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The 1st Annual Splatcademy Awards


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Ladies and Gentleman, Deadlantern.com’s First Annual Splatcademy Awards Ceremony, The Spooky’s, will be held on February 25th, 2008. Splattercast 67 will be an entire episode dedicated to showcasing the very best the horror genre had to offer in 2007. Just like Hollywood’s Oscar ceremony, we’ll hopefully cause some controversy and bitterness amongst fans as to who and what films were nominated in the various categories. Did your favorite film or scene get snubbed? Them’s the breaks when you’re dealing with the snooty elite!

But unlike those Hollywood bastards, we’re letting you guys get in on the action to help decide who comes out of our dark and deadly basement with a paper mache Spooky! So what do you have to do? Well, check out the categories below and send us your ballot. Select one winner from each category and send us a message at splattercast@deadlantern.com with your selections. It’s that easy! You could help us out by telling any horror fans you know about the awards to help spread the word.

Wanna know a bit about the Spooky’s? Then listen to our Pre-Show Cast.

Rock the Vote! And without further ado…here are the nominees for the 1st Annual Splatcademy Awards…

Best Film

  • Death Proof
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  • Hatchet
  • Sunshine
  • Pan’s Labyrinth

Best Director

  • Quentin Tarantino, Death Proof
  • Nacho Cerda, The Abandoned
  • Wiliam Friedkin, Bug
  • Guilermo del Toro, Pan’s Labyrinth
  • Danny Boyle, Sunshine

Best Actor

  • Kurt Russell, Death Proof
  • Jeffrey Combs, The Black Cat
  • Michael Shannon, Bug
  • Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  • Freddie Rodriguez, Planet Terror

Best Actress

  • Tamara Feldman, Hatchet
  • Blythe Auffarth, The Girl Next Door
  • Ashley Judd, Bug
  • Ivana Baquero, Pan’s Labyrinth
  • Angela Goethals, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

Achievement in Cinematography

  • The Abandoned
  • Bug
  • 28 Weeks Later
  • 30 Days of Night
  • Pan’s Labyrinth

Best Foreign Horror Film

  • The Host
  • Pan’s Labyrinth
  • Bloody Reunion
  • 28 Weeks Later
  • Day Watch

Achievement in Makeup

  • Planet Terror
  • Hatchet
  • Pelts
  • Hostel: Part II
  • Saw IV

Achievement in Visual Effects

  • 30 Days of Night
  • Sunshine
  • Death Proof
  • The Host
  • Day Watch

Best Screenplay, Original or Adapted

  • Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
  • The Abandoned
  • Sunshine
  • The Black Cat
  • 1408

Achievement in Sound/Score

  • Dead Silence
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  • 1408
  • Sounds Like
  • Pan’s Labyrinth

Best Death Scene

  • Car Crash Sequence, Death Proof
  • Axe Decapitation, 30 Days of Night
  • Ice Block Head Smash, Saw IV
  • Hot Chick Pinned to Wall By Predator Throwing Blade, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
  • Head Ripped Apart, Hatchet

Best Villain

  • Anton Chigurh, No Country For Old Men
  • Stuntman Mike, Death Proof
  • Leslie Vernon, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
  • Captain Vidal, Pan’s Labyrinth
  • Ruth Chandler, The Girl Next Door

Achievement in Breasts

  • Crystal Lowe, Wrong Turn 2: Dead End
  • Danielle Harris, Rob Zombie’s Halloween
  • Ellen Ewusie, Pelts
  • Lindsay Gareth, Stupid Teenagers Must Die!
  • Danii Hamilton, Bloody Mary

Best No to Low Budget Indie

  • Holler Creek Canyon
  • Flight of the Living Dead
  • Murder Party
  • The Call of Cthulu
  • The Girl Next Door

Scariest Scene/Moment

  • Anton Chigurh in the Gas Station, No Country For Old Men
  • First Monster Attack, The Host
  • Pale Man Attacks Ofelia, Pan’s Labyrinth
  • Rape/Blowtorch, The Girl Next Door
  • Stuntman Mike “Which way you going?”, Death Proof

Best Horror Podcast Not Named The Splattercast

  • Drunken Zombie Podcast
  • Midnight Podcast
  • Night of the Living Podcast
  • Horror Etc.
  • Dead Pit

Best Horror Blog/Website Not Named Deadlantern.com

  • Final Girl
  • Arrow in the Head
  • Terror Tube
  • Dread Central
  • Bleeding Skull

Scream Queen of the Year

  • Tiffany Shepis
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead
  • Rose McGowan
  • Erica Leerhsen
  • Angela Goethals


  • Posted February 4, 2008 at 3:59 am | Permalink

    well..Pan’s Lab would have swept most of the categories for me, but I saw it in 2006 when it first came out and got qualified for 07 awards shows and such, and thus voted for other things since Pan’s felt too old for me…

  • Posted February 4, 2008 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    28 Weeks Later is not a foreign film to me :-)
    I haven’t seen a lot of these movies, but would really like to vote – should I skip the categories with those I haven’t seen? Or do you only want complete ballots?

