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Dear Academy: Horror Movie Actors Who Should Have Got an Oscar Nod in 2023



The Academy of Motion Pictures is a popularity game, we all know it. So when we see the yearly Oscar* nominations we don’t expect to find actors getting nods for the horror movies they starred in.

Yes, industry awards like iHorror’s are great for recognizing outstanding talents in the genre, but most actors dream of receiving that Award of Merit golden statuette at some point in their careers.

It’s no secret that young actors often start their professions in horror movies. Take a look at Jamie Lee Curtis who was introduced to the world in the original Halloween over 40 years ago. It was only this year that she got her first Oscar nomination for Everything Everywhere All at Once.

So, we would like to send this message out to the Oscar board for actors they overlooked on this year’s ballot:

To Academy voters: It is okay to nominate blockbusters and the talent involved in them. We get it. That’s the name of the Hollywood game. But below are some incredible actors who did exceptionally well this year both in their craft and in their films.

Perhaps you were too busy gawking at the digital pagentry in Avatar or the heartstopping stunts in Top Gun: Maverick to notice these incredible performances. But your nomination of Michelle Yeoh for Everything Everywhere All at Once shows otherwise, and that you do pay attention to Indies.

iHorror offers this list to you in hopes that in the future you can recognize horror movies are not just filler anymore and the talent in them are no longer B-quality. You were almost there in 2018 with four nominations, including Best Picture, for Get Out (winning one for Best Original Screenplay), but it’s been rigorously reported that some of your “older” members didn’t even watch it.

It may be unpopular among your circle of esteemed board members to even suggest a horror film be on the ballot, but watch any one of the films below and pay close attention to the performances. Yes, All Quiet on the Western Front on Netflix was phenomenal but who actually watched it? More people watched Wednesday because of the talented Jenna Ortega (Scream, X) which only proves that your aging voters are not feeling the pulse of the generation.

Wednesday. (L to R) Thing, Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams in episode 104 of Wednesday. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

We don’t want to detract from the great work that this year’s nominees did in their respective movies. We propose that you consider thinking outside the box (office) in the future and just nominate some actors/directors who are just as good as any of your traditional picks.

Mia Goth for Pearl or X

Since both of these films came out in the same year a lot of people cannot decide which is their favorite. But what they do agree on is star Mia Goth.

Her performances in both movies is the definition of range. From her conflicted but powerful role as Maxine in X to her emotional and unhinged turn as Pearl in the prequel, Goth is all talent and the camera loves her. If you need an example just watch her run through every emotion in a tortured, feigned smile, just as the credits roll in Pearl.

Maika Monroe for Watcher

Maika has been acting since 2009, but as her career grows so does her talent. In last year’s Watcher, the actor left us in awe of her ability to completely make Julia an anxious American fish out of water in the gothic city of Bucharest.

Not only that, she is so fearful that she thinks she is being watched by a creepy stranger, and her husband is less than supportive. With not much to do but react, Maika literally wears her emotions on her sleeve as she slowly slips into paranoid madness by the end of the film. It is art at its finest.

Rebecca Hall for Resurrection

Another paranoid thriller of 2022, Resurrection puts Rebecca Hall into a abusive game of control. Although Resurrection is more of an offbeat horror movie, Hall’s performance captures all the triggering hallmarks of a woman being emotionally abused by a fiend from her past.

Then there is that ending which is so incredibly disturbing that we still can’t wrap our head around it. Hall is an actor who can conform to any role and it never feels forced. She becomes the character and sometimes so much so we forget it is only a movie.

Timothée Chalamet for Bones and All

Chalamet wasn’t just a one-trick pony. He has become an up-and-coming actor with serious clout. He has already been nominated for an Academy Award for the 2018 drama Call Me By Your Name. He took a drastic turn as Lee in Bones and All.

It’s really not a story for the faint of heart, but a good one none-the-less. Lee is a tortured young adult who must feed on human flesh in order to survive. But this cannibalistic tale has a twist; it’s also a romance.

