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понедељак, 29. фебруар 2016.

NAJBOLJI FILMOVI 2015 (non-horror)

  
Sva sreća što je februar prestupan pa, evo, poslednjeg njegovog dana, najzad postavljam listu naj-filmova 2015. godine. Na blogu već možete naći izdvojenu listu najmanje loših novih horora, ali i svih ostalih (srednjih i loših), i to OVDE.

Malo sam odocnio sa listom nehorora iz nekoliko razloga, a najviše zato što sam shvatio da o mnogima od njih nisam do sada pisao na blogu, pa sam iskoristio priliku da kroz najave filmova sa FEST-a pokrijem dobar deo toga bar u kraćim osvrtima. Te najave imate OVDE i OVDE.
A sad, bez dalje gnjavaže, ovo je top-30 filmova izvan horor žanra koje sam pogledao u periodu između dve dodele Zlatnih Gulova, odnosno – od februara 2015. do kraja januara 2016. godine. Kao što ćete videti i kroz ovu listu, filmska 2015. godina je bila tužna, jadna i nikakva.
PS: Linkovao sam samo naslove koji su dobili detaljne, zasebne kritike na blogu, a ne i one koji su obrađivani na gomili. Klik na ofarbane vodi vas na njihov prikaz.

2015. non-horror top-30
 

USA, 15
****          4-

ITA, 14
***(*)        4-

BEL, 14
***            3+

4. MACBETH
UK, 15
***            3+

5. Wild Tales (Relatos Salvajes)
ARG, 14
***            3

6. THE BOY
USA, 15
***             3

7. THE FOOL (Дурак)
RUS, 14
***            3

8. PUZZLE
JAP, 14
***            3

9. Greatful Dead
JAP, 14
***            3

10. Klovn Forever
DEN, 15
***           3

11. Ex Machina
UK, 15
***             3-

12. The World of Kanako
JAP, 14
***             3-

13. The Revenant
USA, 15
***           3-

14. TAG
JAP, 15
**(*)         3-

15. Bone Tomahawk
USA, 15
**(*)           3-

16. The Lobster
15
**(*)          3-

17. THE OFFICE
S. KOR, 15
**(*)          3-

18. ENKLAVA
SRB, 15
**(*)         3-

USA, 15
**(*)         3-

20. THE ASSASSIN
CHI, 15
**(*)            3-

21. SICARIO
USA, 15
**(*)          3-

22. Harmony Lessons (Уроки гармонии)
KAZ/RUS, 13
**(*)            3-

23. KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE
USA, 15
**(*)          3-

24. Retribution
SPA, 15
**(*)         3-

25. WOLF TOTEM
CHI, 14
**(*)         3-

26. WHITE GOD (Fehér isten)
HUN, 14
**(*)          3-

27. WHY ME? (De ce eu?)
ROM, 15
**(*)          3-

28. MY MAN
JAP, 14
**(*)         3-

29. Yakuza Apocalypse
JAP, 15
**(*)             2+/3-

30. PARTISAN
AUST, 15
**(*)         2+/3-


OSTATAK
(hronološkim redom gledanja, od februara 2015. do kraja januara 2016.)


Suburban Gothic
USA, 14
**               2

Reckless (Bloedlink)
NOR, 14
**(*)         2+/3-

TRAVELATOR
SRB, 14
**              2

HYENA
UK, 14
**(*)          2+/3-

TELO
POL, 14
**               2

COLT 45
BEL, 14
**             2

COUNCIL OF BIRDS
GER, 14
**             2

PASOLINI
ITA/USA, 14
**             2+

THE TRIBE
UKR, 14
**             2-

Monsters: Dark Continent
USA, 15
**(*)         2+

Backcountry
USA, 15
**             2+

PHOENIX
GER, 14
**(*)          2+/3-

FOXCATCHER
USA, 14
**              2+

THE HARVEST
USA, 15
**              2

SEVENTH SON
USA, 15
**              2

LOST RIVER
USA, 15
**              2

Maggie
USA, 15
*(*)           1+

Burying The Ex
USA, 15
**               2

Slow West
NZ, 15
**(*)         2+

FAULTS
USA, 15
**(*)         2+

THE SUMMER HOUSE
GER, 15
**(*)         2+

A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence
SWE, 14
**              2

LIZA THE FOX FAIRY / LIZA, A RÓKATÜNDÉR
HUN, 15
**              2

CHILD 44
USA, 15
**              2

POSSESSED
SPA, 15
**(*)         2+

Men and Chicken
DEN, 15
**              2

COP CAR
USA, 15
**(*)     2+/3-

Attack on Titan: Live Action
JAP, 15
**(*)     2+/3-

The Curse Of Downers Grove
USA, 15
**              2

Tale of Tales
ITA, 15
**(*)         2+/3-

TURBO KID
CAN, 15
**(*)         2+

THE GIFT
USA, 15
**(*)         2+

KNOCK KNOCK
USA, 15
**             2-

Mr. Holmes
UK, 15
**             2

Beasts of No Nation
15
**             2+

Szabadeses (FREE FALL)
HUN, 14
**             2+

APPLESAUCE
USA, 15
**             2+

Schneider vs. Bax
15
**(*)         2+/3-

Mountains May Depart
CHI, 15
**             2

He Never Died
CAN, 15
**(*)         2+

CAROL
USA, 15
**          2+

A Perfect Day
SPA, 15
**              2+

No Tears For The Dead
S. KOR, 14
**(*)         2+

LAMB
USA, 15
**              2+

Regression
USA, 15
**              2




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субота, 27. фебруар 2016.

