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2011 Saturn Award Nominees AnnouncedIt’s that time of year again: The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films has announced the nominations for its 37th Annual Saturn Awards.

From the Press Release:
Leading the charge is Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending sci-fi thriller “Inception” with 9 nominations. Overture/Relativity Media’s “Let Me In” and Disney’s “Tron: Legacy” downloaded 7 nominations apiece; Clint Eastwood’s thought-provoking “Hereafter” received 6; while “Alice in Wonderland,” “Black Swan,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” “Never Let Me Go” and “Shutter Island” earned 5 nominations each.

In the television categories, Frank Darabont’s zombie-drama “The Walking Dead” (AMC) came to life with 6 nominations. “Breaking Bad” (AMC), “Lost” (ABC) and “Fringe” (Fox) tied with 5 nominations. “Leverage” (TNT) and “True Blood” (HBO) earned 4 apiece, followed by “Dexter” (Showtime) and “V” (ABC) with 3 and “The Closer” (TNT), “Smallville” (CW) and “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” (Starz) with 2.

The Academy was founded in 1972 by noted film historian Dr. Donald A. Reed to honor and recognize genre entertainment. Over the years the Academy has expanded their reach to include other film genres. The organization also recognizes excellence in television and home entertainment. Robert Holguin presently serves as President of the 39-year-old organization.

The 37th Annual Saturn Awards will take place this June in Burbank, California.

Here is the full list of nominees. Be sure to scroll down to the DVD section, where you’ll see Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (on which quite a few DC staffers worked). Congrats to everyone involved!

Movies

Best Science Fiction Film
Hereafter
Inception
Iron Man 2
Never Let Me Go
Splice
Tron: Legacy

Best Fantasy Film
Alice in Wonderland
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Clash of the Titans
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Twilight: Eclipse

Best Horror/Thriller Film
The American
Black Swan
Kick-Ass
Let Me In
Shutter Island
The Wolf Man

Best Action/Adventure Film
The Expendables
The Green Hornet
Red
Robin Hood
Salt
True Grit
Unstoppable

Best Actor
Jeff Bridges (Tron: Legacy)
George Clooney (The American)
Leonardo DiCaprio (Inception)
Leonardo DiCaprio (Shutter Island)
Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man 2)
Ryan Reynolds (Buried)

Best Actress
Cecile De France (Hereafter)
Angelina Jolie (Salt)
Carey Mulligan (Never Let Me Go)
Ellen Page (Inception)
Natalie Portman (Black Swan)
Noomi Rapace (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo)

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale (The Fighter)
Andrew Garfield (Never Let Me Go)
Tom Hardy (Inception)
Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy)
John Malkovich (Red)
Mark Ruffalo (Shutter Island)

Best Supporting Actress
Scarlett Johansson (Iron Man 2)
Keira Knightley (Never Let Me Go)
Mila Kunis (Black Swan)
Helen Mirren (Red)
Vanessa Redgrave (Letters to Juliet)
Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom)

Best Performance by a Younger Actor
Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief)
Frankie/George McLaren (Hereafter)
Kodi Smit McPhee (Let Me In)
Chloe Grace Moretz (Let Me In)
Will Poulter (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader)
Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit)
Charlie Tahan (Charlie St. Cloud)

Best Director
Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan)
Clint Eastwood (Hereafter)
Christopher Nolan (Inception)
Matt Reeves (Let Me In)
Martin Scorsese (Shutter Island)
David Yates (Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 1)

Best Writing
Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3)
Alex Garland (Never Let Me Go)
Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John McLaughlin (Black Swan)
Peter Morgan (Hereafter)
Christopher Nolan (Inception)
Matt Reeves (Let Me In)

Best Music
Daft Punk (Tron: Legacy)
Clint Eastwood (Hereafter)
Michael Giacchino (Let Me In)
Gottfried Huppertz (as Conducted by Frank Strobel) (The Complete Metropolis)
John Powell (How to Train Your Dragon)
Hans Zimmer (Inception)

Best Costume
Colleen Atwood (Alice in Wonderland)
Milena Canonero (The Wolf Man)
Isis Mussenden (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader)
Jany Temime (Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 1)
Michael Wilkinson (Tron: Legacy)
Janty Yates (Robin Hood)

