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Forget the Oscars, the Golden Globes, the Emmys, and all those other mainstream awards shows. What we have here are the 4th Annual Splatcademy Awards celebrating the very best films, actors, and moments the horror genre had to offer in 2010. Where else do breasts get their own category?!?

Below are the nominees and the podcasts sponsoring them. Click here or on the below graphic to cast your vote, and be sure to head back to DeadLantern.com on February 28th, 2011, for Splattercast #218, when the winners will be announced.

Good luck to all the nominees – and quite a worth group they are!

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Best Film presented by Cadaver Lab

* Dark and Stormy Night
* Frozen
* The Human Centipede
* Let Me In
* Piranha 3D
* Rec 2
* A Serbian Film
* Shutter Island
* Splice
* The Wolfman

Best Director presented by Horror Etc.

* Vincenzo Natali, Splice
* Adam Green, Frozen
* Srdjan Spasojevic, A Serbian Film
* Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza, Rec 2
* Chad Ferrin, Someone’s Knocking at the Door

Best Actor presented by Midnight Corey

* Dieter Laser, The Human Centipede
* Srdjan Todorovic, A Serbian Film
* Patrick Fabian, The Last Exorcism
* Thomas Huber, Grimm Love
* Casey Affleck, The Killer Inside Me

Best Actress presented by Zombiegrrlz

* Emma Bell, Frozen
* Sarah Polley, Splice
* Sophie Lowe, Road Kill
* Ashley Bell, The Last Exorcism
* Chloe Moretz, Let Me In

Achievement in Cinematography presented by Terror Transmission

* Robert Richardson, Shutter Island
* Shelley Johnson, The Wolfman
* Dennis Madden, The Reeds
* Greig Fraser, Let Me In
* Carl Robertson, Road Kill

Best Foreign Horror Film presented by Movies About Girls

* A Serbian Film
* The Human Centipede
* Rec 2
* Grimm Love
* Road Kill

Achievement in Makeup presented by FearShop

* Neighbor
* The Wolfman
* Night of the Demons
* The Walking Dead
* Hatchet II

Achievement in Visual Effects presented by The Horror Movie Show

* Shutter Island
* Splice
* Resident Evil: Afterlife
* Predators
* Rec 2

Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted) presented by It Came from the Basement

* Larry Blamire, Dark and Stormy Night
* Vincenzo Natali, Splice
* Travis Betz, Lo
* Adam Green, Frozen
* Christopher Smith, Triangle

Best Documentary presented by Drunken Zombie

* Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy
* Nightmares in Red, White, and Blue
* American Grindhouse
* Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation
* A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss

Achievement in Sound or Score presented by The Scare-ening

* The Crazies
* The Wolfman
* Shutter Island
* Devil
* Rec 2

Best Death Scene presented by Night of the Living Podcast

* Hair in the boat propeller, Piranha 3D
* Doggystyle Decapitation, A Serbian Film
* Bottle Rocket to the Face, Rec 2
* Lou Beats Amy to Death, The Killer Inside Me
* Table Stomp Head Slide, Hatchet II

Best Villain presented by Bloody Good Horror

* Dr. Heiter, The Human Centipede
* Trinity Killer, Dexter
* The Piranha’s, Piranha 3D
* Nature, Frozen
* Lou Ford, The Killer Inside Me

Achievement in Breasts presented by Dread Media

* Christina Ricci, After.Life
* Silvia Spross, Someone’s Knocking at the Door
* Kelly Brook, Piranha 3D
* Katy Marie Johnson, 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams
* Roxanne Pallett, Lake Placid 3

Best No to Low Budget Indie presented by Motion Picture Massacre

* Dark and Stormy Night
* Lo
* Babysitter Wanted
* Dread
* Run! Bitch Run!

