Kirk Hammett Presents Awards For His Favorite Horror Movies, Actors, and Special Effects
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KVH OH!Scar Awards


Hey everyone,

With the Oscars coming up, I thought it would be fun to think about some great films, performances and special FX in the world of horror cinema, so welcome to the KVH Oh!Scar Awards, where the trophy will be one big gaping flesh wound with fresh stitches on it!

Please feel free to debate me, or debate amongst yourselves, about any glaring discrepancies you might see here. I want to make this fun, so I want you to chime in and make comments as you feel they have to be made. And let’s just put aside my obvious bias toward the greats in horror, Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. I’m not even going to talk about any of that stuff because it’s plainly obvious and it should all be in the Untouchables Hall of Fame, and they should ALL get awards for Best Actor, Picture and so on. I think those are obvious choices for me, and readers will recognize that, so I’m going to try and talk about some films that maybe I haven’t talked about so much.

The FIRST Oh!Scar Award I want to give is for Best Picture to Re-Animator for it’s pure outrageousness, dedication to the form of HP Lovecraft – even though the tale is not entirely accurate, it still kept the spirit of Lovecraft, and come on! The special FX! Jeeesus Christ! The pure insanity, the pushing of the envelope, the scene with Barbara Crampton on the table and Dr Hill, laughing and grinning at the torment, come ON! That is one of the cinematic peaks of my horror movie viewing history! Is there anyone out there who disagrees? The pure audacity of director Stuart Gordon for first envisioning the scene, for getting it in the script and for getting the actors to sign off on it – y’know, thinking about, he should get an Oh!Scar for Best Director while we’re at it!

Kirk Hammett Oh!Scar Awards

My Best Overall Performance In A Movie Oh!Scar goes to Jack Nicholson in The Shining, one of the most brilliant portrayals of a character in a horror-movie. In terms of pure, undercut, covert evilness, I have to say Robert De Niro’s portrayal of the minister in Cape Fear was also outrageously great (so I’ll give him an Oh!Scar too!). Let’s face it; what you don’t know is scary. What you don’t know about strangers is fuckin’ scary! And I think these two characters exploit that everyday fear, which is why these two characters deserve Oh!Scars.

Kirk Hammett Oh!Scar Awards

Kirk Hammett Oh!Scar Awards

Let’s head to Best Special FX next. I think John Carpenter’s The Thing (special FX Rob Bottin) and John Landis’ An American Werewolf in London (special FX Rick Baker) are tied for the Best Special FX Oh!Scar. It’s all fucking analog and it’s all incredible. I gear that the make-up and FX industry is starting to shift back to a more organic approach, and that would be more than welcomed and a great decision being made. I would say that Greg Nicotero’s work, and subsequent success, with The Walking Dead has had a major influence on this rumored renaissance, and by the way, his work on Evil Dead 2 is just wonderful! I love the Henrietta monster, he and his crew just nailed it. So Oh!Scars for Bottin, Baker and Nicotero it is!

Kirk Hammett Oh!Scar Awards

Kirk Hammett Oh!Scar Awards
Kirk Hammett Oh!Scar Awards

What is the Best Horror Script? Hmmm…those Sam Raimi films have the best dialogue. I can’t really nail a best script, but I sure can give an Oh!Scar to Sam Raimi for consistently great dialogue and writing generally. I also think Robert Rodriguez writes some great stuff, his films always have great dialogue, so an Oh!Scar for him too.

Kirk Hammett Oh!Scar Awards

Kirk Hammett Oh!Scar Awards

And just because, I want to give an Oh!Scar to the vampire doc What We Do In The Shadows for Best Documentary, even though it was a mockumentary vampire movie.  It was one of my favorite films of last year, has some really great, funny scenes, and I’ve watched it three times!!!

Best Actress? Ruth Gordon in Rosemary’s Baby! As sweet as she was, boy, she really showed she could be creepy in that one! Quite a change from Harold & Maude (another one of my favorite films – I really hated to see that Jaguar get destroyed at the end), so she gets that Oh!Scar for sure. And how can anyone forget Karen Black in Trilogy of Terror, which is incredible! She gets an Oh!Scar too…by the way, I just learned that Burnt Offerings, the Karen Black film she did with Oliver Reed, was shot in Oakland, CA! I want to give an honorable mention to the only real scream queen in my book, which is Joan Crawford. She played in a lot of great horror films, but the best horror film she was not in is Mommie Dearest which has my favorite best ‘Joan Crawford’ in it.

