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Here are the winners, all the nominees and videos from the
RONDO HATTON CLASSIC HORROR AWARDS
FOR THE BEST WORK OF 2009!
You can click HERE to see photos, videos and reaction
from the Rondo Ceremony in Louisville on May 15, 2010.
'District 9,' biography of Lugosi and Karloff, Rue Morgue take top Rondo honors
'An American Werewolf in London' is Best Classic DVD; Greg Mank voted Best Writer;
Gary Pullin named Best Artist; Count Gore de Vol is voted favorite horror host
Monsterpalooza organizer Eliot Brodsky is Monster Kid of the Year
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
By David Colton
ARLINGTON, VA. -- District 9, the gritty Oscar-nominated science fiction film, Rue Morgue magazine, a bloody yet reverent compendium of horrors old and new, and Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff, a history of the rivalry between two of Hollywood's greatest hissables, all shared top honors in the 8th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards announced Monday night.
The fan-based Rondo awards, named after Rondo Hatton, an obscure B-movie villain of the 1940s, celebrate the best in classic horror research, creativity and film preservation. This year's e-mail vote, conducted by the Classic Horror Film Board, a 15-year old online community, drew a record 2,973 votes, the biggest in genre history.
Among other winners for work in 2009:
A deluxe version of 1981's An American Werewolf in London won as Best Classic DVD; the BBC import Doctor Who took Best TV Presentation, and an eight-film set by cult director William Castle, including The Tingler and 13 Ghosts, was voted the Best Classic Collection. The fourth season of Alfred Hitchcock Presents grabbed the prize for Best TV Collection.
The futuristic allegory, District 9, was the choice for Best Film honors, beating out Zombieland and greatly outpacing Avatar, which surprised some observers by coming in fifth among Rondo voters.
The classic-oriented electorate honored the 84-year old silent German film, Faust, by director F. W. Murnau, in the Best Restoration category. The 1926 film was extensively restored by the Murnau Foundation and released by Kino Films.
The year's best documentary award went to American Scary, a loving tribute to horror hosts past and present in a very tight contest with very strong independent films and documentaries.
And Rondo voters for the fifth year urged that Island of Lost Souls, the 1932 thriller starring Charles Laughton and Bela Lugosi, be released on DVD, hopefully in a restored version.
Many of the awards signaled a turn to more modern horrors.
Rue Morgue, a Canada-based magazine that often features grue and terror along with looks at horrors past, continued to take home Rondos: It was again named Best Magazine and Best Audio Horror Site. And its former editor, Jovanka Vuckovic and Jason Lapeyre won Best Article for their piece on John Landis' An American Werewolf in London. In addition, Rue Morgue Art Director Gary Pullin was voted Artist of the Year.
The combination of Rue Morgue and HorrorHound, another more modern-based magazine, increasingly dominated the voting, although a very classic portrait of Karloff from his 1936 The Walking Dead garnered the Best Cover prize (and second Rondo), for artist Daniel Horne and Monsters from the Vault magazine.
An additional fan artist award was added this year, and has been named in honor of Linda Miller, a painter of classic horror icons who died suddenly last year. The first Linda Miller Award for Best Fan Artist went to Robert Scott, whose black and white portraits of fiends new and old capture menace and whimsy in stark presentations.
Among other winners:
-- Beware the Moon, a documentary about the Landis Werewolf film, took Best DVD Extra.
"To win is beyond amazing,'' said Paul Davis, director of the documentary. "Not only did it take us nearly three-years to make, but my father also, very unexpectedly, passed away in February and he was my biggest supporter. So the win is for him.''
-- Director Fred Dekker was cited for his Commentary on the newly restored Night of the Creeps.
-- Dread Central, a daily roundup of horror news, was named Best Website, and the absurdist yet earnest Drunken Severed Head was voted Best Blog.
-- Pittsburgh's Monster Bash was named Best Convention for the sixth time in eight annual Rondo votes.
-- And an all-star tribute to the late Forrest J Ackerman, organized by his friend and caregiver Joe Moe in March 2009 at Grauman's Egyptian Theater, was voted Best Fan Event.