Best Make-Up
Howard Berger, Gregory Nicotero (Splice)
Andrew Clement, Donald J. Mowat (Repo Men)
Andrew Clement, Jennifer McDaniel, Tarra Day (Let Me In)
Mark Coulier, Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight (Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 1)
Rick Baker, Dave Elsey (The Wolf Man)
Lindsay MacGowan, Shane Mahan (Alice in Wonderland)

Best Production Design
Kathy Altieri (How to Train Your Dragon)
Dante Ferretti (Shutter Island)
Darren Gilford (Tron: Legacy)
Rick Heinrichs (The Wolf Man)
Guy Hendrix (Inception)
Robert Stromberg (Alice in Wonderland)

Best Special Effects
Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Karl Denham, Nikos Kalaitzidis (Tron: Legacy)
Angus Bickerton, Barrie Helmsley (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader)
Tim Burke, John Richardson, Nicholas Ait’Hadi, Christian Manz (Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 1)
Chris Corbould, Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Peter Begg (Inception)
Ken Ralston, Tom Peitzman, David Schaub, Carey Villegas (Alice in Wonderland)
Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright, Daniel Sudick (Iron Man 2)

Best International Film
The Complete Metropolis (Kino Lorber)
Centurion (Magnolia Pictures)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Music Box Films)
Monsters (Magnolia Pictures)
Mother (Magnolia Pictures)
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (Oscilloscope Laboratories)

Best Animated Film
Despicable Me
How to Train Your Dragon
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole
Shrek Forever After
Tangled
Toy Story 3

Television

Best Network Series
Fringe
Lost
Smallville
Supernatural
V
The Vampire Diaries

Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series
Breaking Bad
The Closer
Dexter
Eureka
Leverage
Spartacus: Blood and Sand
True Blood

Best Television Presentation
Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol
Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special
The Pillars of the Earth
Sherlock
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena
The Walking Dead

Best Actor in Television
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Matthew Fox (Lost)
Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
Timothy Hutton (Leverage)
Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead)
Stephen Moyer (True Blood)

Best Actress in Television
Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead)
Erica Durance (Smallville)
Elizabeth Mitchell (V)
Anna Paquin (True Blood)
Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)
Anna Torv (Fringe)

Best Supporting Actor in Television
Michael Emerson (Lost)
John Noble (Fringe)
Dean Norris (Breaking Bad)
Terry O’Quinn (Lost)
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
Lance Reddick (Fringe)
Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead)

Best Supporting Actress in Television
Morena Baccarin (V)
Gina Bellman (Leverage)
Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter)
Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead)
Lucy Lawless (Spartacus: Blood and Sand)
Beth Riesgraf (Leverage)

Best Guest Starring Role in Television
Richard Dreyfuss (Weeds)
Noah Emmerich (The Walking Dead)
Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad)
Joe Manganiello (True Blood)
John Terry (Lost)
Seth Gabel (Fringe)

DVD

Best DVD Release

The Disappearance of Alice Creed (Anchor Bay)
District 13: Ultimatum (Magnolia)
The Good Heart (Magnolia)
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (1428 Films)
The New Daughter (Anchor Bay)
The Square (Apparition)

Best DVD Special Edition
Avatar (Extended Collector’s Edition) (Fox)
Monsters (Special Edition) (Magnolia)
Red Cliff (International Version) (Magnolia)
Robin Hood (Unrated Director’s Cut) (Universal)
Salt (Deluxe Unrated Edition) (Sony)
The Wolf Man (Unrated Director’s Cut) (Universal)

Best DVD Classic Film Release
The Complete Metropolis (Kino Lorber)
Cronos (Criterion Collection)
The Exorcist (Extended Director’s Cut) (Warner)
King Kong (Warner)
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (Deluxe Edition) (Kino Lorber
Psycho (50th Anniversary Edition) (Universal)

Best DVD Movie Collection
Alien Anthology (Fox)
Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy (Universal)
Clint Eastwood 35 Films 35 Years at Warner Bros. (Warner)
Fantomas: Five Film Collection (Kino Lorber)
Film Noir Classic Collection, Volume 5 (Warner)
Vengeance Trilogy (Tartan)

