The Scariest Things 2019 Thingy Award Nominations

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The Thing Headspider anatomical illustration by Mike Ploog. If we had a statuette to hand out, it would look like this lovely critter.

The year’s best from the horror genre, The Scariest Things present to you the inaugural 2019 Thingy Awards!

I am tired of seeing horror movies get the snub come Oscar season. Except for the Actress in a Leading Role, genre films almost always get bypassed for drama films, which is ironic, since most horror movies are incredibly dramatic! I have already made my wishlist predictions for 2019, but it wouldn’t surprise me if, despite the wonderful slate of features we got last year, the genre gets shut out.

So, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, right? Or perhaps beat them until there isn’t much left to the corpse. That would work too. The Thingies have been created to reward the best achievements in the horror genre over the past year. TST has selected the nominees, but the winners have been chosen by our Scariest Jury of experts and fans. If you would like to get a ballot, please join our Patreon campaign! For the inagural launch, join us at the zombie package tier, and you’ll receive a ballot, by e-mail. Ballots are due back by January 22, when the Oscar nominations are announced!

Best Studio Feature Horror Film

These are the movies that received a wide theatrical release. This is the home of the bigger box office draws. And, as you can see, it was a fantastic year from the studios. Your Nominees:

  • Hereditary, Directed by Ari Aster
  • Halloween, Directed by David Gordon Green
  • Suspiria, Directed by Luca Guadagnino
  • A Quiet Place, Directed by John Krasinski
  • Annihilation, Directed by Alex Garland
  • Mandy, Directed by Panos Cosmatos
  • Upgrade, Directed by Leigh Whannell
  • Overlord, Directed by Julius Avery
Best Independent Feature Horror Film

Here is the home of the festival darling films, that didn’t get out into your multiplex theaters. There are some requirements that the films needed to be available for streaming download. These movies all cost less than $2 million to make, and they made the most of it! Your nominees:

  • What Keeps You Alive, Directed by Colin Minehan
  • St. Agatha, Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman
  • Incident in a Ghostland, Directed by Pascal Laugier
  • The Ritual, Directed by David Bruckner
  • Anna and the Apocalypse, Directed by John McPhail
  • Summer of ’84, Directed by François Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell
  • Ghost Stories, Directed by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman
  • Unsane, Directed by Stephen Soderber
  • Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, Directed by Sonny Laguna and Tomy Wikl

Best Actor in a Leading Role

I will admit, it was a tricky year for the leading lads. The women dominated the genre acting landscape this year, but there were certainly a few gems to see. And we get a double Cage match! Your nominees:

  • Nicolas Cage, Mandy
  • John Krasinski, A Quiet Place
  • Logan Marshall-Green, Upgrade
  • Sohum Shah, Tumbbad
  • Rafe Spall, The Ritual
  • Tommy Lennon, Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich
  • Nicolas Cage, Mom and Dad
Best Actress in a Leading Role

The Oscars have had a reputation for elevating the actress in the Horror movie. Kathy Bates. Jodie Foster. Sigourney Weaver. Linda Blair. Audrey Hepburn. Sissy Spacek. Now those names are household, and horror helped put them there. That said, many of these ladies already have sterling acting credentials, and this would be a bit more frosting to their already formidable thespian cakes:

  • Natalie Portman, Annihilation
  • Toni Collette, Hereditary
  • Claire Foy, Unsane
  • Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Revenge
  • Brittany Allen, What Keeps You Alive
  • Jamie Lee Curtis, Halloween
  • Emily Blunt, A Quiet Place
Best Actor in a Supporting Role

In 2018, many of the best supporting acting roles were from the indie features. All hail the underdogs! Small budget movies, big time acting roles, and all were memorable. Your contenders:

  • Richard Sommer, Summer of ’84
  • Alex Wolff, Hereditary
  • Todd A. Robinson, Big Legend
  • Àlex Maruny, Framed
  • Oscar Isaac, Annihilation
  • David Sakurai, Housewife
  • Jeremy Holm, The Ranger
Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Wow, what a year for the women in horror! In addition to a great slate of leading ladies, the supporting roles are a stacked deck as well. We have wily screen veterans, and young fresh talent as well!

