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February 26 2013

Tim Minear vs. Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard in the Bram Stoker Awards. In the Superior Achievement in Screenplay category, Minear is up for the "Dark Cousin" episode of American Horror Story, while Whedon and Goddard are up for The Cabin in the Woods.

How did 'The Hunger Games' end up in the same category?
Yeah, I don't get that either. I like the movie, but the second half is nothing special. ETA: Or, rather, not as special as it should/could have been.

[ edited by The One True b!X on 2013-02-27 08:54 ]
Damn. I feared this would happen one day.
Sorry Tim, I had to give up on American Horror Story this year. Everything was just so relentlessly bleak (and I love horror!) I much preferred the original series, which didn't seem quite so in your face with the nastiness.

Plus the fact that there were aliens felt quite off putting.

I stopped an episode or two after the journalist escaped shortly after being forced to masturbate over a naked male inmate in an attempt to cure her of her homosexuality, only for her to end up kidnapped by a wannabe Ed Gein. Enough was enough at the point.
Well 'Cabin in the Woods' is my favorite, easily, although I do think that 'Hunger Games' was great (sorry Tim, I stopped watching 'American Horror Story' long before 'Asylum' much less 'Dark Cousin').
I still like American Horror Story. But I think for a win I'd go for Cabin in the Woods.

Not that I'm voting anyway.
Wow, Vandelay, I read your description of the episode and my brain kind of locked up for a second. Were you being funny? Or is that really an accurate description of what was happening this season? (I've been away from the airwaves for awhile, choosing to spend the last months watching Cabin and The Avengers over and over.)
That's pretty accurate.
Accurate. That was actually one of AHS' best episodes this season.

[ edited by The One True b!X on 2013-02-28 03:19 ]
I find that I can't ponder very much or very long, the horror (and I don't mean just gore) that exists in the show, like is it a metaphor for finding the light in the dark, are bad people redeemable, or is it about turning over rocks and discovering the dank and stinky stuff in the human psyche underneath the rock and then exploring why it's there, because I don't think it's any of that-it's all of that and more. It is also straight-up entertainment in the style, at least for me, of Robert Aldrich who directed Whatever happened to Baby Jane and Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte (on heroin). Of course it isn't for everyone, but there has been sheer brilliance in both seasons. Better strap on your safety belts for Season 3 if they get Kathy Bates, which has been reported.

[ edited by Tonya J on 2013-02-28 04:03 ]
I liked all of them.

Even with aliens.
Am I wrong in thinking that TV and film should be separate categories? (I understand that they're the same category here, but it's like comparing marathons to sprints.)
Shapenew I think they are comparing a single screen play for a TV episode to a screen play for a movie, which aren't the same length but do have similarities.
I think the first comment was referring to the genre? The Hunger Games is great, but it's not exactly what you'd immediately think of as horror. The other four certainly are.

I haven't seen TWIB and I've only seen bits and pieces of Asylum, I have to watch it all the way through one of these days. The Walking Dead episode was good but relied on a melodramatic female trope that only ever worked on AtS, so out of the three things I did see, I would pick The Cabin in the Woods, as it's 1) great and 2) actually horror genre.

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