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Greg Cannom wins!Our second stab at the Oscars contains make-up effects and score (“>read part 1 here). The make-up effects, followed by the visual effects and technical awards, remain my favorite parts of the show; here you got to see your heroes: Rick Baker, Howard Berger, Chris Walas or Rob Bottin in the audience. Even the great Stan Winston could have been out there, back in the day. Though best known for his “visual effects” wins—he brought home an Oscar for best make-up in 1991 for Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

Here genre fans can rejoice, Greg Cannom brought home the gold, again, for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Cannom, a genre elder, worked alongside (just to name a few) Fincher, Coppola, Landis, Dante, Blatty, and Cohen creating all sorts of character and creature make-ups.

This part of the list also has a Lost Boys connection; Cannom designed the make-up and Thomas Newman, nominated for WALL·E created the score. Elfman also makes the list under score, his achievements already rock and I love to mention Nightbreed when I can.

Onto the list… (and may the Tribes of the Moon embrace you.)


Best Achievement in Makeup:

  • Greg Cannom for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Winner):
    Make-Up Department:
    The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Idle Hands, House of Frankenstein, Kull the Conqueror (Not horror, but appeals to the Frazetta in all of us), Thinner, Dracula, Alien 3, The Pit and the Pendulum (Charles Band!), Subspecies (Charles Band!), Flatliners*, Meridian, “Tales from the Crypt”, The Exorcist III (I have great love for this film and a great love of Jason Miller), Cyborg, “Monsters” (“Mmm, Candy Critters,”), Fright Night Part 2, The Lost Boys, “Werewolf”, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, Vamp (More Billy Drago flicks on the list), “Amazing Stories”*, Dreamscape, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Curtains (Vestron!), The Howling, It Lives Again (Assistant to Rick Baker), The Fury, Manbeast! Myth or Monster?, The Incredible Melting Man

    Special Effects:
    “Werewolf”

    Miscellaneous Crew:
    The Lost Boys (Vampire Prosthetics and Effects)

    Actor:
    Michael Jackson’s Thriller
    It Lives Again
    (Larry Cohen at the Oscars!)

    Director:
    “Monsters”

    Basekt Case!

  • John Caglione Jr. for The Dark Knight:
    Make-Up Department:
    Amityville II: The Possession, Friday the 13th Part 2, Basket Case (Frank Henenlotter at the Oscars), Amityville 3-D, C.H.U.D., My Demon Lover, Poltergeist III, The Blob (Remake), Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2

    Special Effects:
    Amityville II: The Possession

  • Mike Elizalde for Hellboy II: The Golden Army:
    Special Effects:
    Dreamcatcher (Horrible film; best adaptation of King’s dialogue), They, Blade II, The Frighteners, Lord of Illusions, Species, Addams Family Values, Darkman, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Total Recall, A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child
    Watchers, Blood: The Last Vampire, The Gravedancers, Blade: Trinity, Hellboy, Howling V: The Rebirth, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, The Cellar

    Make-Up Department:
    Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Blood: The Last Vampire (Creature & Makeup Effects Designer), The Gravedancers, Hellboy (Makeup Supervisor), Howling V: The Rebirth, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (Puppeteer)

    Miscellaneous Crew:
    Mighty Joe Young (Remake)(Puppeteer), The Cellar (Animatronics Engineer)

  • Thomas Floutz for Hellboy II: The Golden Army:
    Make-up:
    The Cave, Cursed, Hellboy, Underworld, Halloween: Resurrection, Blade II, Mimic 2, “Tales from the Crypt”, Puppet Master III: Toulon’s Revenge (Nazis, puppets and Richard Lynch), Beetlejuice, Evil Spawn, Creepozoids, Critters

    Special Effects:
    Hellraiser: Bloodline (Additional Effects Crew: Kevin Yagher Productions, Inc.), Se7en* (Painter: Rob Bottin Production Crew), Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (Crypt Keeper Effects Crew: Kevin Yagher Productions, Inc.), A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child (Cosmetics Creator: Todd Masters Company), Ghoulies II, Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (Special Effects Makeup Assistant: Reel EFX, Inc.), From Beyond (Fabrication Crew: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries)

