First Impressions: A Look at the Lammys Best Horror/Sci-Fi
First off, I’m sorry I don’t have another Superhero Shorts for you today. I really enjoy this feature, but the part I enjoy most is the interviews. And unfortunately, I can’t write both halves of the interview so I’m beholden to the filmmakers who are willing to give me the time to answer my silly little questions. I do have a couple in the works where I’m just waiting on their response, and I’m always on the lookout for fan films new and old to try and contact. If you know of any that I haven’t featured yet, please let me know, especially if you have any contact information. So instead, since the Large Association of Movie Blogs is right at the start of the voting process for their Lammy awards, I thought I’d take a page out of Fogs’ Movie Reviews and take a closer look at all the blogs nominated for Best Horror or Sci-Fi blog, which includes this site.
A few notes before I start this thing off.
1. There was a three way tie, so this category is the largest out of all of them with seven sites vying for the top spot.
2. While it is a Sci-Fi/Horror category, all the sites except for mine have a strong focus on horror, several even being exclusively horror. I’ve never been a huge horror fan so keep that in mind when reading this.
3. I’ll do my best to be objective, but these are my competition so I doubt I can be truly objective.
4. This has become more of a “first impression” look at all of the sites besides mine, where I mention the articles that caught my interest and other things I noticed in the 10-20 minutes or so I spent on each nominee.
Enough disclaimers? Let’s get to the nominees.
First off, I’ll use the words straight from Jason Soto, the writer himself, in his initial For Your Consideration post. “I’ll be honest, I don’t know of too many new horror blogs that’s came up since last year. I don’t have a problem in this category, I don’t think, but if there’s some new upstart I need to worry about, then I guess it’s time to do a “Black Swan” on them. Or…”Talented Mr. Ripley”? “Strangers on a Train”? “My Dinner With Andre?” Something.”
Jason is also a contributor to the Lamb with his Netflix game, which I absolutely love by the way and will hopefully retake the top spot on the leaderboard tomorrow. One of the first things I noticed about this site is there wasn’t a single movie review on the entire first page which goes all the way back to May 11th. Going back further, there is a much better mix of reviews and other features. B movies are great fodder to make fun of, and this site totally take a more lighthearted look at those movies, and brings that same kind of humor to the other features he has there.
One of the first things I noticed was a top 5 list for Best Lego Stop Motion Horror Films that was done for the short animation blogathon which I also participated in. This was back in April, and there haven’t been any posts at all in May. I know I know, every blogger is different, and a blog can still be great even with fewer posts. I also happened to read his review of the original Friday the 13th, and I can feel his love of horror movies coming from it. I find it funny that at the time, he had never seen the movie before, and yet it is one of the handful of horror movies that I’ve actually seen, and enjoyed.
This one was a bit of a surprise, because it was mentioned from other commenters that mine was the only Sci-Fi blog, so I expected all the others to be exclusively Horror blogs. While Silver Emulsion does cover a large number of horror films, he also covers several other genres including some Sci-Fi. In Will’s own words “I was nominated in the Lammys for Best Horror/Sci-Fi blog, and while I cover quite a bit more than that, I’m very happy to be lumped into the most obvious genre to lump me into. Perhaps that pact I made with myself to watch and review every single Full Moon Feature is finally paying dividends! Not to mention devoting the entire month of October to horror! In any case, if you voted for me, I sincerely appreciate it and am truly honored. I’m gonna display the shit out of that nominee banner too.”
Obviously the first review I went to look at was the Avengers, it was a nice review that recalled his youth spent with comics. I also noticed a category on the sidebar called “good trash”, I like someone who appreciates good trashy, or cheesy as I prefer to call them, movies. There’s also plenty of anime movies reviewed, which I have always enjoyed. So far, this is actually one site that I’ll likely be keeping an eye on from now on.
For a site called 365 Horror Movie, one of the first things I noticed was the almost complete absence of dates, and the ones I saw were all from around 2010 and 2011. It is very well set up though, with nicely defined subgenres of horror represented. This site apparently started out as a “review every day for a year” projects and then slowed down once the project was completed, yet the name stuck. The first review I chose to look at was for Kevin Smith’s unique Red State, I was curious to read what someone who has seen so many horror movies thought about his not-exactly-a-horror movie, and was happy to see that he totally got it. The next thing that caught my eye was “I got drunk and marathoned the leprechaun movies”. I’m pretty sure you can tell by the title that it’s a pretty funny read.
The first thing I noticed on this site was the great banner featuring a bunch of black and white horror leading ladies. I also noticed that she just recently finished watching a bunch of werewolf movies in order to create a well-informed top 10 werewolf movies list. It has several interesting and obscure choices along with some familiar favorites. The next thing I checked out was a review of Cursed which I thought was awful and I enjoyed reading her rip into it. I like Goregirl’s sense of humor, though it was a little difficult to go back through older reviews to find a non-werewolf movie.
The first thing I noticed was the interesting titled feature “Hey Girl. Hauer You Doin’?” which takes a look at the films of Rutger Hauer. This site is actually yet another site that doesn’t solely focus on horror movies, but also includes action and Sci-Fi movies, though there hasn’t been a Sci-Fi review yet in 2012. He does appear to be rather consistent, a note in his profile mentions that he’s been reviewing movies five days a week for four years running. But then after checking the dates on the recent posts I saw that it hasn’t been quite as consistent since he last updated his bio, but he still manages at least a couple posts a week. Going back a little ways I noticed his surprisingly positive review of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. And while I didn’t find the same amount of enjoyment in the movie as he did, I can easily understand how and why he did.
Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights
So, while I can’t exactly give a first impression of my site, I can mention a few quick first impressions other nominees gave me via Twitter. Silver Emulsion said: “I love the blogger interview feature you have and you seem to be very good at the community building that I struggle with.”, 365 Horror Movies said “I dig your site, bookmarked.” and Goregirl said “1st impression…great little write up on the best horror/sci-fi nominees. Prefer villians 2 superheroes but entertaining reviews & nice friday shoutouts.” I’ll try and say what it is that I do to try and make this the best movie site out there. I think the biggest thing I’ve got going for me at the moment is both consistency and quantity. It’s been a lot of work since I’ve been posting daily, but I absolutely enjoy it. I love each and every one of my features and would have a hard time trying to give one up. And I love and enjoy superhero movies and I hope that comes through in my reviews, even on the movies that aren’t technically so good. So if you’re a Lamb, all I can do is ask you to make an informed decision when you cast your votes right here in this link. I won’t ask you to vote for me, but if you think I’m the best blog in this list, I would greatly appreciate it if you did. Until next time, this has been Bubbawheat for Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights.