“The Black Phone”, “Terrifier 2”, and “Prey” Win Big at the 2023 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards

Move over Oscars, Golden Globes, and all the rest of the snobby award shows that look down on and never recognize horror!  The Fangoria Chainsaw Awards are here for us horror fans that want to see the movies we love properly recognized!

Hosted by David Dastmalchia and Peaches Christ, and presented by a who’s who of horror legends and content creators, the awards featured a variety of presenters that have all made their respective marks on the genre.

They make a great duo! Plus Dastmalchian was featured in a brief clip of the upcoming horror movie, The Boogeyman!

Biggest Winners
It was a great night especially if you were someone who worked on The Black Phone, Terrifier 2, or Prey.  The Black Phone took best wide release film, Best Supporting Performance (Madeleine McGraw), Best Screenwriting, as well as an honorary Editor’s Eyeball award for Mason Thames.

Thames and McGraw were both present as both presenters and winners!

Meanwhile Terrifier 2 also snagged an Editor’s Eyeball for Lauren LaVera, as well as winning Best Makeup, Best Limited Release Film, and Best Kill for the iconic Allie bedroom kill that allegedly left droves of casual moviegoers physically ill in theaters.

Not be topped, Fox’s prequel/spinoff of Predator, Prey won Best Creature FX, Best Costume Design, and Best Streaming release.  And of course shoutout to Jordan Peele’s Nope, which won Best Cinematography and Best Director for Peele himself.

It was also really cool to see the OG final girl from Friday the 13th, Adrienne King present Best Lead Performer.

Biggest Surprises
Given that the awards here are chosen by online votes, popularity trends are the easiest way to predict which films will win.  That being said, there were still a few surprises.  There were apparently so many Amityville themed horror movies, that they were all able to compete in their own category. And even a movie as unanimously panned by both audiences and critics, Rob Zombie’s Munsters managed a Best Costume Design nomination.

On a more serious note, it was genuinely inspiring to see someone like Jordan Peele so moved by his win.  Obviously, not every winner could be there in person to accept.  And while the vast majority of them sent in videos, Mia Goth was noticeably absent from her Best Lead Performer win, and not a single person from Netflix’s Stranger Things seemed to have the time to send in a video accepting the Best TV show award.

Enter Jordan Peele, who is by far the most A-list and famous of anyone there being nominated.  And not only did he send in a video, but his was particularly thoughtful and humorous, demonstrating that even though he’s made it huge, he hasn’t let fame go to his head, and he’s very much still a horror fan just like the rest of us.

Massive congrats (and respect) to Jordan Peele!

Biggest Trends
One of the most interesting trends is that the three biggest winners came from three very different places in the industry.  The Black Phone was a wide release film with a major studio behind it, Prey was another major studio film, but one that got released directly to streaming.  And of course, Terrifier 2 was the little indie movie that could, defying all expectations when it ran weeks longer than it was supposed to for its theatrical run, and managed to gross over $10 million on a $250,000 budget.

It demonstrated that horror fans are just as much into major studio wide releases as they are low budget indie, and that there’s room for all of it in horror fandom.  This wide variety of winners solidifies that we’re all under the same umbrella when we all love horror!

Did your favorites win any awards? Let us know in the comments!

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