Monday, March 8, 2010

Thank-you Twatlight for once again ruining everything.

I really didn't want to complain about this, I really didn't. I wanted to write an article about Kathryn Bigelow and how she curb stomped the hell out of her ex-husband's Pocahontas meets the Smurfs with pretty effects making husband at the Oscars. The woman made Near Dark for chrissake, John Hughes had one hell of a tribute, the Academy gave a mention to horror films, and I can't even concentrate on any of it because of freaking Twatlight!!! The more I recap everything that happened tonight during the ceremony, the more anger I'm fueled with about this God-damn franchise.

I understand that the Academy wants to appeal to the younger generations and such by bringing in the Twatlight kids and I fully support your idea to expand the audience...but why did you associate them with horror? Come on now. The genre that you overlook more than any other is the horror genre and how do you repay us? With a montage presented by two people that our genre hates more than anyone. Kristen Stewart has absolutely zero presence and looked as if she'd rather put mouthwash in her tear ducts than to be on that stage. The girl already publicly announces that she hates the spotlight because she doesn't know how to present herself. So you have her present something at the Oscars? Come on now.

The whole point of the horror montage wasn't to throw us a bone, it was to jerk off other esteemed actors. Let's face it, plenty of big-named actors and actresses got their start in horror films and the Academy was tired of hearing us bitch about being neglected. So, they decided to kill two birds with one stone. The films shown in the montage were the classics that everyone knows of, and films that have other Oscar winners and established actors in it. That's why Fulci films were not shown. I am more than thrilled that they showed a tribute to the genre I love so dearly. Yet, if the point of the montage was to talk about how so many actors got their start in horror...WHY DIDN'T THEY HAVE A PRESENTER WHO DID?! Johnny Depp? Kevin Bacon? Jack Nicholson? Hell, they showed George Clooney and Kathy Bates who were BOTH there...why couldn't you have asked them?! Let K-Stew and TayLaut present something else, NOT horror. Molly Ringwald and Ferris Bueller got to present the John Hughes tribute, shouldn't someone who had ANYTHING to do with horror get to present the horror montage? ELI ROTH WAS THERE FOR GOD'S SAKE.

So there you have it. Thanks for throwing us a bone Academy, but once again...you're out of your element.


12 comment(s):

Stonecypher said...

In fairness, I think the Academy is more to blame here than Twilight is. After all, Stewart and Lautner were given the script that completely ignored Silence of the Lambs' mammoth Oscar success, by having them say it's been 30-whatever years since a horror movie won anything - and yet then proceeded to fill the montage with moments from the film. To me, this is more insulting than shoehorning Twilight into the genre. There were plenty of other films in that montage which weren't horror either (Edwards Scissorhands?!).

Dannie said...

Kristen Stewart has the charisma of a wet sock.

BJ-C said...

@stone-I didn't want to complain about the actual content because they were really showing films like that because Michael Keaton and Johnny Depp are very well established actors and a lot of people surprisingly forget that they were in films like that. Plus, the Oscars are "family friendly" and those are the lighter hearted films. I still blame Twilight, because if it didn't exist, I wouldn't have this problem.

Planet of Terror said...

I was expecting Jethro Tull to win best heavy metal act. Translation: for them to profile films that were NOT horror films. Yeah there were a couple of misfires but overall, I thought it was a nice tribute.

But I agree on the poor choice of having those two dingleberries present. Anyone could have done a better job than them. And how cool would it have been to have good ol' Jack up there and before the montage rolled he'd shout 'HEEEEEERE'SSSS JOHNNY!'

kfbrostowitz said...

The fact that they presented pissed me off, but the thing that REALLY pissed me off was the fact that there was a clip of Twilight IN the montage. As if Twilight is actually a "horror" film?!? PUH-lease.

the jaded viewer said...

At least they acknowledged that the horror movies grosses the most money out of any other film genre.

Mike Lippert said...

I thought the whole horror movie montage was pretty pointless in general. I laughed by seeing a clip of Warwick Davis in there but come on, Tim Burton's films are no more horror than Twlight so they shouldn't have been there either. Personally I don't care, and by deeming the entire series "Twatlight" you are, in a way, sinking below it.

Ashlee said...

Bloody brilliant and funny post!

Here I'm thinking Signourney Weaver would be the presenter then I got burned. I know not much if nothing of these Tw(at)light (love that!) people and think it a cheap shot have them present movies I'm sure they haven't seen and a genre THEY ARE NOT a part of.

oducerproducer said...

Totally pissed me off, first off Taylor's writer fucked up by sayign the Exorcist was the last horror film to win at the oscars, can you say Silence of the Lambs? Then the video, it was great until they showed fucking twilight, wtf?

dangercinema said...

Not bad but not really good tribute to horror. I posted a complete list of the clips used in it on my blog.

One other slap in the face for horror fans during the oscars. Dan O'Bannon was left out of the In Memorium.

J.D. said...

Is SILENCE OF THE LAMBS really a horror film, though? I always thought of it as a serial killer film or a thriller but not a horror film per se.

But hey, at least the horror film montage had a brief clip from EVIL DEAD 2 annnnd the couple that won best editing for THE HURT LOCKER gave a shout-out to Sam Raimi and horror. huzzah!

Theron said...

Maybe they should introduce a new category: Best Horror Film. It'd correct an obvious wrong and definitely bring in more and younger viewers, plus they wouldn't have sully the Best Picture category if they didn't want to. Kinda like Best Animated Feature...

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