*Note: These are my personal favorites for 2008.
Let's begin, alphabetically, shall we?
The Skull for Best Album goes to Metallica for Death Magnetic [this album rocks!!]
The Skull for Most Memorable Novel goes to Joseph D'Lacey for Meat [if you haven't read this book yet, you should!]
I am also going to give a Skull to both Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz for Iceman: My Fighting Life and This is Gonna Hurt: The Life of a Mixed Martial Arts Champion [respectively]
A Skull also goes to Stephenie Meyer for Breaking Dawn [a worthy conclusion to her Twilight Saga]
The Skull for Best Novel Written by a Christian Author goes to William P. Young for The Shack [a powerful, moving novel]
The Skull for Best Novel by a Debut Author goes to Brandon Ford for Crystal Bay [a great 1st novel]
The Skull for Best Horror Magazine goes to Rue Morgue [a top-notch magazine that I never get tired of reading!]
The Skull for Best Horror Novel goes to Ray Garton for Ravenous [an excellent werewolf novel!]
The Skull for Best Zombie Novel goes to Travis Adkins for After Twilight: Walking with the Dead [his sequel to After Twilight - Note: My review of this novel will be in the next issue of Hacker's Source magazine - also, my 1st ever "blurb" appears on this book!] :-)
The Skull for Best Event of the Year definitely goes to Chicago's Music Box Massacre IV [this was a 24-hour horror movie marathon shown in one of Chicago's old movie theatres - see blog dated 10/27/08]
The Skull for Best MMA Fighter goes to Anderson "the spider" Silva [my oldest daughter's favorite fighter ~ he dominated every fight that he was in this year!]
On to the movies. . .
The Skull for Best Action Film actually goes to two movies this year - Rambo & Punisher: War Zone [Rambo opened the year and Punisher closed it - these films perfectly book-end each other]
The Skull for Best Animated Film goes to Kung Fu Panda [a film you can watch repeatedly]
The Skull for Best Comedy goes to You Don't Mess with the Zohan [for me, this was laugh-out-loud funny!] *Note: I missed Pineapple Express in the theatres this year, and it doesn't hit DVD till next week - the 6th - this movie may have the potential to beat out Zohan. . .
The Skull for Best Movie Based on a Comic Book goes to Iron Man [I loved this film!]
The Skull for Best Film that went Direct-to-DVD goes to Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead [I would have gone to the theatre for this one]
The Skull for Best DVD Release of the Year goes to Pieces [a must buy film!]
The Skull for Best Family Film goes to three films this year - Nim's Island, Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, and Speed Racer [I thought each of these films were excellent]
The Skull for Best Fantasy Film goes to Twilight [yes, this film is Fantasy - not Horror!]
The Skull for Best Foreign Film goes to Mongul: The Rise to Power of Genghis Khan [I cannot wait for the final two movies in this trilogy!]
The Skull for Best Foreign Horror Film goes to both Frontiere(s) and Inside [both French Horror Films]
The Skull for Best Horror Film goes to The Midnight Meat Train [if you haven't seen this film yet - do so!!] *Note: I keep hearing rave-reviews for the Swedish Film Let the Right One In - I haven't seen this one yet. . .
The Skull for Best Independent Film goes to Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead [see my review - dated 11/25/08]
The Skull for Best Martial Arts Film goes to The Forbidden Kingdom [this is the one starring both Jet Li and Jackie Chan]
The Skull for Best Mixed Martial Arts Film goes to Never Back Down [basically an MMA Karate Kid]
The Skull for Best Re-Make goes to The Day the Earth Stood Still [if they're going to re-make films, an award might as well go to the best one]
The Skull for Best Sci-Fi Film goes to X-Files: I Want to Believe [yes, I liked this one!]
The Skull for Best Sequel goes to The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian [I've heard rumors that they are not going to continue making these films - I hope this rumor isn't true!]
The Skull for Best Short Film goes to Of Darkness *Review forthcoming* and The Insane *you can watch this one on my post dated 11/11/08*
The Skull for Best War Film goes to Starship Troopers 3: Marauder [hey, it's a war on Bugs!] :-)
The Skull for Best Zombie Film goes to Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! [a hilarious low-budget independent film]
Now that the films are out of the way - how about the people behind them?
The Skull for Best Performance - hands down - goes to Heath Ledger for his portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight
The Skull for Best Director goes to Christopher Nolan for The Dark Knight
The Skull for Best Screenplay goes to David S. Goyer, Christopher Nolan, and Jonathan Nolan for The Dark Knight
The Skull for Best Special Effects goes to the F/X Team behind Hellboy II: The Golden Army
How about Television Shows?
The Skull for Best New Show goes to Legend of the Seeker [a show based on Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth Saga] Leverage [a new show that just started, recently, on TNT] and Eleventh Hour [based on the British Series that starred Patrick Stewart - this one is on CBS and stars Rufus Sewell]
Now, of course, along with the Best comes the Worst. . . here are my disappointments:
Most Disappointing Book was Edward Lee's Bride of the Impaler [I enjoy Lee's work, and I had great expectations for this one, however it failed to deliver - in my opinion]
Most Disappointing Movie was Cloverfield [for me, the film did not live up to its hype]
Most Disappointing Horror Film was The Happening [I had high hopes for this one]
Most Disappointing MMA Film was RedBelt [after Never Back Down, this one was a major let-down]
Most Disappointing Re-Make was The Eye [I actually thought this one had potential]
Most Disappointing Sci-Fi Film was Babylon A. D. [this film just plain sucked!]
Most Disappointing Sequel was Feast II: Sloppy Seconds [Review forthcoming]
Most Disappointing Zombie Film was Zombie Strippers [I saw this one in the theatres, and it just didn't do anything for me!]
Well, there you have it. . . I am sure that some of the above will garner some disagreements - please feel free to leave comments with your thoughts and opinions. . .
Before I sign off, I just wanted to list some of my favorite blogs that I've been reading this year:
For Movie Reviews I enjoy reading William Weird's http://beardedweirdoreviews.blogspot.com/ and Fred Wolf's http://fred-the-wolf.blogspot.com/ thoughts.
For Obscure Movie Reviews I enjoy reading Reverend Phantom's http://reverendphantom.blogspot.com/ and The Lightning Bug's http://www.thelightningbugslair.com/ opinions.
For Upcoming Entertainment News I enjoy reading The Geek's of Doom http://geeksofdoom.com/ and The Horror Geek http://thehorrorgeek.com/
Each of you get a Skull for Best Blogs :-)
HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!!!