Chalamet gives a great performance in this acclaimed movie. He is able to make us feel empathy for the monster he is, all the while rooting for him to find peace. It’s a great performance, one definitely worth an Academy nod.

Taylor Russell for Bones and All

Co-starring with Chalamet in Bones and All is Russell. She is the ying to his yang as far as acting goes. There isn’t a moment in the film where she isn’t vulnerable and confused. She is a rising star who isn’t afraid to do different things, all of them mesmerizing.

Amber Midthunder for Prey

This was the one snub that hits different. Midthunder reaches new heights, performing against an invisible alien for a portion of the film. There is an innocence to her in the beginning that blossoms into a powerhouse of strength and bravery by the end.

Of course, behind the scenes, a lot of her reactions are to a tennis ball and green screen. Which makes her performance even more incredible. Academy, how could you?

Julia Stiles in Orphan: First Kill

Orphan: First Kill

If there were an Oscar category for Best Picture in a Bat Shit Crazy Horror Film or Musical, Orphan: First Kill would take home top honors, perhaps in both. Although Isabelle Fuhrman as Esther plays a great psycho, it is Julia Stiles’ performance that solidifies her place as one of 2022’s most memorable characters.

Completely convincing as a mother questioning reality, then becoming unhinged when the truth comes out, Stiles should at least get a nod from the Academy for her dedication and tireless work in Orphan: First Kill.

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Evil Tech Might Be Behind an Online Predator Ruse in ‘The Artifice Girl’



An evil A.I. program appears to be behind the fake abduction of a young girl in XYZ’s forthcoming thriller The Artifice Girl.

This movie was originally a festival contender where it garnered the Adam Yauch Hörnblowér Award at SXSW, and won Best International Feature at last year’s Fantasia Film Festival.

The teaser trailer is below (a full one will be released soon), and it feels like a twisted take on the cult fave Megan is Missing. Although, unlike Megan, The Artifice Girl isn’t a found footage film it employs third-person computer tech in its narrative.

The Artifice Girl is the directorial feature film debut of Franklin Ritch. The film stars Tatum Matthews (The Waltons: Homecoming), David Girard (short “Teardrop Goodbye with Mandatory Directorial Commentary by Remy Von Trout”), Sinda Nichols (That Abandoned Place, “Bubblegum Crisis”), Franklin Ritch and Lance Henriksen (Aliens, The Quick and the Dead)

XYZ Films will release The Artifice Girl in Theaters, On Digital, and On Demand on April 27, 2023.

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A team of special agents discovers a revolutionary new computer program to bait and trap online predators. After teaming up with the program’s troubled developer, they soon find that the AI is rapidly advancing beyond its original purpose. 

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Latest Shark Movie ‘The Black Demon’ Swims Into Spring



The latest shark movie The Black Demon is preemptively striking audiences who are used to these types of films during the summer by heading to theaters this spring on April 28.

Billed as an “edge-of-your-seat action thriller,” which is what we hope for in a Jaws ripoff, er…oceanic creature feature. But it does have one thing going for it, director Adrian Grunberg whose overly-bloody Rambo: Last Blood wasn’t the worst in that series.

The combo here is Jaws meets Deepwater Horizon. The trailer looks pretty entertaining, but I don’t know about the VFX. Let us know what you think. Oh, and the animal in peril is a black and white Chihuahua.

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Oilman Paul Sturges’ idyllic family vacation turns into a nightmare when they encounter a ferocious megalodon shark that will stop at nothing to protect its territory. Stranded and under constant attack, Paul and his family must somehow find a way to get his family back to shore alive before it strikes again in this epic battle between humans and nature.’

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‘Scream VII’ Greenlit, But Should the Franchise Take a Decade-Long Rest Instead?



Bam! Bam! Bam! No that’s not a shotgun inside the bodega in Scream VI, it’s the sound of producer’s fists rapidly hitting the green light button to further franchise favorites (i.e. Scream VII).

