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2010 Reaper Awards

The 2010 Reaper Awards

by Judge Marco Duran


2010 GrimmyOn Tuesday October 12, 2010, the second annual Reaper Awards were held at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood. These awards praise the best horror and thriller films in home entertainment with the "Grimmy" awards.

This was the first awards show I'd ever attended and as such I felt a little like a fish out of water. Not only in that I had no idea where I was going, what I was doing or what was required of me, but, also, horror really isn't my genre of film. In fact, I stay away from it as much as possible. Therefore, I really didn't have much of a clue who most of the people were or anything about the movies they worked on (Zombie Roadkill? Albino Farm?). That said, I found to a fellow reviewer to glean from. She was standing beside me along the red carpet parade and her love for these films was so great that it started to rub off on me, making me feel the giddiness of the event.

The whole event took place at the beautiful and elegant Roosevelt Hotel. The hotel is supposed to be haunted. In fact, I was shown a photo that the fellow reviewer had just taken which had a floating white orb near a portrait of Marilyn Monroe where a second ago there was none. Coincidence? Well, maybe. Eventually the stars showed up and posed for photographs and stopped to answer questions, walking the 12-foot read carpet with gusto. The only one I recognized was Noah Segan and as much as I wanted to ask him how much fun it was making Brick and working with Rian Johnson I figured that this might not be proper red carpet etiquette and refrained from doing so.

The room where the awards were held, The Blossom Room, I was informed was the same room where the very first Academy Awards was held. It was very small, at least I thought, for such a grandiose occasion however I later found out that only 270 people attended the first Academy Awards and that's about as many of us were there that night. We were treated to a delicious buffet (I ate at the same table as Clu Gulager) and, after some fanfare, the ceremony started.

The proceedings of the night were overseen by Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton returning to his MC duties from the previous year. The giving out of the awards seemed almost like a formality of the evening, like an after thought. "Oh yeah, this is why we got together tonight." Grimmys were handed out in rapid succession with a montage of each winner's footage and a small speech by whomever received the award. And just like that it was over. People streamed out, were handed a swag bag by the patrons of the show, paid their valet and drove off. It was a fun night. We should do this again sometime.

Best Theatrical Disc
Films that debuted in theaters within approximately the past year, including limited exhibitions, before being released on disc
Trick 'r Treat -- Warner Home Video
An anthology of four Halloween stories

Best Direct to Video Title
Movies that made their debut on home video
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy -- CAV Distributing / 1428 Films
This four hour documentary recounts the history of the original "Nightmare on Elm Street" film series with interviews from its creators and stars

2010 Reaper Awards

Best Re-Release / Catalog Title
Catalog titles are those that have been previously released on home video and are being released with new material, or older titles being released for the first time.
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood -- Paramount Home Entertainment
In this 1988 installment of the famed horror series, Jason Voorhees' reign of terror comes across a teenage girl with powerful mental abilities.

Best Boxed Set or TV show
These multidisc sets represent a collection of films or episodes from a television series.
True Blood: The Complete Second Season -- HBO Home Entertainment
This five disc set, available on DVD and Blu-ray includes all 12 episodes from the 2009 season of Alan Ball's acclaimed vampire series, plus several fun featurettes.

Best Indie or Foreign Title
Films produced independently of the studio system or films made overseas and distributed in the United States.
Grace -- Anchor Bay Entertainment
A woman makes the ultimate sacrifice when the stillborn child she carried to term returns to life with an appetite for blood.

2010 Reaper Awards

Best Blu-ray Disc
Titles released on the Blu-ray Disc high definition format to take advantage of higher-capacity discs for top picture and audio quality and extras.
True Blood: The Complete Second Season -- HBO Home Entertainment
This five disc set lets viewers bite into such extras as character perspectives, storyline flashbacks, trivia, vampire videos and more.

Best Packaging
Titles that feature alluring or innovative packaging.
Friday the 13th Re-Releases -- Paramount Home Entertainment
The deluxe editions of the Friday the 13th films come with lenticular box art.

Most Anticipated Theatrical
Titles with a recent theaterical run with a disc release after the eligibility period for Reaper Awards 2010
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) -- Warner Home Video
This remake of the 1984 classic stars Jackie Earl Haley as Freddy Krueger, the serial killer who haunts children in their dreams. Released on DVD and Blu-ray Oct 5.

2010 Reaper Awards

Most Anticipated Non-Theatrical
Films that did not debut in theaters with a disc release after the eligibility period for Reaper Awards 2010.
30 Days of Night: Dark Days -- Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
The survivors of Barrow face a new threat. Released on DVD and Blu-ray Oct 5.

Most Anticipated Catalog
Title being re-released on disc after the eligibility period for Reaper Awards 2010
The Alien Anthology Blu-ray -- 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
All four films have been reinvigorated for an intense high definition viewing experience. The release debuts "MU-TH-UR Mode" connecting fans to special features on all six discs.

Best in Show
A title that, in the judges opinion, is the best overall from the entire pool of submitted entries.
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy -- CAV Distributing / 1428 Films

2010 Reaper Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award
Tom Holland -- Director of Child's Play and Fright Night

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