And the Chainsaw goes to…

If you’re tired of hype for the Academy Awards (Sunday, April 25, 8 pm ABC) and don’t care about the Academy of Country Music Awards (Sunday, April 18, 8 pm, CBS), perhaps you’ll go for the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards (Sunday, April 18, 8 pm, Shudder).

His House, a Netflix thriller about a refugee couple who flee war only to encounter horrors of a different kind once resettled in England, leads all films with seven nominations (Best Streaming Premiere Movie, Lead Performance – Sopé Dìrísù, Lead Performance – Wunmi Mosaku, Director – Remi Weekes, Screenplay – Remi Weekes, Score – Roque Baños, and Creature FX).

The Dark and the Wicked, about a family targeted by an unseen presence, received six nominations (Best Limited Release Movie, Lead Performance – Marin Ireland, Supporting Performance – Xander Berkeley, Supporting Performance – Julie Oliver-Touchstone, Director – Bryan Bertino, and Score – Tom Schraeder). The film is streaming on Shudder, or free on the Hoopla library service.’

Two films garnered five nominations:

Freaky is a comedy horror film about a teenage girl (Kathryn Newton) who unwillingly swaps bodies with a serial killer (Vince Vaughn).   (Best Wide Release Movie, Lead Performance – Vaughn, Supporting Performance – Misha Osherovich, Screenplay, and Makeup RX). You can stream Freaky for $5.99 from several providers.

Amulet, streaming on Hulu, is a mystery horror film about a homeless ex-soldier in London, an old house, a young woman and her dying mother. (Best First Feature, Lead Performance- Carla Juri, Lead Performance – Alec Secareanu, Director – Romola Garai, and Creature FX).

Also of note: The Invisible Man, streaming on HBO Max, starring Elisabeth Moss as a woman stalked by an ex-boyfriend she can’t see. The film received four nominations (Best Wide Release Movie, Lead Performance –  Moss, Director – Leigh Whannell, and Screenplay – Leigh Whannell)

Sunday’s award ceremony on Shudder will be hosted by actor/writer David Dastmalchian (Ant-Man and the Wasp), with presenters including Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween), Keith David (The Thing), Gigi Saul Guerrero (director, Culture Shock), Issa Lopez (director, Tigers Are Not Afraid), Kevin Smith (Clerks), Tananarive Due (Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror), Jason Blum (Blumhouse founder/CEO0, James Jude Courtney (Halloween), Doug Jones (The Shape of Water) and drag artist Biqtch Puddin.

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(Top image: ‘His House.’ Source: YouTube video)

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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