    Miscellaneous Crew:
    Man’s Best Friend (Puppeteer), From Beyond (MMI crew)

    Visual Effects:
    Ghostbusters II


    Twilight Zone: The Movie!Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score:

  • James Newton Howard for Defiance:
    Music Department:
    The Devil’s Advocate*, Twilight Zone: The Movie (Song Producer)

    Composer:
    I Am Legend, King Kong (Remake), The Village*, Dreamcatcher, Signs*, The Sixth Sense*, Stir of Echoes*, The Devil’s Advocate*, Flatliners

  • Danny Elfman for Milk:
    Music Department:
    Corpse Bride, Psycho (Remake), Mars Attacks!, Darkman III: Die Darkman Die, Bordello of Blood, “Tales from the Crypt”, Dolores Claiborne, Shrunken Heads, Darkman II: The Return of Durant, Army of Darkness (Composer: Theme “March of the Dead”), Beetlejuice, Forbidden Zone (Music Arranger)

    Composer:
    The Wolfman, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Corpse Bride, Sleepy Hollow, A Simple Plan (Not horror, but Raimi), Mars Attacks!, The Frighteners, Dolores Claiborne, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Nightbreed, Beetle Juice, Summer School, “Amazing Stories”, “Alfred Hitchcock Presents”, Forbidden Zone

    Soundtrack:
    Corpse Bride, Donnie Darko, Army of Darkness, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ghostbusters II, Teen Wolf Too, Summer School, Forbidden Zone

    Actor:
    The Nightmare Before Christmas (Voice), Forbidden Zone

  • Thomas Newman for WALL·E:
    Composer:
    The Shawshank Redemption, The Lost Boys, “Amazing Stories”*, Revenge of the Nerds (perhaps a Dread Central favorite?)

    Soundtrack:
    The Lost Boys (Music: “Back To The Carnival,” “To The Shock Of Miss Louise”)


    Lastly, part 3 (The Marsupials) will focus on visual effects and sound with a touch of the Technical Awards, which were wrongfully left out of the Oscars this year. All this and a whole lot more, for you, the kids I love. Stay tuned and stay scared.

    Heather Buckley

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    Filthy and Fine! The Best Shots of Ash vs. Evil Dead

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    The Evil Dead franchise is my all time favorite horror series, which evolves its mythos with each entry. Of course, the original Evil Dead has been just a straight-up horror film, but thanks to the fateful meeting of filmmaker Scott Spiegel, director Sam Raimi took the franchise into a strange comedic territory, using slapstick while still keeping the tones of sheer terror. What makes this terror stay with the franchise even with Ash’s loudmouth persona is it’s influential and inspiring camera work that Sam Raimi makes a legend behind the camera.

    After years of waiting for the master of horror to return to the Evil Dead franchise, our palates were satiated with “Ash Vs Evil Dead” which continued the inspiring cinematography. With two seasons of a television show under Raimi’s watchful eye and a third season on the way, I took a look at every episode in the series to see if each director on board the project kept that eye for cinematography and shooting style. The series was notorious for it’s over the top gore and gags and I could’ve sat here and just gushed over the geysers of blood emitting from every orifice in the show, but, what I found in each episode brought more and more to the table. There are still horrifying shots to balance out the comedy of the show, but there are also amazing character moments within that foreshadow and evolve each character.

    Think about it, other than Ash we’ve never had a cast of characters that survived more than two minutes but now there’s a crew of Ghostbeaters! Don’t worry as we still have randoms coming in and out that leave you to ponder, “How long can this poor Shemp live?” as they burst into blood and viscera. There are shots that revel in the grotesque, but there are also shots that revel in who our heroes are and delve into their psyches, the specialty of the Deadites! For those who’d like to follow along with the shots in the show, I’ve given you the time these shots show up if you’re watching the show on Netflix skipping the recaps.

