THE VAULT OF HORROR presents the 2012 Cyber Horror Awards--the first horror film awards decided by the online horror-blogging/writing community. The fifth annual installment should be the biggest one yet, with participation from all across the vast horror blogosphere. If you're a blogger or other online horror critic and haven't received a ballot, please let me know and I'd be happy to include you!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Third Annual Cyber Horror Awards Loom.....

As 2010 draws to a close, it's time to start thinking about all that was great about horror film in the past 12 months. That's right, the Cyber Horror Awards are soon to be coming back at you--in just a matter of weeks, in fact! The CHAs have been growing steadily over the past two years, and I'm hoping this year's will be the biggest installment yet!

For those who don't know, the CHAs are the only annual horror film awards voted on exclusively by the online horror journalism community. Blogger/writers/whatever from throughout the web are brought together to give their picks on the best of the best, and the results are published right here. For the results of the past two years, simply scroll down and peruse...

At the moment, I'm preparing to bring together some of the online community's finest to aid me in selecting the nominees for the 3rd annual awards. Once the nominating committee settles on the noms (by the beginning of February), then the vote will go to the full online horror collective. And with a year that gave us the likes of The Wolfman, Daybreakers, The Crazies, Let Me In and so many more...this is bound to get interesting.

So stay tuned!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

The Vault of Horror Presents the 2009 Cyber Horror Awards

Ray Harryhausen Award
Best Visual Effects
This award is earned by so many for their efforts creating the surreal 3-D world of Henry Selick's newest animated masterpiece, but chiefly CG modeler Craig Dowsett, stop motion effects animator Richard Kent Burton, head animator John Allan Armstrong, visual effects supervisor Brian Van't Hul and the crew at LAIKA Digital Design Group.

Albert S. D'Agostino Award
Best Production Design
Steve Saklad,
Drag Me to Hell

An art director for previous Sam Raimi efforts The Quick and the Dead and Spider-Man 2, Saklad stepped up to the production designer role for the director's recent return to the horror genre. Saklad contributed greatly to the look of what was a visually stunning film, from Christine's sterile office environment to the many suitably hellish landscapes on view.

Tom Savini Award
Best Makeup
Greg Nicotero, Drag Me to Hell
For the second year in a row, Romero/Savini protege Nicotero wins the CHA for Best Makeup. In an era when the art of makeup effects often sadly take a backseat to digital work, it's nice to see someone like Nicotero still championing the amazing practical wizardry of the old school.

Bernard Hermann Award
Best Score
Christopher Young,
Drag Me to Hell

Young is a veteran of horror scoring, with films like The Uninvited, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Grudge, Urban Legend, Species, The Dark Half and his most famous horror score of all, Hellraiser, under his belt. Last year, he delivered a deliciously histrionic piece of music that was perfectly suited to Raimi's big-budget E.C. homage.

Molly Arbuthnot Award
Best Costume Design
Magali Guidasci, Zombieland
This is the first year for this award, and it goes to the woman responsible for dressing up all those wonderful ghouls wreaking havoc in Zombieland. She also did one hell of a job turning Woody Harrelson into one of the most bad-ass looking zombie hunters of all time.

Karl Freund Award
Best Cinematography
Anthony Dod Mantle, Antichrist
Love it or hate it, Lars von Trier's Antichrist was an extremely stylish motion picture, and the masterful Mantle was a big reason for that. Mantle's last film was the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire, and he's also responsible for that other Danny Boyle movie, 28 Days Later--proving he's no slouch behind a camera.

Curt Siodmak Award
Best Screenplay
Michael Dougherty,
Trick 'r Treat

Dougherty got a start in the business working for Bryan Singer's Bad Hat Harry Productions, cranking out screenplays for Singer films like X2 and Superman Returns. But Trick 'r Treat was his baby through and through, and boy, did he make one hell of a splash in the horror world with this highly engaging, interwoven tapestry of terror.

Linnea Quigley Award
Best Supporting Actress
Lorna Raver, Drag Me to Hell
Veteran TV actress Raver (best recognized up till now for a recent stint on The Young and Restless) opened a lot of eyes by stealing the show in Raimi's Drag Me to Hell as the insanely over-the-top gypsy lady Sylvia Ganush. "You... shame me?" No, Ms. Raver--we salute you.

Dwight Frye Award
Best Supporting Actor
Bill Murray, Zombieland
This may have been nothing more than a walk-on cameo appearance, but among walk-on cameo appearances, it will live on as one of the most geektastic of all time. As always, Murray is comedy gold, even with very limited screen time. He may have just been having fun, but by watching him, so did millions of others.

