Horror Genre Director/Writer/Makeup Artist Steve Kostanski and Emmy Award-Winning FX Makeup Artist Todd Masters, Founder of MASTERSFX, Proudly Announce Winning Two 2022 FANGORIA MAGAZINE “Chainsaw” Awards for Their Feature Film Project 2021, Psycho Goreman (PG).
PG won the 2022 “Chainsaw” awards in the “Best Creature FX” and “Best Limited Release Movie” categories. To see the full list of winners, please visit: https://horrorobsessive.com/2022/05/15/2022-fangoria-chainsaw-awards/
The scenario behind Psycho Goreman: Siblings Mimi and Luke unknowingly resurrect a former alien overlord who was entombed beneath their garden. The creature yearns to destroy the universe, but through their possession of a magical amulet, the children force it to become their new best friend. As the monster reluctantly obeys their childish whims, its magical powers attract the attention of friends and interstellar demons from across the cosmos. Soon, a rogue gallery of galactic fighters converges on the strange small-town suburban realm and an absurd battle of Saturday morning TV-inspired action, outrageous comedy and bizarre comic book violence unfolds. then – a battle that will decide the fate of the entire galaxy!
On winning two ‘Chainsaw’ awards, Todd Masters said, “It was a great list of nominees for Creature FX this year – each one was top notch work. And we’re truly honored to take home the win! I’m proud of Steve and our Toronto MFX team for the Best Chainsaw Creature FX award. They really pulled out all the stops to make this movie full of monsters. And Steve himself, a superstar artist – and of course writer , producer, director – brings great energy to his films, which is easily seen on screen. He makes it fan-fun-tastic, despite the resources and production challenges. Everyone had fun making PG as we look at it.”
“The Chainsaws are more or less homebrewed and are one of the few award shows that are fan-based. FANGORIA readers and fans of these films chose the winners. So that made our second Chainsaw Award for “Best Limited Release Film” especially cool. Indies are usually made with more heart than budget. Steve and our team worked really hard for this win. And it’s a real honor to be a part of it all,” adds Masters.
Steve Kostanski adds: “The idea of Psycho Goreman came to me right after I finished directing The return of the elves. Some of my friends wanted to invest in a feature film, so I pitched them the idea of two kids who befriend an evil alien overlord who wreaks havoc on the world, while obeying their childish whims. The film is a kind of HEY Family adventure style entertainment story mixed with an action sci-fi horror film. To me, the movie plays like a “PG” rated family movie, and at other times it’s really brutal and violent.
More about PSYCHO GOREMAN
Psycho Goreman was released theatrically in the United States and Canada, as well as VOD, on January 22, 2021. The film was later released on Blu-Ray on March 16, 2021. Detroit News film critic Adam Graham said, “Psycho Goreman is a hilarious puzzler in every sense of the word. The Canadian Blu-ray Special Edition of Psycho Goreman completely sold out in a few days.
One of today’s most inspiring FX makeup artists, Steven Kostanski, who works in-house with studio MASTERSFX Toronto, continues to push his talents even further, as a successful genre director. Kostanski wrote, directed, and created the monsters and makeup FX for Psycho Goreman – the film marked his fifth feature film as a director. His early directorial projects were “Manborg,” “Father’s Day” and “The Void” — both of which he co-directed — and “Leprechaun Returns” for SYFY.
Kostanski started working with MASTERSFX when a movie the company was working on – A haunting in Connecticut – came to his hometown of Winnipeg, and MFX needed local help.
Effects work on Psycho Goreman was extensive, with the team at MASTERSFX Toronto pulling out all the tricks from the book to marinate the modestly budgeted movie in monsters.
“I don’t think there was anything else like Psycho Goreman there recently,” Kostanski said. “It speaks to the kid in the video store who rented R-rated sci-fi and horror films in the 80s and 90s – films that were really too intense for kids but had to be seen anyway – like Terminator 2. Psycho Goreman is a tribute to the films of yesteryear which could traumatize a child, but which it was nevertheless impossible not to watch.
Zane Knisely, head of Toronto’s MFX studio, who also served as an associate producer on Psycho Goreman, adds, “We were breaking into our bay door with creatures during the making of this movie. It was a creatively draining film, but somehow we pulled it off! Monsters are fun and an integral part of the movie. Psycho Goreman drawn from a broad demographic, with a mindset ranging from a childish experience to an adult experience. It took me back to the monster movies I loved as a kid. That’s what I felt watching it. The film is almost nostalgic – I think it’s one of the best children’s films ever made.
About FANGORIA “CHAINSAW” AWARDS
The Fangoria “Chainsaw” Awards began in 1992. The annual ceremony recognizes outstanding achievement in horror film and television. The “Chainsaw” Awards 2022 event was hosted by David Dastmalchian (Dune, The Suicide Squad,) and aired live on Shudder, Sunday, May 15, 2022.
Since their launch 30 years ago, the “Chainsaw” awards have been presented to many notable winners, including Wes Craven, George A. Romero, Lupita Nyong’o, Anthony Hopkins and Elisabeth Moss.
This year many big names from the horror world were also featured as presenters including Dee Wallace, Joe Dante, Rachel True, Radio Silence and many more. The nominees who were in the running for the prestigious 2022 horror awards included Candyman, Last Night in Soho, Titanium, Chucky and Midnight Mass.
Founded in 1987 with three-time Emmy® Winner of the Todd Masters Award, MASTERSFX (MFX) is an award-winning character and makeup FX company. MASTERSFX’s creative teams produce a distinctive blend of practical and digital make-up effects, prosthetics and animatronics, through a process called “dMFX”, for hundreds of feature films, TV shows and commercials to success since 1987.
Among the television projects to which MASTERSFX has contributed his work are Handmaid’s Tale, The Magicians, The Good Doctor, The Umbrella Academy, The Expanse, Coroner, The Boys, The Flash, This is Us, What We Do in the Shadows, True Blood, Six Feet Under, Tales from the Crypt, Fringe, and many more.
Among the company’s film credits are Child’s Play, Sonic the Hedgehog, the 2019 version of Rabid, The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Haunting in Connecticut, Star Trek: First Contact, The Horse Whisperer, Slither, Snakes on a Plane, Look Who’s Talking, and much more.
Makeup artist and special FX artist Todd Masters is the winner of the 2021 Daytime Emmy® “Outstanding Special Effects Costume, Makeup” award for his work on the Universal Studios/1440 produced TV movie Aliens stole my body, the second entry in the young adult, fantasy/science fiction book series Aliens ate my homework by Bruce Coville. Masters is also the winner of a 2016 Daytime Emmy® and Leo Awards for “Outstanding Makeup” for the Netflix series, Monsterville. He won an Emmy Award in 2003 for the 2001/2002 season of Six feet Under ground in the category “Best Special Effects Makeup”. And, in 2006, Masters won a “Saturn Award” for “Best Makeup FX” for his work on the film. To glide.