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, July 27, 2009

Halfway to the 2nd Annual Cyber Horror Awards!

Just checking in to make sure y'all haven't forgot about the Cyber Horror Awards--the one and only horror film awards voted on exclusively by the online horror blogging/writing community. Last year's awards were a tremendous success, drawing praise from the likes of REPO production designer (and Saw V director) David Hackl, and Let the Right One In composer Johan Soderqvist. Next year's awards will be even bigger.

One of the criticisms of last year's CHAs was the fact that there was no formal nominating process. I'm pleased to announce that that will be changing this time around. I've set in motion the creation of an official nominating committee, which so far includes editor James Zahn, LoTT-D founder John Cozzoli and noted horror critic John Kenneth Muir as a start. Expect more to come soon.

Plus, the roster of fine bloggers and writers who will be included in this year's voting process has been vastly expanded from last year's. And last year's included the likes of Cinematical's Scott Weinburg, Horror's Not Dead's Peter Hall, Kindertrauma, Horror-Movie-a-Day's Brian Collins,'s Brian Matus, and the Stoker-winning Vince Liaguno of Slasher Speak. Not prepared to divulge who I'm adding this time around, but let's just say that many of you reading this may be in for a pleasant surprise in the months to come!

Balloting will begin at the end of the year, and by the looks of things, it should be quite an interesting field. The first half of the year may have been a bit slow, but when all is said and done, 2009 is a year that will have brought us films like Drag Me to Hell, Orphan, Moon, Grace, Antichrist, District 9, Jennifer's Body and Zombieland, to name a few.

So keep an eye out for more announcements to come regarding the 2009 Cyber Horror Awards!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

The Vault of Horror Presents the 2008 Cyber Horror Awards

Ray Harryhausen Award
Best Visual Effects
The Ruins
It took a combination of FX companies Rising Sun Pictures, Pixel Playground, Frantic Films, FUEL International and Eyetronics to bring the surreal menace of The Ruins to life.

Albert S. D'Agostino Award
Best Production Design
David Hackl, Repo! The Genetic Opera
While also stepping up this year to the role of director for Saw V, Hackl found himself in a much more familiar role working on the unique horror musical Repo! The Genetic Opera. Hackl's set design work was crucial to the creation of Repo's bizarre, nightmarish, not-so-distant future world of epidemics and organ harvesting.

Tom Savini Award
Best Makeup
Greg Nicotero, Diary of the Dead and Mirrors
25-year veteran Nicotero did double duty last year, crafting zombies yet again for mentor George Romero, as well as putting together some mind-bending makeups in Keifer Sutherland's supernatural thriller. Either one would've probably been enough to net him this award.

Bernard Hermann Award
Best Score
Johan Soderqvist, Let the Right One In
The hauntingly stirring music Soderqvist created for Sweden's Let the Right One In perfectly encapsulated the film's deft combination of horror and beauty, particularly in the Ennio Morricone-influenced "Eli's Theme". This is a score that stays with you long after the final credits have rolled.

Karl Freund Award
Best Cinematography
Hoyte Van Hoytema, Let the Right One In
A relatively new face in Swedish cinema, 37-year-old Van Hoytema added a large part of what made Let the Right One In such a memorable film, expertly framing both the intimate friendship of Oskar and Eli, and the stunning landscape of his native land, bathing the whole affair in an ethereal bluish tint.

Curt Siodmak Award
Best Screenplay
John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let the Right One In
Adapting his own acclaimed debut novel, Lindqvist was able to successfully transfer the printed page to the screen while sacrificing a minimum of the power and dread that made the material so worthy of adaptation in the first place. Being a foreign film, it's only a shame that it's his translated words that English-speaking audiences are hearing.

Linnea Quigley Award
Best Supporting Actress
Lizzy Caplan, Cloverfield
In an often chaotic film, Caplan was nevertheless able to carve out a memorable performance as the ill-fated Marlena. She would also grab attention later in 2008 with a supporting part in HBO's True Blood.

