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Vote for the 4th Annual Splatcademy Awards



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 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!

Vote for the 4th Annual Splatcademy Awards

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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Night of the Living Dead 4K and The Silence of the Lambs Come to the Criterion Collection



It’s been a long time coming for these two classics, especially Night of the Living Dead after the ridiculously bad transfer put out by Mill Creek Entertainment, whose transfer was supposedly remastered from a new 2K scan. I swear I thought it was some kind of a joke when I first put it on to watch. In any event…

IndieWire is reporting that horror classics Night of the Living Dead and The Silence of the Lambs will be added to the 2018 Criterion Collection, a hallmark label for home video cinephiles.

According to the site, Criterion will release a new 4K digital restoration of The Silence of the Lambs, which has been approved by the movie’s cinematographer Tak Fujimoto. Included on the DVD and Blu-ray sets are 35 minutes of deleted scenes and audio commentary from 1994 featuring the late Jonathan Demme (director), stars Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, screenwriter Ted Tally, and former FBI agent John Douglas.

Night of the Living Dead will also be released in 4K with never-before-seen 16mm dailies included as a bonus feature(!).

These will be added in February of 2018 so make sure you save up some cash after the holidays!

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DIS Review – Not for the Faint of Heart!



Starring Bill Oberst, Jr., Lori Jo Hendrix, Peter Gonzales Falcon

Directed by Adrian Corona

I’ve made this claim many a time on this website before, and in the company of film friends as well: Bill Oberst Jr. is one of those actors that can literally be thrust into ANY role, and deliver a performance with so much harnessed electricity that you couldn’t believe that it was possible. I was the lucky recipient chosen to get a look at his latest project, titled DIS, and I think that I can honestly say – this is the stuff that nightmares are constructed of.

Directed by Adrian Corona, this 60-minute dive into the black depths of hell, and in actuality DIS is located between circles # 6 and 9 in Dante’s Divine Comedy, and trust me when I tell you – there’s not a shred of comedic relief in this demented presentation. Oberst Jr plays an ex-soldier named Ariel, and his seemingly harmless jaunt through the woods will become anything but that, and judging from the film’s opening scenes, you are meant to feel as uncomfortable about this watch as any you might have checked out in recent memory.

Perversion is the norm here, and lord help you if you’re caught where you shouldn’t be…my skin’s crawling just thinking about what I saw. Ariel’s travels are basically dialogue-free, but it only adds to the infinite levels of creepiness – you can tell he’s being stalked, and the distance between he and the horrors that await are closing in rather quickly.

Visually by itself, this hour-long chiller can sell tickets without any assistance – hollowed-out buildings and long sweeping shots of a silent forest give the movie that look of complete desolation. Sliced up into three acts, the film wastes no time in setting up the story of a killer needing fresh blood to appease his Mandrake garden – seriously guys, I can’t type as much flashy stuff as there needs to be in order to describe this innately disturbing production.

If you’re one of those types who tends to shy away from the graphic side of things, then I’d HIGHLY advise you to keep your TV tuned to the Hallmark Channel for some holiday entertainment, because this one registers high on the “I can’t believe someone thought of this” meter. So the quick recap is this: Oberst Jr in a standout performance, visual excellence, and an unshakable sense of debasement on a cellular level – keep the kiddies out of the living room with this one. Corona should be lauded (or locked up – just kidding) for his work on this one – HIGHLY recommended, and one that I’ll throw down as a top 5 for me in 2017.

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Todd And The Book Of Pure Evil: The End Of The End Review: A Heavy Metal Massacre In Cartoon Form



Starring Alex House, Bill Turnbull, Maggie Castle, Melanie Leishman, Chris Leavins, Jason Mewes

Directed by Richard Duhaney and Craig David Wallace

“Todd And The Book Of Pure Evil” – Canadian television’s greatest blend of Evil Dead, Superbad and Deathgasm? Yes. That answer is yes. For two face-melting seasons, Todd “protected” Crowley High from episodic villains who were bested by metal riffs, stoner logic and hormonal companionship. Musical interruptions showcased stage theatrics like Sondheim meets pubescent Steel Panther and high school tropes manifested into vile, teen-hungry beasts. It was like a coming-of-age story got stuck between Fangoria pages – all the awkwardness with 100x more guts.

That – for worse – was until Todd fell to a premature cancellation after Season 2’s clone-club cliffhanger. Indiegogo became the show’s only way to deliver a feature-length finale, except to reduce costs and ensure completion, the project would have to be in cartoon form. Todd And The Book Of Pure Evil: The End Of The End suggests an animated curtain call for this otherwise live-action production, and from a fan’s perspective, familiar maturation follies befall our favorite bloodsoaked friend group. But for new viewers? Start with the far-superior original show – you’ll be lost, underwhelmed and baffled otherwise.