In a statement, Joe Moe said the tribute marked "the fulfillment of my final promise to Forry, to hold a tribute so we could all come together to laugh, cry, celebrate and say goodbye. Forrest J Ackerman shall never die!''
-- Longtime horror host Count Gore De Vol was voted Favorite Horror Host, the third winner in a new category that has in the past honored Penny Dreadful and Svengoolie.
-- Two well-known comic book creators, Steve Niles and Kelley Jones, won Best Horror Comic for DC's Batman: Gotham After Midnight. And Talking Tina, a replica of the sinister doll in a Twilight Zone episode, won Best Toy, Model or Action Figure. James Horner's score for Star Trek II won the Best CD category.
-- Favorite DVD Reviewer went to Kim Newman, a frequent contributor to Video Watchdog.
Finally, the honorary categories, based on suggestions from Rondo voters, included:
-- Eliot Brodsky, a California fan and convention organizer, was named Monster Kid of the Year for his creation of the Monsterpalooza convention in Los Angeles.
-- Hall of Fame Inductees were also named. They are the late Bill Lemon and Ray Meyer, sculptors of the Aurora monster model kits of the 1960s; Dennis Druktenis, editor and publisher of Scary Monsters Magazine (The Only 'Real' Monster Magazine!); longtime scifi fan Bill Warren, author of the definitive 1950s film study, Keep Watching the Skies; Midwest horror hosting legend Sammy Terry; and the late Frederick S. Clarke, whose Cinefantastique revolutionized the magazine world with its in-depth coverage
Further information, including runners-up and all the nominees, can be found at rondoaward.com
There they are, the winners and the legends who helped make the classic horror world just a little bit better in 2009. Thanks to all who voted. We look forward to RONDO IX in 2011.
And join us in Louisville at the WonderFest convention on May 15, 2010, for this year's Rondo Awards Ceremony.
Finally, here was the ballot. Thanks again.
HERE WAS THE OFFICIAL BALLOT
FOR THE EIGHTH ANNUAL RONDO HATTON
CLASSIC HORROR AWARDS
This year's awards are dedicated to the memory of Jim Harmon, Michael Thomas and Paul Naschy.
1. Best Movie of 2009 (Pick one)
2. Best Television Presentation
-- BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, 'Daybreak Part 2 (3),' SyFy, 3.20.09. Loss, death and new hope in series finale. 'We all make our choices. Today, I made a choice. I think it's my last one.'
-- DOCTOR WHO, 'The End of Time,' Parts 1 and 2), SyFy, 12.25.09-1.1.10. Farewell to the Tenth Doctor. 'If the time lock's broken then everything's coming through. Not just the Daleks.'
-- FLASH FORWARD, 'No More Good Days,' ABC, 9.24.09. For two minutes and seventeen seconds, the whole world blacks out and sees their future. 'You're worried your future's gonna come true. I'm worried mine won't.'
-- FRINGE, 'There's More Than One of Everything,' FOX, 5.12.09. World Trade Center is intact in Season One cliffhanger. 'Unfortunately, the question is what can't he do?'
-- LOST, 'This Place Is Death,' ABC, 2.11.09. Violent shifts in time take toll on the Oceanic Six. "You asked me how to save the island and I told you, you had to move it. I said that you had to move it, John.'
-- MEDIUM, 'Bite Me,' CBS, 10.30.09. Allison's nightmares throw her into scenes from 'Night of the Living Dead.' Elvira guest stars. 'I'm not sure I like what this black-and-white is doing to my skin.'
-- SUPERNATURAL, 'The End,' The CW, 10.1.09. Lucifer reveals the future is a wasteland populated by zombies, 'You ever hear the story of how I fell from grace?'
-- TORCHWOOD, 'Children of Earth,' SyFy, 7.10.09. Reunions and sacrifice mark the final Sanction. 'I wanted to know about that Doctor of his. The one who appears out of nowhere and saves the world. except sometimes he doesn't.'
-- TRUE BLOOD, 'I Will Rise Up,' HBO, 8.16.09. The eldest of the vampires, Godric, sacrifices himself to the sun. 'We may be immortal, but you are dead to me.'
