Thursday, October 2, 2014

Riske Business: Announcing the Nominees for the 2nd Annual Casper Awards!

by Adam Riske
Happy Scary Movie Month, everyone!

Welcome to the 2014 version of the Riske Business horror awards: the Caspers. This year, the winners will be decided by you! Email F This Movie! at fthismoviepodcast(at) with the subject line CASPERS and send us your picks. The nominee in each category with the most votes will win.

Voting begins today and runs through 11:59pm CST Saturday, October 25th. Winners will be announced the following week. We’d love for you to participate! The end game here is to encourage everyone to watch these movies and stir the conversation in the comments section below.
Best Horror Movie:
The Guest - Horror in the vein of The Terminator and Halloween, The Guest is relentless and fun. Blends elements of horror, action, comedy and thriller all in one.
Oculus – A commanding and spooky haunted house mystery.
Proxy – Challenging, sad horror that gets under your skin.
Tusk – An unsettling, suspenseful horror comedy in the spirit of Cabin Fever.
We Are What We Are – Involving and expertly made slow-burn horror drama.
Best Director:
Bobcat Goldthwait, Willow Creek – The tent sequence. I mean c’mon! It’s so intense.
Derek Lee & Clif Prowse, Afflicted – Ingenious special effects for the budget and a great kinetic energy.
Jim Mickle, We Are What We Are – A mature mood piece from a talented director.
Zack Parker, Proxy - Tight and controlled grasp on unforgiving material.
Adam Wingard, The Guest – Expertly made throwback to horror movies of the past.
Best Actor:
Derek Lee, Afflicted - Sympathetic and always find the right pitch as the man undergoing some vicious changes.
Justin Long, Tusk – A brave and game performance as a (blank), while playing a devious douchebag at the beginning.
Bill Sage, We Are What We Are – Creepy lead performance by the long-time character actor.
Brenton Thwaites, Oculus – The horror lead that is logical and empathetic.
Dan Stevens, The Guest – Ultra charismatic and twisted as the visitor with a big secret.
Best Actress:
Paz de la Huerta, Nurse 3D - Batshit crazy in all the best ways. Sassy and fun to watch.
Karen Gillan, Oculus - Game, spirited performance as a girl intent on solving a mystery.
Allie MacDonald, Stage Fright – Great singing on top of great acting.
Alexia Rasmussen, Proxy - At first a distant performance made all the more chilling as you unveil the movie’s secrets.
Perdita Weeks, As Above, So Below - Similar to Rachel Weisz in The Mummy, Weeks brings lots of spunk and personality to her character.
Best Supporting Actor:
Gene Jones, The Sacrament – Terrifying in how logical and charismatic he tries to be as the cult leader.
Michael Parks, Tusk - The type of performance that would made Bela Lugosi proud.
Michael Parks, We Are What We Are – Impressive work as the doctor/detective.
Joe Swanberg, Proxy – Raw and sympathetic work as a father recovering from tragedy.
Anton Yelchin, Only Lovers Left Alive – A likeable, sympathetic presence and brings some levity.
Best Supporting Actress:
Brooke Butler, All Cheerleaders Die - Owns every one of her scenes with humor and energy.
Olivia Cooke, The Quiet Ones – Impressive and disarming turn as a possessed girl. Your attention goes to her.
Katee Sackhoff, Oculus - A great physical performance by the talented actress.
Amy Seimetz, The Sacrament - Chilling work and further shows her range after Upstream Color and You’re Next.
Mia Wasikowska, Only Lovers Left Alive – A spark plug and the center of attention in all of the movie’s best scenes.

Please leave your comments about this year’s nominees here but don’t forget to email with the subject line CASPERS to make your votes official. You all are the best. Until next time, peace!


  1. Very cool! Hopefully the ones I haven't seen I will be able to afford as I want to give them a spin!

    1. Which ones have you seen so far?

    2. I have seen The Quiet Ones and I counted The Guest and Only Lovers Left Alive as I thought I could make a screening in central London but I have this darned cold so I am not sure I can go. Hopefully I will get better soon and be able to make it. I had to cancel my plans of seeing Chinatown in Chinatown today! Urgh I hate being sick!

  2. I love ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE, so much.

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