Alex House retains his characterization of Todd Smith (in voice only). At this point, Todd has thwarted the book’s apocalyptic plan, Hannah (Melanie Leishman) has died, longtime crush Jenny (Maggie Castle) isn’t as horny for Todd anymore, and best friend Curtis (Bill Turnbull) has sworn Todd’s name to Hell (since Hannah was his girlfriend). Guidance Counselor Atticus Murphy Jr. (Chris Leavins) is now Janitor Atticus Murphy Jr. because Janitor Jimmy (Jason Mewes) is now Counselor Jimmy, yet Crowley High finds itself plagued by the same satanic uprisings despite these new changes. Why is evil still thriving! How is Hannah back in class! Who is the new “Pure Evil One” now that Todd has denied the book! Welcome to the end, friends – or is it a new beginning?

At just north of 80 minutes, structure runs a bit jagged. We’re used to Todd battling one baddie over a half-hour block – backstory given time to breathe – but in The End Of The End, two mini-boss cretins play second fifth-fiddle to the film’s big-bad monster (well, monsters – but you’ll see). A double-dose of high school killers followed by a larger, more important battle with the gang’s fate hanging in the balance. Not a problem, it’s just that more length is spent singing songs about Todd’s non-functioning schlong and salvaging relationships from the S2 finale. Exposition (what little there is) chews into necessary aggression time – fans left ravenous for more versatile carnage, underwhelmed by the umpteenth cartoon erection gag. Did I mention there’s a lot of boner material, yet?

These two mini “chapters” – “No Vest For The Wicked” (yarn demon)/”Zits Alors” (acid acne) – never come close to rivaling Hannah Williams’ doppelganger bombshell (“Songs About Boners”/”This Is The End Of The End Of the End”). Hannah [X]. Williams waking up in a room full of other Hannahs, emerging from some sleep-pod chamber; Todd’s gang facing off against this new “chosen one” in a way that erases “Sack Boy” and “Pizza Face” from memory. The End Of The End dashes dildoes-swinging into the show’s biggest mystery while dropping call-backs and bodies with equal speed – maybe too hastily for some.

Now, about the whole pivot to animation – a smooth rendering of Crowley High and all its mayhem, but never representative of Todd And The Book Of Pure Evil‘s very Ash Vs. Evil Dead vibe. All the practical death effects (gigantic man-eating cakes, zombie rockstars) are lost to one-dimensional drawings, notable chemistry between cast members replaced by edited recordings lacking signature wits. This isn’t Metalocalypse, where dismemberment and bloodshed are gruesome on levels that outshine even live-action horror flicks. There’s no denying some of the magic is missing without Chris Leavins’ “creepy uncle” overacting (a Will Forte breed) or the book’s living incarnations of evil. Todd And The Book Of Pure Evil: The End Of The End plays hooded minion to Todd And The Book Of Pure Evil’s dark ruler – less powerful, a bit duncier, but still part of the coolest cult around. Just try not to think about how much radness is missing inside hand-traced Crowley High?

It’s hard not to strike comparisons between “reality” and ‘toon, because as noted above, live actors are sorely missed in a plethora of situations. Be they musical numbers, heretic slayings, Todd and Curtis’ constant references to wanking, wangs or other pelvic nods (no, for real, like every other sentence) – human reactions no longer temper such aggressive, self-gratifying cocksmanship. It doesn’t help that songs never reach the memorable level of “Horny Like The Devil,” but the likes of House, Leishman, Turnbull and Castle were masters of selling schlock, shock and Satan’s asshole of situations. Instead, lines now land flat like – for example – Leavins’ lessened ability to turn pervy, stalkerish quips into hilarious underage stranger-dangers. Again, it’s not Metalocalypse – and without that kind of designer depth, a wall prevents inter-dimensional immersion into Todd’s extracurricular madness.

If this review sounds over-negative, fret not – it’s merely wishes of what could have been. None of this is to say Todd And The Book Of Pure Evil: The End Of The End should be skipped. When you’re already known for masterstrokes of ballbusting immaturity, metal-horned malevolence and vicious teen-angst creature vanquishing, expectations are going to be sky high. Directors Richard Duhaney and Craig David Wallace successfully service fans with a smile, ensuring that rivers of red scribbled blood spurt from decapitated school children just like we’re used to. It’s just, I mean – ugh, sorry, I just have to say it one more time. BY DIMEBAG’S BEARD, this would have been an epic live-action flick. As is? Still one fine-with-a-capital-F-YEAH return to Crowley High for the faithful who’ve been waiting some 5-or-so years in a Todd-less purgatory.

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