  • MaT
    Posted February 4, 2008 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    yeah, Pan’s came out in October of 06 theatrically, but it wasn’t a wide release and most people didn’t get the chance to see it until it came out on DVD last year. That’s why it was included.

    Feel free to send in a complete or incomplete ballot.

  • nasreen
    Posted February 4, 2008 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    what…..where’s “Black Sheep” for Achievement in Makeup??

  • Steve
    Posted February 4, 2008 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    The Mist wasn’t included any where? Shame on y’all.

  • DarkKarl
    Posted February 4, 2008 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Wait… I’m confused… Norbit didn’t get nominated for achievement in makeup?? and it was so good too…

  • Sirand
    Posted February 4, 2008 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    Why is Dread Central even listed here? In an online universe of know-it-all, good for nothing losers who think they are more intelligent than they really are these morons are the worst of the bunch.

  • Jeffrey
    Posted February 4, 2008 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    I’ve tried to email my ballet, but it keeps getting bounced back. I think I’m being spam blocked. :(

    What do I do?

  • Posted February 4, 2008 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    That isn’t really Sirand. He works for Dread Central.

    Thanks for the recognition, guys.

  • MaT
    Posted February 4, 2008 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    It’s all good.

    Hey, we’re starting a horror Academy Awards…that means you have to have some controversy!


  • Posted February 4, 2008 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    I’m really disappointed that Murder Party wasn’t nominated for more categories. This film is exceptional in many ways- from its witty, macabre script to the absurd yet convincing characters to the surprisingly good acting to the high-budget-looking makeup and effects. Murder Party isn’t simply a good indie movie. It’s a good movie PERIOD. Those of you who haven’t seen it, you are REALLY missing out!

  • Posted February 5, 2008 at 12:37 am | Permalink

    Yes, there is a decided lack of The Mist in our awards. It’s not that we didn’t consider it, though. There were a number of categories it was nominated in, but when we got down to selecting which 5 were to make the final cut, we couldn’t find anywhere we wanted to put it. In all the cases, we felt there were 5 better films/moments/performances and in the end, The Mist was hurt by the fact that none of us liked it which made sticking up for it difficult in some cases. That’s just how it goes sometimes, though.

    As for Murder Party, I personally liked the film (i have a review of it on this site), but felt it was lacking something to really put it over the top. A lot of the selection process came down to “What really sticks out in your memory?” If this were an awards show strictly for Indie films, then Murder Party would have gotten far more nominations, I think. It definitely would have been up there for Best Actor (Alex Barnett) and Best Death Scene. As it turned out, there just seemed to be some better performances and scenes.

    Perhaps it will come away with a Spooky and all will be forgiven? :)

  • The REAL Sirand
    Posted February 5, 2008 at 4:29 am | Permalink

    Yeah, that guy above wasn’t me at all. While he was posting that I was sucking off KrytenSyxx’s unimpressive tallywacker. He was sodomized as a child, so it makes anal sex with him all the more satisfying.

  • Sirand
    Posted February 5, 2008 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    You guys are obviously jealous that I get to work with genre legends on a daily basis. It’s what I do. I am a professional internet horror website movie reviewer.

  • MaT
    Posted February 5, 2008 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    Perhaps you guys should stop arguing with each other long enough to go out and vote :)

    We dig Dread Central. Period. We felt it is a great enough site to be nominated. Deal with it.

  • The REAL Sirand
    Posted February 5, 2008 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    Shut up. I am huge.

    My mother and sister the waif-like dance instructors look like AIDS patients.

  • Terminal
    Posted February 5, 2008 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    My dad hates me and wants me to go get a job.

  • Uncle Creepy
    Posted February 5, 2008 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    I can lick my own breasts.

  • Dee Dubya Bowstaff Jr.
    Posted February 5, 2008 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    I am a man amongst boys at DC.

  • Johnny Truant
    Posted February 5, 2008 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    lmao nice.

  • borehole
    Posted February 5, 2008 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    Hey guys, not to be pedantic, but The Mist isn’t spelled H-A-T-C-H-E-T.

    (I know you’ve responded to similar complaints already, but geez, talk about your glaring omissions)

    Also, there’s only one blog in your Best Blog category, but that pales in comparison to your exclusion of The Punisher vs. Christian Fundamentalists and Giant Monsters from Dimension X.

  • Posted February 5, 2008 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    The category is “Best Blog/Website”…it’s not strictly blogs

    Every category that we had The Mist in, we realized that there were better choices in each of those categories.

  • Messiahman
    Posted February 6, 2008 at 4:30 am | Permalink

    I have my finger in a dog’s ass right now. Sirand won’t stop squirming, so it’s a bit uncomfortable.

  • Posted February 6, 2008 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    For what it’s worth, I put The Mist in a bunch of the categories and then as we were cutting them down to 5 nominees each, The Mist was always expendable in our eyes.

    Mat, Steve & I all went to The Mist together on opening weekend. At the time, I liked it quite a bit; I think I commented to Steve as we were walking out that I thought it was easily better than 30 Days of Night, which I also liked.

