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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Anchor Bay Entertainment each claimed four Grimmys at the Reaper Awards Oct. 13, but Anchor Bay’s “Hellraiser” boxed set walked away with the top prize.
The first ever Reaper Awards honored the best horror-themed DVDs and Blu-ray Discs released between Sept. 1, 2008, and Aug. 31, 2009. A panel of judges selected nominees from a pool of studio submissions, with winners determined by an online vote held in September. Winning titles were honored with a Grimmy, a hand-painted statuette resembling the Grim Reaper.
The “Hellraiser” boxed set earned two Grimmys, for best in show and best packaging. The set came in a gold box fashioned after the Lament Configuration box from the films, and included the 20th anniversary DVDs of the first two films and the Blu-ray of the first film. The Blu-ray version of the first film also won for best remastering.
Sony Pictures won for best Blu-ray for its “Ghostbusters” 25th anniversary re-release; best vampire/werewolf film award for “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans”; best zombie film award for “Quarantine”; and best indie/foreign for “[REC],” the Spanish film upon which “Quarantine” is based.
Best theatrical went to Universal Studios Home Entertainment’s “The Last House on the Left,” a remake of a 1972 Wes Craven film.
The original “Last House” earned 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and MGM a Grimmy for best slasher. A tie in that category also yielded a Grimmy to Anchor Bay’s direct-to-video film “Laid to Rest,” which introduced a new horror villain to the genre: ChromeSkull.
Michael Felsher, owner of Red Shirt Pictures, a company that produces DVD special features, earned a lifetime achievement Grimmy.
2009 Reaper Award Winners:
Best in show: “Hellraiser” box set, Anchor Bay Entertainment
Best theatrical: “The Last House on the Left” (2009), Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Best DTV release: “Alien Raiders,” Warner Home Video
Best re-release: “Friday the 13th: Deluxe Editions (Parts 1-6),” Paramount Home Entertainment
Best boxed set or TV series: “Dexter: The Complete Third Season,” Paramount Home Entertainment/CBS/Showtime
Best indie/foreign: “[REC],” Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Best slasher (tie): “Laid to Rest,” Anchor Bay Entertainment; “The Last House on the Left” (1972), 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment/MGM
Best vampire/werewolf: “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans,” Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Best zombie: “Quarantine,” Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Best ghost story: “The Haunting in Connecticut,” Lionsgate
Best packaging: “Hellraiser” box set, Anchor Bay Entertainment
Best re-mastering: “Hellraiser,” Anchor Bay Entertainment
Best blu-ray disc: “Ghostbusters,” Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Lifetime achievement: Michael Felsher, Red Shirt Pictures
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