    To see the images in their full-size glory, give them a groovy little click!


    S1E1: “El Jefe”
    Directed By Sam Raimi
    12:53
    The flashlight twirling on the ground illuminating the scene as it spins on the two detectives faces gives way to one of the best sequences in the series. As Amanda’s deadite partner attacks her, the light spins furiously with the actions of the scene as she tries to retrieve her gun. When she retrieves the gun and aims it at the deadite the audience member would get a sigh of relief that she would triumph but is then tricked into terror. The flashlight spinning becomes slower and slower on both their faces as the man cries in pain pleading to his partner. The light illuminates his transformation back into a deadite horrifyingly for a slow dread filled shot. This shot and sequence show Sam still has it and sets up the series for what’s to come.



    S1E2: “Bait”
    Directed By Michael J. Bassett
    12:30
    As Ash brings down the cross upon the ground the camera pans to Pablo and Kelly with a bright sunrise upon them. While the horrors of the night are over it is this sunrise the signifies the dawning of Kelley’s new life and her dialogue over this shot swears her vengeance.


    S1E3: “Books From Beyond”
    Directed By Michael J. Bassett
    2:38
    Up until this point, Ruby has remained a mystery and not given us a sense of danger. Against the howl of the windmill in the background bathing in the moonlight we see her unleash the Kandarian dagger upon the already impaled deadite with a smirk on her face. This shot unravels her mystery bit by bit hauntingly as the first person besides Ash to stare down a Deadite with no fear.


    S1E4: “Brujo”
    Directed By David Frazee
    22:40
    The Brujo’s entire set up is pretty creepy with all sorts of totems that he utilizes for good but look haunting. When Kelly steps into the barn possessed by Eligos the totems come to life and react to the evil stepping before them. The best one though is the face that quickly begins to disappear bit by bit as Kelly approaches. It utters the word Mentirosa, Spanish for a liar, as she steps forth, giving way to a visually striking and terrifying warning.


    S1E5: “The Host”
    Directed By: David Frazee
    21:26
    Pablo bids farewell to his youth and tutelage under the Brujo while stepping into a new life with Ash that is more in tune with his family’s spiritual upbringing. With each totem lighting up as Pablo walks by the shots build Pablo’s feelings of loss toward a teacher as Pablo emerges a warrior that foreshadows his importance later to come as the first magical force of good in a fight that’s only ever cast spells of evil.


    S1E6: “The Killer of Killers”
    Directed By Michael Hurst
    20:24
    This is one of the most hilarious yet meaningful shots of the episode. Amanda’s boss has become a deadite ready to kill her. Ash shoots Amanda’s boss in the head, making her question the authority she had adhered to so much. Her idea of Ash as a villain changed with that charming Smile and look to Amanda in a gory pose over the lower jaw of her former boss. Ash looks to her like Uncle Sam simply saying join us! Blood and viscera flowing around him like a fountain. Dangling legs in the background as an added bonus!


    S1E7: “Fire In The Hole”
    Directed By Michael Hurst
    19:25
    Actions in combat can tell a story just like any dance. The compatibility between our heroes is evocative of Ash and Amanda’s budding romance during the entire sequence. However, it is this one masterful shot of the two working in unison dodging hellfire that tells the story of warrior’s love lit by demon fire!


    S1E8: “Ashes to Ashes”
    Directed By Tony Tilse
    18:21
    Ash can never escape the past it seems as the series goes on. He is hesitant to trust Pablo and Kelly as friends in his adventure for fear of losing them like he has lost so many others. This infamous shot from Evil Dead 2 is one of the few things that could make him question his machismo. This time he doesn’t even bring the chainsaw down on his beloved Linda but is forced to watch as an invisible chainsaw comes down upon her head forcing him to be reminded of what he did. This plays heavily into his decision making near the end of the season.



