The 2014 Fright Meter Award Nominations

The Babadook leads the 2014 Fright Meter Awards nominations with seven nominations.  See the complete nomination list below:



BEST HORROR MOVIE

The Babadook
Cheap Thrills
Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead
Found
Housebound

BEST DIRECTOR

Mike Flanagan (Oculus)
Jim Jarmusch (Only Lovers Left Alive)
Gerard Johnstone (Housebound)
Jennifer Kent (The Babadook)
Scott Schirmer (Found)

BEST ACTOR

Gavin Brown (Found)
Rupert Evans (The Canal)
Pat Healy (Cheap Thrills)
Shane Johnson (The Possession Of Michael King)
Mark Webber (13 Sins)

BEST ACTRESS

Essie Davis (The Babadook)
Alex Essoe (Starry Eyes)
Karen Gillan (Oculus)
Jill Larson (The Taking Of Deborah Logan)
Morgana O’Reilly (Housebound)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Ethan Embry (Cheap Thrills)
Gene Jones (The Sacrament)
David Koechner (Cheap Thrills)
Michael Parks (Tusk)
Ethan Philbeck (Found)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Katherine Isabelle (See No Evil 2)
Anne Ramsay (The Taking Of Deborah Logan)
Amy Seimetz (The Sacrament)
Rima Te Wiata (Housebound)
Alfre Woodard (Annabelle)

BEST SCREENPLAY

The Babadook
Cheap Thrills
Found
Housebound
Oculus

BEST EDITING

The Babadook
Housebound
Oculus
The Sacrament
Under The Skin

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

The Babadook
Oculus
The Sacrament
The Town That Dreaded Sundown
Under The Skin

BEST SCORE

The Babadook
Grand Piano
Starry Eyes
Under The Skin
Witching And Bitching

BEST MAKEUP

Cabin Fever: Patient Zero
Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead
Exists
Starry Eyes
The Taking Of Deborah Logan

BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS

Afflicted
Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead
Oculus
Rigor Mortis
Witching And Bitching

BEST SHORT HORROR FILM

Call Girl
I Am Monster
Lights Out
Little Red
The Tour

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Tom Savini Accepting His 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award



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Traci Lords with her 2012 Fright Meter Award for Best Supporting Actress


Lin Shaye with her 2011 Fright Meter Award for Best Supporting Actress



50 Obscure Horror Films Every Horror Fan Should See: #'s10-1

I conclude the list of Fright Meter's 50 Obscure Horror Films Every Horror Fan should see by revealing numbers 10 through 1!

I hope you've enjoyed the countdown of these wonderful, yet sadly overlooked films, and I do hope you discover a few films to add to your viewing list!



10.  The Sleeper


A group of sorority girls and their boyfriends are stalked and murdered by a madman in this love letter to the 80's slasher era.  It is great to see a slasher film handled by someone who is an obvious fan of the genre, and director Justin Russell goes to meticulous lengths to ensure this film looks and feels like it came from the golden era of the slasher film.  He exceeds brilliantly, and the result is a suspenseful, gory little film that will have slasher films giddy with excitement, nostalgia and appreciation that someone finally got it right!



9.  Gutterballs


Another love letter to the 80's slasher era, but be warned, Gutterballs is seriously not for the squeamish or easily offended.  Director Ryan Nicholson is an obvious gorehound and fan of exploitation flicks and Gutterballs holds nothing back.  After a very brutal rape at a bowling alley, those responsible are stalked and murdered in the most brutal ways imaginable during an all night bowling marathon.  Heavily inspired by 80's slasher films, Gutterballs is a ballsy, blood drenched film that will have fans of even the most extreme horror looking away in disgust.  (Read our full review here).



8.  Bloodstalkers


Predating Friday the 13th and many other backwoods slasher films by several years, Bloodstalkers in an extremely obscure film that tells the tale of two couples who head deep into the Florida Everglades for a relaxing weekend in a remote cabin.  Their getaway turns into less than the relaxing frolic they were hoping when, in addition to be hassled by hillbilly backwoods locals, something or someone begins stalking them at their cabin.  Replete with an almost gothic atmosphere rarely seen anymore and some chilling imagery, Bloodstalkers is a great example of where the genre got its start.



7.  Calvaire


This little gem from Belgium is truly disturbing and bizarre. Viewing it is like watching a nightmare and there are scenes that are so unique, yet highly creepy, that it just may have you rewinding to watch again, just to make sure you saw what you think you did.  The plot deals with a musician who is traveling alone to perform a Christmas concert.  Along the way, he crashes his van and is rescued by the seemingly nicest old man in the world.  Well, that facade soon fades and the musician finds himself subjected to some the weirdest, most disturbing psychological torture ever captured on film as the old man attempts to use the magician to replace his recently lost wife.  Highly stylized and unique, Calviare is the perfect example of the type of quirky horror film that would not be made in America.