-- V, 'Pilot,' ABC, 11.3.09. UFOs arrive over major cities. The Visitors have arrived. 'Just be sure not to ask anything that would paint us in a negative light.'
-- Or write in another choice:
3. Best Classic DVD
-- AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON: FULL MOON EDITION
4. Best Classic DVD Collection
-- HELLRAISER BOX SET (first two films, and Blu-Ray)
-- UNIVERSAL CULT HORROR COLLECTION: Murders in Zoo, Mad Doctor of Market Street, Strange Case of Dr. RX, Mad Ghoul, House of Horrors.
-- WILLIAM CASTLE COLLECTION, Tingler, 13 Ghosts, Homicidal, Mr. Sardonicus, Zotz!, Old Dark House, Strait-Jacket, 13 Frightened Girls.
5. Best DVD TV Collection
-- ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS (Season Four)
6. Best Restoration (or video upgrade)
-- BUCK ROGERS (serial): All 12 episodes clear and clean.
-- OLD DARK HOUSE (1963). Color replaces B/W TV print.
7. Best DVD Extra
-- AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON: 'Beware the Moon,' documentary.
-- KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS: William Shatner interview.
8. Best DVD Commentary
-- Fred Dekker, NIGHT OF THE CREEPS
9. Best Independent Production (film, documentary or short)
-- AMERICAN SCARY, finally on DVD, John Hudgens and Sandy Clark highlight dozens of horror hosts old and new.
-- THE GUARDIAN (short), directed by Andrea Ricca (Skeleton confronts a motorist)
10. Best Book of 2009
-- AMONG THE RUGGED PEAKS: An Intimate Biography of Carla Laemmle, by Rick Atkins. Last surviving member of 'Phantom of the Opera' and 'Dracula' cast.
-- BELA LUGOSI AND THE HOUSE OF DOOM, by Dwight Kemper. Another comedy thriller starring our favorite horror stars.
-- BELA LUGOSI AND BORIS KARLOFF: The Expanded Story of a Haunting Collaboration, by Gregory William Mank. Almost 700 pages examining the myths and realities of the Karloff-Lugosi rivalry.
-- COMEDY-HORROR FILMS: A Chronological History 1914-2008, by Bruce Hallenbeck. From silents to Bud and Lou and Scary Movie.
-- EDISON'S FRANKENSTEIN, by Frederick C. Wiebel Jr. Everything about the making of the 1910 silent (E-book with DVD).
-- GRAND DAME GUIGNOL CINEMA: A History of Hag Horror from 'Baby Jane' to 'Mother,' by Peter Shelley. How mother complexes, and aging actresses, found work.
-- THE HORROR FILM QUIZ BOOK: 1,000 Questions on Spine-Tingling Films, by Chris Cowlin and Mark Goddard. Sure to settle, or start, tavern brawls.
-- KEEP WATCHING THE SKIES, American Science Fiction Movies of the 1950s, The 21st Century Edition, by Bill Warren. More than 1,000 pages in this expanded and greatly revised edition of the classic film-by-film analysis.
-- THE MAN WHO COLLECTED PSYCHOS: Critical essays on Robert Bloch, edited by Benjamin Szumskyj . Twelve looks at a master of suspense fiction.
-- MUSHROOM CLOUDS AND MUSHROOM MEN, The Fantastic Cinema of Ishiro Honda, by Peter H. Brothers. Examining the visionary behind 80 films and the origins of Japan's greatest monsters.
-- PREHISTORIC MONSTERS: The Real and Imagined Creatures that We Love to Fear, by Allan A. Debus. The truth and fancy about movie monsters through the ages.
-- ROMANCING THE VAMPIRE: From Past to Present, by David J. Skal. A lush 'collector's vault' of research and reproductions covering the entire history, books and films of the undead.
-- SHADOWS OVER FLORIDA, by David and Scott T. Goudsward. A tour of the Sunshine State's spookiest locations.
-- THE TELEVISION HORRORS OF DAN CURTIS, by Jeff Thompson. A look at the force behind Dark Shadows, Night Stalker and TV's horror adaptations.
-- THE TWILIGHT AND OTHER ZONES: The Dark Worlds of Richard Matheson, edited by Stanley Wiater, Matthew Bradley and Paul Stuve. Interviews, essays and letters serve as a tribute to a genre grand master.
