Posted by: Peter Hall
You wouldn’t be able to tell it just looking at how often HND is updated these days, but I swear I do still love horror movies. The reason the site is so infrequently updated is simple, really: No one pays me to do it. I started this site over four years ago as a hobby. It was a means for me to hone my writing craft while also serving as my own personal film school. And things were going good until about a year-and-a-half ago. That’s when I quit my old job, moved to Austin, TX and tried to see if I could sucker people into paying me to write about movies full time. Much to my own astonishment, it worked and I now write about movies for a living.
And while I’m unbelievably fortunate to be able to make a decent income off of doing this, the unfortunate side effect of getting paid to write about movies is that, if no one is paying me to do it, I’m not all that motivated to, well, do it. It sucks, I know, but the truth is that writing is exhausting– and now that writing is my day job, I’m too tired to do it for my night job too, which is what HND has always been for me.
Earlier this year I was accepted into the Austin Film Critics Association, an organization that I am incredibly proud to be a part of. Yesterday the AFCA released our Best of 2010 Awards, and while I stand behind what we collectively ended up awarding best-of-the-year, I definitely didn’t side with the rest of the group on nearly all of the winners. So, I wanted to share my nominations for each category as well as my Top 10 list for the year. Just keep in mind that this is A) not horror-exclusive and B) films that had a US theatrical release in 2010 (except for The Loved Ones, which I love too much not to vote for).
And yes, I will be doing my own horror-exclusive version of these awards in the next week or two.