Kirk Hammett Oh!Scar Awards


Kirk Hammett Oh!Scar Awards

Let’s also give a nod to Best Modern Horror films, with two that I really liked being The Conjuring and Insidious, both directed by James Wan. Both are very well done kinda spooky/kinda supernatural horror movies that show a lot of promise for the future. So an Oh!Scar to James Wan, and let’s also give one each to writers Leigh Whannell (Insidious) and Chad & Cary W.Hayes (The Conjuring).

Kirk Hammett Oh!Scar Awards

Finally, I would hold my Oh!Scars Ceremony at the Masonic Lodge at The Regency in San Francisco, which is in the building where we had the first Fear FestEvil, so it’s a pretty fitting place in my book. There’s just a few of my favorites, now let’s see yours! Write in please and I’ll give some feedback in a few!

See ya,

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  • chuck sudsawang
    Posted at 12:40h, 26 February

    hauting in connecticut i think this is best film of all time all effect horror every thing in movie is very very very perfect. so i think you see this comment you will find this movie to watch it! the haunting in connecticut(2009) cheers!!!

  • Phil Earles
    Posted at 12:46h, 26 February

    No Linda Blair Kirk? No Exorcist?

  • Travis Cunningham
    Posted at 13:03h, 26 February

    There’s a film called S.O.B. (Summer of Blood) that was also a very funny vampire comedy. Goodnight Mommy was super freaky as was The Visit. I agree with all the choices listed above as well. Great list.

  • Suzan C
    Posted at 13:20h, 26 February

    Thank you for the titles I’m looking for some interesting horror films.
    And personally I like “The Omen” (I believe newer part with Liev Schreiber is stronger than the first of the 70’s, although both are good) “All Hallows’ Eve” (really complicated;)) and “The Women In Black” (both parts, great atmosphere, as for me ).
    Greetings brother:)

  • Damary Pagan
    Posted at 13:24h, 26 February

    How about the excorsist kirk

  • Ryan Fletcher
    Posted at 13:39h, 26 February

    I really like the birds by Alfred Hitchcock, just a great sense of unsaftety in that film which is why I enjoy it. It is just so eerie when all the birds just sit on the play park monkey bars and climbing frame….. And just stare..

    This may be one to recommend in the future 🙂

  • Vince McGovern
    Posted at 14:21h, 26 February

    What are your thoughts on “No Country For Old Men” as. Horror movie?

    While traditional horror and gore can be entertaining, I prefer realistic horror. This film, much like Cape Fear, falls in to this category for me and is probably my favorite of the genre.

  • Brian Bishop
    Posted at 14:31h, 26 February

    All great choices and great movies! Really bringing back some scary memories with these. I would have to add Poltergeist in there somewhere. It scared the hell out of me as a kid,maybe Best Script.

  • Dianna Mangus
    Posted at 15:22h, 26 February

    Loved the writeup Kirk! That was fun! The GIF’s are perfect!

    I mentioned on your FB page, that the Re-Animator GIF is really freaky. I can’t stop staring at it. I must see the movie now because that scene suddenly made me think of a couple of early 90’s films. One was an early 90’s strange creepy movie called “Boxing Helena” which was suppose to star Kim Basinger, but she bailed out of the project due to the weird content and then Sherilyn Flynn took the role. It was such a creepy, yet fascinating, movie. What to do if someone turned you into a mere stump and put you in a box and you had no control over anything, or how to go get out of the situation. OMG! The depths my mind went to on that one!

    The Re-Animator GIF for some reason also makes me think of the the early 90’s movie “The Vanishing” with Sandra Bullock, Jeff Bridges and Keifer Sutherland. The thought of people being that evil in the world and we come across them daily and have no idea! I sometimes wonder how many evil people that we cross paths with in our lifetime. I’m a very friendly person in public and probably too naive and trusting. I have to remind myself of the evil in the world because if not, I might one day find myself in a box with only a lighter to light my way!

