Horror Month 2009: The 1st Annual Splatter Time Fun Fest Awards

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Horror Month 2009 is all but over, now comes the part where you hear me rail on like an old windbag about the best of what I watched!

Sadly, October must always come to an end. Every year I get jazzed out of my gourd that October is here and for once all my horrific leanings are seen as normal by others, but just as fast as I can unpack my blood packets October is over and some lame turkey day is upon us. For you my loyal readers I present the awards for Horror Month 2009, the 1st Annual Splatter Time Fun Fest Awards. There are a certain number of categories that I will guide you through, and by the end you will undoubtedly be bored as all get out and hate my guts, but all in a days work for Bill Thompson!

Eligible Films:

I decided to only go with the top five in each category, but the number of movies I watched for Horror Month 2009 wasn’t that large. Here are all fourteen of the eligible movies,

Ôdishon (Audition, 1999)
The Shining (1980)
The Fly (1986)
May (2002)
[Rec] (2007)
Gwoemul (The Host, 2006)
Carrie (1976)
Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
Halloween (1978)
Suspiria (1977)
El Orfanato (The Orphanage, 2007)
Frankenstein (1931)
The Last House On The Left (Unrated, 2009)
Braindead (Dead Alive, 1992)

Awards:

Just a brief capsule this time, but in my continued attempts at humor that always fail, each award category has a less than descriptive name as its title. I’m lame like that, learn to love it or get the heck out! As I previously stated, I limited each award to only five nominations (although in some categories there will be less than five), and the presentation will be the five nominations followed by the winner. Doesn’t get any simpler than that, does it?

Holy Boobies Batman! (AKA Best Boobies):

I’m a dude, so if you have a problem with this category the root resides in between my legs. Sorry, I happen to like naked boobies therefore they get their own award. In the interest of equality, if you are a woman, or a man, who is offended by this go create your own category for best cock shot, you can do that if you want. I, however focus on boobies, because that’s what I do. Before my ramblings get further out of control your five nominees are,

1) The young woman in the bathtub – The Shining

2) Veronica’s side boob after screwing Brundle for the first time – The Fly

3) Lynda gets dressed right before Michael strangles her – Halloween

4) Carrie in the shower before she gets her period – Carrie

5) Sadie takes her top off in front of everyone in the motel – The Last House On The Left

And The Winner Is:

All great entries, but in a category that is all about the boobies you have to go with the perkiest and bounciest, young unnamed lady in the bathtub from The Shining takes home the crown. I have nothing to offer you, especially since now you are probably sixty something years old. But let this award be a testament to your once hot youth, but for the love of god stop the movie before she switches into the old lady with sores.

There should be a video here, but I can’t find one, so this is all I can give you,

Best Boobies

Buckets O’ Blood A Plenty (AKA Best Gore):

I know that not everyone likes gore, and while I sometimes share that view, when done right gore can be a great thing. These five nominees are examples of that,

1) Brundlefly melts Stathis’ foot and arm off with his saliva – The Fly

2) Adam’s freaky cannibalistic love video – May

3) Tom hacks away at a zombie’s hand with a piece of wood until all that is left is a shredded husk – Night Of The Living Dead

4) Francis loses his hand down a garbage disposal – The Last House On The Left

5) The entire zombie party sequence – Braindead (Dead Alive)

And The Winner Is:

It’s only a part of the zombie party from Braindead, but you’ll get the picture. Every body part you can think of is severed, eaten, used as a weapon, tossed into a blender, and all other sorts of gory goodness. As far as gore goes, nothing I have ever seen comes close to the zombie party from Braindead.

