

As usual I’ll be posting my Top Films of the year soon, also as usual it will be later as we tend to get some films slightly later down here in Australia. Film of the year however is already locked in…

 


Best Horror Films of 2013 – Early 2014

Best-Horror_2013-20142013 to early 2014 (we get some movies late down here in Australia. Last year was a better than average year in the horror genre. For all the usual whining and complaints on numerous horror-themed websites, as well as here, there was some good work over the last year.
So, here’s my list of best and worst of 2013 (and a bit), from what I’ve seen…

BEST CINEMA RELEASE FILMS
Evil Dead (I know a lot of people hated it, but it’s my list and I liked it)
Maniac
Stoker

BEST DIRECT TO VIDEO / VOD FILMS
American Mary
Berberian Sound Studio
We Are What We Are

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE HORROR
Here Comes The Devil

BEST DIRECTOR
Franck Khalfoun – Maniac
Special mention to Jen & Sylvia Soska for American Mary

BEST ACTOR
Elijah Wood – Maniac

BEST ACTRESS
Katherine Isabelle – American Mary

BEST SCREENPLAY
Jen & Sylvia Soska – American Mary

BEST SCORE
Rob – Maniac

BEST MAKE-UP EFX
Roger Murray & Jane O’Kane – Evil Dead

DISAPPOINTMENT
Carrie – Good performances but just a bit lame.

WORST FILM
Frankenstein’s Army – More of that CG ‘Horror’ started by the godawful Van Helsing, ‘perfected’ by Underworld and now everywhere… and I hate it all.

It’s obvious from the list that I really liked American Mary. It was probably my favourite horror movie of the year… best story and the Soska twins would have taken out best direction if Maniac hadn’t been so incredibly well constructed by Franck Khalfoun. Feel free to comment…


Martin Scorsese – Top 11 Horror Films

Martin Scorsese recently listed his 11 favorite scary movies, name-checking some less famous titles along with the usual classics. Scorsese penned his list of scary movies for The Daily Beast, which also has clips of each title listed below.

    1. The Haunting
    2. The Isle of the Dead
    3. The Uninvited
    4. The Entity
    5. Dead of Night
    6. The Changeling
    7. The Shining
    8. The Exorcist
    9. Night of the Demon
    10. The Innocents
    11. Psycho

His tastes strongly tilt toward classic horror. The ShiningThe Exorcist, and Psycho are perennials on these kind of lists, but some of the older movies may be less familiar to modern audiences. The Entity is the newest film on there, and it’s over 30 years old.


Contagion – ‘Disease-ter’ Movies

Contagion is a different type of disease-disaster movie than we’re used to seeing: Simple germs more or less comprise the boogeyman, and the concept is actually steeped in plausibility. But the Steven Soderbergh thriller follows a long line of movies in which a disease or all-out epidemic wreaks havoc on the human race. Here are some of the most notable “disease-ter” flicks, not to be confused with the zombie genre or tearjerkers about one man’s losing battle with, say, AIDS. Thus no Night of the Living Dead. Or Philadelphia.


50 Least Scary Horror Movies

The 50 Least Scary Movies. A list by Complex magazine, check it and be ready to agree/argue.


Top 5 Eyeball Mutilations in Movies

Excellent article at ‘fearnet‘ featuring clips of the top 5 eyeball mutilations in movies.


50 Best Movie Special Effects

Check out the list of the ’50 Best Movie Special Effects’ by the UK Total Film magazine. Click on the link here: http://www.totalfilm.com/features/50-best-movie-special-effects

At number 42, ‘The Fly’ (1986), at number 28, ‘Jason & The Argonauts’ (1963) and at number 8 ‘The Thing’ (1982) should all be higher. Their effects haven’t dated unlike many CGI shots.