How to Watch the 2023 FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards on AMC+ and Shudder
Horror fans and thrill-seekers assemble! Here's everything you need to know about the 2023 FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards, a ceremony dedicated to the scariest and most surprising film and TV genre of all – including how to watch it.
When is the 2023 FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards?
This year's event takes place on Sunday, May 21. You can watch it live on Shudder TV at 9 pm ET. You can also stream the event on-demand on both Shudder and AMC+ beginning Monday, May 22.
Who's hosting the 2023 FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards?
For the third year in a row, the event will be hosted by actor and writer David Dastmalchian. You may recognize him from movies including Dune, Ant-Man, and The Suicide Squad. He also stars in the upcoming supernatural horror film The Boogeyman, which is based on Stephen King's short story of the same name.
He will be joined this year by co-host Peaches Christ, who's known for hosting enormously popular movie events at San Francisco's Castro Theatre. Peaches Christ is the alter ego of Joshua Grannell, who wrote and directed the cult 2010 slasher flick All About Evil starring Natasha Lyonne and Thomas Dekker.
Who will be presenting at the 2023 FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards?
Among this year's presenters are actress Jamie Clayton, who's known for her roles in Hellraiser, The L Word: Generation Q, and Sense8. Look out, too, for young actors Mason Thames and Madeleine McGraw, who starred opposite Ethan Hawke in the hit 2021 horror film The Black Phone.
Also confirmed as a presenter is Akela Cooper, who wrote the hugely popular horror movies Malignant, Hell Fest, and M3GAN. It's definitely a stacked lineup, with more presenters still to be announced.
What is the history of the FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards and how did it begin?
Founded by long-running horror magazine FANGORIA, the annual Chainsaw Awards have been recognizing excellence in horror movies since 1992. Since 2015, they have also handed out accolades to outstanding horror TV series. The Chainsaw Awards – as they're often referred to – take great pride in celebrating a genre that's frequently overlooked by other awards shows.
FANGORIA's Editor-In-Chief Phil Nobile Jr. said when this year's nominees were announced: “We shouldn’t be surprised at the lack of love horror received from mainstream awards this year, but 2022 was an embarrassment of riches for the horror fan, and to see none of it nominated by the bigger institutions was a bit of a shock. As ever, FANGORIA is happy to pick up the slack.
“The genre excellence on display in 2022 encompasses veterans and new voices, productions of all sizes, and every color of the dark. The competition this year is going to be a bloodbath.”
Who's nominated at the 2023 FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards?
This year's frontrunner is Nope, Jordan Peele's visionary blend of SciFi, horror and Neo-Western, which picks up 10 nominations including nods for stars Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, and Steven Yeun. Other acting nominees include Pearl's Mia Goth, Bones and All's Mark Rylance, The Black Phone's Ethan Hawke, Barbarian's Justin Long, and Scream's Jenna Ortega.
There are nominations, too, for the Shudder Originals A Wounded Fawn and Hellbender. You can check out the full list of nominations below.
BEST WIDE RELEASE MOVIE:
The Black Phone
BEST LIMITED RELEASE MOVIE:
Orphan: First Kill
Something in the Dirt
BEST STREAMING PREMIERE MOVIE:
A Wounded Fawn
BEST INTERNATIONAL MOVIE:
Speak No Evil
BEST FIRST FEATURE:
We’re All Going to the World’s Fair
BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE:
Anna Diop (Nanny)
Isabelle Furhman (Orphan: First Kill)
Mia Goth (Pearl)
Rebecca Hall (Resurrection)
Daniel Kaluuya (Nope)
Amber Midthunder (Prey)
Maika Monroe (Watcher)
Keke Palmer (Nope)
Josh Ruben (A Wounded Fawn)
Taylor Russell (Bones and All)
BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE:
Jamie Clayton (Hellraiser)
Ethan Hawke (The Black Phone)
Justin Long (Barbarian)
Madeleine McGraw (The Black Phone)
Jenna Ortega (Scream)
Mark Rylance (Bones and All)
Rachel Sennott (Bodies, Bodies, Bodies)
Brittany Snow (X)
Kristen Stewart (Crimes of the Future)
Steven Yeun (Nope)
Zach Cregger (Barbarian)
Jordan Peele (Nope)
David Cronenberg (Crimes of the Future)
Chloe Okuno (Watcher)
Ti West (X)
C. Robert Cargill and Scott Derrickson (The Black Phone)
Zach Cregger (Barbarian)
Mia Goth and Ti West (Pearl)
Jordan Peele (Nope)
Seth Reiss and Will Tracy (The Menu)
Ksusha Genenfeld (A Wounded Fawn)
Rob Hardy (Men)
Eliot Rockett (Pearl)
Eliot Rockett (X)
Hoyte van Hoytema (Nope)
Michael Abels (Nope)
Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury (Men)
Tyler Bates and Tim Williams (Pearl)
John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter, and Daniel Davies (Halloween Ends)
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (Bones and All)
BEST COSTUME DESIGN:
Alex Bovaird (Nope)
Stephanie Portnoy Porter (Prey)
Tóth András Dániel and Godena-Juhász Attila (The Munsters)
Mayou Trikerioti (Crimes of the Future)
Malgosia Turzanska (Pearl)
BEST MAKEUP FX:
Alexandra Anger and Monica Pavez/Black Spot FX (Crimes of the Future)
Alexandrina Dermendzhiyska, Lyudmil Ivanov, and Alis Shopova (Barbarian)
Damien Leone (Terrifier 2)
Josh and Sierra Russell/Russell FX (Hellraiser)
Sarah Rubano and Kevin Wasner/WETA (X)
BEST CREATURE FX:
Alex Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr. (Prey)
Gustav Hoegen (Hatching)
Troy Larson, Patrick Magee, and Mark Villalobos (V/H/S/99)
John Nolan (Jurassic World Dominion)
Guillaume Rocheron (Nope)
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:
The Found Footage Phenomenon
In Search of Darkness Part III
Living with Chucky
Pennywise: The Story of IT
This is Gwar
BEST NON-FICTION SERIES OR MINISERIES:
101 Scariest Horror Movie Moments of All Time
Cursed Films II
The Boulet Brothers’ Dracula: Titans
Joe Bob’s Ghoultide Get-Together
Queer for Fear
Cabinet of Curiosities
What We Do in the Shadows
“Close Your Eyes”
Who decides the winners of the 2023 FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards?
All winners are decided by you, the viewer, in an online vote. Voting is now closed, but you can find out who wins at 9pm ET on Sunday, May 21 on Shudder TV. Or if you miss it, stream the show on-demand on AMC+ and Shudder starting Monday, May 22.
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