Dead Meat Horror Awards 2023 Winners: Here Are the Legendary Pioneers!


Saloni Singh

HITC breaks down a list of the Dead Meat Horror Awards 2023 winners and nominees.

Horror fans will know that it’s always important to praise the best efforts in the class and what preferable method for doing as such over with a yearly awards show?

Not just is it important to reminisce about the cinematic schedule year but on the other hand it’s a lot of tomfoolery, as the YouTube channel Dead Meat impeccably illustrates with its latest edition of the Dead Meat Horror Awards, which nominates late movies from Halloween Ends to Terrifier 2.

The channel focuses on both great and terrible horror movies, contingent upon your taste, and hosts James A. Janisse and Chelsea Rebecca held the first edition of the honor show in 2022.

Then again, the second edition debuted on Sunday, March 26th 2023, so how about we address the Dead Meat Horror Awards 2023 winners and nominees.

The honor season is almost over, with all the major awards, like the Brilliant Globes and the Oscars, having been announced. Now, a special honor function committed to horror films has also come into the image, named the Dead Meat Horror Awards. However, unlike other honors, Dead Meat is not presented by an organization yet by a YouTube channel.

Dead Meat Horror Awards 2023 Winners!

Jordan Peele’s Nope won the most number of awards, including Best Original Film, Best Director, and Best Digital Effects. Ti West directorial Pearl and Damien Leone’s Terrifier 2 stood with two awards each.

Dead Meat Horror Awards 2023 Winners

Here is the full list (the winners are highlighted in strong):

Best Original Film!

  • Barbarian
  • Bodies Bodies
  • Deadstream
  • Fresh
  • Speak No Evil
  • The Black Phone
  • The Menu
  • NOPE
  • Smile
  • X

Best Director!

  • Mimi Cave – Fresh
  • Chloe Okuno – Watcher
  • Jordan Peele – Nope
  • Ti West – X
  • Zach Cregger – Barbarian
  • Parker Finn – Smile

Best Villain!

  • Chef Slowik – The Menu
  • The Grabber – The Black Phone
  • Esther Coleman – Orphan: First Kill
  • Art the Clown – Terrifier 2
  • Sully – Bones and All
  • Pearl – Pearl
  • Best Lead Performer
  • Keke Palmer – Nope

Dead Meat Horror Awards 2023 Winners

  • Anna Cobb – We’re All Going To The World’s Fair
  • Lauren LaVera – Terrifier 2
  • Havana Rose Lu – No Exit
  • Mia Goth – Pearl
  • Regina Hall – Master
  • Rebecca Hall – Resurrection
  • Maika Monroe – Watcher
  • Amber Midthunder – Prey
  • Best Supporting Performer
  • Steven Yeun – Nope
  • Jenna Ortega – Scream
  • Rory Kinnear – Men
  • Zoe Renee – Master

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  • Rachel Sennott – Bodies Bodies
  • Dakota Beavers – Prey
  • Madeline McGraw – The Black Phone
  • Mark Rylance – Bones And All
  • Hong Chau – The Menu
  • Best Kill
  • Jeremy – Halloween Ends
  • S’mores – The Menu
  • Allie – Terrifier 2
  • Rami and Samantha – Studio 666
  • The Star Lasso Experience – Nope
  • David – Bodies Bodies

Best Remake Or Sequel!

  • Terrifier 2
  • Hellraiser
  • Scare Package II
  • Pearl
  • Prey
  • Scream
  • Orphan: First Kill
  • V/H/S/99
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  • Halloween Ends

Dead Meat Horror Awards 2023 Winners

Best Practical Effects!

  • Terrifier 2
  • Hellraiser
  • Mad God
  • Hatching
  • Crimes Of The Future
  • X

Best Digital Effects!

  • Smile
  • Nope
  • Hellraiser
  • Prey
  • Men
  • Werewolf By Night

Best Stunts or Choreography!

  • Fresh
  • Nope
  • Dashcam
  • Prey
  • Scream
  • Werewolf By Night

The Awards Are Presented by James A. Janisse and Chelsea Rebecca!

Dead Meat’s James A. Janisse and Chelsea Rebecca served as the presenters of the awards, just like the previous year. Audiences are now praising the two for their efforts in promoting the horror class.

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“The effort James and Chelsea put into these is astonishing. When grant shows like the oscars dont treat horror in a serious way it’s great to know the Horror Awards will do them justice,” composed a viewer.

Another commented, “What a time to be a horror fan !! So happy to see overlooked movies that don’t gain enough appreciation. Wish we might have seen more foreign horror in the awards since last year there were so numerous great ones.”

Stunt Group Captain by Steven McMichael Wins Grant for Prey!

Cochrane-based stunt coordinator Steven McMichael and his group have won an honor for their work on the locally shot film Prey.

Prey won the Excellent Rib grant from Dead Meat Horror Awards 2023 for Best Stunt/Choreography from a list of nominees that also included Fresh, Nope, Dashcam, Scream, and Werewolf by Night.

The accomplished stunt coordinator and assistant director says it was a total collaboration and gives a shout-out to his devoted stunt group, whose selfless sacrifice during those long days of filming paid off. They had the additional challenge of creating the film during the height of the pandemic.

“I was shocked, genuinely, really reclaimed,” says McMichael. “I never envisioned it in my wildest dreams, especially in the horror class. That made it all the more special.”

Dead Meat Horror Awards 2023 Winners

The stunt team of around 40 individuals participated in an intense training camp leading up to the filming, including the Indigenous actors and those portraying French fur traders. In the film, not entirely set in stone to hunt down the Predator.

“It was tomfoolery, and, you know, the Indigenous aspect is what made it really cool. It wasn’t just the French trappers that we were checking out. Most of our indigenous actors did their very own bunch stunts, which was because of a four-week training camp before filming, so it was a seriously intensive training camp to prepare everybody up, men and women.”

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He says working on the film for around five months was a satisfying experience.

“Managing Dan Trachtenberg (director) was awesome. Jeff Shaper, you know his direction of photography was awesome, and Marty Ewing, the maker, gave me sort of carte blanche of what I expected to do.”

Above all, working in Alberta and showing off its excellence remains special to McMichael.


Prey has had the best reception of all of the films in the series since the original in 1987. It is available for viewing in Canada on Disney+.

The film The Revenant was also shot in part on the Stoney Nakoda Nation, and shares some of the wilderness settings.

“What’s entertaining is some of us we’re calling it the “prevenant” during production, because we recorded at a great deal of the same locations as The Revenant.”

McMichael has just gotten back from Germany, where he was working on the film, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, expected to be released on Nov. 17, 2023.

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