Best DVD Television Release
Lost (The Complete Sixth and Final Season) (ABC Studios)
The Six Million Dollar Man (The Complete Collection) (Time Life)
Space 1999: The Complete Season One (Blu-ray) (A & E)
Thriller: The Complete Series (Image)
The Twilight Zone (Season 1 & 2) (Blu-ray) (Image)
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (Season 4, Volume 2) (Fox)

Stage Presentations

Best Local Stage Production: Musical
Beauty and the Beast (Orange County Performing Arts Center)
Leap of Faith (Ahmanson Theatre)
Young Frankenstein (Pantages Theatre)

Best Local Stage Production: Drama or Comedy
The 39 Steps (Ahmanson Theatre)
The Glass Menagerie (Mark Taper Forum)
The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Mark Taper Forum)

Best Local Stage Production: Small Theater
The Arsonists (Odyssey Theatre)
U.S.S. Pinafore (Crown City Theatre Company)
Watson Sacred Fools Theatre)

Click here for the Saturn Awards official site.

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Brennan Went to Film School: Unlocking the Hidden Meaning in Insidious: The Last Key

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“Brennan Went to Film School” is a column that proves that horror has just as much to say about the world as your average Oscar nominee. Probably more, if we’re being honest.

WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS DETAILED SPOILERS FOR INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY. READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.

Blumhouse had quite a year last year, didn’t they? In addition to having three number one hits on their hands, the racial satire Get Out is their first horror entry to get awards traction thanks to its deeper themes. Now that everyone is starting to take the company and its work a little more seriously, it’s time to bring out the big guns and dive right into some deeper analysis into a much more unlikely subject: Insidious: The Last Key. The fourth entry in their tentpole haunted house franchise might not seem like it at first glance, but it’s the Get Out of the Me Too era, telling a story of women’s struggles while predicting the downfall of powerful, abusive men that started to occur during its production process with eerie accuracy.

No, seriously. Let’s start by taking a look at the villain. Unusually for this franchise, the baddies are both paranormal and human: halfway through the film it is revealed that the haunting victim who has called Lin Shaye’s Elise and her crew is also a sadistic killer who has chained up a woman in his basement. This is also revealed to be the very same thing Elise’s father did many decades before. The film implies that both men are being influenced by the key-wielding demon that inhabits the house.

Key imagery is very important to the film as a whole (I mean come on, it’s literally in the freakin’ title), and its themes of Elise arriving to her childhood home to unlock the secrets of her past. But there’s more than one meaning to that imagery, and understanding those meanings is the key to unlocking the subtext of the film, if you’ll allow me a really obvious pun.


The demon KeyFace might be influencing the men, but they’re still receptive to the idea. That’s because he’s awakening something that was already inside them. Keyface represents the pure male id; the unconscious, animalistic desires and drives that lay buried in the psyche. He’s not forcing them to behave in this way, he’s just unlocking their darker impulses.

It’s no coincidence that the demon’s lair is the bomb shelter basement. The house has now become a road map of her father’s mind, with his strongest emotions (and the literal place where he keeps his abused women secreted away) hidden in a sublevel that isn’t visible from the surface. This is the very same basement where he locked up Elise while punishing her for insisting that her visions were real. He wanted her to keep her psychic gifts locked away, probably so she wouldn’t discover his own submerged secrets.

Elise encounters a variety of keys during her journey that allow her to penetrate deeper and deeper into The Further, the house, her past, and the hideous truth about the men in her life. These keys unlock doors, suitcases, chains, and cages, but the most important unlocks the truth… and turns the attention of the evil upon her and her two nieces.

The probing of these women ignites the fury of Keyface and he takes her niece Melissa into the basement (another buried sublevel that must be unlocked), inserting a key into her neck and rendering her mute, then stealing her soul with a second key plunged into her heart. He is only vanquished when Elise and her other niece Imogen team together and use a family heirloom – a whistle – to summon Elise’s mother’s spirit.

On the surface, this seems like an inspiring story of three generations of women helping each other to face a great evil. This is certainly true, but now we have the key to understanding exactly what’s happening here. When a young woman discovers the abuse being perpetrated in her house, the figure of pure, wicked male desire literally steals her voice, silencing her. In order to restore that voice, another woman who knows the truth must very literally become a whistleblower.

…Did I just blow your mind?