6.  Rooms for Tourists



Filmed in crisp black and white, which greatly impacts the tone and atmosphere of the film, Rooms For Tourists possesses the typical plot that Americans expect a slasher film to have.  A group of girls who happen to be traveling to the same location miss their train and a forced to stay overnight at an isolated bed and breakfast.  Room For Tourists does something most American slasher films do not: it makes a deep, thought-provoking statement on religion and another controversial social issue (to mention it would spoil the plot).  Definitely one of the creepiest slasher films of the decade that will leave you wanting to take a few showers.




5.  Rituals


Following in the footsteps of backwoods films such as Deliverance, Rituals focuses on five friends who take to the wilderness for a weekend getaway.  Unfortunately, they choose the wrong location, as they are methodically stalked by a mysterious hulking figure.  Survival instincts kick in as the men are put to the ultimate test.  Beautiful, yet chilling cinematography, great acting, excellent pacing, interesting characters, a sinister tone, and unpleasant scenes of violence make this one of the better backwoods survivalist horror films; how or why it is not better known is truly a mystery.



4.  Megan is Missing


Megan is Missing is a film that simply put will leave you deflated and depressed for days.  It should be required viewing for every parent of a teenager.  Told through webcams and found footage, this cautionary tale tells the story of two teenage best friends, Megan and Amy.  They are typical teenage girls who enjoy talking about boys, going to parties, and just hanging out.  When Megan begins chatting with who she believes is a teenage boy from a neighboring town on an online social network, Amy becomes suspicious.  Turns out, her suspicions were warranted when Megan goes missing after a planned meeting with this mysterious online boy.  Amy acts on her skepticism regarding this kid and reaches out to him.  This proves to be a devastating mistake.  Some hokey acting and minor pacing issues aside, Megan is Missing is an important, frightening film.  Things like this truly happen and the last twenty minutes of the film are easily some of the most brutal, difficult to watch scenes ever filmed.  This one may even have you reconsidering your social network habits. (Read our full review here).



3.  Evil Dead Trap


Perhaps the paramount example of extreme Japanese horror, 1988's Evil Dead Trap was so far ahead of its time and American counterparts in terms of violence, imagery, and artistry that it even rivals the genre films released today.  A news anchor takes her crew to an abandoned factory to investigate reports that a snuff film was made there.  It turns out something more sinister is lurking in this factory and begins murdering the crew in very elaborate and very bloody ways.  The imagery in this film is the highlight, as the gore and elaborate set pieces take front seat.  However, the Cronenbergesque turn the film takes in its final act perfectly illustrates how Japanese filmmakers do not abide by any genre rules or constraints.



2.  Tesis


Before he brought us the highly acclaimed The Others, director Alejandro Amenebar took a darker look at human nature with 1996's Tesis.  When college student Angela comes across a film that shows a young girl being tortured to death, she becomes focused on discovering the source of the video.  She enlists the help of a fellow student who is extreme movie fan and the two embark on an journey that takes them far beyond what they could have ever imagined.  With its sinister tone, unexpected twists and turns, respect for its characters, and suspenseful build up, Tesis is compelling and thought provoking.



1.  Hell's Ground


Here it is.  My number one pick for the most obscure horror film that every horror fan should see.  The brilliantly unique and ambitious Hell's Ground.

Hell's Ground has balls and is easily one of the best horror films of the last fifteen years.  It is such a unique, highly ambitious film that it is completely safe to say that you have seen and will see nothing like it.  A group of Pakistani teenagers on their way to a rock concert get more than they bargained for when they encounter first a group of infected flesh eaters, and then easily the creepiest and most kick-ass killer of the last twenty years; a hulking monster dressed from head to toe in a burka and swinging a spike ball on a chain.  The film will have horror fans grinning with glee at the very successful blend and reference to virtually every popular and successful American horror film ever made.  The film has buckets of atmosphere and the last fifteen minutes will have you glued to the edge of your seat.   Who knew that Pakistan could produce one of the most stylish, effective horror films of the last couple of decades?  It is just a shame more people do not know about it.   (Read our full review here).



50 Obscure Horror Films Every Horror Fan Should See: #'s 19-11

I continue the list of Fright Meter's 50 Obscure Horror Films Every Horror Fan should see with numbers 19 through 11.