FEST 2016: ŠTA SAM VEĆ GLEDAO, 2. deo

  
Počeo je FEST! Ovde sam već preporučio, na neviđeno, filmove koji će se samo i jedino na FEST-u moći pogledati (OVDE), i osvrnuo se na neke koje sam ovde-onde već uspeo da pogledam (OVDE). Sada je pravi čas da ukratko kažem koju o još nekolicini filmova sa programa FEST-a koje sam ranije video, pa vi procenite da li vam se isplati da za njih kupujete karte.


OSVETNICA
BOUND TO VENGEANCE
**(*)
3-
Jedan od boljih novijih hororoida spaja slešer, triler, serial killer i torture porn u prilično živahnu i živopisnu mešavinu svakako vrednu pažnje ljubitelja ekstremnijih, mračnijih sadržaja. Plus, ima skor Sajmona Bosvela! Pogledajte, dakle, šta biva kad jedna zatočena martirka uspe da se oslobodi svog mučitelja, ali onda shvati da sličnih zatočenica ima rasejanih na više mesta, i onda krene, sa zlikovcem kao taocem i jedinim ko zna gde su sve one, da ih oslobađa... Naravno, stvari ne idu glatko.


POSLEDNJI VUK
WOLF TOTEM
Režija:
Jean-Jacques Annaud
**(*)
3-
Vizuelno raskošna epska saga, snimana u kineskim stepama, posvećena vukovima, divljini, slobodi i onima koji te stvari vole. Govori o studentu iz vremena „Kulturne revolucije“ kojeg pošalju u divljinu da podučava seljake. On se veže za jedno vučje štene koje krišom spase od uništenja (pošto ih inače nemilice ubijaju kao štetočine) i odgaji u jednoj rupi. 
Ali, ne može se dugo biti individua u jednom društvu koje potencira kolektivitet do nivoa totalitarizma... Film sadrži izuzetne scene akcije sa vukovima. Takođe, ovde se prikazuje da ljudi, nažalost, uvek ubijaju pogrešne vučiće...


PRIČA NAD PRIČAMA
IL RACCONTO DEI RACCONTI
Režija:
Matteo Garrone
**(*)
2+/3-
I ovaj film je prepun vizuelne raskoši, ali druge vrste – umesto prirodnih lepota (mada, ima i njih), ovde je naglasak na fantaziji, na slikama kakvih nema u „Opstanku“ i njegovim modernijim inkarnacijama. Dakle, svet bajki, ali tretiran sa malko odraslijim (psihologizovanim, seksualizovanim, brutalizovanim, povremeno krvavim) pristupom – 
donekle slično Vučjoj družini (A Company of Wolves) Nila Džordana, ali bez toliko pameti, stila, horora i memorabilnosti. Iako sadrži zanimljive detalje i slike, film je klimav i slabo involvirajući kao celina.


SIKARIO
SICARIO
Režija:
Denis Villeneuve
**(*)
3-
Odlično režirana krimi-drama iz sveta borbe američkih agenata sa meksičkim narko-kartelima ima dobru dinamiku i nekoliko napetih akcionih set-pisova te dobru glumačku ekipu (Emili Blant! Džoš Brolin! Benisio del Toro!!), mada je idejno pomalo upitna, jer se može tumačiti kao apologija američkog kaubojisanja izvan sopstvenih granica, upadanja tamo-vamo gde god im ćune i ubijanja ljudi bez ičijeg znanja i dozvole. Pored toga, dramaturški je završnica prilično prozaična i ne naročito ubedljiva.


SLEDBENIK
PARTISAN
**(*)
2+/3-
Gledljiva parabola o tome kako svako društvo, bez obzira koliko „demokratsko“, u suštini funkcioniše, prenoseći svoje vrednosti nemilice na decu putem raznih oblika uslovljavanja (od štapa do šargarepe), odnosno kako deca, uglavnom, postaju sledbenici (partizani) onoga što su s majčinim mlekom i tatinim pričam-ti-pričama i pištoljčićima – popili.
Ovde imamo jednu stilizovanu zajednicu koja obitava u neodređenom ambijentu, snimano u nekakvim postkomunističkim ruševinama koje su očito bile ružne i neljudske čak i kad su bile nove. To je sve ili na marginama sveta kakav poznajemo, ili na ruševinama njegovih (postapokaliptičnih) ostataka.
Nešto poput primarne horde gde jedan mužjak (Vinsent Kasel, prirodno kromanjonski) upravlja svačijim sudbinama, a naročito regrutujući decu da mu završavaju prljave poslove, uključujući i ubistva. Iako ovde ima i dirljivih momenata (pa čak i zarazne upotrebu jedne fine pop pesme), film je čudno, otuđujuće leden. To je samo delom, reklo bi se, zato što je na engleskom, a niko od glumaca nije native speaker.
U krajnjoj instanci njegovi uvidi i poruke su prilično prozirni i predvidivi: već u prvih 15-20 minuta sve što je reditelj imao da (po)kaže već je jasno, a ostatak nudi samo repeticiju.
Pored toga, veoma je znakovit detalj rediteljske nepažnje i opšteg pristupa temi kada u ključnoj dramskoj sceni glavni dečak ima da ubije nekoga, i mi vidimo samo njegove ruke dok je pištolj zaklonjen ramom vrata – 
(ne, to nije ova scena)
i čujemo na saundtreku pucanj, a NE vidimo ama baš ni najmanji trzaj ruke koja, navodno, drži pištolj i navodno njime upravo ubija nekoga. Neozbiljno! Ali, kažem, znakovita ilustracija za film koji je, eto, previše apstraktan a nedovoljno konkretan za svoje dobro.