Dwight Frye Award
Best Supporting Actor
Vinnie Jones, The Midnight Meat Train
Former UK footballer Jones' turn as the mysterious and deadly "Mahogany" was so instantly iconic and riveting that he was able to capture this award despite uttering only word in the entire film. That, my friends, is presence!

Vincent Price Award
Best Actor
Kare Hedebrant, Let the Right One In
Possessing a level of depth, poignancy and subtlety beyond his years, young Hedebrant puts forth the kind of nuanced performance as the morose, vaguely tragic Oskar in his cinematic debut that one rarely gets from a child actor.

Jamie Lee Curtis Award
Best Actress
Lina Leandersson, Let the Right One In
A big part of what made Hedebrant so unforgettable is who he gets to work with throughout the picture, a young actress who can already be safely described as brilliant in her sad portrayal of a vampire in the body of a 12-year-old girl. This was also Leandersson's debut role.

David Cronenberg Award
Best Director
Tomas Alfredson, Let the Right One In
Sensing a pattern here? This Swedish television director was able to step up to the plate in 2008 and deliver the finest vampire film in years, in no small part thanks to the touching performances he was able to coax out of two inexperienced pre-teen actors. He already Best Director honors in January at the Guldbagge Awards, Sweden's version of the Oscars, and now his work has been recognized by the horror blogosphere as well.

Val Lewton Award
Best Film
Let the Right One In, EFTI
Defying easy categorization and crossing international borders through the power of word-of-mouth, this instant classic represented Sweden's greatest contribution to horror since the heyday of Ingmar Bergman. In a year when it once again seemed that the combined epidemics of endless sequels and remakes might strangle the genre in America, it took a picture from foreign shores to remind us of the impact that well-executed original ideas can still have.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

2008 Cyber Horror Award Nominees

Val Lewton Award for Best Film

Eden Lake, Rollercoaster Films

Let the Right One In, EFTI

The Midnight Meat Train, Lions Gate

The Strangers, Rogue Pictures

Tokyo Gore Police, Fever Dreams/Nikkatsu

David Cronenberg Award for Best Director

Tomas Alfredson, Let the Right One In
Bryan Bertino, The Strangers
Ryuhei Kitamura, The Midnight Meat Train
Matt Reeves, Cloverfield
James Watkins, Eden Lake

Jamie Lee Curtis Award for Best Actress

Jennifer Carpenter, Quarantine

Mylene Jampanoi, Martyrs

Lina Leandersson, Let the Right One In

Kelly Reilly, Eden Lake

Liv Tyler, The Strangers

Vincent Price Award for Best Actor

Simon Callow, Chemical Wedding

Kare Hedebrant, Let the Right One In

Andy Serkis, The Cottage

Keifer Sutherland, Mirrors

Jonathan Tucker, The Ruins

Dwight Frye Award for Best Supporting Actor

Anthony Head, Repo! The Genetic Opera

Vinnie Jones, The Midnight Meat Train

Jack O'Connell, Eden Lake

Linnea Quigley Award for Best Supporting Actress

Morjana Alaoui, Martyrs

Julie Benz, Saw V

Lizzy Caplan, Cloverfield

Curt Siodmak Award for Best Screenplay

Jeff Buhler, The Midnight Meat Train

Pascal Laugier, Martyrs

John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let the Right One In

Scott B. Smith, The Ruins

James Watkins, Eden Lake

Karl Freund Award for Best Cinematography

Maxime Alexandre, Mirrors

David A. Armstrong, Saw V

Michael Bonvillain, Cloverfield

Hoyte van Hoytema, Let the Right One In

Peter Sova, The Strangers

Bernard Hermann Award for Best Score

Charlie Clouser, Saw V

Johan Soderqvist, Let the Right One In

Darren Smith & Terrance Zdunich, Repo! The Genetic Opera

Tom Savini Award for Best Makeup

Paul Hyett, Eden Lake

Greg Nicotero, Diary of the Dead and Mirrors
Yoshihiro Nishimura, Tokyo Gore Police

Albert S. D'Agostino Award for Best Production Design

David Hackl, Repo! The Genetic Opera

Tony Ianni, Saw V
Grant Major, The Ruins

Ray Harryhausen Award for Best Visual Effects


The Ruins