For the second year the Grim Reaper showed up at Hollywood's haunted Roosevelt Hotel to see who has been naughty and who has been extra naughty in horror films. The Reaper Awards, which are presented by Home Media Magazine and Dreadcentral.com, honor the year's best releases on DVD and Blu-ray. The winners are picked by you, the genre fans, after a consumer vote except for Best of Show, which is chosen by a panel of judges. So what won a hand-crafted Grimmy statue? Read on and check out this year's bloody best movies on disc.
Best of Show:
If you're a Freddy Krueger fan, the Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy
is essential viewing. This four-hour retrospective features exhaustive interviews with cast and crew of all the Elm Street
movies and is narrated by Heather Langenkamp, who played Nancy in three of the films. Sadly, this Grimmy winner is only available on DVD.
Most Anticipated Theatrical Disc: Critics be damned—fans thought Jackie Earle Haley as the new Freddy Krueger was the man of their dreams in the 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street. The creepy reboot of the seminal slasher series is available now on both DVD and Blu-ray.
Most Anticipated Nontheatrical: We can't blame fans for voting for the sequel 30 Days of Night: Dark Days because the original film with Josh Hartnett was pretty cool. This follow-up, however, bites on both DVD and Blu-ray.
Hockey-masked maniac Jason Voorhees had lots to celebrate at the Reaper Awards—his first award came for the re-release of Friday the 13th: Part VII—The New Blood
. The 1988 sequel pits a psychokinetic teenage girl against the Camp Crystal Lake killer and was released this year with improved picture and sound on DVD only.
Best Packaging: Who's got the best package in the horror hall of fame? It is Jason Voorhees, again, for the Friday the 13th deluxe editions with slick lenticular box art. The first three Fridays are available on both DVD and Blu-ray—the rest are DVD only.
Best Blu-ray Disc, Best Boxed Set or TV Show Collection:
Fans apparently wanted to do bad things with their True Blood: The Complete Second Season
sets. The hugely popular second season of HBO's out-of-the-coffin vampire series won two Grimmys and is available on both DVD and Blu-ray.
Best Theatrical Disc: Although it only got a very limited release in theaters, writer-director Michael Dougherty's seasonal horror anthology Trick 'r Treat with its scary interwoven stories is the best Halloween-themed horror movies since, well, Halloween. Treat your player to it on DVD or Blu-ray.
Most Anticipated Catalog Release:
On Blu-ray, maybe they can hear you scream. The winner of this category—and the title Blu-ray Bob can't wait for—is the Alien Anthology.
The collection features the Blu-ray debut of all four Lt. Ellen Ripley adventures—Alien, Aliens, Alien3
and Alien Resurrection
—with tons of extras and the option of buying the discs in a replica Alien
Best Indie or Foreign Title: Expecting mothers should stay far away from Grace, the winner of this category, which is about a woman (Jordan Ladd) who loses her unborn child and insists on carrying it to term. It miraculously returns to life with an appetite for mommy's—or anyone else's—blood. Nurse it on either DVD or Blu-ray.