TAG
Režija:
Sion Sono
**(*)
3-
Sion Sono! Splatter! Iracionalno ludilo! Ljudi se iz čista mira seku na pola nevidljivom, neshvatljivom silom! Vremenske linije, zbrkani uzročno-posledični odnosi! Košmar! Ima li tu kakvog smisla? Teško: ali zato ima najmanje dve antologijske scene, što je više nego što se može reći za 99% filmova u trenutnoj ponudi.

Pogledajte sami u ovom teško opisivom filmu koji morate iskusiti, pa zato iskoristite priliku da to učinite u bioskopu sad, jednom u životu kad za to zapravo imate šansu!

UBICA
NIE YIN NIANG /THE ASSASSIN
Režija:
Hsiao Hsien Hou
**(*)
3-
Ovaj neshvatljivo precenjeni film bio je u samom vrhu, ako ne i na prvim mestima, mnogih godišnjih lista. Što se mene tiče, ovo je apsolutno nesnosno usporena pričica koja je svojim usiljenim slow motionom dovedena, doslovno, do nivoa letargije. Što je još gore, potencijalno dirljiva priča namerno je, promašenim poimanjem umetnosti, prigušena u svom emotivnom aspektu: nominalno, lepo je izbegavati melodramatisanje i patetisanje, i lepo je biti suptilan; ali ovde se toliko prećeralo sa (krivo shvaćenom) „suptilnošću“ da je film napadno uninvolving, pa stoga i tragediju u pozadini svega imamo gledati ne iznutra (kao npr. u superiornom Crouching Tigeru...) nego izdaleka, spolja, na usporenom snimku.
Nije to sasvim loše, ima tragova zanimljivosti, finih situacija i par OK akcionih scena, ali... grehota je gledati potencijalno odličnu storiju unakaženu kvazi-artističkim pristupom koji je svesno zgazio svaki trag moguće sočnosti, emocije, saspensa, i sve pritegao, udavio, ugušio tim otuđujućim pristupom.


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Ja imam akreditaciju i na BG FEST-u ću biti od 3. do 6. marta, ako to nekoga zanima i ako želi sa mnom da se druži ili barem da nabavi naživo neku od mojih knjiga.

четвртак, 25. фебруар 2016.

Dejan Ognjanović nominovan za Rondo Haton nagradu!


Sajt Art-anima javlja:
Nedavno su objavljene nominacije za 14. godišnju Rondo Haton nagradu, koja se dodeljuje za doprinos proučavanju i popularizaciji klasičnih dela horora. Ovo priznanje postoji od 2002. godine, a dodeljuje se nakon glasanja na kome učešće mogu uzeti svi ljubitelji horora. Svaki od predloženih kandidata, nominovan je zbog naročito značajnog rada ili dostignuća u 2015. godini.
Kuriozitet za srpsku scenu fantastike, predstavlja činjenica da se među nominovanima nalazi i Dejan Ognjanović, jedan od najvrsnijih domaćih poznavalaca horor žanra, pisac i urednik brojnih izdanja, nezaobilaznih kada je reč o horor filmu ili literaturi.
Ognjanović je zavredio nominaciju za Rondo Haton nagradu obimnim tematom o Hauardu Filipsu Lavkraftu, koji je objavljen u najpoznatijem svetskom horor magazinu Rue Morgue (br. 161), iz novembra 2015. godine. U nominaciji stoji: In three articles, including an expert roundtable, H.P. Lovecraft's work is invoked anew.”
Članak pod naslovom „The Greatest Old One“ napisan je povodom 125 godina od rođenja Lavkrafta, a pored Ognjanovićeve uvodne reči, čine ga osvrti na lik i delo velikog pisca, koje su dali njegove kolege a naši savremenici Tomas Ligoti, Čarls Stros, Brajan Hodž, Sajmon Strancas, kao i stručnjaci S.T. Džoši, Stiven Džons i Džefri Vajnstok. Svi oni odgovorili su na pitanja zašto je važan Lavkraft, kakva je suština njegovih priča, zašto je sada popularniji nego ikada pre, zašto mnogi fanovi žele proširenje njegove mitologije itd… Pored toga, Ognjanović je autor još dva članka koja su deo tog temata – o Lavkraftu iz ženskog ugla (uz pomoć istaknutih urednica i spisateljica) i o Lavkraftu na filmu (uz razgovor sa dvojicom vrednih filmadžija).
Glasanje za nagradu Rondo Haton otvoreno je do 10. aprila 2016. godine. Potencijalni glasači treba da svoj glas pošalju putem mejla na adresu: taraco@aol.com. Iako se nagrada dodeljuje u 27 kategorija, organizatori napominju da nije potrebno glasati u svakoj od njih.
 
