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!

Monday, September 9, 2013

The Vault of Horror Presents the 5th Annual Cyber Horror Awards!

Ray Harryhausen Award
Best Visual Effects
Richard Stammers,

The first of Prometheus' plethora of technical awards comes rightfully for its staggering visual effects. Heading up an array of VFX teams, Richard Stammers helped create a bizarre, surreal and beautiful environment filled with fully realized creatures and finely detailed spacecraft. Truly some of the best sci-fi effects seen in quite a while.
Albert S. D'Agostino Award
Best Production Design
Arthur Max,

Longtime Ridley Scott collaborator Arthur Max generated yet another startlingly realized vision for the celebrated director. Such a unique film required a truly unique look, and Max managed to do this, while at the same time paying homage to H.R. Geiger's iconic work from Alien.

Tom Savini Award
Best Makeup
David Leroy Anderson, 
The Cabin in the Woods
An Oscar winner and protege of none other than Rick Baker, Anderson is certainly no stranger to the world of motion picture makeup effects. In fact, he is one of those on the forefront of the industry, and was just the right man for the job of creating a veritable army of horrendous monsters for Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard's meta-horror spectacle.

Bernard Hermann Award
Best Score
Marco Beltrami, 
The Woman in Black
This is the only CHA earned by Hammer's amazing Woman in Black, and yet even so, it seems fitting that it would be Beltrami's atmospheric and moody score that would stand out above all else as far as voters were concerned. A fine addition to the classic tradition of Hammer horror scores, this is also another frightful plume in the cap of the accomplished and rightfully adored film composer.

Molly Arbuthnot Award
Best Costume Design
Janty Yates,

She won an Oscar working for Ridley Scott on Gladiator in 2000, and now 13 years later, lo and behold, a CHA as well! This third technical award for Prometheus was the hardest won of all--in this extremely tight race, Yates edged out her fellow nominees on The Woman in Black and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by a single vote.

Karl Freund Award
Best Cinematography
Dariusz Wolski,

The scope of Prometheus was epic, and one of the men truly responsible for creating that look and feel was Wolski, whose work, combined with that of Stammers, Max and Yates made this perhaps the most technically brilliant horror film of 2012.

Curt Siodmak Award
Best Screenplay
Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard,
The Cabin in the Woods

Where Prometheus scored on the technical side, it was The Cabin in the Woods that was a hit with voters from a content standpoint, and it all begins here with Whedon and Goddard's very impressive, very clever and very bold script. Simultaneously celebrating and deconstructing the horror genre as a whole, Whedon and Goddard gave fans of fright flicks a wonderful gift last year, and it's no wonder they embraced it with open arms.

Linnea Quigley Award
Best Supporting Actress
Kelly McGillis,
The Innkeepers

For better or worse, horror can often be a refuge for actresses as they approach their later years, and can even help them break through to something of a career renaissance. Whether this happens for Kelly McGillis or not, no one can take away from her this out-of-nowhere turn in Ti West's Innkeepers, which is the first of this terrific film's two memorable female performances.

Dwight Frye Award
Best Supporting Actor
Richard Jenkins,
The Cabin in the Woods

Considering he got more votes than the other four nominees combined, it's safe to say that fans loved Richard Jenkins last year in Cabin in the Woods. The Oscar-nominated character actor brought a wry, cynical sensibility that was something of an anchor for this ambitious film, and although this was a supporting role, it's safe to say that it was the most beloved in the entire picture.

Vincent Price Award
Best Actor
Michael Fassbender,

Channeling a young Laurence Olivier, the gifted Michael Fassbender more than expertly filled the shoes of previous Alien-mythos androids Ian Holm and Lance Henriksen, while at the same time alluding to 2001 using a character that was nothing if not an anthropomorphized HAL. This was Prometheus' only non-technical award, and it's nice to see it go to the strongest performance in the movie. And in a film with Noomi Rapace, Idris Elba and Charlize Theron to name a few, that's saying a lot.

Jamie Lee Curtis Award
Best Actress
Sara Paxton,
The Innkeepers

Horror is often rightfully criticized for its lack of strong female roles. And while The Innkeepers will not single-handedly solve that problem, it's nice to see two female performances from a single horror film gaining such attention. Playing sympathetic, intelligent and quirky all at once, Paxton delivers the goods and helps put Ti West's paranormal thriller over the top.