-- UNIVERSAL STUDIOS MONSTERS: A Legacy of Horror, by Michael Mallory. An oversized and lushly illustrated history of the films that started it all.
-- Or write in another choice:
11. Best Magazine of 2009
12. Best Article of 2009 (PLEASE PICK TWO)
-- 'All Miller, No Filler: An Interview with Dick Miller,' by Anthony Petkovich, FILMFAX #121. After all these years, the B-movie favorite has plenty more to say.
-- 'The Art of Linda Miller,' by Max Cheney, SCARLET #3. A tribute to the late fan artist, richly illustrated.
-- 'The Bad Moon Rises Again,' by Jason Lapeyre and Jovanka Vuckovic (with Brice McVicar). RUE MORGUE #93. A retrospective on the making and influence of An American Werewolf in London.
-- 'Boris Karloff at Warner Brothers, 1935-1939,' by Greg Mank, MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #26. Behind the scenes at The Walking Dead and Karloff's four other WB films.
-- 'Cult Classic Commander,' by Brett Homenick, G-FAN #86. Interview with Robert Horton about his career and The Green Slime.
-- 'Dee Wallace: Hills, Howling and Beyond!' by Rob Freese, VIDEOSCOPE #69. Interview with the genre star of E.T. Cujo and The Howling.
-- 'Down the Block from Bergman: The Last House on the Left and Beyond,' by Eric Somer, VIDEO WATCHDOG #151. Connecting the cinematic dots from art house to slaughter house.
-- 'Eerie Eyre: War Eagles Beyond the Test Reel,' by Allan A. Debus, MAD SCIENTIST #20. Everything known about Willis O'Brien's unfilmed epic.
-- 'Four Remember Five,' by Tom Weaver, SCREEM #18. Interviews compiled over 60 years, some for the first time, describe the filming of the 50s A-bomb classic.
-- 'Godzilla, My Old Friend: Akira Takarada Talks about His Career, His Co-Stars', by Yutaka Ichimura (totorom), G-FAN #87. Interview with star of the original Gojira.
-- 'How I Met the Man Behind Famous Monsters of Filmland,' by Daniel Kirk, SCARY MONSTERS #70. Remembering the day Forrest J Ackerman's cross-country tour in 1963 stopped at his house in Columbus, Ohio.
-- 'King Kong's Lost Nightmare: Mystery of the Lost Spider Sequence, Part 3,' by Gary Vehar, FILMFAX #120. Facts and remembrances try to track down the truth behind stop-motion's biggest mystery.
-- 'Let the Twilight In,' by Stephen R. Bissette, VIDEO WATCHDOG #150. A sympathetic exploration of the newest wave of vampire romance and shock.
-- 'A Look Inside of Bela Lugosi's Personal Scrapbook,' by Dennis L. Phelps. SCARY MONSTERS #69. Lugosi's show business past, carefully preserved by the actor himself.
-- 'The Making of Plague of the Zombies and The Reptile,' by Bruce Hollenbeck, LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #23. A look at Hammer's audacious B-movies from the summer of 1965.
-- ''How Do You Solve a Problem Like Carmilla?' by John Paul Checkett, VAN HELSING'S JOURNAL #10. Exploring the literary and film versions of one of the first vampire tales.
-- 'The Most Famous Monster of Them All: A Personal Remembrance of Forrest J Ackerman,' by Steve Vertlieb, THUNDER CHILD Website.
-- 'Mr. Rains Goes to Burbank,' by David J. Skal and Jessica Rains. SCARLET #3. A look at Claude Rains triumphs and battles in Hollywood in the 30s.
-- 'Mystery and Imagination,' by Kim Newman. VIDEO WATCHDOG #151. Revelations from the obscure British TV series that adapted 'Frankenstein,' 'Dracula,' 'The Suicide Club' and other gothic classics.
-- 'One Browning, Two Helens and a Host of Fakes: Narrative and Cinematic Trickery in The Thirteenth Chair,' by Gary D. Rhodes, MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #26. Exhaustive study of the director's use of sound, editing and, two years before Dracula, Lugosi.