            Evo više detalja o ovom glasanju:
All voting is by e-mail only.  Simply copy this ballot (cut-and-paste works fine) and send an e-mail with your picks to me, David Colton, at taraco@aol.com by Sunday night at midnight, April 10, 2016.
-- You can send a quick e-mail, or you can cut-and-paste the ballot and highlight your choices, or place an X next to your choices; or you can type your choices in an e-mail. And no, you do not have to vote in every category.
-- One vote per person, please. Every e-mail must include your name to be counted.  All votes are kept strictly confidential. No e-mail addresses or personal information will ever be shared with anyone.

            Ne znam za vas, ali evo kako ću ja glasati ove godine:

14TH ANNUAL RONDO HATTON 
CLASSIC HORROR AWARDS 
  

1. BEST MOVIE OF 2015

-- AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
-- BONE TOMAHAWK
-- BURYING THE EX
-- CRIMSON PEAK
-- EX MACHINA
-- INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 3
-- IT FOLLOWS
-- JURASSIC WORLD
-- KRAMPUS
X-- MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
-- THE MARTIAN
-- STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
-- VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN
-- THE VISIT
-- WE ARE STILL HERE
-- THE WOMAN IN BLACK: ANGEL OF DEATH
-- Or write in another choice:

2. BEST TELEVISION PRESENTATION OF 2015

-- AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL, 'The Ten Commandments Killer,' 12.2.15, FX. With Lady GaGa vamping, the killer is revealed.  'With those blue eyes, I'll be the Countess of whatever you like, baby.'

-- ASH VS. EVIL DEAD, 'Brujo,' 11.21.15, STARZ. Ash and company seek the help of a witch-healer. 'Thirty years ago I took this girl up to a cabin. My life hasn't been the same since.'

-- CHILDHOOD'S END, 'The Children,' 12.16.15, SyFy. The final plan of the Overlords. 'You were about to discover interstellar travel. That would have destroyed you.'

-- DOCTOR WHO, 'The Husbands of River Song,' 12.25.15, BBC America. The Twelfth Doctor is reunited with River Song. 'When you love the Doctor it's like loving the stars themselves. You don't expect a sunset to love you back.'

-- PENNY DREADFUL, 'The Nightcomers,' 5.17.15, SHOWTIME. Patti LuPone guest stars as a Cut-Wife with dreadful prophecies. 'Such incantations are dangerous. You must never speak the Devil's language idly.'

-- SCREAM QUEENS, 'Mommie Dearest,' 11.10.15. FOX. College dean Jamie Lee Curtis encounters the PSYCHO shower scene. 'I saw that movie FIFTY times!'

-- THE STRAIN, 'The Born,' 8.23.15, FX. New vampires raise the stakes.  'There are no myths, professor. Only exaggerations.'

-- SUPERNATURAL, 'About a Boy,' 2.3.14, THE CW. A witch turns Dean into a teenager. 'Word on the street is people kinda taste like chicken.'

-- THE WALKING DEAD, 'Start to Finish,'' 11.29.15, AMC. Moving a horde of zombies takes a sudden turn. 'Your property belongs to Negan.'

-- Or write in another choice:
HANNIBAL


3. BEST CLASSIC DVD/BLU-RAY

-- ARMY OF DARKNESS: COLLECTOR'S EDITION (1992, Shout!)
-- BLACK SABBATH (AIP version, Kino)
-- BLOOD AND BLACK LACE (1964; Arrow)
-- BURN WITCH BURN (1962, Kino)
-- COUNT DRACULA (1970; Severin)
X-- DON'T LOOK NOW (1973, Criterion)
-- FROM A WHISPER TO A SCREAM (1987; Scream Factory)
-- HOUSE OF LONG SHADOWS (1983, Kino)
-- HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1939; Warner Video)
-- KWAIDAN (1964; Criterion)
-- NIGHTMARE CASTLE (1965; Severin)
-- PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1925, 1929; Kino)
-- THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MISS OSBOURNE (1981, Arrow)
-- VOODOO MAN (1944; Olive)
-- Or write-in another choice:

4. BEST RESTORATION OR UPGRADE

-- ARMY OF DARKNESS: COLLECTOR'S EDITION (1992, Shout!) Four versions, including original opening and ending.
-- BLACK SABBATH (Kino), American AIP version includes Karloff's voice.
X-- BLOOD AND BLACK LACE (1965; Arrow), restored from original negative.
-- COUNT DRACULA (1970, Severin), Much improved transfer restores scene of mother seeking her baby at castle.
-- HOUSE OF LONG SHADOWS (1983), much improved transfer from earlier versions.
-- JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH (1959; Twilight Time). 4K upgrade.
-- THE MASK 3D (1961, Kino), Offered in 3D version.
-- TALES OF TERROR (1963, Kino), pristine high-definition version.
-- VOODOO MAN (1944; Olive), original title card, high-definition upgrade
-- Or write-in another choice:


5. BEST COMMENTARY

-- BLACK SABBATH (AIP version); BLOOD AND BLACK LACE (1964, Arrow), Tim Lucas
-- BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA (Sony), Director Francis Ford Coppola.
-- BURNT OFFERINGS, Richard Harland Smith
-- HOUSE OF LONG SHADOWS, director Pete Walker
-- INVADERS FROM MARS (1986, Shout!), director Tobe Hooper, Michael Felsher.
-- JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH, actress Diane Baker, Nick Redman, Steven C. Smith
-- KWAIDAN, Stephen Prince
-- THE MASK (1961), 3D historian Jason Pichonsky
-- THE MONSTER THAT CHALLENGED THE WORLD, Tom Weaver and David Schechter
-- NIGHTMARE CASTLE, Barbara Steele and David DelValle
-- THE OBLONG BOX (1969, Kino), Steve Haberman
X-- PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS (1991, Scream Factory), director Wes Craven
-- SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN, David Del Valle and Tim Sullivan
-- THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MISS OSBOURNE, director Walwrian Borowczyk
-- Or write-in another choice:


6. BEST DVD EXTRA

-- ARMY OF DARKNESS (1992, Shout!). 'Medieval Times' making-of documentary.
X-- BLOOD AND BLACK LACE, 'Psycho Analysis,' 55-minute documentary.
-- BURN WITCH BURN (Kino), interview with actor Peter Wyngarde
-- COUNT DRACULA (1970), 'Cuadecuc, Vampir,' an experimental film of Christopher Lee and other on-set images and effects.
-- COUNT YORGA, VAMPIRE (1969, Twilight Time) Tim Sullivan, David DelValle recreate lost Robert Quarry interview.
-- FROM A WHISPER TO A SCREAM (1987, Scream), 'Return to Oldfield,' making-of documentary directed by Daniel Griffith.
-- GHOULIES (1985; Scream Factory). 'From Toilets to Terror,' making-of documentary.
-- PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (silents, Kino). Excerpts from 1930 sound version.
-- QUEEN OF BLOOD (1966, Kino), 'The Russians Are Coming: Robert Skotak on Queen of Blood.'
-- SPIDER BABY (Arrow), 'The Host,' 30-minute film with young Sid Haig directed by Jack Hill.
-- VAMPYROS LESBOS (1971, Severin), interview with director Jess Franco
-- Or write-in another choice:

7. BEST INDEPENDENT FILM 

-- BACKCOUNTRY, directed by Adam MacDonald. Terrors in the Canadian wilderness.
-- DANNY JOHNSON SAVES THE WORLD, directed by Christopher M. Mihm. Suburban Danny battles robots, aliens
-- DRACULA A.D. 2015, directed by Joshua Kennedy. The Count is resurrected in this homage to Hammer films.
-- EXTRAORDINARY TALES, directed by Raul Garcia. Five animated Poe stories; narrators include Lugosi, Lee, Corman.
-- FRANKENSTEIN VS. THE MUMMY, directed by Damien Leone. Brain swaps and classic monsters in New York City.
-- THE HALLOW, directed by Corin Hardy. Irish forests yield unspeakable horrors.
-- KILLING POE, directed by Nathan Andrew Jacobs. Five students must conjure up ways to defeat a crazed professor.
-- TALES OF DRACULA, directed by Joseph P. DeMuro and Thomas E. Rice. An homage to Universal and Hammer.
-- TALES OF HALLOWEEN, 10 tales featuring genre talent such as Joe Dante, Adrienne Barbeau, Stuart Gordon.
-- TURBO KID, directed by  Anouk Whissell, Francois Simard, Yoann-Karl Whissell. The apocalypse meets the X-Games.
-- WE ARE STILL HERE, directed by Ted Geoghegan. Inside a house of evil.
X-- WYRMWOOD, directed by Kiah Roache-Turner.  Zombies plague road warriors.
-- Or write-in another choice:


8. BEST SHORT FILM

-- CONVENTIONAL, directed by Karen Gillan (9 mins). A haunting look at an aging scream queen.
-- HEIR, directed by Richard Powell (14 mins). Family secrets unfold on a road trip.
X-- INNSMOUTH, directed by Izzy Lee (11 mins.) Fleeing the reach of Lovecraftian terror.
-- ONCE WHEN I WAS DEAD, directed by Scott W. Perry (19 mins). Struggles of a young artist turn deadly.
-- THEATRE FANTASTIQUE: A POEM OF POE, directed by Ansel Faraj (12 mins). A Halloween special.
-- SEEKING VALENTINA, directed by Armin Nasserri (21 mins). An Iranian writer takes in a mysterious tenant.
-- SLASH HER, directed by Jerry Lentz (3 mins). A woman alone, haunted.
-- SLU T, directed by Chloe Okuno (21 mins). Coming of age takes a horrific turn.
-- SOBREVIVO, directed by Matt Sullivan (34 mins). A woman's battle for normalcy in an apocalyptic world.
-- SPAMMER, directed by John Iwasz and Sanj Surat (8 mins). 'Be careful what you phish for.'
-- TAILYPO, directed by Cameron McCasland (15 mins). Terror in the woods takes a sharp turn.  
-- Or write-in another choice:


9. BEST DOCUMENTARY

-- CREATURE FEATURE: 60 YEARS OF THE GILL-MAN, directed by Matt Crick. Revisiting the Lagoon after all these years.
-- THE CREEP BEHIND THE CAMERA, directed by Pete Schermann. The making of THE CREEPING TERROR.
-- HAIL TO THE KING: 60 YEARS OF DESTRUCTION, directed by Kyle Yount. The Japanese side of Godzilla and kaiju.
-- IT WAS A COLOSSAL TEENAGE MOVIE MACHINE: THE AMERICAN-INTERNATIONAL PICTURES STORY, directed by Daniel Griffith. How AIP changed Hollywood.
-- JACK PIERCE, THE MAKER OF MONSTERS, directed by Strephon Taylor. Detailed biography goes beyond horror films.
X-- LOST SOUL: THE DOOMED JOURNEY OF RICHARD STANLEY'S ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU, directed by David Gregory. The film that wasn't.
-- THAT GUY, DICK MILLER, directed by Elijah Drenner. Hanging with the B-movie's everyman.
-- Or write-in another choice:


10. BOOK OF THE YEAR

X-- THE ART OF HORROR: An Illustrated History, by Stephen Jones (Applause; hardcover, 260 pages, $40). Frightful images from film, pulp and more.
-- ATOMIC DREAMS AND THE NUCLEAR NIGHTMARE: The Making of Godzilla, by Peter H. Brothers (CreateSpace, softcover, 348 pages, $20). From allegory to special effects and Japanese sources, the monstrous story.
-- THE BLACK CAT, by Philip Riley and Gregory Mank (BearManor Media, softcover, 124 pages $19.95). Production notes and analysis of Edgar Ulmer's profane classic.
-- BRIDE OF HA-HA HORROR, by Monstermatt Patterson (Mystery&Horror, softcover, 216 pages, $12.95). Old-fashioned monster laffs.
-- BRIDE OF THE MONSTER, by Gary D. Rhodes with Tom Weaver (BearManor Media, softcover, 292 pages, $24.95). A 'Scripts in the Crypt' look at Ed Wood's Lugosi feature.
-- CLASSIC HORROR FILMS AND THE LITERATURE THAT INSPIRED THEM, by Ron Backer (McFarland, softcover, 372 pages, $45). Exploring the literary roots of 43 monstrous legends.
-- CURIOUS GOODS: Behind the Scenes of Friday the 13th, the Series, by Alyse Wax (BearManor Media, hardcover, 490 pages, $37). A look back at Crystal Lake of the 1987 TV series.
-- FORGOTTEN FACES OF FANTASTIC FILMS, by James T. Coughlin (Midnight Marquee, softcover, 258 pages, $25). Profiling 22 familiars who breathed life into classic horrors.
-- FORGOTTEN HORRORS VOL. 7: Famished Monsters of Filmland, by Michael H. Price with Jan Alan Henderson and John Wooley (CreateSpace, softcover, 280 pages, $25). Obscure and atomic monstrosities from the 1950s exhumed.
-- ITALIAN GOTHIC HORROR FILMS 1957-1969, by Robert Curti (McFarland, hardcover, 220 pages, $39.95). Director by director, the golden age of giallo and more.
-- MONSTER MASH: The Creepy, Kooky Monster Craze in America, 1957-1972, by Mark Voger (TwoMorrows Publishing, hardcover, 192 pages, $36). Revisiting the colorful first wave of the monster boom.
-- RECOVERING 1940s HORROR CINEMA, edited by Marco DeGiglio-Bellemare, Charlie Elbe, Kristopher Woofter (Lexington Press, hardcover, 378 pages, $100). Essays probe the noir-tinged world of midcentury horror.
-- 70S MONSTER MEMORIES, compilation (WeBelongDead, softcover, 400 pages, $50). More than 70 photo-filled chapters on horror's day-glo decade.
-- SKETCHY THINGS: The Art of Frank Dietz (sketchythings, softcover, 176 pages, $50). Classic monsters rendered in classic styles.
-- SO DEADLY, SO PERVERSE: Fifty Years of Italian Giallo Films Vol. 1 and 2, by Troy Howarth. (Midnight Marquee,softcover,  228, 234 pages, $45 each). Analysis of Italian chillers from 1963-2013.
-- TASTE THE BLOOD OF MONSTER SERIAL VOL. 3, compiled by Wallace McBride (CreateSpace, softcover, 222 pages, $11.99). Collinsport Historical Society's look at vampires.
-- TOD BROWNING'S DRACULA, by Gary D. Rhodes (Tomahawk Press, softcover, 376 pages, $35). A Lugosi scholar's examination of the power and myths behind the classic film.
-- WILLIAM CAMERON MENZIES: The Shape of Films to Come, by James Curtis (Pantheon, hardcover, 432 pages, $40).  Biography of the art director who changed the movies.
-- Or write in another choice:

11. BEST MAGAZINE OF 2015

-- Cinema Retro
-- Classic Monsters of the Movies
-- Delirium
-- Diabolique
-- Famous Monsters of Filmland
-- Fangoria
-- Filmfax
-- Freaky Monsters
-- G-Fan
-- HorrorHound
-- Little Shoppe of Horrors
-- Mad Monster
-- Mad Scientist
-- Monster!
-- Monster Bash
-- Phantom of the Movies Videoscope
X -- Rue Morgue
-- Scary Monsters
-- Scream (UK)
-- Screem
-- Shock
-- Shock Creatures
-- Video Watchdog
-- We Belong Dead
-- Or write in another choice:

12. BEST ARTICLE (Please choose two; one will win)

-- 'Along Came a Spider,' by Tom Weaver. CLASSIC IMAGES #487. 60th anniversary look at Tarantula.