    S1E9: “Bound In Flesh”
    Directed By Tony Tilse
    25:20
    We finally get to see the book speak and beg Ash to not destroy it. This is something we’ve become accustomed to in the comic series, but have never been treated to the book itself speaking to Ash otherwise. We as the audience become the eye of the book and in true Evil Dead fashion watch, Pablo scream as the camera rushes toward him and he fuses with the book. This moment is the change in Pablo that clashes with his new direction discovered in the shot in Episode 5, which then tortures him internally until the end of season 2 where he is constantly being pulled by the necklace of the Brujo and the evil of the books spells.


    S1E10: “The Dark One”
    Directed By Rick Jacobson
    19:06
    A dreary moonlight shot of blues against the cabin looking ominous as Kelly stares on drenched in blood and anger. It’s a hauntingly beautiful shot. Kelly has fully embraced herself as a ghost beater and is done being tormented ready to start saving her boys. For a lot of characters, this could easily be a breaking point, but this shot affirms Dana Delorenzo as Kelly among some of the most powerful and able Final Girls on the rise.


    S2E1: “Home”
    Directed By Rick Jacobson
    27:31
    This shot is very telling of Ruby’s betrayal to evil. As her children surround and attack her, she is obscured by darkness and where she lies in terror a bright light emanates from behind her illuminating the scene as if to show her becoming a hero against evil.


    S2E2: “The Morgue”
    Directed By Tony Tilse
    16:41
    When this episode aired it was one of the most talked about and disgustingly depraved things to see. A simple Camera rig in front of Ash as he struggles to get out of a corpse, pubic hairs and dick swinging in his face. If Dead Alive wanted to take Evil Dead’s title of biggest gross-out scenes, then “Ash Vs Evil Dead” took the title back with excrement and body fluids all over our hero.


    S2E3: “Last Call”
    Directed By Tony Tilse
    23:08
    There are a ton of great shots of the evil Delta but perhaps the best one is this single frame of Lacey telling her boyfriend she loves him as he is splattered across the windshield. Blood and glass between them as they try for one last kiss against the fire and demonic lighting coming from the Delta and then splat! It’s a small touching moment that makes Lacey’s character a bit more sympathetic as the show goes on. As for her boyfriend? Well, I told you there would be plenty of Shemps to kill off.


    S2E4: “DUI”
    Directed By Michael J. Bassett
    1:45
    After splattering Ash’s dad across the street, The Delta pulls up with a camera spin into the grill revealing an eye stuck in it. Ash’s one true love, his car, that’s survived everything has turned against him and killed his father just as they had reconnected. A perfect role reversal as Brock William’s severed eye is now staring down Ash through the grill of the car. No longer a window into Brock’s soul, but a sick vision of Ash’s love turned enemy.


    S2E5: “Confinement”
    Directed By Michael J. Bassett
    17:46
    Flashing between light and darkness as the skin is ripped and blood is splattered gives us a horrifying look for the first time at the main antagonist of the season. Baal emerges from the flesh of humanity showing how we are all merely tools for his psychological deceptions.


    S2E6: “Trapped Inside”
    Directed By Mark Beesley
    11:37
    The moon reflects an eerie light upon Cheryl’s picture as it begins to bleed like the statue of Mary. The innocence of Ash’s sister was never saved and her soul weeps as the flesh is resurrected for evil’s bidding.


    S2E7: “Delusion”
    Directed By Mark Beesley
    23:59
    This entire episode is about breaking down Ash’s spirit and character, making him think he’s truly insane. As he’s at the breaking point he sees his friends and his love for them saves him. It’s a really simple shot that’s amplified by Bruce’s performance, but that disturbed look against the shadowy bars across his face in the dreary room give him his eureka moment where he comes down from his insanity and understands what he has to do to win.


    S2E8: “Ashy Slashy”
    Directed By Tony Tilse
    14:13
    Throughout the season the town builds up a boogeyman mythos in Ashy Slashy that we know as an audience member isn’t true but this shot brings Ashy Slashy to life. That boogeyman becomes real as the straight jacket becomes Ashy Slashy’s costume and the fire created by the chainsaw shows a side of Ash we’ve never seen. In this shot, we are convinced he had become a mindless killer.