Enjoy, and I do hope you discover a few films to add to your viewing list!



19.  Edge of the Axe


This Spanish film from 1988 is a mix of American slasher film and classic whodunit and focuses on a masked killer stalking a small town.  Full of interesting characters and suspect and some unforgettable violent scenes (the opening car wash scene is great!), Edge of the Axe easily eclipses some of the better known slasher films from the 80's.



18.  Don't Go to Sleep


Another made for television movie worthy enough to make this list.  With a cast that includes Valerie Harper, Dennis Weaver, and Oscar Winner Ruth Gordon, Don't Go to Sleep easily establishes itself as a serious film.  It tells the tale of a young girl who begins seeing the ghost of her sister, who died in an accident the year before.  Some truly haunting and frightening scenes, including one involving a pizza cutter and the nightmarish final frame, make this one worth seeking.  




17.  Rabies


Israel isn't a country you'd associate with horror films, but they came out swinging in 2010 with Rabies.  A runaway brother and sister, a tennis team, a park ranger and a psychotic killer all collide paths with unexpected consequences.  Smart as a whip, with plenty of twists and turns, Rabies can best be described as Tucker & Dale vs. Evil with a much more sinister tone.



16.  I Didn't Come Here to Die


Six young people venture into the woods for a weekend of volunteer work.  When a freak accident occurs, it sets into a motion of series of severe events, each worse than the next.  With definite comedic tones, I Didn't Come Here to Die is a blast and illustrates what can be done with a low budget.  The graphic death sequences are very well done, and the whole "backwoods slasher without an actual killer" is a novel idea that is executed brilliantly.



15.  End of the Line


Plenty of films deal with the subject of Armageddon, but perhaps none deal with it with such a claustrophobic and restrained scope as this unsettling and truly creepy film.  When a subway train suddenly stops in the middle of the tunnel, the passengers on board must battle a homicidal religious cult and their own fears regarding end times.  Truly frightening and fast paced, how this film went largely unnoticed is mind boggling.



14.  Hellbent


Touted as one of the first gay themed slasher films, Hellbent is sure to turn some off before they even give it a chance.  But those open minded enough to give it a view will discover a very competent throwback 80's style slasher flick with likable characters and a very ominous, yet cool killer.  A group of friends out in West Hollywood for Halloween are stalked by a masked killer with a penchant for collecting heads.



13.  Long Pigs


This gruesome mockumentary follows two young filmmakers as they document a cannibalistic serial killer.  It turns out, he is extremely charismatic guy and a quick bond is formed between filmmakers and subject.  This leads to feelings of unease in the viewer, as we realize that many of the killer's justifications for his actions make sense.  This one is equally thought provoking and disturbing.  (Read our full review here).



12.  Frayed


Obviously inspired heavily by classics like Halloween, it would be easy to dismiss Frayed as another bland rip off.   However, with an extremely clever script, genuine tension and suspense, and one of the most horrifically brutal, gruesome death scenes ever filmed, Frayed will please and stick with even the most jaded of slasher fans.



11.  Body Melt


Those who like their horror flicks messy will enjoy this sadly overlooked Australian gross out from 1993.  No body part is safe as residents of a small town become victims of am experimental drug that unfortunately causes rapid body decomposition.  Over the top, with just enough black humor thrown it, Body Melt is a hoot, a film that will have you squirming and looking away in disgust all the way through, only to want to immediately watch it again.


50 Obscure Horror Films Every Horror Fan Should See: #'s 29-20



I continue the list of Fright Meter's 50 Obscure Horror Films Every Horror Fan should see with numbers 29 through 20.

Enjoy, and I do hope you discover a few films to add to your viewing list!



29.  The Pool



There have been some creative settings for slasher films over the years---grocery stores, furniture stores, malls, schools, golf courses, bowling alleys--but perhaps the most ambitious and creative setting was the giant indoor waterpark from the 2001 slasher flick The Pool.  A group of friends (including a young Isla Fisher and James McAvoy) break into the indoor pool facility for a party.  It doesn't take long before an unknown killer begins picking them off.   Fast paced, likable character, and bloody deaths make this a fun watch.  The film also proves that machetes and waterslides definitely do not mix!




28.  Pin


Pin is a life size ventriloquist dummy that has been part of brother and sister Ursula and Leon's lives for quite a long time.  To say he is creepy is an understatement.  And when Ursula starts dating, Pin and Leon do not take too kindly to losing her attention.  More of a psychological thriller than anything, Pin explores some dark and deep themes.  It's eerie and refreshing considering what was being released at this point in the 80's.   Additionally, great performances and effective direction make this a definite hidden horror gem.



