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10 Horror Stars Who Should Have Won Best Actress at the Oscars

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Earlier today, I posted a list of 10 horror stars who I believe should’ve won the Best Actor award at the Oscars. The list was made because I feel like the Academy snubs horror with such regularity that it’s long become commonplace to see the best of our genre get ignored, regardless of the effort and expertise that went into making such films.

This dismissal is frustrating because it hits every aspect of a film, from the direction to the original score to the costume design to the editing.

People work their asses off to make sure that a horror movie is effective, and seeing that dedication and hard work go unnoticed by those that consider themselves to be the top of the pyramid is maddening, insulting, and we need to call it out every chance that we get. And as the saying goes, “Those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it.

That’s why I’m highlighting 10 performances by actresses in horror films over the years that deserved recognition but didn’t get any. Join me below, and let me know whom you think I left out by leaving a comment!

Nicole Kidman – The Others

A brilliant ghost story with a poignant twist, Nicole Kidman’s performance as a mother who has to look out for two disabled children while awaiting word from her husband, who is at war, is astounding. She is both cruel and caring, steadfast yet haunted. She portrays a character whose faith is tested in a time when she has to be at her strongest, something she pulls off with seemingly astounding ease. The film was both a box office and critical success, which makes it all the more puzzling why Kidman didn’t get a nod for Best Actress.

Ivana Baquero – Pan’s Labyrinth

When I was at Bloody-Disgusting, the debate on whether or not Pan’s Labyrinth is a horror film was something that boggled my mind. Yes, it’s a war drama. Yes, it’s a fantasy. But how can anyone deny that it’s a horror film? Featuring monsters, both from the imagination and in reality, and a desperate attempt to survive a horribly violent situation, Baquero’s journey as Ofelia is one of struggle, desperation, and terror. By god, that young girl nailed that role in such a way that I can’t imagine the film without her. Child actors are often unexperienced and pretty annoying to watch. But not here. Baquero was Ofelia; it’s that simple.

Sigourney Weaver – Alien 3

I’m in the minority of people who think Alien 3 is a fantastic film, despite having one of the most troubled productions I’ve ever heard of. Weaver’s portrayal of Ellen Ripley in this film is such a wonderful evolution of her character, one that she embraced and played fantastically. From an unknowing and unwilling participant (Alien) to a warrior mother (Aliens) to a broken, defeated victim, Weaver has taken Ripley on an amazing journey and has always given the role the dedication and gravitas it so richly deserves. While her performance in Aliens got her a Best Actress nomination, I feel like it was in this film that she gave Ripley her best work.

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Go Christmas Caroling with The Killing of a Sacred Deer

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Given that I personally have gone Christmas caroling with various lunatics hopped up on eggnog, what the hell… why not go Christmas caroling with The Killing of a Sacred Deer? Dig on this latest clip!

Look for the flick starring Colin Farrell (Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, In Bruges, 2009) and co-starring Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (Best Actress, The Hours, 2003) to hit Blu-ray, DVD, and digital on January 23rd. Yorgos Lanthimos directs.

Special features include “An Impossible Conundrum” featurette, and the package will be priced at $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.

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Dr. Steven Murphy (Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife, Anna (Kidman), and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljic) and 14-year-old Kim (Raffey Cassidy). Lurking at the margins of Steven’s idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen he has covertly taken under his wing.

As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family’s life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family’s domestic bliss.

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Which Monsters May Be Making Their TV Debut in Junji Ito Collection?

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Studio Deen’s highly-anticipated anime anthology Junji Ito Collection has been building buzz, especially since its new teaser dropped weeks ago. Eagle-eyed fans who are well-acquainted with horror mangaka Junji Ito’s body of work will spot some familiar faces in the new trailer, brought to the small screen by showrunner Shinobu Tagashira.

So, who among Ito’s famous menagerie of monsters may be making an appearance in the show when it airs next year?

Oshikiri Toru

Oshikiri is the morally-questionable highschooler who begins to question his perception of reality in Hallucinations, a series of some loosely connected one-shots. Oshikiri’s a little on the short side, with an even shorter fuse. One thing he’s not short on is moneyas evidenced by his impressive, albeit creepy, mansion. We’ve yet to see which of his adventureswhich range from murder to parallel dimensionswill be his television debut.

Yuuko

The once-chatty Yuuko falls ill and sees her worst fears come to pass in Slug Girl, the famous one-shot whose brand of body horror is sure to feel like a distant cousin (or maybe a predecessor?) to Uzumaki‘s “The Snail” chapter. It offers little in the way of answers but is best enjoyed in all its bizarre glory.

The Intersection Bishounen

In Lovesick Dead, one of Ito’s longer standalone stories, an urban legend causes a rash of suicides when young girls begin to call upon a mysterious, black-clad spirit called the Intersection Bishounen. The custom catches on quickly among teenagers, out late and eager for him to tell them their fortune in life and love, since his advice is to die for. Literally.

Souichi Tsujii

A long-running recurring character in Ito’s manga (probably second only to Tomie herself), you’ll know Souichi by the nails he sucks on or sticks out of his moutha strange habit borne out of an iron deficiency. He’s an impish kid whose fascination with the supernatural makes him the odd man out in an otherwise normal family. The morbid pranks he likes to playfunny only to him—don’t do much to endear him to his peers or relatives, either.

Fuchi

The titular character in Fashion Model, Fuchi works as a professional model for her, shall we say, unique look and Amazonian stature. When she and another actress are hired by a crew of indie filmmakers, Fuchi shows them that she doesn’t like sharing the limelight. She also makes a cameo in a couple of Souichi’s stories, and in them he finds her genuinely attractive. Beauty, after all, is in the eye of the beholder.

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Nemo Rising Signing Happening at Dark Delicacies on December 23

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Author C. Courtney Joyner will be signing copies of his new book Nemo Rising at Burkank’s Dark Delicacies horror store on Saturday, December 23 at 4pm. You can get the full details of the event and directions on Dark Delicacies’ website.

Nemo Rising will be a sequel to Jules Verne’s 1870 masterpiece Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and will see President Ulysses S. Grant recruiting the notorious Captain Nemo to destroy a gigantic sea monster which has been responsible for sinking ships. The gigantic eight-tentacled mollusc can be seen on the book’s cover below, and it looks like Nemo will have his work cut out for him.

Joyner also worked on the screenplays for the Full Moon films Doctor Mordrid and Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys, whilst his previous books include Hell Comes To Hollywood and the Shotgun series. If you can’t make it to the signing, Nemo Rising will be released in the US on December 26, and in the UK on January 13.

Nemo Rising Dark Delicacies Signing Details:
​Nemo Rising will be released on hardcover from Tor Books on December 26th, 2017.

JUST ANNOUNCED: On December 23rd at 4:00 PM, C. Courtney Joyner will sign copies of NEMO RISING at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, California!

C. COURTNEY JOYNER is an award-winning writer of fiction, comics, and screenplays. He has more than 25 movies to his credit, including the cult films Prison, starring Viggo Mortensen; From a Whisper to a Scream, starring Vincent Price; and Class of 1999, directed by Mark Lester. A graduate of USC, Joyner’s first produced screenplay was The Offspring, which also starred Vincent Price. Joyner’s other scripts have included TV movies for CBS, USA, and Showtime. He is the author of The Shotgun western series and Nemo Rising.

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