A healthy mix of old and new horror favorites shared the honors at the second annual Reaper Awards October 12, with the top prize going to a documentary tribute to a legendary franchise. The Reaper Awards, presented by Home Media Magazine and Dread Central and held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, honor the best home video releases in the horror and thriller genres. Nominees were selected by a panel of judges, who sorted through a slate of submissions by participating studios. The winners were chosen by a consumer vote conducted in September, with the Best of Show picked by the judges. Winners received a hand-crafted Grim Reaper statuette known as a Grimmy.Eligible titles were released between Sept. 1, 2009, and July 31, 2010, although three categories were reserved to honor titles due for release after this period.
Best of Show went to Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, a four-hour retrospective of the original Nightmare on Elm Street films featuring exhaustive interviews with the movies’ creators and stars. Never Sleep Again, from 1428 Films and CAV Distributing, also won a Grimmy for Best Direct-to-Video title.
The remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, released Oct. 5 by Warner Home Video, won for Most Anticipated Theatrical Disc.
Another venerable horror franchise, Friday the 13th, won two awards. Paramount Home Entertainment’s deluxe edition of Friday the 13th: Part VII — The New Blood won for Best Re-Release, and the lenticular box art for the Friday the 13th deluxe editions won for Best Packaging.
HBO Home Entertainment’s True Blood: The Complete Second Season also won two Grimmys, taking Best Blu-ray Disc and Best Boxed Set or TV Show Collection.
Anchor Bay Entertainment’s Grace won the Grimmy for Best Indie or Foreign Title, while Warner Home Video’s Trick ‘r Treat won Best Theatrical Disc.
Rounding out the anticipatory categories, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s direct-to-video sequel 30 Days of Night: Dark Days won Most Anticipated Nontheatrical, while 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment’s Alien Anthology Blu-ray won Most Anticipated Catalog Release.
A Lifetime Achievement Grimmy was bestowed upon filmmaker Tom Holland, director of such films as Fright Night and the original Child’s Play.