Do Not Stick That Stake Through My Heart (AKA Best Death):

This one is pretty darn self explanatory, who died the best. Really, did you need me to say anything beyond that? Let’s get to the nominees,

1) Jack freezes to death outside the hotel and the smirk shall never leave his face – The Shining

2) Pat Hingle is stabbed through the heart, literally, then crashes through a glass ceiling only to end up hanging from the rope around her neck while her friend is killed by the shards of glass from the ceiling – Suspiria

3) Benigna is run over be a car – El Orfanato (The Orphanage)

4) Francis takes a hammer through the head – The Last House On The Left

5) Mum rips Nurse McTavish’s head off by putting her fingers through her cheeks – Braindead (Dead Alive)

And The Winner Is:

There’s something to be said for a beautiful death and Dario Argento sure knows how to kill his characters in a beautiful way. Pat Hingle may not be on screen in Suspiria all that long, but her death is one of the best shot death scenes you’ll ever see. Not only that, but it’s like a marathon of death, she’s stabbed eighty million times, punched around, tossed through a glass ceiling and then hung, Argento is one sick man.

I swear I didn’t Just Piss My Pants (AKA Creepiest Scene):

I’ve never really been scared at horror movies and because of that I tend to look for creepy scenes instead of scary ones. Without any further ado I present to you the five creepiest scenes in Horror Month 2009,

1) Asami sits alone in her room, the phone continues to ring, she looks up and that damn burlap bag starts thrashing about – Ôdishon (Audition)

2) Wendy turns a corner, she’s in the middle of freaking out already and what does she see? Why, it’s a dude in formal wear sitting on a bed with a guy in a dog suit kneeling before him about to or in the middle of giving him a blowjob – The Shining

3) May proves she’s nowhere near a normal girl when she decides to reenact her boyfriend Adam’s freaky cannibal love movie with him, live, in the flesh – May

4) Brundlefly throws up and loses an ear in the same conversation – The Fly

5) Pablo shoves his camera into a darkened attic and lo and behold there is a freaky zombie kid up there – [Rec]

And The Winner Is:

This was a very tough one, each and every scene nominated, as well as a few that didn’t make the final cut, were creepy as all get out. But, only one scene made me question my faith in humanity as well as that silent girl down the street who’s cute but keeps to herself and is always hiding behind her hair. Asami silently sitting in her barely furnished apartment while that phone rings and that sack threshes about is one of the creepiest scenes I have even seen. Ôdishon has a reputation as a creepy movie, and this scene proves that reputation.

My Guts would Spill Out From Laughter If You Hadn’t Already Hacked Them Out With a Machete (AKA Funniest Scene):

Not all horror movies make you laugh, some that made me laugh I didn’t bother nominating because they were macabre funny and not laugh out loud funny. Either way, these are the scenes that had me rolling,

1) The Park family flees from the government in a van and they somehow forget their sister – Gwoemul (The Host)

2) Brundlefly reacts to throwing up in front of Veronica for the first time – The Fly

3) Father McGruder lets all the zombies know that he kicks ass for the lord – Braindead (Dead Alive)

And The Winner Is:

For the longest time I didn’t see any way that any film could come along and top the hyjinx of the Park family fleeing from the government. Then I met a certain preacher who felt it was in his best interest to shout out, “I kick ass for the lord” and follow that up with a kung fu ass beating. I had to stop Braindead at that point because I laughed for a good five minutes straight after hearing him utter those words and hopefully so will you.

You’re Like Syndrome, Only Effective (AKA Best Villain):

Unlike a certain villain from The Incredibles, all of these villains were effective. Whether it’s a monster out to eat, a soulless killing machine or a gaggle of the undead, you know these characters mean business,

1) Jack Torrance – The Shining

2) Zombies – [Rec]

3) The Mutant – Gwoemul (The Host)

4) Zombies – Night Of The Living Dead

5) Michael Myers – Halloween

And The Winner Is:

As if there was any doubt, this man has epitomized the horror villain since his creation. Michael Myers makes Halloween, his soulless yearning for death can’t be matched, he can’t be stopped, can’t be reasoned with, he’s everyone’s worst nightmare, and he wears a mask. Michael Myers is evil personified and not only the best villain of Horror Month 2009, but maybe the best villain of all time.