Vincent Price Award
Best Actor
Woody Harrelson, Zombieland
He may be nominated for an Oscar for his role in The Messenger, but horror fans hailed him as the one and only Twinkie-loving Tallahassee, zombie killer extraordinaire. Who knew that Sam Malone's dim-witted sidekick would one day be so cool?

Jamie Lee Curtis Award
Best Actress
Isabelle Fuhrman, Orphan
For the second year in a row, the CHA for Best Actress goes to a pre-teen girl. Fuhrman (11 at the time of filming, now 13) is a revelation as Esther, the most terrifying and cold-hearted movie kid since Damien. Most impressive of all, the part called for a great deal of maturity on her part, and she came through in spades.

David Cronenberg Award
Best Director
Michael Dougherty,
Trick 'r Treat

Dougherty lands a second CHA for directing his aforementioned pet project. In his directorial debut, he certainly has set the standard high--not only for himself, but for other horror directors. Taking his own script, Dougherty saw the project through and delivered what could have been the most universally admired horror film of 2009. Which brings us to...

Val Lewton Award
Best Film
Trick 'r Treat, Bad Hat Harry Productions
Yes, this movie was made in 2007, and yes, it showed to film festivals in 2008. But 2009 was the year it finally made it the public at large--albeit, unfortunately, in direct-to-video form. Regardless of distribution nightmares, Trick 'r Treat finally did reach audiences, and those audiences embraced it wholeheartedly. This film more than rewarded all those who were waiting for it, and easily takes its place in the pantheon of modern horror classics.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

2009 Cyber Horror Award Nominees

Val Lewton Award for Best Film

Drag Me to Hell, Ghost House Pictures

Trick 'r Treat, Bad Hat Harry Productions

Zombieland, Relativity Media

Thirst, Moho Films

Grace, Dark Eye Entertainment

David Cronenberg Award for Best Director

Sam Raimi, Drag Me to Hell

Paul Solet, Grace

Chan-Wook Park, Thirst

Ruben Fleischer, Zombieland

Michael Doughery, Trick 'r Treat

Jame Lee Curtis Award for Best Actress

Alison Lohman, Drag Me to Hell

Isabelle Fuhrman, Orphan

Jordan Ladd, Grace

Emily Browning, The Uninvited

Megan Fox, Jennifer’s Body

Vincent Price Award for Best Actor

Woody Harrelson, Zombieland

Dylan Baker, Trick 'r Treat

Willem Dafoe, Antichrist

Kang-Ho Song, Thirst

Peter Saarsgard, Orphan

Dwight Frye Award for Best Supporting Actor

Brad Dourif, Halloween 2

Kyle Gallner, A Haunting in Connecticut

Brian Cox, Trick ‘r Treat

Bill Murray, Zombieland

Noah Segan, Deadgirl

Linnea Quigley Award for Best Supporting Actress

Lorna Raver, Drag Me to Hell

Vera Farmiga, Orphan

Ok-bin Kim, Thirst

Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer’s Body
Danielle Harris, Halloween 2

Curt Siodmak Award for Best Screenplay

Sam & Ivan Raimi, Drag Me to Hell

Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick, Zombieland

Diablo Cody, Jennifer’s Body

Michael Dougherty, Trick ‘r Treat

Craig Rosenberg, Doug Miro & Carlo Bernard, The Uninvited

Karl Freund Award for Best Cinematography

Sharone Meir, Last House on the Left

Anthony Dod Mantle, Antichrist

Daniel Landin, The Uninvited

Peter Deming, Drag Me to Hell

Zoran Popovic, Grace

Molly Arbuthnot Award for Best Costume Design

Isis Mussenden, Drag Me to Hell

Katia Stano, Jennifer’s Body

Magali Guidasci, Zombieland

Albert S. D'Agostino Award for Best Production Design

Gareth Stover, Halloween 2

Steve Saklad, Drag Me to Hell

Nathan Amondson, Blood: The Last Vampire

Bernard Herrmann Award for Best Score

Christopher Young, Drag Me to Hell

Jeff Grace, I Sell the Dead

Bruno Coulais, Coraline

Tom Savini Award for Best Makeup

Greg Nicotero, Drag Me to Hell

Lene Bruksas, Ragnhild Prestholt, Gudmund Saksvik & Elisabeth Haugan Sorensen, Dead Snow

Scott Stoddard, Friday the 13th

Ray Harryhausen Award for Best Visual Effects

Drag Me to Hell


Jennifer’s Body