The FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards Return to Shudder Sunday, May 15: "FANGORIA, FANGORIA Studios and Shudder announced today that the 2022 FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards will premiere on Sunday, May 15th at 7pm ET, exclusively on Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thrillers, and the supernatural.

The ceremony, which recognizes outstanding achievements in horror film and television, will once again be hosted by actor and writer David Dastmalchian (Dune, The Suicide Squad)and will feature Dee Wallace, Joe Lo Truglio, Joe Dante, Tracie Thoms, Jim Cummings, Rachel True and the directing team known as Radio Silence (Ready or NotScream) among its presenters. (See below for the full presenters list.)  This year’s nominees include CandymanLast Night in SohoTitaneChucky, and Midnight Mass. The special is produced by Armen Aghaeian, produced and directed by Ama Lea, and written by Michael Varrati. Executive Producers are Tara Ansley, Abhi Goel, and Phil Nobile Jr.

“Last year’s Chainsaw Awards were not only a highlight of the year in horror, but a testimony to the very spirit of the genre, as ingenuity and resourcefulness won out over the challenges of production during lockdown,” said Fango editor Phil Nobile Jr. “We’ve upped the ante this year and added some new categories, and we’re excited for fans to tune in to once again celebrate an amazing year for horror and its fans.”

“Shudder is proud to once again join forces with FANGORIA to celebrate the best in horror, as voted on by the horror community itself,” said Shudder General Manager Craig Engler.

This year's ceremony will premiere Sunday, May 15 at 7pm ET on Shudder TV, Shudder’s in-app programming feed, with additional pre and post shows streaming via Fango’s social media accounts. The Awards will be made available on demand on Shudder across all platforms, partners and territories beginning Monday, May 16.

Full list of presenters:

  • The Boulet Brothers (The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula)
  • Alejandro Brugues (director, Juan of the Dead, Nightmare Cinema)
  • Peaches Christ (performer/filmmaker, All About Evil)
  • Jim Cummings (filmmaker, The Beta Test)
  • Joe Dante (director, The HowlingGremlins)
  • Tananarive Due (author; screenwriter, The Twilight Zone)
  • Bryan Fuller (producer, HannibalQueer for Fear)
  • Michael Gingold (writer, FANGORIA; Ad Nauseam)
  • Brea Grant (filmmaker, 12-Hour-Shift)
  • Harvey Guillén (actor, What We Do in the Shadows)
  • Elric Kane (Colors of the Dark podcast)
  • Joe Lo Truglio (actor/filmmaker, Wet Hot American SummerOutpost)
  • Harry Manfredini (composer, Friday the 13th)
  • Rebekah McKendry (Colors of the Dark podcast)
  • Misha Osherovich (actor, Freaky)
  • Jeff Daniel Phillips (actor, The Munsters)
  • Diana Prince (aka Darcy the Mail Girl, The Last Drive-in with Joe Bob Briggs)
  • Radio Silence (filmmakers, Scream)
  • Daniel Roebuck (actor, The Munsters)
  • Felissa Rose (actor, Sleepaway Camp)
  • Josh Ruben (filmmaker, Werewolves Within)
  • Tiffany Shepis (actor, Victor Crowley)
  • Tracie Thoms (actor, Death Proof)
  • Rachel True (actor, Horror Noire, The Craft)
  • Michael Varrati (writer, Midnight Mass podcast)
  • Dee Wallace (actor, The HowlingCujo)

Since 1992, the Chainsaw Awards have honored top achievements in the horror genre, with past recipients including Wes Craven, George A. Romero, Lupita Nyong’o, Anthony Hopkins, and Elisabeth Moss."