-- 'Barbara Steele: The Beauty of Terror,' by Daniel Riccuito, David Cairns and Jennifer Matsui, FANGORIA #342. A spotlight on horror's dark presence.

-- 'The Carradine Ten,' by Gregory Mank, MONSTER BASH #25. How the actor used B-movies to finance his 'Shakespearean Players.'

-- 'Christopher Lee: He May Not Have Been Who You Might Have Thought He Was,' by Tom Johnson, LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #35. Personal encounters by a Hammer historian.

-- 'The Family Is Toast: The Making of Burnt Offerings,' by Richard Harland Smith, SCREEM #31. From Bob Fosse to Bette Davis.

-- 'Female Characters in Kaiju Films,' by Peter Lovold, G-FAN #109. Timid Emiko and the Twins gave way to aliens and G-fighters.

-- 'Forrest J Ackerman, The Wizard of Glendower Avenue,' by Deborah Painter, CLASSIC IMAGES #480. Remembering the man behind the monster boom.

-- 'Frankenstein: The Australian Connection, Pts. 1-3,' by Daniel Best, MONSTER! #15, 17-18. The battle to air the classic films on TV down under.

X-- 'The Greatest Old One,' by Dejan Ognjanovic, RUE MORGUE #161. In three articles, including an expert roundtable, H.P. Lovecraft's work is invoked anew.

-- 'It Ain't Legend: Mangling Matheson,' by Stephen R. Bissette, MONSTER! #13. The failed attempts to bring I Am Legend to the screen.

-- 'The Last Days of the Deuce,' by Joe Kane, VIDEOSCOPE #94. Recalling the demise of grindhouse double-bill moviehouses on 42nd Street.

-- 'Life, Death and Tasha Yar,' by David McDonnell, STARTREK online.  The former editor of STARLOG's poignant encounter with Denise Crosby.

-- 'The Making of The Phantom of the Opera,' by Bruce G Hallenbeck, LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #34. The fight to film Hammer's 1962 opera house ghost.

-- 'The Melody Is a Scream! Horror Musicals,' by Jessica Dwyer with Nathan Hanneman, HORRORHOUND #52. From Sweeney Todd to Re-Animator, a survey of more than 30 musical horrors.

-- 'Pale Gaze,' by Christopher Bruno, DIABOLIQUE #23. Look into the French madness of 'Eyes Without a Face.'

-- 'Remembering Christopher Lee,' by Justin Hamelin, RAVENOUS MONSTER ONLINE. Detailed look at horror icon's career.

-- 'Reunions in the Dark,' by Jerry Boyd, SCARY MONSTERS #95. The sometimes tortured history of Dark Shadows conventions.

-- 'Rodan, The Flying Monster,' by Martin Arlt, MAD SCIENTIST #30. How Toho's second great kaiju was hatched.

-- 'The Scary on Scary Skin,' by Mark C. Glassey, SCARY MONSTERS #99. The science behind synthetic flesh, alligator skin and faces of marble.

-- 'The Shining/Room 237,' by Eric Somer, VIDEO WATCHDOG #178. Checking in again to Kubrick's haunted hotel.

-- 'Stop-Motion in Motion,' by Allen A. Debus, SCARY MONSTERS #95. Examining the earliest monster animations (Evolution and Slumber Mountain).

-- 'Take Me to the Orher Side/Ghost Writers,' by April Snellings, RUE MORGUE #160. The true and fanciful history of the Ouija board.

-- 'The 12 Biggest Myths of Classic Horror Films, Parts 1-3,' by Gary Don Rhodes, FILMFAX #140-142.  From Dracula to censorship, puncturing long-held beliefs.

-- 'Vincent Price: I Like What I See,' by Tim Lucas. VIDEO WATCHDOG #179. A watchdog's look at the flood of Price films on disc.

-- 'What Bride of Frankenstein Can Teach Today's Filmmakers,' by Peter Martin, FAMOUS MONSTERS #281. How James Whale invented a new take in his sequel.

-- 'When Famous Monsters Gave In to the Force,' by John Harrison, MONSTER! #23. How Star Wars mania pushed monsters to the back pages.

-- PLEASE FEEL FREE TO VOTE FOR TWO ARTICLES ABOVE (one will win)


13. BEST INTERVIEW (Award goes to interviewer)

-- Mel Brooks, on Young Frankenstein, interviewed by David Weiner. FAMOUS MONSTERS #277.
-- Bruce Campbell on ASH VS EVIL DEAD, interviewed by Jessica Dwyer. HORRORHOUND #53.
-- John Carpenter, on his movie soundtracks, interviewed by Chris Alexander. FANGORIA #339.
X-- Roger Corman on Frankenstein Unbound, interviewed by Michael Doyle, RUE MORGUE #160.
-- Jamil Dehlavi, director of Christopher Lee's Jinnah, interviewed by Tony Earnshaw. WE BELONG DEAD #17.
-- Donnie Dunagan, interviewed about Karloff, Rathbone and Bambi, by Jan Alan Henderson, FILMFAX #141-142
-- Drew Friedman, artist, interviewed by Thom Shubilla, SCREEM #30.
-- Laurel Goodwin, the original yeoman in Star Trek pilot, interviewed by Mark Berry, VIDEOSCOPE #93
-- Alejandro Jodorowsky, cult director on his career and terror, interviewed by Max Weinstein, DIABOLIQUE #24,
-- Doug Jones, on playing monsters and aliens, interviewed by Don Vaughan, VIDEOSCOPE #94-95.
-- Koichi Kawakita, effects work on numerous G-films, interviewed by J.D. Lees, G-FAN #108.
-- John Logan, creator of Penny Dreadful, interviewed by Joe Moe. FAMOUS MONSTERS #279.
-- Terry Moore, on Mighty Joe Young and Howard Hughes, interviewed by Anthony Petkovich. FILMFAX #140.
-- Sharon Smyth, Dark Shadows' youngest ghost, interviewed by Rod Labbe, SCARY MONSTERS #95.


