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Freddie, Jason 'True Blood' Dominate Reaper Awards

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Freddie, Jason 'True Blood' Dominate Reaper Awards

HOLLYWOOD--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The second Reaper Awards honored old and new horror favorites with a raucous event Oct. 12 at the Roosevelt Hotel, with the top prize going to a documentary tribute to a legendary franchise.

“We wanted to pay respect to the franchise, and we latched on to the idea that New Line [Cinema] was the house that Freddy built.”

The Reaper Awards are presented by Home Media Magazine and, and honor the best home video releases in the horror and thriller genres. Nominees were selected by a panel of judges, while the winners were chosen by a consumer vote conducted in September, with the Best of Show picked by the judges. Winners received a hand-crafted Grim Reaper statuette known as a Grimmy.

Best of Show went to Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, a four-hour retrospective of the original “Nightmare on Elm Street” films featuring exhaustive interviews with the movies’ creators and stars. Never Sleep Again, from 1428 Films and CAV Distributing, also won a Grimmy for Best Direct-to-Video title.

“We did it as fans,” said Never Sleep Again producer Dan Farrands. “We wanted to pay respect to the franchise, and we latched on to the idea that New Line [Cinema] was the house that Freddy built.

“And the fact that there’s now an entire night for the entire horror genre on DVD makes our work feel really respected.”

“We need this,” echoed actress Brooke Lewis (Miss Vampy, Dahmer vs. Gacy). “There are so many great horror movies that will never get a theatrical release, and tonight showcases the best ones that you’ll find on DVD and Blu-ray.”

Also in attendance were actress Gabby West (2010 VH1 Scream Queen, Saw 3D), director Adam Green (Hatchet and Hatchet II, Frozen), director Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2), actress Sarah Butler (I Spit on Your Grave), actor Ezra Buzzington (The Hills Have Eyes), actress Eileen Dietz (Halloween II), actor David Dorfman (the “Ring” films), actor Clu Gulageractor (The Return of the Living Dead), actor Timothy Muskatell (Someone’s Knocking at the Door), director Paul Solet (Grace), director Victor Garcia (Mirrors 2) and director/producer/writer Orin Peli (Paranormal Activity).

The remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, released Oct. 5 by Warner Home Video, won for Most Anticipated Theatrical Disc.

Another venerable horror franchise, “Friday the 13th,” won two awards. Paramount Home Entertainment’s deluxe edition of Friday the 13th: Part VII — The New Blood won for Best Re-Release, and the lenticular box art for the Friday the 13th deluxe editions won for Best Packaging.

HBO Home Entertainment’s True Blood: The Complete Second Season also won two Grimmys, taking Best Blu-ray Disc and Best Boxed Set or TV Show Collection.

Anchor Bay Entertainment’s Grace won the Grimmy for Best Indie or Foreign Title, while Warner Home Video’s Trick ’r Treat won Best Theatrical Disc.

Rounding out the anticipatory categories, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s direct-to-video sequel 30 Days of Night: Dark Days won Most Anticipated Nontheatrical, while 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment’s Alien Anthology Blu-ray won Most Anticipated Catalog Release.

A Lifetime Achievement Grimmy was bestowed upon filmmaker Tom Holland, director of such films as Fright Night and the original Child’s Play.

Eligible titles were released between Sept. 1, 2009, and July 31, 2010.

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