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What a Horror-ific Night!

14 Oct, 2010 By: Stephanie Prange

The reputed ghosts at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel  (among them Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift) must have had a great time Oct., 12, as many of the most influential and celebrated filmmakers, actors and producers in the horror and thriller genre converged for the second annual Reaper Awards, presented by Home Media Magazine and DreadCentral.com.

The Roosevelt was home to the first Academy Awards in 1929 and served as a perfect, haunting setting for Reaper Awards: The Sequel.

What a gracious and welcoming family of talent the horror genre supports!

The host of guests at the cocktail party and dinner looked like a wedding party  — albeit a little offbeat one.

Lest we forget in our industry, the DVD/Blu-ray Disc release is often regarded by filmmakers as the only lasting testament to their work. I’ve talked to many a filmmaker who likes streaming and Internet distribution, but really wants that disc to have in their collection as a record of their effort. That’s why it is so rewarding to honor the work of folks who often find their audience via home media and live on via disc.

Lifetime Achievement Grimmy winner Tom Holland (Child’s Play, Fright Night) lauded the home media industry for allowing old and new fans to appreciate his films.

“These films are kept alive by multiple generations,” he said. “Parents pass these films on to their children, and when they [become adults], they pass them on to the next generation. Because of VHS, laserdisc, DVD, Blu-ray, [VOD], these films live on forever.”

Thank you to our generous sponsors who made this really cool evening possible: Fox, Anchor Bay, FEARnet, Warner, Sony, eOne, Image, Lionsgate, MTI, Paramount and Universal.

Thank you to my two right hands in helming this sequel: Angelique Flores, who handled the operations, and John Latchem, who supervised the voting process and created the video presentation. Also thanks go to other Home Media Magazine team members, Billy Gil, Melbert Sebayan, Renee Rosado, Chris Tribbey and Miko Revereza, who assisted at the show.

And a special thank you to Steve “Uncle Creepy” Barton, co-founder and editor in chief of our partnerDreadCentral.com, who was the perfect master of ceremonies for the evening.

We look forward next year to Reaper: Part III.

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