DOUBLE BLIND: "Irish Horror-Thriller “Double Blind”, Starring Millie Brady And Pollyanna McIntosh, Begins Shooting In Ireland By Epic Pictures Group

Los Angeles-based indie genre production company Epic Pictures Group have begun shooting DOUBLE BLIND in Ireland this month. The feature will star British actress Millie Brady (The Last Kingdom, The Queen’s Gambit, ROADKILL) alongside horror icon Pollyanna McIntosh, who can most recently be seen recurring in the hit Netflix series Vikings: Valhalla and is best known for her role as Jadis on The Walking Dead and The Walking Dead: World Beyond and as the lead in Lucky McKee’s cult horror THE WOMAN, as well as for her acclaimed feature directorial debut DARLIN’, which she also starred in. Epic Pictures Group will launch worldwide sales on the film at the upcoming Marché du Film at Cannes next month.

DOUBLE BLIND is written by Darach McGarrigle and marks the feature directorial debut for Ian Hunt-Duffy who, along with producer Simon Doyle, run the Dublin-based production company Failsafe Films. The film is the latest in a string of celebrated and successful Irish co-productions Epic Pictures Group has been a part of with notable titles including the recent SXSW Midnighter THE CELLAR, starring Elisha Cuthbert, critically acclaimed ghost comedy EXTRA ORDINARY, starring Will Forte and comedian Maeve Higgins, and Neasa Hardiman’s feature directorial debut SEA FEVER, starring Connie Nielsen, Hermione Corfield, and Dougray Scott, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2019.

The upcoming horror-thriller follows seven strangers taking part in a paid drug trial that become trapped in the lab after the side effects of the study escalate the situation into a nightmarish scenario- if they fall asleep, they die. Brenock O'Connor (Game of Thrones), Abby Fitz (THE CELLAR), Shonagh Marie, Diarmuid Noyes, Frank Blake, and actor Akshay Kumar round out the cast.

“Epic is thrilled to continue our partnership with Screen Ireland and bring Ian’s first feature film to the market. We have been working with Simon and Failsafe to develop a compelling and commercial script for buyers and are excited to see it come to life with Pollyanna and Millie as stars,” says Epic Pictures Group CEO Patrick Ewald.

“I’m delighted to be shooting DOUBLE BLIND with the support of Epic and Screen Ireland. As a filmmaker I am deeply passionate about creating original, suspenseful, and intelligent genre cinema, and I believe that the hook of our story — fall asleep and you die — is so evocative and memorable. It takes something ordinary and innocent and makes it deadly. We have a fantastic ensemble cast led by Millie Brady and horror icon Pollyanna McIntosh, so I cannot wait for audiences to experience the tension, claustrophobia, and dread that we have in store,” says director Ian Hunt-Duffy.

Also on Epic’s slate is the Canadian and Métis horror-thriller DARK NATURE from first-time feature director Berkley Brady and produced by Michael Peterson (KNUCKLEBALL, HARPOON). The film stars Hannah Emily Anderson (JIGSAW), Madison Walsh, and Roseanne Supernault (Blackstone, RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS), and will be featured as part of the 2022 Fantastic 7 lineup, organized in partnership between the Marché du Film and Sitges Film Festival, as the title endorsed by the Toronto International Film Festival."


INTERVENTION: "Ever since a near-fatal attack, Laura Green (Doig-Thorne) has suffered from a rare type of Amnesia that causes her memories to be erased every night, once she goes to sleep. Each morning she must reacquaint herself with her own life, painstakingly piecing together fragments of her jagged past from cryptic clues on her computer. When her friends video call her to celebrate her birthday, reminding her of a life she cannot recall, she becomes suspicious. Are they being completely truthful? Are they even her real friends? Soon, Laura learns that her friends are not who they say they are, and the truth behind her attack harbors the key to a sinister twist to her own identity."

Studio/Distributor: Buffalo 8
Release Date: April 22, 2022 (Streaming)
Rating: NR
Genre: Horror
Director: Samesh Ramjattan
Writer: Samesh Ramjattan & Tiffany Flynn
Cast: Amber Doig-Thorne (The Seven), Bibi Lucille (Purgatory) and Heather Elise Nelson (Hello Au Revoir)