Brian at the Vault of Horror is at it again, turning the focal gaze of the ‘Cyber Horror Elite’ upon the horror films of 2008 with the first annual Cyber Horror Awards (CHAs). The Vault has surmised a ballot that the LOTTD (to which I belong) and others will vote upon in the coming weeks, a ballot I shall post verbatim now and with commentary after el jumpo:
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 OʼConnell, 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 & 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
It’s a good start, but as with most everything in the world, I have complaints. That’s why the ‘ole Vault had foresight to allow write in votes!
Best Picture: I feel as though I’ve made a wrong assumption as to the quality of TOKYO GORE POLICE. I assumed it was more MACHINE GIRL, MEATBALL MADNESS Japanese goofing around, but if it can run for Best Picture it may have more up its sleeve than I assumed.
However, and this is a big dubya tee ehf, Brian, but no nom for THE RUINS!?! I’d toss it in over THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN easily. Of course the title will go to LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (and with good reason), but those vines deserve a nomination, especially considering they earned when elsewhere.
Best Actress: I suppose there is some valid debate to be had as to the magnitude of its horror film’ocity, but Naomi Watts takes Best Actress hands down and wasn’t even nominated for FUNNY GAMES U.S. I’d also toss out Jennifer Carpenter in favor of Nadia Farès from STORM WARNING.
Best Actor: While I never got around to it, I find it hard to believe that Brian Cox turned in a lesser performance in RED than Kiefer Sutherland did transferring Jack Bauer into a low-grade horror flick.
Best Cinematography: Perhaps the largest oversight as far as the ballot goes. With ease the nod and win should go to Darius Khondji who not only shot the gorgeous hollowness of FUNNY GAMES U.S. but the tremendous blues, blacks and greens of THE RUINS. No brainer there, but again not even a nomination. I’d of also liked to of seen a sanctioned nomination for Jonathan Sela and his work on MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN.
Best Score: Considering SAW V’s score does little to delineate from the previous four films using the same damn score, I find it hard to get excited for. Sub in CLOVERFIELD.
Best Make-up: While I love that EDEN LAKE roared with the nominations, swap it out for JACK BROOKS: MONSTER SLAYER.
Anyways, that’s it for now. I’ll post my votes here once I decide upon them all. In the mean time, check out another list The Vault polled the other day (which I forgot to mention), to which I again contributed, “Top 20 Foreign Horror Films of All Time”.