    S2E9: “Home Again”
    Directed By Rick Jacobson
    19:51
    We’ve only ever heard his voice and seen his ghost save for a few shots of him discovering the Necronomicon in Evil Dead 2. Professor Knowby watches his student, Tanya, bleed out on the floor. She looks up at her mentor with horror as light swings back and forth casting shadows on his face. He is almost serial killer in nature and the shot reflects how his quest for knowledge outweighs his humanity. We see Professor Knowby and his daughter Ruby are not too dissimilar.


    S2E10: “Second Coming”
    Directed By Rick Jacobson
    26:12
    The finale brings Ash back to the cabin having to completely confront his past to change the future. With Pablo dead, because of Ash’s own follies, it is in the ashes of Ash’s dark past that Pablo is reborn, no longer tormented by the Necronomicon he takes his first breath as a new human. The evil within him gone and his life ready to begin anew.


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    McKenna Grace Snags Lead in Rob Lowe’s Remake of The Bad Seed

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    Okay so, evidently Rob Lowe is remaking The Bad Seed. Meh, I’m interested. But wait, evidently it will be a Lifetime original film. Urgh, interest is waning.

    All jokes aside, I’m intrigued by this remake. Not only is it set to star Rob Lowe, but the man will be directing and executive producing as well.

    Another interesting variation is that this film will follow Lowe’s father figure dealing with the evil child, instead of the original film’s mother character played by Nancy Kelly.

    And on top of that, today we have news via Deadline that McKenna Grace (Amityville: The Awakening) has been cast as the titular bad seed, Emma, and Patty McCormack – who played the evil little girl in the original, and received an Oscar nomination for performance – will co-star as the psychiatrist who treats Emma.

    Grace will next be seen in the Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House from director Mike Flanagan (Hush, Gerald’s Game).

    The Lifetime remake is directed and executive produced by Rob Lowe from a script by Barbara Marshall. Lowe as executive produces with Mark Wolper and Elizabeth Stephen and stars alongside Patty McCormack and McKenna Grace.

    Synopsis:

    Lowe plays a single father who seems to have everything under control. But when there is a terrible tragedy takes place at his daughter Emma’s (Grace) school, he is forced to question everything he thought he knew about his beloved daughter. He slowly begins to question if Emma’s exemplary behavior is just a façade and she played a role in the horrific incident. When more strange things begin to happen, he’s faced with keeping a terrible secret to protect Emma, but ultimately must stop her from striking again.

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    Buffy Is Back in New Buffy the Vampire Slayer Comic Miniseries by Joss Whedon

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    Buffy is back!

    Joss Whedon (Angel, Serenity) and Christos Gage (Angel & Faith) return to unite the Buffyverse for a four-issue Buffy the Vampire Slayer series this June!

    This action-packed miniseries from Dark Horse Comics, called Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning, reunites the Buffyverse with the return of Angel, Faith, Illyria, and Fray, the Slayer from the future!

    On top of that, Buffyverse alumnus artist Georges Jeanty (Serenity, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) also returns to lend his illustrative skills to the next installment.

    Issue #1 (of four) boasts three variant covers by Stephanie Hans, Georges Jeanty with Karl Story and Dan Jackson, and Karl Moline. You can check out one to the right and the other two below. Give them a look-see, and then let us know what you think!

    You can pre-order the first issue at your local comic shop in March before the series hits June 20, 2018.

    Synopsis:
    Following the world-altering finale of Season 11, Buffy and the Scoobies have had a laid-back year in the saving-the-world department. But as they’ve learned over their years of fighting the forces of darkness and thwarting many an apocalypse, nothing stays quiet for long.

    When Dawn and Xander’s housewarming party is crashed by some familiar faces with news of an amassing force that must be reckoned with—Wolfram & Hart, a legion of demons, and Harth, a vampire from the future—Buffy finds herself in a time warp that could alter the fate of the world and could spell the end for Buffy, her friends, and the Slayers forever.

     

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