At its heart, Insidious: The Last Key presents a world where women must rely on other women to provide them a voice and their very survival in a world dominated by powerful men and their ugly, dirty secrets. Secrets that they will do anything to keep locked away. There may be slightly more ghosts in Insidious than in real life, but that’s a frighteningly close parallel with the ugliness currently being revealed in Hollywood – as well as the world at large. It probably won’t tear up the Golden Globes next year, but this film is just the next important stepping-stone after Get Out in Blumhouse’s use of the genre to dig deep into the real life horrors plaguing our society.


Brennan Klein is a writer and podcaster who talks horror movies every chance he gets. And when you’re talking to him about something else, he’s probably thinking about horror movies. On his blog, Popcorn Culture, he is running through reviews of every slasher film of the 1980’s, and on his podcast, Scream 101, he and a non-horror nerd co-host tackle horror reviews with a new sub-genre every month!


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The Evil Dead Trilogy Cuts a 72-Minute Super Cut in Black and White

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While we wait on pins and needles for the third season of STARZ’s “Ash vs Evil Dead” to hit airwaves in February, we can take a moment to appreciate the original trilogy that led us to this incredible show. Starting in 1981, Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead, which Stephen King hailed as, “The most ferociously original horror film of the year,” began the journey of Bruce Campbell’s Ash Williams, an everyday kinda guy who gets caught up in a battle with demonic entities known as Deadites. Packed with humor, gore, and scares, the Evil Dead series has since become a cult classic and is a gem in the horror community.

Jorge Torres-Torres decided to pay his respects to the Evil Dead trilogy by creating Evil Dead Revision, where he took the first films and revised them, “…into a 72 minute, black & white ballet of gore.

If you need to catch up on the foundations of the Evil Dead universe before the return of “Ash vs Evil Dead”, this seems like a great place to start! Oh, and then make sure to binge the show on Netflix.

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Delirium Review – Bros, Cameras And A Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin On

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Starring Mike C. Manning, Griffin Freeman, Ryan Pinkston

Directed by Johnny Martin


When will these testosterone-overloaded frat bros with cameras ever learn that pissing off the evil souls of the departed all in the name of amusement won’t get you anywhere but wrecked? Same goes for filmmakers: when will they learn that found-footage exploits set in a house of pure sadism are something of a wrung-out affectation? Oh well, as long as people keep renting them, they’ll continue to get manufactured…which might or might not be to the benefit of the horror film-watching populous.

Delirium opens with a poor lad, strapped with a GoPro, running for his life through a labyrinth of haunted territory, praying for an escape…and it’s a foregone conclusion as to what happens to this trespassing individual. We then relocate our focus towards a collection of (ahem), “gentlemen” self-titled as The Hell Gang, and their escapades are about as profound as their grasp on the English language and its verbiage. The words “dude”, creepy”, and the term “what the fuck” are thrown about so much in this movie it’ll make your head spin to the point of regurgitation. Anyway, their interest in the home of the Brandt clan is more piqued now than ever, especially considering one of their own has gone missing, and they’ve apparently got the gonads to load up the cameras, and traverse the property after-hours, and against the warnings of the local law-enforcement, who surprisingly are just inadequate enough to ignore a dangerous situation. The cursed family and the residence has quite the illustrious and bleak history, and it’s ripe for these pseudo-snoopers to poke around in.

Usually I’m curb-stomping these first person POV movies until there’s nothing left but a mash of blood, snot and hair left on the cement, but Martin’s direction takes the “footage” a little bit outside of the box, with steadier shots (sometimes) and a bit more focus on the characters as they go about their business. Also, there are a few genuinely spooky scenes to speak of involving the possession of bodies, but there really isn’t much more to crow about, as the plot’s basically a retread of many films before it, and with this collection of borderline-douches manning the recording equipment, it’s a sad state of affairs we’re in that something such as this has crept its way towards us all again. I’m always down for jumping into a cold grave, especially when there could be a sweet prize to be dug up in all that dirt, but Delirium was one of those movies that never let you find your footing, even after you’ve clawed your way through all of the funereal sediment – take a hard pass on this one.

 

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Got about a half-dozen bros with cameras and a wanton will to get slaughtered on camera, all the while repetitively uttering the same phrases all damn day long? Then my friends, you’ve got yourself a horror movie!

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