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Mar 9, 2010


So, how 'bout those Oscars, huh? Though Heidi and I will be discussing them TOMORROW on the premiere episode of The Scare-ening, I wanted to touch on them briefly here at The Old FG Place.

I am so excited about The Scare-ening. Sorry, just had to say that.

First of all, yes, the tribute to horror montage. A few clips were included that had most of us horror nerds scratching our heads and frothing at the fangs (Edward Scissorhands? Beetlejuice?)- yes, the appearance of Twilight was pandering- but come on now. What do we expect? It's the Oscars. While I think that some of the greatest films of all time fall under the horror umbrella, the tribute was a bit out of place and, frankly, bizarre. It was a little à propos of nothing, wasn't it? While that made it all the more awesome...well, I don't know. Maybe I'm in the "I'll take what I can get for now" camp with regards to horror being acknowledged by the mainstreamiest of mainstream Hollywood events. They showed Leprefuckingchaun and mongoloid baghead Jason crashing through a window. While Lauren Bacall sat in the audience and watched. That, my friends, is gold.

Let's not forget that Roger Corman got an Academy Award, as did Bob Murawski. So, there's that.

Then, of course, there's Kathryn Bigelow's win. I don't want to get into it too much (ahem, The Scare-ening, cough),'s a big deal. It's a really big deal- and yes, I say "big deal" bearing in mind that it's about movies and not, like, curing cancer. In terms of film, however, it's huge, for so many reasons. The sight of her clutching her two Oscars is not one that's likely to leave my brain place anytime soon- and I'm sure most every horror fan was thinking about Near Dark.

While we're not forgetting about things, let's not forget about Quentin, either...or, lawd help me, Eli Roth sitting there, pomaded within an inch of his life. Overall, horror had a damn fine night at the Kodak.

It's kind of funny- when Near Dark was a Film Club pick just about two years ago, I wrote "Remember Kathryn Bigelow?"- not that she hadn't done anything over the years, obviously, but it had been a while since her name had been tossed around. Little did we (or, maybe just I) know that she was cooking up The Hurt Locker, and that with it she'd make history and it's really so fucking cool I can't take it.

But enough about that. Until tomorrow.

Over at Halloween Addict, the aforementioned horror montage has been broken down. One or two clips are unidentified...get your magnifying glass out and solve the mystery (I'm right about A Nightmare on Elm Street, though, dangnabbit)!

Proving that the Oscars ain't the only Awards show in town, The Vault of Horror's Brian Solomon has once again wrangled the Cyber-Horror Awards into existence. Mind you, these are not awards for movies about cyber-horror (unfortunately). No, these awards are chose by people who write about horror in a cyber-fashion. I am one of these people! I think I got one category right, which probably proves something or other.

You probably haven't been wondering what happened to 23:45, but I'm going to tell you anyway. I had to slow that shit down, y'all! I blasted through all of my movies in a couple of months. Well, not all of them, exactly, but the stuff on DVD that I've already seen. I don't want to spoil movies I've yet to see, and VHS is a bitch for screencaps. But! There will be more on the way, know, once a week or so. I decided to flip that number, though, and start 54:32 simply because I can. I think it's neat, okay? So in just a few moments...hold onto your pants...I'll have the first one posted. Whatever will it be?


Anonymous said...

More bloggenaires, please!

andrew said...

Very cool for Katheryn indeed. Near Dark is so damn awesome. It almost makes up for Point Break. Almost. Also, I just didn't want to see Avatar win. I'm an a-hole like that.

And seriously, Roger F'n Corman. Awesome.

More importantly, 54:32 is a GREAT idea. 23:45 was cool, but 95% of horror flicks aren't really up and running by that time. You're gonna be getting some meaty screencaps around the one hour mark. Can't wait!

Stacie Ponder said...

Let me guess, anonymous...your Bloggenaire hasn't been run yet? :D Seriously, there's one coming later today. I meant to start running them M-W-F, but I was too distracted yesterday.

andrew, I love Point Break! Keanu and Lori Petty and bleached blonde mullets and silliness aside, it's lovable.

Actually, INCLUDING silliness.

CashBailey said...

Much like Peter Jackson I just think it's bad-ass that future DVDs and TV ads for the likes of POINT BREAK and NEAR DARK will boast "From Academy Award-Winning director..."

And a lot of people either forgot or don't know that Bigelow already has a major achievement to her name in that K-19: THE WIDOWMAKER was (and, I think, still is) the biggest budget ever given to a female director. Something like $90 million.

That movie bombed and she's pretty much been in director's gaol until now.

Max the drunken severed head said...

Am I bad for wanting to see Elinor Burkett get hers in a future horror film?

Unknown said...

I just wrote on my blog how I picked up Near Dark over the weekend for $10 on blu-ray from Amazon. It really is a great flick.
And trust me I think the film studio was planning on capitalizing on Bigelow's name because the new cover for the BD has "A Flim By Kathryn Bigelow" above the title. Those sly foxes.

The horror montage was good, some questionable choices in there but it was great overall.

I'm looking forward to listening to The Scare-ening tomorrow! ^_^

Action Movie said...

James Cameron can wait

B-Sol said...

"They showed Leprefuckingchaun and mongoloid baghead Jason crashing through a window. While Lauren Bacall sat in the audience and watched. That, my friends, is gold."

AMEN. For what it was--a horror film montage at the Academy Awards--I thought it was great.

And thanks for mentioning the CHAs! IF we did only recognize films *about* cyber-horror, then The Lawnmower Man would have to win every year. Which would rule.

Missy Y. (formerly A Case of You) said...

I received 28 texts and emails asking me if I watched the Oscars. No, I tells you, I did not! I was watching a Bette Davis Hammer Film (The Anniversary). I stand by this choice. But now I sorta wish I had watched the fracking Oscars. Dammit. Anybody gotta link to watch the montage?

P. K. Nail said...

One of the producers said they did the horror montage as kind of an extension of honoring Roger Corman, which is extremely tangential but kind of cool, I guess.

Also, Edward Scissorhands and Beetlejuice are more horror than Twilight. Just sayin'.