Fangoria Announces 2019 Chainsaw Award Winners

This is not a normal post.  Let me qualify this by saying that this reflects mostly opinion but, facts as well.  Last night, Fangoria announced the 2019 Chainsaw Award winners.  The Chainsaw Awards are given to horror movies from the last year.  Think of this as an Oscars for horror.  Coincidence that the announcements happened the same time and night as the Academy Awards?  Probably not.

Let’s start with the winners.  Hereditary cleaned up, winning 5 of the 7 awards it received nominations for, then also grabbing the write in for Best Kill.   Let me clarify, this is not a knock on Hereditary.  It was a decent to good movie.  But of all the films, Hereditary worked with the highest budget and also marketed itself in such a way, to catere to the fans.  The argument on the other side of the coin is Halloween did the same thing.  Halloween was blanked last night.

Here is where I am a little annoyed.  Call me biased if you like, but this is the truth.  Hereditary was not (in my opinion) the best horror film of 2018 as the awards show.  Fangoria is not to blame here.  I love their concept, but the fans vote for their favorites.  People are creatures of habit.  When they do not know how to vote, they vote for what they know.  The consensus was a lot of people were annoyed with Halloween and Hereditary had originality.  I can live with that.  Where I have the issue is when you let the fans vote, they don’t vote for the best items, just the best of what they know.

Several Indie Films made the ballot but not paid attention to and in one case not in the correct category.  David Howard Thornton received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role of Art The Clown in Terrifier.   In what universe does the lead actor of a film qualify as a supporting role?  The answer, none.  Also, with Netflix catching heat for their decisions to drop shows and Amazon dropping Indie Films from Prime how do Indie Films compete with major players?

Call me biased towards Terrifier, fine.  I can admit that.  I also challenge you to present an argument against its originality, gore and uniqueness of kills.  Spoiler alert, you wont.  Terrifier worked on a budget not even 1/10 the budget of Hereditary and for my money, entertained me more.  Terrifier is a better film.  The problem with Terrifier?  Not everyone knows of its existence.  Give Damien Leone the same budget and marketing as Hereditary and I guarantee the results flip.

Writer and Director Damien Leone announced a couple weeks ago an upcoming sequel to Terrifier.  Leone and David Howard Thornton also appeared at Mad Monster Party in Charlotte over the weekend.  Thornton appeared in photo ops as Art The Clown.  One thing can be assured.  With fan support of Terrifier 2, Indie films will no longer be silent at future award shows.  My best advice?  Support Indie Horror Films!

Posted by Crypt Keeper Clint

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