David Cronenberg Award
Best Director
Tie: Ti West, The Innkeepers; Drew Goddard, The Cabin in the Woods
For the second year in a row, we have ourselves a tie--and this time it's in the hotly contested director category. Ti West and Drew Goddard gave us two very different pictures last year, but they both earned this award in their own way. For West, it will have to do as his movie's highest CHA accolade. However, for Goddard, his achievement in directing Cabin the Woods was further backed up by the inevitable...

Val Lewton Award
Best Film
The Cabin in the Woods,
Mutant Enemy Productions

Was there ever any doubt? In the biggest landslide in the five-year history of the CHAs, The Cabin in the Woods received three times as many votes as all other nominees combined. See, folks? In a genre that's often seen to be lacking in original, interesting ideas, when you create a film that is truly innovative, smart and as intriguing as this one, people can and will take notice. Cabin in the Woods is that rare horror film that galvanizes the entirety of fandom, and it's gratifying to have it honored in this way.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

2012 Cyber Horror Award Nominees

We're more than a couple months late, but here they are! Special thanks to my nominating committee, composed of:

Heather Buckley of Dread Central &
John Kenneth Muir, award-winning horror film critic and author

John Cozzoli, leader of the League of Tana Tea Drinkers horror blogger association
Christine Hadden of
Brian Collins of Horror Movie a Day
...and of course, yours truly.

So without further ado, here are your nominees for the 5th Annual Cyber Horror Awards, recognizing the best in horror film for 2012...  

Val Lewton Award for Best Film

The Cabin in the Woods, Mutant Enemy Productions

Prometheus, Scott Free/Brandywine/Dune Entertainment

The Woman in Black, Hammer Film Productions

The Innkeepers, Glass Eye Pix

Sinister, Lionsgate Entertainment

David Cronenberg Award for Best Director

Drew Goddard, The Cabin in the Woods

Ridley Scott, Prometheus

James Watkins, The Woman in Black

Ti West, The Innkeepers

Scott Derrickson, Sinister

Vincent Price Award for Best Actor

Michael Fassbender, Prometheus 

 Daniel Radcliffe, The Woman in Black

Ethan Hawke, Sinister

Jeffrey Dean Morgan, The Possession

Patrick John Flueger, Mother's Day

Jamie Lee Curtis Award for Best Actress

Kristin Connolly, The Cabin in the Woods

Noomi Rapace, Prometheus

Sara Paxton, The Innkeepers

Rebecca De Mornay, Mother's Day

Gretchen Lodge, Lovely Molly

Dwight Frye Award for Best Supporting Actor

Richard Jenkins, The Cabin in the Woods

Ciaran Hinds, The Woman in Black

James Ransone, Sinister

Frank Grillo, Mother's Day

Michael Biehn, The Divide

Linnea Quigley Award for Best Supporting Actress 

Sigourney Weaver, The Cabin in the Woods

Charlize Theron, Prometheus

Kelly McGillis, The Innkeepers

Janet McTeer, The Woman in Black

Imelda Staunton, The Awakening

Curt Siodmak Award for Best Screenplay

Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard, The Cabin in the Woods

Jon Spaihts & Damon Lindelof, Prometheus

Jane Goldman, The Woman in Black

Ti West, The Innkeepers

Steven Volk & Nick Murphy, The Awakening

Molly Arbuthnot Award for Best Costume Design

Janty Yates, Prometheus

Keith Madden, The Woman in Black

Varvara Avdyushko & Carlo Poggioli, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Tom Savini Award for Best Makeup

David Leroy Anderson, The Cabin in the Woods

Neal Scanlan, Prometheus

Jeremy Woodhead, The Woman in Black

Ray Harryhausen Award for Best Visual Effects

The Cabin in the Woods


Silent Hill: Revelation

Albert S. D'Agostino Award for Best Production Design 

Martin Whist, The Cabin in the Woods

Arthur Max, Prometheus

Kave Quinn, The Woman in Black

Bernard Herrmann Award for Best Score

David Julyan, The Cabin in the Woods

Marc Streitenfeld, Prometheus

Marco Beltrami, The Woman in Black

Karl Freund Award for Best Cinematography

Dariusz Wolski, Prometheus

Tim Maurice-Jones, The Woman in Black

Eliot Rockett, The Innkeepers

Dan Laustsen, The Possession

Caleb Deschanel, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter