The very first Academy Awards ceremony took place at the historic Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, where the ghosts of Old Hollywood are said to still walk the halls. Its grand ballroom seemed an appropriately spooky venue to host Dread Central and Home Media Magazine’s Reaper Awards 2009 last night, which celebrated the very best in horror DVD and Blu-rays. Presenters like actor Sid Haig (The Devil’s Rejects) introduced wicked video clips (good thing Blu-ray Bob had finished his dinner at this point) of the nominated films and presented hand-painted "Grimmy" statues to the winners.
So which horror discs are the treats you’ll want this Halloween? The Hellraiser Box Set, which comes packaged in a giant puzzle box and contains the first two movies on DVD and the original on Blu-ray, won Best in Show and Best Packaging. Paramount won Best Re-release for its Friday the 13th: Deluxe Editions (Parts 1-6). The brutal remake of Wes Craven’s The Last House on the Left won Best Theatrical, while the original 1972 film inexplicably took home Best Slasher despite having no real slasher in it. Other notable winners include Ghostbusters for Best Blu-ray, Dexter: The Complete Third Season for Best Boxed Set or TV Series, Quarantine for Best Zombie, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans for Best Vampire/Werewolf and The Haunting in Connecticut for Best Ghost Story. Any one of these scary gems will tear your soul, er, player apart.