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Booth’s 1st Bloody Oscars!
By Emily Booth, Tuesday 18th February 2014

eboothHorror Channel has asked me to blog for them and I’m feeling the creative twitches coming thick and fast now I have this outlet to express myself! People who know me, know that I am incredibly honest, love to get a bit deep and meaningful, and love my horror (obviously) and the culture that surrounds it. You can expect this horror blog to be a bit like a peek into Emily Booth’s diary splattered with horror news, views and opinion from the depths of the dark universe.

Right now, you can’t have missed the world is hotting-up to awards season! The BAFTAs (Sunday 16th Feb) for once actually proved to be quite a glamorous affair with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in tow alongside Leonardo Di Caprio and Bradley Cooper. While 12 Years a Slave (directed by the British Steve McQueen) got Best Film, it was the brilliant Sci-Fi tour de force Gravity scooping the most nods with a whopping six BAFTAs including Best British Film. Now while this is a result many of us are thinking umm? British? What makes a film British when its leads are American and the production company is major Hollywood studio Warner Brothers?! BAFTA said the film still fell into ‘British Film’ territory due to it being shot at Shepperton among other factors – but these days with films being multinational in terms of its cast, crew and financing, how does one define what makes a film British or American or even ‘Hollywood?’ That said while Gravity may have eyebrows raised with its ‘Best British Film’ BAFTA win, and even though it’s not Horror obviously, it is refreshing for us genre fans to see a Sci-Fi film heavy on visual effects win more awards then the worthy biopics!

Then of course there are the ever-controversial Oscars coming up on March 2nd. Now let’s face it, horror hounds have often complained about the lack of brilliant thought provoking Horror films to get Oscar nominations, and they’d be justified in thinking this. However, when you consider the average Oscar member voting for films is 62 years old, it’s perhaps no wonder Horror is not one of their favourite genres. However, to avoid total despondence, and as this is my blog I thought I’d compile a wee list of the horrors from 2013 that should be up there rubbing shoulders with the media darlings of the mainstream movie world. I know a lot will disagree and want to add to the list and feel free – but here are Booth’s 1st Bloody Oscars!

Sleep Tight

An outing from Spanish director Jaume Balaguero known for the REC films, I can’t understand why Spanish Horror is not more recognised by the mainstream, its nearly always brilliant, and in my opinion Orphanage should have won a bona fide Oscar anyway. This creepy thriller hits close to home exposing just how vulnerable we really are, even under lock and key in our own beds! Guaranteed to make you check the doors and under your bed, this is an intense and clever piece of cinema.

Antiviral

Directed by Brandon Cronenberg – yes it’s time to get excited for he really is 'the son of David!' And following in his father’s shoes the theme of this movie explores how science and the body mesh with disturbing consequences whilst making profound commentary on the world we live in.  Set in a world addicted to celebrity it seems even the diseases of the rich and famous have become desirable experiences, and so we enter the bizarre world of virus salesman Sid March. We need a bit of weird back in the genre!

Cabin In The Woods

OK, yes it’s a little silly towards the end, but this postmodern take on all the horror genres and rules that drive them is perfectly pitched to deliver a fun popcorn night out at the movies with great plot twists and bloody mayhem. A real crowd pleaser with some clever undertones!

Sinister

Ethan Hawke is BRILLIANT as the obsessive crime writer willing to go to any lengths to write that next best seller, but after moving into the home of a hideous murder scene, Hawke discovers a box of Super 8 movies, and boy does he get a story! Genuinely creepy, well shot and superbly acted.

A lot of people are citing The Woman in Black as a top movie of 2013 and while I agree I enjoyed it more than I thought, I’m sorry but as a fan of the original, I can’t give a remake a Bloody Oscar!

So that’s pretty much it folks, the closest the Horror Genre gets to an Oscar this year is in the staggering 10 nominations for  Sci-Fi flick Gravity directed by Alfonso Cuaron. This is a cinema defining film, I totally loved it, feeling more like a simulation this is one of the only films of recent times that left me feeling breathless! So I do hope it wins.

That’s it for now devious darlings, next week I’ll share my nightmares!


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