27.  Silent Madness


Released during the peak of the golden age of slasher films, Silent Madness, was quickly overlooked, buried among the countless other slashers being released.  Despite having the 3-D gimmick to make it stand apart, it still never gained the popularity or recognition is deserves.  While the plot, it a nutshell, is about a psychopath who escapes a mental institution and terrorizes a sorority house, it actually is a little bit more complex than one would expect.  Replete with interesting and memorable characters, elaborate and mean spirited kill scenes, and an extremely ominous tone, this one if definitely worth checking out for slasher fans.



26.  Kidnapped


If you think home invasion flicks are tired and overdone to the point of being cliched, think again.  You must--I repeat must see Kidnapped, which in my opinion is one of the--if not the--best home invasion horror films ever made.  This Spanish film is a complete and utter shock on the senses as we witness a family being terrorized by a group of home invaders hoping to steal some money.  To say it's brutal is a complete understatement; the ending packs a major punch and will leave you speechless.  See this.  Now.



25.  Malevolence


Every year it seems there are a plethora of low budget, independent horror films released that claim to be homages to some of the greats such as Halloween, Friday the 13th, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.  As most horror fans know, a good majority of them are garbage.  Nothing more than cheap rip offs with no heart or effort put into them.  Malevolence is quite different--it's a homage done right.  The simple tale of a group of bank robbers who hold up in an abandoned farmhouse and are stalked by a madman successfully borrows from the films named above, but does so with just the right amount of originality.  So often, what we think we know is going to happen does not.  Add to that an unbearable sense of dread, a fair amount of suspense and scares, and this film truly exceeds all expectations and is one of the best slasher films released in the last decade.



24.  Stagefright


This film would absolutely be higher on my list if I weren't for my assumption that most die hard horror fans have seen it or heard of it.   It is simply one of the best slasher films of all time.  Yes, you heard me right.  A group of actors rehearsing a play about a psycho killer are locked in the theatre and stalked by a psycho killer.  Directed by Italian filmmaker Michele Soavi, the film blends the over the top violence and beautiful cinematography of Italian giallos with the suspense and claustrophobia of the American slasher film.   The giant owl costume is frightening and the film manages one of the most suspenseful and downright terrifying scenes ever filmed, as our heroine attempts to obtain the key from under the stage where right above her, the killer owl sits.  A brilliant film that does not get the credit it deserves.



23.  Rage


I am often time amazed at what directors can accomplish on minuscule budgets.  This was certainly the case after viewing Christopher Witherspoon's road rage tale, Rage.  The film deals with a man who has an encounter with a motorcyclist.  Little does he know that he provokes a dangerous and deadly game that ends much more brutally than can be imagined.  Despite its budget showing at times, Rage is a engaging film with a tight script that avoids cliches and keeps us guessing.  The final minutes of the film are disturbing and hard to watch.  The film is definitely a cautionary tale that will make you think the next time you honk at that person who cuts you off in traffic.  (Read our review here).



22.  Scarecrows


Besides may the Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz, scarecrows are quite freaky.  Imagine, being in a vast, isolated field in the middle of the night, surrounded by countless hideous looking scarecrows who seem to be....watching you.  That nightmare becomes of reality for a group of bank robbers in this film.  The atmosphere of this film is incredibly creepy and the scarecrows are some of the most horrific looking monsters ever created.   They are ruthless and blood thirsty.  Try to watch this at night with the lights off without getting at least a tad nervous.  Truly a frightening film.



21.  To All a Goodnight


While all the fuss and protests erupted over Silent Night Deadly Night in 1984, this film, directed by genre vet David Hess in 1980, sat gleefully on the shelves of video stores across the nation.  It features a killer Santa Claus stalking and murdering  a group of sorority girls and their boyfriends over Christmas break.  This film epitomizes the 80's slasher--it's sleazy at times, contains enough gory kills and cheesy moments, but is also full of the nostalgic charm that we just don't see anymore.  The killer reveal at the end was way ahead of its time as well, making this a contender for one of the most overlooked and underrated slasher film from the 80's.



20.  Next of Kin


If you like your films more on the creepy side, then Next of Kin is right up your alley.  A slow burn of the most effective kind.  It tells the story of a young woman who returns to her hometown after inheriting a large mansion, used as an old age home for years.  Strange events start to occur in the house almost immediately after she arrives.  Replete with gothic elements and a heavy sense of dread, the films moves deliberately toward its finale.  The last 20 minutes of the film are truly surprising and terrifying.  This is one to definitely watch alone with the lights off on a dark and stormy night.