With Scream VI barely out of the gate, and a sequel reportedly filming this year, it seems horror fans are the ultimate target audience to get ticket sales back at the box office and away from “press play” streaming culture. But maybe it’s too much too soon.

If we haven’t learned our lesson already, banging out cheap horror movies in quick succession isn’t exactly a fool-proof strategy to get butts in theater seats. Let’s pause in a moment of silence to remember the recent Halloween reboot/retcon. Although the news of David Gordon Green blowing off the gossamer and resurrecting the franchise in three installments was great news in 2018, his final chapter did nothing but put the tarnish back on the horror classic.

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Possibly drunk on the moderate success of his first two films, Green advanced to a third one very quickly but failed to provide fan service. Criticisms of Halloween Ends mainly hinged on the lack of screen time given to both Michael Myers and Laurie Strode and instead on a new character that didn’t have anything to do with the first two films.

“Honestly, we never once considered making a Laurie and Michael movie,” the director told Moviemaker. “The concept that it should be a final showdown-type brawl never even crossed our minds.”

How’s that again?

Although this critic enjoyed the last film, many found it off-course and perhaps a stand-alone that should have never been connected to the redeveloped canon. Remember Halloween came out in 2018 with Kills releasing in 2021 (thanks to COVID) and finally Ends in 2022. As we know, the Blumhouse engine is fueled by brevity from script to screen, and although it can’t be proven, hammering out the last two films so quickly might have been integral to its critical undoing.

Which brings us to the Scream franchise. Will Scream VII get underbaked purely because Paramount wants to reduce its cooking time? Also, too much of a good thing can make you sick. Remember, everything in moderation. The first movie was released in 1996 with the next almost exactly a year later, then the third three years after that. The latter is considered the weaker of the franchise, but still solid.

Then we enter the decade release timeline. Scream 4 released in 2011, Scream (2022) 10 years after that. Some may say, “well hey, the difference in release times between the first two Scream movies was exactly that of the reboot.” And that is correct, but consider that Scream (’96) was a film that changed horror movies forever. It was an original recipe and ripe for back-to-back chapters, but we are now five sequels deep. Thankfully Wes Craven kept things sharp and entertaining even through all the parodies.

Conversely, that same recipe also survived because it took a decade-long hiatus, giving new trends time to develop before Craven attacked the newer tropes in another installment. Remember in Scream 3, they still used fax machines and flip phones. Fan theory, social media and online celebrity were developing fetuses at that time. Those trends would be incorporated into Craven’s fourth movie.

Fast-forward another eleven years and we get Radio Silence’s reboot (?) which made fun of the new terms “requel” and “legacy characters.” Scream was back and fresher than ever. Which leads us to Scream VI and a change of venue. No spoilers here, but this episode seemed oddly reminiscent of re-hashed past storylines, which may have been a satire in and of itself.

Now, it’s been announced that Scream VII is a go, but it leaves us to wonder how such a short hiatus is going to fare with nothing in the horror zeitgeist to channel. In all of this race to get the big bucks, some are saying Scream VII could only top its predecessor by bringing back Stu? Really? That, in my opinion, would be a cheap effort. Some also say, that sequels often bring in a supernatural element, but that would be out of place for Scream.

Could this franchise do with a 5-7 year hiatus before it ruins itself on principle? That break would allow time and new tropes to develop — the franchise’s life’s blood — and mostly the power behind its success. Or is Scream heading into the “thriller” category, where the characters are just going to face another killer(s) in a mask without the irony?

Perhaps that is what the new generation of horror fans want. It could work of course, but the spirit of the canon would be lost. True fans of the series will spot a bad apple if Radio Silence does anything uninspired with Scream VII. That’s a lot of pressure. Green took a chance in Halloween Ends and that didn’t pay off.

All that being said, Scream, if anything, is a masterclass at building hype. But hopefully, these movies don’t turn into the campy iterations they make fun of in Stab. There is still some life left in these films even if Ghostface doesn’t have time to catnap. But as they say, New York never sleeps.

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