  • Milly Shapiro, Hereditary
  • Millicent Simmonds, A Quiet Place
  • Tilda Swinton, Suspiria
  • Taylor Hickson, Incident in a Ghost Land
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh, Annihilation
  • Laurie Holden, Pyewacket
  • Carolyn Hennesy, St. Agatha
The Best Foreign Language Horror Film

The proud tradition of foreign language films lives on! Particularly in the festival film circuit, these movies give us the scares from a different world view. Note that Revenge is partly in French, mostly in English, but it is a French production. Our excellent nominees:

  • Tigers are Not Afraid, Mexico
  • Tumbbad, India
  • Terrified, Argentina
  • One Cut of the Dead, Japan
  • May The Devil Take You, Indonesia
  • Framed, Spain
  • Revenge, France
Best Looking Horror Movie

Whether it’s the cinematography, the special effects, the art direction, or the production design, these movies were visually superior to their peers. Your nominees are:

  • Mandy
  • The Endless
  • Annihilation
  • Suspiria
  • The Ritual
  • Tumbbad
  • Housewife
Best Sounding Horror Movie

Maybe it’s the music. Maybe it’s the sound effects. Maybe it’s the acoustic environment that the movie brought to the table. These movies brought something sonicaly special to 2018.

  • Anna and the Apocalypse
  • Suspiria
  • A Quiet Place
  • Hereditary
  • Halloween
  • Overlord
  • Annihilation
Best Horror Short

As a newfound huge proponent of the horror short form, I also have to realize that it is difficult for many to see these shorts if you’re not attending the film festival circuit. However, we will be posting these as often as we can on The Scariest Things blog, as we absolutely love the condensed and focused Horror takes that these offer for fans.

  • Zygote, Directed by Neil Blomkamp
  • We Summoned a Demon, Directed by Chris McInroy
  • The Dollmaker, Directed by Al Loughler
  • The Bloody Ballad of Squirt Reynolds, Directed by Anthony Cousins
  • The House of Seven Gables, Directed by Ben Wickey
  • Blood Flows Down, Directed by Zandashe Brown
  • Folk Tales, Directed by Pawel Lukomski
  • Heavy Flow, Directed by Thom Harp
  • Claw, Directed by Christopher Litten
The Gateway Award

This is the port of entry for new horror fans. A large reason why we wanted to start this blog and podcast was because we wanted to recommend a good starting place for those getting into the genre. Maybe you are a young viewer and aren’t allowed to see the Hard R rated movies. Maybe you are a little squeamish about the scary stuff, but are still curious! (I know I’ve made at least two converted fans!) Your nominees for the Gateway to 2018 are:

  • The House with a Clock in its Walls
  • The Meg
  • Anna and the Apocalypse
  • I Kill Giants
  • Overlord
  • A Quiet Place
  • Mom and Dad
The Bloodbath Award

Do you like your horror extended to the limits of good taste? We have to award the bloodiest, sleaziest, most gory push-the-envelope movie of the year. Not necessarily the BEST movies, but these may be movies to make you reach for a barf bag. Here are your nominees:

  • The Farm
  • Victor Crowley
  • Framed
  • Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich
  • The House that Jack Built
  • Revenge
  • Terrifier
The Depends Award

As in, whoops, I crapped my pants! Adult diaper award for the most disappointing horror movie of the year. C’mon, you could have done better than this!

  • Winchester
  • The Nun
  • Slenderman
  • Insidious: The Last Key
  • Truth or Dare
  • Terrifier
  • The Posession of Hannah Grace
The Best Horror Moment of the Year

We’ve mentioned it here before in The Scariest Things, but horror movies are built off of MOMENTS. These moments get seared into your brain. The chest-burster scene from Alien. Ben, shot at the end of Night of the Living Dead. The Norris transformation in The Thing. Regan’s head turning 360 degrees. These are the moments that last. In 2018, our nominees are:

  • Charlie vs. the Telephone Pole in Hereditary
  • The chainsaw fight from Mandy.
  • The nail, both foreshadowing and payoff in A Quiet Place.
  • The toilet kill in Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich.
  • Revealing the jötunn in The Ritual.
  • The restroom scene in Halloween.
  • The screaming bear-thing in Annihilation.
  • The dance ritual spell on Olga in Suspiria.
Best of luck to all our nominees! May the meanest, scariest, and most savage contestant win! (Sounds like American politics, no?) Remember jurors, ballots due back on January 20.

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