    I just recently watched Harold and Maude for the first time! I loved it! I love old movies like that.

    Kirk, you referenced “Mommie Dearest”….OMG, YES! I distinctly remember as if it were yesterday, back in the early 80’s, I was in junior high, in my bedroom one night talking on the phone late with my little black and white TV on as the glow in the background when suddenly the Mommie Dearest trailer came on and it suddenly showed Joan Crawford’s face all white like she was as she was screaming “no wire hangers” and I screamed, threw the phone, started crying, turned on all my lights, sat in my floor and stayed there holding a vigil of fear, keeping my boyfriend on the phone for safety all night!!!!!! I was inconsolable! LOL! I just kept envisioning that white powder faced woman walking up the long dark stairwell in the older house that I grew up in, coming to get me!! I had never seen anything like that in my life! I had seen many ghost movies, slasher movies, but never had I seen a movie where a person could be so mentally insane like she looked. To cure my fears, I had to go see the movie! The movie was pretty good! It was way less scary than my brain had imagined! It became one of my favorite movies. It’s the unknown of human behavior that scares me more than actual situations.

    There was a movie in the late 70’s or early 80’s with Angie Dickinson that was not a horror movie, but suspense maybe, called “Dressed to Kill” where there was an elevator murder scene. The elevator opened and the killer just starts slicing this person. I don’t remember the plot. I could never get through the movie because that scene scared me so bad. It was a toss up between Halloween and Dressed to Kill on which scared me the most as a kid. It was crazy to be that scared over one silly elevator murder scene when I had seen every slasher movie they made back then. Dressed to Kill remained a movie that just brought pure primal fear to me when it was brought up! I would like to see it again, so I could cure that fear of that movie. With all that I’ve seen in my lifetime, I would probably laugh now that the scene scared me so bad. It’s what was left in my mind that is so scary about it.

    Halloween is my all time scariest movie. I’ve seen it only twice and now it’s phobia level. It is just so scary to me. He is in the background in so many scenes. It seems so realistic. Just seeing Micheal Myers mask freaks me out. I just can’t look at it. Nothing will ever compare to the fear I had from Halloween! I can’t even hear the music. I shiver as I type this! YUK! LOL!

    The Walking Dead and stuff like that doesn’t scare me, but I love it! Another movie that stands out to me was the Blair Witch Project. The unknown of The Blair Witch Project really got me! Knowing that the boy in the end wouldn’t turn around to yell to his friend to run, like what had he SEEN that was that bad and scary, and knowing he was about to die yet he still obeyed by staring at the corner….THAT freaked me out! I couldn’t shake that one for awhile. I’ve been scared by many movies, but it’s the ones that I couldn’t shake.

    The Conjuring caused me to sleep with the lights on for a couple of nights, maybe three. I’m too old to be doing that shit, but I do. I try to limit my scary movie intake. I’m a creative insomniac, so I try to do anything that promotes sleep, not deter it. haha! I love reading all of your insight on the horror movies. It’s fun! I can see where you see the creativeness of horror. It’s cool to see it through your eyes Kirk. Thanks for the blog posts, they’re fun!! Much love and peace! <3

  • Laurie Woodfill
    Posted at 15:23h, 26 February

    I second Poltergeist and the Exorcist. I also really like The Sixth Sense. For makeup and creepy characters I like Silent Hill. 28 days Later is good because it could happen. And finally, for good fun, Shaun of the Dead can’t be beat!

  • Eric Shaw
    Posted at 15:49h, 26 February

    No original Dawn of the Dead?

  • Andy Sloan
    Posted at 15:58h, 26 February

    When are u gonna make a movie kirk?

  • Nicolás Saiz
    Posted at 17:13h, 26 February

    I think The Exorcist is one of those untouchables horror movies. For me it is the best horror film of all time.

    In modern horror films I would include It Follows and The Babadook.

  • Alexandro Hugo Lopes
    Posted at 17:34h, 26 February

    Have you heard about “Silent Hill” and “Case 39”? @jodellemicah (Jodelle Ferland) is a very talented actress: back in “Silent Hill” she played 3 roles: Alessa Gillespie (young), Sharon da Silva and also the Dark Alessa when she was about 12 years old! She is awesome!!