A quick note on the video, it does contain clips from all the Halloween movies, but it’s the best representation of Michael Myers you’ll find on the web that isn’t accompanied by out of place death metal,

If This Were The Oscars This Would Be A Prestigious Award (AKA Best Performance):

Why do you need me to type anything in this slot? These are the five best performances regardless of gender,

1) Eihi Shiina as Asami Yamazaki – Ôdishon (Audition)

2) Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance – The Shining

3) Jeff Goldblum as Seth Brundle/Brundlefly – The Fly

4) Sissy Spacek as Carrie White – Carrie

5) Belén Rueda as Laura – El Orfanato (The Orphanage)

And The Winner Is:

Performances often make the movie and that is never more the case than in a horror film. There are plenty of good gore fests or scare-a-thons, but the truly great horror movies are usually bolstered by memorable performances. All of the performances listed above are memorable, but only one stands out from the pack. Belén Rueda consistently does the little things in El Orfanato that help Laura come alive. She keeps her role and in turn the movie grounded with her realistic emotion and always expressive eyes. It’s a shame that come legitimate awards time she was looked over because El Orfanato is a horror movie, her performance would be fit for any genre of film.

The Big Whammy Mammy Jammy (AKA Best Film):

Seriously, why am I even typing this crap anymore? This is the award for the best film, uh, yeah,

1) Ôdishon (Audition)
2) The Shining
3) The Fly
4) Night Of The Living Dead
5) Halloween

And The Winner Is:

On a serious note this was the toughest category of all for me. On a pure horror level every one of these films are fantastic, just as they are on a non-horror cinematic level. In the end I had to go with the one that I felt best represented all that I love about horror, the holiday of Halloween and suspense film making. All the nominees are master works in my eyes, but there can only be one best in Horror Month 2009, and that film is Halloween. My review summed up my feelings on this film the best and that leaves me with very little to say. Suffice to say it’s a film I love and if you want to see the movie I most associate with the day that kids love to get candy, then watch Halloween.

It’s Over, It’s All Over:

There you have it, the 1st Annual Splatter Time Fun Fest awards are done with. It’s like the Academy Awards or taking home the Palm d’Or from Cannes, only way, way more prestigious! Count yourself lucky winners, you can now take your rightful place among the gods, and place your non-existent award, in my mind I’m thinking a cheap ceramic bowl with splatter spelled incorrectly on the side, on your mantle. For the rest of you, hope you enjoyed at least a small portion of my ramblings, and see you next year!

Cheers,
Bill

14 responses to “Horror Month 2009: The 1st Annual Splatter Time Fun Fest Awards

  1. mcarteratthemovies

    Great post, Bill, and I especially liked the awards titles — very clever. Plus there’s a picture of bare boobies for the fellas. That’s a slam-dunk right there.

    I’m soooooo happy you picked “Halloween” for the top award — I’ve seen this film about 20 times now, and every time I get as scared as I did the first time. This is a timeless classic, and one that has aged beautifully. It stands as a testament to John Carpenter’s enormously unsettling ability to figure out what scares us most. Nothing can top “Halloween.” Nothing.

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  3. Thanks, and Halloween, the movie, will always hold a special place in my heart.

  4. What the hell is going on here?!?

    Just before I go thinking that Halloween (the day) sucks, here comes along Bill and throws in this fucked up post.

  5. ‘I’m a dude, so if you have a problem with this category the root resides in between my legs.’
    i think thats the best sentence ive ever read

  6. that is a ridiculously good post Bill, nice effort.
    as i was saying to M Carter over on her site, last night i watched Halloween the whole way through for the first time. it really is a staggeringly good film and would clean up in any horror awards:
    Best Credit Sequence
    Best Opening Scene
    Best Music
    Best Villain

  7. Edgar – Everything I do, I do for you Edgar, you know this. 🙂

    Ross – Yeah, Halloween is a tremendous example of horror film making. No matter how many times I watch it, and I’m probably close to triple digits by this point, it never ceases to amaze me how well constructed of a film is.

  8. Oh yeah, and thanks for the kind words Ross, as a fellow blogger you know how much positive feedback means. 🙂

  9. mcarteratthemovies

    Yes, Bill, your list was WAY too good not to mention, so I had to do a shoutout — the award titles alone had me rolling!

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  11. Thanks for the mention M, it is much appreciated. 🙂

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