Scariest Scene or Moment presented by Mail Order Zombie

* Milos and his son, A Serbian Film
* Revealing the human centipede, The Human Centipede
* Crawling down the duct, Rec 2
* Surrounded by hungry wolves, Frozen
* Dren Rape, Splice

Best Horror Podcast presented by The Witch’s Hat

* Motion Picture Massacre
* Terror Transmission
* Horror Etc.
* Drunken Zombie
* Zombiegrrlz
* Cadaver Lab
* Night of the Living Podcast
* FearShop
* ScreamQueenz
* Bloody Good Horror

Scream Queen of the Year presented by ScreamQueenz

* Briana Evigan
* Amber Heard
* Tiffany Shepis
* Christa Campbell
* Diora Baird

Best Television Series presented by Just Another Fucking Movie Podcast

* True Blood
* Dexter
* Supernatural
* Scream Queens
* The Walking Dead

Best Horror Blog or Website presented by Horrorphilia

* The Horror Blog
* Retro Slashers
* The Vault of Horror
* Obscure Hollow
* Final Girl

Best Horror Video Game presented by Retro Flick Fillet

* Undead Redemption
* Splatterhouse
* Bioshock 2
* Heavy Rain
* Alan Wake

Achievement in Horror Design or Key Art presented by A Little Dead Podcast

* Dark and Stormy Night
* Giallo
* Frozen
* The Human Centipede
* True Blood

Best Audio Drama presented by 19 Nocturne Boulevard

* We’re Alive (Listen here)
* In the Gloaming: A Grave Mistake (Listen here)
* The Mask of Innana (Listen here)
* The Muse of Molly Malloy (Listen here)
* You’ve Got Dead On You (Listen here)

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Like Me – Will You Like This Dystopian Thriller?

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Starring Addison Timlin, Ian Nelson, Larry Fessenden

Directed by Robert Mockler


While Like Me is not dystopian in the classic science-fiction sense, it does aptly put the downer vibe across. If the present is abysmal, then the future is downright hopeless. We learn this as we follow an unhinged teenage loner called Kiya (Addison Timlin) on a hollow crime spree that she broadcasts on social media. At first the world “likes” her—with the exception of YouTube rival Burt (Ian Nelson), who disdainfully denounces her viral videos—but pride goes before the fall, and Kiya’s descent is spectacular.

If you’ve peeped the trailer for Like Me, then you’re probably expecting a horror movie. I mean, they’ve got the requisite menacing masked baddie and they’ve got genre icon Larry Fessenden in a major role—those are a couple of the key ingredients, right? Yes they are, but this simmering, shimmering stew of Natural Born Killers, Excision and King Kelly, it boils down to a whole lotta nothing. Like Me is sort of a drama, kind of a road trip flick, and almost a thriller. It succeeds at none yet does stand on its own as a compelling collection of cool visuals and pertinent performances. But is that enough?

While Kiya is a compelling character on the surface, there’s barebones beneath. Sure, she’s a Millennial mind-fed on random online clips and snappy soundbites—but what turned her into a psychopath? Was she born that way? Is social media to blame? We’ll never know, because not a hint is given. I don’t mind ambiguity, but even a morsel would have been welcome in this case. As Kiya ramps up her reckless exhibitionistic extremes, the stakes are never raised. In the end, who cares? Maybe that’s the point.

A word of warning: If you plan on watching this movie while chomping snacks…don’t. There is stomach-turning scene after vomit-inducing scene of orgiastic easting, binging, and the inevitable purging. I’m sure it’s all metaphorical mastication, a cutting comment on disposable consumption. I get it. But I don’t wanna look at it, again and again and again. Having said that, Like Me is an experimental film and in its presentation of such grotesquery, it’s quite accomplished. Montages, split-screens and jittered motions are scattered throughout, showing us all sorts of unpleasant things…Kudos to the editor.

I didn’t hate Like Me. But I do think one has to be in the mood for a movie such as this. It’s not an easy or entertaining watch, but it is a peculiar and thought-provoking one. There’s some style and mastery behind the camera, and I am curious to see what first-time writer-director Rob Mockler comes up with next.

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Funko Giving Jurassic Park the Pop! Treatment as Only They Can

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It is no secret we’re BIG fans of Funko’s Pop! Vinyl line here at DC HQ, and now they’ve announced a new series that has made our hearts just about burst… read on for a look at Pop! Movies: Jurassic Park, heading our way in February. The regular figures are awesome on their own, but wait until you see the exclusives!

From the Funko Blog:
Jurassic Park fans, get excited! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic film’s appearance on the silver screen, Jurassic Park is coming to Pop!