  • Scott Zwieg
    Posted at 18:03h, 26 February

    Damn. You and I are on the same page. Re-Animator and WWDIS? Completely agree. I’d add “Would You Rather” and “From Beyond”. Love Jeffrey Combs.

  • Michelle Tsutsulis
    Posted at 18:28h, 26 February

    My favourite horror movie…….well, thats just to hard to say as there are just so many. So to make it easier, lets break it down into categories:

    The Zombie apocalypse theme – resident evil
    The Supernatural evil entity theme – sinister – who wouldnt be fearful of your own child doing the most horrendous acts
    Supernatural evil entity in space theme – event horizon
    The crazy stranger theme – the hitchhiker
    The holiday or gettaway theme – wolf creek ( number 1, number 2 was a sickening and stupid portrayal of a racist australia that just went over board)
    The religious theme – the exorcist with the Amytaville horror closing in with a close second
    The surprise im your relative theme – Halloween…….number 1 and 2! That Michael Myers just a keep on coming lol…..
    Or the
    Family member turns killer theme – the Shining for sure, Jack Nicholson was pure crazy evil in that movie which gave me nightmares after i watched it unbeknown to my parents as i hid behind the couch watching it when i was supposed to be in bed…

    And lastly the movie that scared the bejezzus out of me when i was a kid……John Carpenters The Fog……..i used to lay in my bed and was terrified by the light coming in my room from a street light……it kinda resembled the light from the fog in the movie…..well, i was a kid lol

    There are heaps more categories that i could pick but theres only so many hours in the day….love the story Kirk, keep it up

  • Sylvia Sanchez
    Posted at 19:17h, 26 February

    Hi.. Kirk. .Rosemary’s baby is one of my fav movies.. There’s also Jeepers Creepers.. And the Hills have eyes. Pretty badass movies to..

  • Ron M.
    Posted at 21:45h, 26 February

    The OG Halloween?? Come on Kirk?

  • Jason Wellnitz
    Posted at 00:10h, 28 February

    “The house on haunted hill” with Vincent Price is an all time favorite and a classic.
    Always been a fan of the cult film “Killer Klowns From Outer Space”
    A scene that is always burned into my head is the little girl in “Night of the living dead” in the basement, still a movie I have trouble watching with the lights off

  • Larry LaBrie
    Posted at 12:07h, 28 February

    Many great movies mentioned… here’s a few more:

    Pan’s Labyrinth = Best Director: Guillermo Del Toro for his blend of myth, horror, and drama into a memorable, amazing film. He’s one of my faves.

    Black Sunday = Best Actress: Barbara Steele for her wicked cool role, very macabre!

    Under the Skin = Best Modern Actress: Scarlett Johansson. This is a tough category to narrow down!! This movie has elements of horror (hunter/prey) and Sci-fi so I don’t know if it’s allowed nomination but for the unnatural atmosphere it delivers, it deserves a nod; as does Scarlett for it’s her best.

    Nosferatu = Best Script if you believe less is more.

    Old Boy = Best Actor: Min-sik Choi for eating a live octopus and his epic use of a hammer.

    A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night = honorable mention
    Death Proof = honorable mention

    there’s so many gems to chose from….
    Cheers ~

  • Rico Reyes
    Posted at 21:18h, 29 February

    Man I saw “House” when I was like 7 or 8 years old and I never forgot it. Such an awesome 80’s horror flick, came out in ’86 I think. Back then nobody cared if a couple of kids came in the $2 theatre for a rated “R” movie…it was awesome. Anyway if you have never seen it it’s a must check out for any horror fan, I think it deserves an Oh! Scar! Later Bro.

  • Ivan Starostenko
    Posted at 15:46h, 03 March

    I totally agree with you! Except for the fact that I dislike “The Thing” and “Re-Animator”, But I do love Sam Raimi’s and James Wan’s movies. And speaking of Nicholson and DeNiro, they definitely deserve the reward!)

  • Dan Barr
    Posted at 22:52h, 09 March

    Loving the nod you have to the kiwi film in the shadows, for effects on a budget peter Jacksons bad taste is another Kiwi classic. However, I can’t disagree with your picks and the ones I haven’t seen I will check out

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