FrightFest News: Greg Nicotero To Recieve Inaugral Variety Award
by Ben Bussey
FrightFest 2012, aka FrightFest the 13th, is now less than two weeks away, and it’s pretty standard behaviour for them to spring a few last minute surprises on us. In-keeping with this, we’ve just learned that this year sees the first presentation of the FrightFest Variety award, in cahoots with Variety magazine – and that the first recipient of this honour will be the maestro of make up effects, Greg Nicotero.
Direct from the press release:
Nicotero will be presented with the award on Saturday August 25, following an on-stage interview at this year’s FrightFest The 13th.
“FrightFest is very proud to be associated with Variety Magazine,” said FrightFest co-director Ian Rattray. “We feel Greg Nicotero is a perfect choice to receive this historic award – the first to be given out at a FrightFest event.”
An acknowledged master of his field Nicotero is an idol of horror fans with a 30-year career that has seen him work on virtually every major horror franchise.
“Film4 FrightFest is delighted to welcome back Greg Nicotero,” added co-director Alan Jones. “Every time we see him his career seems to have taken another quantum leap and we are thrilled Variety has recognised his contribution to the genre in both fan and business terms. We love his company as much as his professionalism and are looking forward to hosting him on this auspicious occasion.”
One of the founders of KNB Effects Group in 1988, with Howard Berger and Robert Kurtzman, Nicotero has worked with the great modern filmmakers on both the big and small screen.
Like most horror fans, I’ve long been a big admirer of Nicotero’s work, and it gives me a nice warm tingle knowing I’ll be there to see this happen. (Sorry, just had to rub it in there.)