This series of Pop! features paleontologist Dr. Grant, Jurassic Park CEO John Hammond, mathematician Dr. Malcolm, and embryo-smuggler Dennis Nedry. (Keep an eye out for Dr. Ellie Sattler in Pop! Rides coming soon.)

We couldn’t forget the Jurassic Park dinosaurs! Featured in this line are the great T. rex, Velociraptor, and Dilophsaurus. Look for the Dilophosaurus chase, a rarity of 1-in-6.

Be on the lookout for exclusives. At Target you can find a wounded Dr. Malcolm, and the Dennis Nedry and Dilophosaurus 2-pack is available only at Entertainment Earth.

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American Psycho Meets Creep – Strawberry Flavored Plastic Review

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Starring Aidan Bristow, Nicholas Urda, Andres Montejo

Directed by Colin Bemis


Recently I wrote up an article here on Dread Central which was basically an open letter to anyone who was listening called “I Miss Found Footage.” Well, it seems like someone WAS listening, as I was then sent the link to an all-new found footage film called Strawberry Flavored Plastic from first-time writer-director Colin Bemis.

The film follows the “still-at-large crimes of Noel, a repentant, classy and charming serial killer loose in the suburbs of New York.” Basically, you could think of the flick as American Psycho meets Mark Duplass and Partick Brice’s Creep. That, or you could think of it as “Man Bites Dog in color!” However you choose to label Colin Bemis’ psychological thriller, just make sure you check out the film once it hits in the future.

As I alluded to above, the film is basically a found footage version of American Psycho. But that said, the film sports a twist on the charming serial killer subgenre that I have yet to see play out in any of the above-mentioned classics. I’m not going to go into spoiler territory here, but I will say that the film introduces an element to the tale that spins it into much more of a character drama than a straight horror film. Not that there is anything wrong with that!

Truth be told, the film’s turn from serial killer flick into a layered character study might have been its kiss of death, but this slight genre switch is rendered a minor issue as the film’s central narcissistic antagonist is played by Aidan Bristow. Bristow is an actor you may not have heard of before this review, but you will hear his name more and more over the years to come, I promise. The guy gives (no pun intended) a killer performance as the film’s resident serial killer Noel Rose, and time after time surprised me with how chilling, charming, or downright vulnerable he chose to play any given scene.

Bristow’s performance is, in the end, the major element the film has going for it. But that said, as a fan of found footage, I was smiling ear to ear at first-time director Colin Bemis’ understanding of what makes a found footage suspense sequence work.

In Strawberry Flavored Plastic director Colin Bemis is confident and content to allow full emotional scenes to play out with the camera directed at nothing more than a character’s knees. Why is this so important? Because it keeps the reality of the film going. Too many found footage directors would focus on the actors’ faces during such emotional scenes – no matter how contrived the camera angle was. In this film, however, Bemis favors the reality that says, “If you were really in this emotional state and holding a camera, you would let it drop to your side.” I agree, and it is small touches like that which make the film feel authentic and thus – once the shite hits the fan – all the scarier.

On the dull side of the kitchen knife, the film does feel a bit long even given it’s short running time, and there doesn’t seem too much in the way of visceral horror to be found within. Again, graphic blood and gore aren’t a must in a fright flick, but a tad more of the old ultra-violence would have gone a long way in selling our main psychopath’s insanity and unpredictability. But all the same, the film does feature a rather shocking sequence where our main baddie performs a brutal home invasion/murder that puts this film firmly in the realm of horror. In fact, the particular POV home invasion scene I’m talking about holds about as much horror as you’ll ever wish to witness.

In the end, Colin Bemis’ Strawberry Flavored Plastic is a must-see for fans of found footage and serial killer studies such as American Pyscho, Creep, and Man Bites Dog. I recommend giving it a watch once it premieres. If only to be able to point to Aidan Bristow in the near future and tell all your friends that you watched (one of) his first movies.

Until then, check out the film’s trailer HERE, and follow the movie on Facebook.

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Lead actor Aidan Bristow turns in a star-making performance in Colin Bemis’ Strawberry Flavored Plastic, a found footage film that plays out like Man Bites Dog in Color before introducing a new element to the charming-serial-killer subgenre and becoming more character study than a straight horror. Think American Psycho meets Creep.

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