Thursday, October 24, 2013
Announcing the Nominees for the the First Ever Casper Awards!
Best Horror Movie
The Conjuring – One of the most fun horror movies made in years. Very well-made and scary.
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters – An infectiously good time that knows exactly what it is and is the best version of that movie.
The Lords of Salem – A sad, suspenseful and restrained effort from a filmmaker that is trying something different with very strong results.
Stoker – An unsettling and interesting character study that takes surprising turns.
You’re Next – Seamlessly blends comedy, thriller and horror together. Also borrows elements from horror and action classics while still making them seem fresh and exciting.
James Wan, The Conjuring – A director working at the height of his abilities. The one where everything came together and worked. Especially gratifying because you’ve been seeing him build towards this over the years.
Sam Raimi’s Army of Darkness.
Rob Zombie, The Lords of Salem - The most mature work yet from the talented director who tried to make more of a mood piece and succeeded admirably.
Gareth Evans & Timo Tjahanto, V/H/S/2 ("Safe Haven" segment only) – The energy and the intensity the directors bring to “Safe Haven” stands above most in the horror genre this year.
Adam Wingard, You're Next – He figured out a way to make the home invasion subgenre fun, which is no small feat.
Patrick Wilson, The Conjuring – Just another strong performance from the always natural actor. Wilson is terrific at making goofy go down easier.
Jeremy Renner, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters – An interesting mix of taking a character half-serious and half-jokingly, but Renner throws himself into all of the action sequences with sincerity and energy.
Vera Farmiga, The Conjuring – As always, Farmiga is great at humanizing genre roles that might seem out-there on paper.
Evil Dead – A very physical and energetic performance. Levy is equally adept at playing the demon and the Ash-type character.
Gemma Arterton, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters – The role she was born to play. She’s so good in this role that she is now known in our circles as just Gretel.
Sharni Vinson, You're Next – I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say Sharni Vinson in You’re Next is to final girls as Bruce Willis was to action heroes in the original Die Hard.
Best Supporting Actor
Carrie – A very charismatic performance making the familiar character of Tommy seem new and fresh.
Jeff Daniel Phillips, The Lords of Salem - Much of the success of The Lords of Salem can be attributed to Jeff Daniel Phillips’ warm, sympathetic performance as the man in love with the movie’s doomed heroine.
A.J. Bowen, You're Next – Arguably his best genre performance to date and he nails his big monologue scene.
Joe Swanberg, You're Next – Very funny and has a surprising arc.
Best Supporting Actress
Lili Taylor, The Conjuring – An effective and physical performance and a strong showcase for an underappreciated actress.
Judy Geeson, The Lords of Salem – Disarming would be the word I would use to describe this performance. It’s one that sneaks up on you.
Nicole Kidman, Stoker – Kidman’s best performance in a long time, using her on-screen iciness to solid effect.
Barbara Crampton, You're Next – Makes interesting choices to characterize the soft, warm mother of some real shitheads.
Your turn! We need you to decide who is going to be our first recipient of the Van Dien – aka the Lifetime Achievement Award. You can select any horror director, producer, actor or actress from any era. Please only choose one and leave your vote in the comments below.
We’ll tally up the names and the one with the most comments will be our first CVD! We’ll close the tallies at 11:59pm CST on Saturday night, October 26th.
Also, feel free to leave comments with your thoughts on the Casper-nominated movies, directors and performers.