Unlike the past three years, voters decided to spread the love with a dozen different films represented on the winner’s list of the 2022 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards streamed May 15 on Shudder.
Featuring two new categories, the Chainsaw Awards honored an eclectic mix of horror movies with no film winning more than two of the 17 categories.
In the previous three years, one film dominated each of the awards. In 2019, it was Hereditary with six wins followed in 2020 by Midsommar’s five. Last year, The Invisible Man won five awards.
This year, Psycho Goreman, Last Night in Soho, and Halloween Kills each earned a pair of wins, and two of the Fear Street films also won awards.
Malignant, directed by James Wan, won Best Wide-Release Movie.
Psycho Goreman, directed by Steven Kostanski, won Best Limited Release Movie, and MastersFX won Best Creature FX for Psycho Goreman.
Saint Maud, directed by Rose Glass, won Best First Feature. Fear Street: Part Three: 1666, directed by Leigh Janiak, won Best Streaming Premiere Movie. Titane, directed by Julia Ducournau, won Best International Movie.
Netflix’s Midnight Mass, created by Mike Flanagan, won Best Series. Flanagan previously won Best Series for The Haunting of Hill House at the 2019 Chainsaw Awards.
Woodland Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror won Best Documentary, a new category.
In the acting categories, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II won Best Lead Performance playing Anthony McCoy in Candyman, and Millicent Simmonds won Best Supporting Performance playing Regan Abbott in A Quiet Place: Part II.
Edgar Wright won Best Director for Last Night in Soho, and Odile Dicks-Mireaux won Best Costume Design – a new category – for Last Night in Soho.
Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski won Best Screenplay for The Night House.
John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter, and Daniel Davies won Best Score for Halloween Kills; and Christopher Nelson won Best Makeup FX for Halloween Kills.
The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs won Achievement in Non-Fiction for the second year in a row.
The Bread Slicer scene in Fear Street: Part One: 1994 won Best Kill.