14. BEST COLUMNIST

-- Diary of the Deb, by Debbie Rochon, FANGORIA
-- The Doctor Is In-Sane, by Dr. Gangrene, SCARY MONSTERS
-- File 770 columns, by James H. Burns, FILE 770 online
-- Fright Gallery, curated by Gary Pullin, RUE MORGUE
-- Grey Matters, by Richard Schellbach, MONDO CULT ONLINE
X-- It Came from Bowen's Basement, by John W, Bowen, RUE MORGUE
-- Larry Blamire's Star Turn, VIDEO WATCHDOG
-- Ralph's One and Only Traveling Reviews, by Richard Klemensen, LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS
-- Rondo Remembers, by Ron Adams, MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE
-- Scare-News, by John Skerchock, SCARY MONSTERS
-- They Came from the Krypt, by Jon Kitley, HORRORHOUND
-- Or write in another choice:


15. BEST MAGAZINE COVER
RUE MORGUE # 161
 

16. BEST WEBSITE OR BLOG OF 2015

-- ALL SCI-FI  The talk is pure science fiction.
-- BLOODY PIT OF ROD  From Naschy to gnashing teeth.
-- CLASSIC MOVIE MONSTERS  A resource for archetypal horrors.
-- COLLINSPORT HISTORICAL SOCIETY  Piercing the Shadows left by Barnabas Collins.
-- DAY OF THE WOMAN  The feminine side of fear.
-- DREAD CENTRAL    Horror's daily front page.
-- DR. GANGRENE'S MAD BLOG  Nashville's mad doctor.
-- FILM NOIR FOUNDATION  Footseps and rain in black and white.
-- FINAL GIRL  Stacie Ponder ponders the peril.
-- FRANKENSTEINIA  Pierre Fournier's journal of all things Frankenstein.
-- THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE GODZILLA  August Ragone's monster-sized blog.
-- GRAVEYARD SHIFT SISTERS  Women of color are horror fans, too.
-- GROOVY AGE OF HORROR  Fearless comics and fumetti of the past.
-- THE HORRORS OF IT ALL  The amazing 50s horror comics revival lives here.
-- ICONS OF FRIGHT  Horror's online collective.
-- KAIJUMATIC  Home of 1,000 giant monsters.  
-- LATARNIA: FANTASTIQUE INTERNATIONAL  Of Euro and world horror.
-- MONDO CULT  Horror is just part of the edgy culture there.
-- MONSTER MAGAZINE WORLD  Always updated with the latest in print monsters.
-- MONSTERS FROM HELL  The UK's Hammer headquarters.
-- RAVENOUS MONSTER  Consuming horror from books to film.
-- SCARED SILLY  Paul Castiglia's compendium of classic horror comedies.
-- SCIFI JAPAN  The home of Monster Zero News.
-- SERIAL SQUADRON Cliffhangers of the past, discussed and restored.
X-- SHOCK TIL YOU DROP  Horror journalism and previews.
-- SIN STREET SLEAZE  John Harrison's blog of pulp and pop.
-- TERROR FROM THE DAVES  The Mike and Mike of monsters.
-- UNIVERSAL MONSTER ARMY  The ultimate collectors of monstrous toys, models and collectibles.
-- VAMPIRE OVER LONDON  The Bela Lugosi blog.
-- VIDEO WATCHBLOG  Tim Lucas on the magic of movies, music and life.
-- WICKED HORROR  News and grue, but with a wink.
-- WITCH'S DUNGEON  Preserving Hollywood's horrific legacy.
-- ZOMBOS CLOSET  Horrors on the loose.
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21. BEST HORROR COMIC

-- BLOKE'S TERRIBLE TOMB OF TERROR (Indy). Anthology of horrors.
-- FRANKENSTEIN UNDERGROUND (Dark Horse). Mignola's Hellboy world darkens.
-- GODZILLA IN HELL (IDW). Bob Eggleton has the great beast trapped.
-- HAUNTED HORRORS (IDW/Yoe). Restoring the lost shudders of obscure 1950s horror comics.
-- JOHN CARPENTER'S TALES FOR A HALLOWEEN NIGHT (Storm King). Horrors with an edge.
-- MONSTER WORLD (American Gothic Press). FM's Philip Kim joins Steve Niles in a hard-boiled horror.
X-- RAT GOD (Dark Horse), by Richard Corben. Arkham meets Native American horrors.
-- THE SHRINKING MAN (IDW), Ted Adams and Mark Torres adapt  Richard Matheson's classic.

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