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.

Invasion of the B Movies

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.

Old Horror Movies

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.

Silver Emulsion

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.

365 Horror Movie

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.

Goregirl’s Dungeon

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 Lightning Bug’s Lair

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.

About Bubbawheat

I'm a comic book movie enthusiast who has watched and reviewed over 500 superhero and comic book movies in the past seven years, my goal is to continue to find and watch and review every superhero movie ever made.

Posted on June 2, 2012, in Blogs and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Great post. I especially love that you have switched the order for the category to “Sci-Fi/Horror”, and I think your campaign motto should be something to do with giving sci-fi a chance. Good luck in the campaign!

    • Thanks, I’m not sure how strongly I’ll be campaigning. I think a good campaign is just to focus on keeping my site as consistent as possible, and let the features and reviews speak for themselves. I’ll leave the heavier campaigning to Twitter 🙂

  2. Awesome write-up Bubba! I’m actually gonna check out a bunch of these nominees now…

  3. You’re right, I haven’t done a movie review in a few weeks. Sometimes I pace myself cause there are times where I do NOTHING BUT review movies and I get burnt out on it. But also, I don’t want the site to site there, so I’ll do fun posts like the Horror Trailer one or the “Did You Know? Horror Edition”. With that said, I do plan on reviewing a whole bunch of movies this summer. Plus being the horror guy at Man, I Love Films keeps me busy too.

    As for your site, you’re right, I don’t see a whole lot of horror on here and I feel, in my opinion, it’s a stretch to call superhero films “Sci-Fi”. I normally categorize them as “action”. But what do I know? I think “Basket Case” is the best movie in the whole wide world.

    Seriously though, you do a wonder job on your site, and after checking out all the other nominee’s I see I have some tough competition ahead of me so BRING IT ON!!

    • Certain superhero films are definitely more Sci-Fi than others. Like Masters of the Universe and Flash Gordon are totally Sci-Fi movies, while movies like Super or Kick-Ass totally isn’t. Though in honor of being grouped with the horror category, I’ll be doing a few more horror related comic book movies next week.

  4. Great stuff, I love your first take on my site as well as the others. My first take on the other sites was somewhat similar to yours, so it was interesting to read. I first came here during the Lammy voting phase, but at the time nothing caught my eye. I returned eventually and read the interview with Radiator Heaven, and was struck by the kindness and good nature you exhibited. This post is yet another example of giving each blog its due credit and time to shine.

    Next I hunted through the list to see if you had reviewed Super, one of the more interesting and offbeat superhero movies ever (and coincidentally to our Twitter conversation, directed by ex-Troma alum James Gunn who wrote and co-directed Tromeo and Juliet). I enjoyed your take on the film a lot, and found the review well-written and funny. I think you went a little deep into the plot, spoiling too much, but as I haven’t read too many of your reviews that might just be the way you do it (which is fine if its a stylistic choice).

    Overall I’ve enjoyed the site and I’ll do my best to check in from time to time, although I’ll be honest and just tell you know that I’m horrible at actually doing that. But I do love me some superheros, so I look forward to your reviews.

    Oh, and also there’s a Shaw Brothers movie called Super Infra-Man that would fit into the superhero genre and it’s a ton of fun. It’s like a rip-off of Ultraman, so it feels somewhat Power Rangers-esque.

    • I think my Follow Friday will give me a strong chance for the Community Builder or at least Best Running Feature next year, everyone include me really seem to love it. As far as how deep I go into the plot depends on how well known the movie is. Since Super is more of a fringe movie, I anticipated that fewer people have seen it so I thought it was best to go further into the plot, while avoiding the one major spoiler in that movie (though I did spoil it in my blog post about spoilers). It’s a very unique movie and one of those movies where if I ever see anyone else’s review for it, I have to read it because people’s opinions of it are so varied. More well known movies, I tend to only talk about the plot in broad strokes.

      That’s awesome that James Gunn was connected to Tromeo and Juliet, I don’t think I ever would have made that connection. And I’ve never heard of Super Infra-Man, I’ll definitely be adding it to my list. Thanks for stopping by!

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