Sunday, March 7, 2010

2009 Cyber-Horror Awards


Just in time for the Oscars, the 2009 Cyber-Horror Awards is live and direct for your viewing pleasure. I would guess that many of my readers were contributors, but if you aren't aware of the Cyber-Horror Awards, it's essentially the Oscars for horror as voted by much of the online horror community. It was put together by B-Sol from The Vault of Horror and you can stop by his page for a list of all that contributed to the awards if you're curious as to what chuckle heads besides me made these picks. 

So, head over to the 2009 Cyber-Horror Awards and check out the winners as well as the other nominations, and below I've provided what and who I myself chose for the awards. Unfortunately, while I did see most of the movies involved, I didn't see all of them, which makes me a little sad. Also, we were allowed to write in choices if they weren't listed as nominations as long as they were released, or made available on DVD in the States in 2009. This was the case with one film that I wrote in for three of the biggest spots, so let me know what you think of my picks as well as the winners overall.    

My picks for the 2009 Cyber-Horror Awards!

Ray Harryhausen Award for Best Visual Effects


Tom Savini Award for Best Makeup

Greg Nicotero, Drag Me to Hell

Bernard Herrmann Award for Best Score

Bruno Coulais, Coraline

Albert S. D'Agostino Award for Best Production Design

Steve Saklad, Drag Me to Hell

Molly Arbuthnot Award for Best Costume Design

Magali Guidasci, Zombieland

Karl Freund Award for Best Cinematography

Peter Deming, Drag Me to Hell

Curt Siodmak Award for Best Screenplay

Michael Dougherty, Trick ‘r Treat

Linnea Quigley Award for Best Supporting Actress

Lorna Raver, Drag Me to Hell

Dwight Frye Award for Best Supporting Actor

Noah Sagan, Deadgirl

Vincent Price Award for Best Actor

Woody Harrelson, Zombieland

Jame Lee Curtis Award for Best Actress

Morjana Alaoui, Martyrs

David Cronenberg Award for Best Director

Pascal Laugier, Martyrs

Val Lewton Award for Best Film



  1. I seriously gotta stop slacking and watch Martyrs. I really do.

    Good call on the screenplay pic. ToT was a fun film to watch.

  2. Geof: Don't let the hype ruin it for you, but it is a great film and one that is a little tough to digest. And Trick or Treat had a really fun inter-weaved storyline, so it seemed like a solid choice for best screamplay, as I like to call it!

    Ashlee: That is another movie that is a bit on tye tough side. Big divider of horror fans. I hated it for like the first 35 minutes or so, but the further into the movie I went, the more I enjoyed it. Very different take on a certain popular horror genre, one that has some very taboo subject matter.

    Andre: Unfortunately, it wasn't. I wrote those in and in my opinion, those picks are about as correct as you can get for those categories

  3. Thanks a ton for participating this year, Matt.

    The Martyrs problem is a controversy that goes back actually to last year's awards. The movie was first theatrically released in Sept 2008 in France, so there were those who argued it should've been included on the ballot for the first awards last year. My argument was that it had not yet been made available in the U.S., which I felt was necessary to keep the voting fair, since the lion's share of the voters would be North American.

    However, it was released finally on DVD in the U.S. in April of 2009, and subsequently slipped through the cracks for the latest ballot, which is really my own fault. Unfortunate, but what would awards be without controversy??

  4. I can never figure out what year Martyrs came out. I totally should've made an aggressive Harvey Weinsteinish style campagin for House of the Devil!

  5. Dang it! I didn't know you could write in? ;)

    We picked Grace. I was, however, underwhelmed by Trick R' Treat.

  6. B-Sol: Thanks for having me!

    I knew that it was one that may or may not make the ballot for those reasons, so don't fret! I completely agree with you about the availability of a film, but there would've been people that would definitely have cried foul over Martyrs being on there due to the 2008 France release. Can't make everyone happy, which as you said, kind of spices things up a bit!

    Emily: I haven't seen HOTD yet, but that would be one that should have been included based off the love it got. Still, people could have written it in, but a lot of horror fans loved Trick 'r Treat quite a bit, so I still think it may have won either way.

    POT: Way to pay attention...all that heavy metal and black arts is rotting your brain!! Bwahahahaha!

    If I didn't write in Martyrs, I'm not sure what I would have picked. I loved both Grace and Trick 'r Treat...I do think Grace is a better movie, but TrT will have the rewatchability for me. If I had seen Thirst, however, chances are that it would have been my pick based off my love for the directors past work.

  7. I was just so underwhelmed by Drag Me to Hell that I had to squeeze some House of the Devil lovin' in there. I *liked* Trick 'R Treat and I'd rather see that sweep some awards than a lot of other films out there, but I fell victim to overhype and will thusly need to wait a year and see if it ages better. I too haven't seen Thirst yet, so I tossed in a few more votes to Deadgirl. Very interesting results.

  8. Yeah, Dead Girl is one I watched a little before I voted and that is a film that made my brain hurt a little. I hated that movie so much for the first like 35 minutes, but that was mostly due to he two lead characters. However, as it went along and the characters began to develop as well as the story, I really started to get sucked in. In the end I think it is one of the best horror films of last year, and considering I hated it for the first act, that says quite a bit!


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