    However, what’s happened for me with The Mist is the more I think about it after the fact, the more a couple things really bother me and it just doesn’t hold up. The ending is a “love-it-or-hate-it” type of thing, and I thought it was a pretty goofy choice considering those last people were the plucky survivors all through the flick.

    But I’m rambling! If only I’d spend this much time actually updating the blog… but what I’m trying to say is that we definitely did give The Mist a lot of consideration… it just fell a bit flat for us compared to other things that were out.

    Thanks to all you guys for taking the time to vote. The response has been so big that the e-mail account on the server got filled up! That may have been why some people got their e-mail’s “bounced back”. I just went in and tripled the size of that account’s inbox so hopefully it will continue to accept e-mails now.

  • Fake Larry
    Posted February 6, 2008 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    If you did decide to have a category called “Best Website That IS Named Dead Lantern”, would you win?

  • Posted February 6, 2008 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    Probably not. We’re very modest.

  • MaT
    Posted February 6, 2008 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    I’m not modest. We’d totally win. :)

  • Posted February 6, 2008 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    So are you guys going to have guest award presenters during the show? It would be cool to get people skyped in to present some of the awards during the show.

  • Posted February 7, 2008 at 12:21 am | Permalink

    That’s a good idea. I hadn’t thought of it.

    The only problem might be if so many people are on Skype at the same time, the connection might get a little wonky. I know that just having all of us Skype together; we get some dropouts (or in the case of Deejay, he becomes incomprehensible at times).

    Never hurts to run it past the guys, though. I’ll see what they think

  • Posted February 7, 2008 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    I realize there are a few Mist haters out there but it desrved a chance. Also, No Country? What? Is that considered horror? Ok so I voted for it once.
    As for guest presenters, let them know ahead of time and they can pre-record the winners with a little flare added. I’d like to nominate Obscure 80’s Podcast for Scream Queen as it feels 80’s. Also you need a lifetime acheivment nominee, could be like a Horror hall of fame or something.
    Stay Awesome guys.

  • Posted February 7, 2008 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    Dread Central is full of incompetent retards who make minimum wage. I have pwn3d them on several occasions and for good reason. They only belong on a worst horror website list.

  • Posted February 7, 2008 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

    No Country wasn’t nominated for any “best horror” categories. It was nominated for Best Villian and Scariest Scene. Anton Chirgurh is the best and scariest silver screen bad guy since Hannibal Lecter, in my opinion. Besides, you gotta have a little flavor thrown in the awards.

    Also, we do have a lifetime achievement award coming…and it will be great…

    We’re contacting podcasts as we speak. There has been lots of interest. The plan right now is to have different podcasts pre-record segnments announcing the nominees. We will have to be the ones who announce the winners on the air because I’m the only person who will know who the winners are. Not even the Splattercast guys will know who the winners are until we do the cast that night.

  • Dave
    Posted February 9, 2008 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    Whats the big deal about a Lantern being dead? Just add more fuel, or a new battery, or go to the store and buy a new lantern. I don’t get whats scary about a dead lantern.

  • Matt
    Posted February 10, 2008 at 12:56 am | Permalink

    That boring piece of crap Death Proof gets a million nominations, but not Planet Terror? I’m calling shenanigans.

  • Waiting
    Posted February 10, 2008 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Death Proof 5, Planet Terror 3..

    That’s hardly a “million nominations” compared to Planet Terror

  • Posted February 12, 2008 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Planet Terror was fun and I liked it a lot… but Death Proof was just better in every way :D

  • Rorschach
    Posted February 20, 2008 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    I’m a complete jackass!

  • Posted February 22, 2008 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    I think Messiahman is pregnant with my baby. I dumped a load right in his ass last night.

  • Posted February 23, 2008 at 1:18 am | Permalink

    Yes it is true. I am now pregnant. Thank you for planting the seed.

  • Undeadadmin valuerocker
    Posted February 23, 2008 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    Pity me. My old lady ex-girlfriend EvilAngel had sex with Sirand.
    I don’t know who I feel worse for: me because she wouldn’t be my Valentine and slept with Sirand or EvilAngel because she slept with Sirand.
    I’m so sad I’m going to crawl in bed with my grandmother and cry.

  • Freshmeat
    Posted February 23, 2008 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    What’s really sad is that Sirand was originally going to have sex with me but my stupid husband got the day off from the pet store and stayed at home.

  • DW Bostoph Jr.
    Posted February 23, 2008 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    It’s true. They sold out all of the goldfish that day and didn’t need me so they sent me home.

  • Sirand
    Posted February 23, 2008 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    I was good too. I almost kept it up the whole way through. I just pretended that EvilAngel was Messiahman and that thought kept me hard.

  • Posted February 23, 2008 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    Why do I feel like I’m in an episode of The Real World?

  • Posted February 25, 2008 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    Don’t forget to watch SHARK SWARM on Lifetime Channel!

  • Posted March 1, 2009 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    is there a way to become a content writer for the site?

  • Posted May 29, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    Good day, well done site. Want to get money for blogging? Check out: http://bit.ly/PaidWriting

  • insaneoxy
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    where the heck is jessica beil in this she was awesome in chainsaw massacre????

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