-- 'Peter Lorre: The Lost One Is Found,' by Herbert Shadrak, CINEMA RETRO website. An interview with Stephen Youngkin, author of Lorre biography.
-- 'Scare News,' by John Skerchock, SCARY MONSTERS and MONSTER MEMORIES. Fandom's insider column, appearing regularly.
-- 'Tales from the Crypt: A Horrorhound Retrospective,' by Nathan Hanneman, HORRORHOUND #18. From comic to movie to TV, 20 years of the Cryptkeeper.
-- 'A Tribute to Oliver Reed,' by Tom Triman, SCARY MONSTERS #72. Complete career retrospective of Hammer's werewolf.
-- 'Universal-International's The Strange Door, Part One,' by Tom Weaver and Steve Kronenberg, MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #26. Inside the over-the-top Karloff-Laughton production of 1951.
-- 'Vampires, Zombies and Sorcerers,' by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn, MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #26. Examining their picks for the best Hammer horrors of the 1960s.
-- 'A Very Careful Hatred,' by John W. Bowen, Dave Alexander and staff, RUE MORGUE #96. The making, loss and rediscovery of the 1977 film, 'Rituals.'
-- 'Video Invasion: Remembering the VHS Boom,' Parts 4-9, by Matt Moore, HORRORHOUND #15-20. The definitive history of the please-rewind gore days of VHS in the 1980s.
-- 'Weird Scenes Inside the Fun House: The Making of Malatesta's Carnival of Blood,' by Shaun Brady. VIDEO WATCHDOG #153. Resurrecting the bizarre ghoulfest filmed in Pennsylvania 40 years ago.
-- Or write in another choice:
13. Best Magazine Cover
14. Best Website (Online magazine, message board or tribute site)
Classic Horror Film Board, sponsor of Rondos, is not eligible
-- Atomicmonsters.com (Fun look at 50s scifi)
-- Dread Central (all things classic and modern)
-- FearZone.com (modern horror)
-- Latarnia: Fantastique International (all things Euro and more)
-- Serialsquadron.com (Cliffhangers, restored serials and talk)
-- Thethunderchild.com (Online magazine)
15. Best Horror Blog
-- Cinebeats (for monster cinephiles)
-- Final Girl (A different kind of scream)
-- The Horrors of it All (Horror in the comics and more)
-- Obscure Hollow (The look of horror)
-- Scared Silly (classic horror comedies)
16. Best Convention or Film Festival of 2009
-- B-MOVIE CELEBRATION (Franklin, Ind.)
-- DRAGONCON (Atlanta)
-- LIVING DEAD FESTIVAL (Evans City, Pa.)
-- RUE MORGUE'S FESTIVAL OF FEAR (Canada)
17. Best Fan Event
-- Ron Chaney appears as the Wolf Man (Ron Chamberlain's makeup), at the Monster Bash.
-- Blob panic reenactment, held at actual theater where movie was filmed in Phoenixville, Pa. (Blobfest)
-- Classic 3D double feature (Creature from the Black Lagoon and It Came from Outer Space), at Cleveland Cinematheque.
-- Dario Argento's INFERNO screened; Q&A hosted by Tim Lucas with star Irene Miracle and composer Keith Emerson. Los Angeles.
-- Dr. Gangrene's Horror Hootenanny and Zombie Walk in Nashville.
-- Godzilla actor Kenji Sahara appears at G-FEST XVI, Rosemont, Ill.
-- Boris Karloff blog-a-thon, organized online by Frankensteinia.
-- Shadow and Substance: The Twilight Zone Tales of George Clayton Johnson, hosted by Terry Pace, Sheffield, Ala.
-- Thriller re-enactment with original dancer Sheryl Sington; guest John Landis at Spooky Empire, Orlando.
-- Tribute to Forrest J Ackerman, Grauman's Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood, organized by Joe Moe.
-- Tribute to Mike 'Ygor' Thomas, Chiller convention. Paul Scrabo assembles archival footage of late actor and makeup artist.
-- Universal Monster Army toy exhibit, including rare toys from 50s and 60s, at Wonderfest.
-- James Warren talks about Famous Monsters and more, Monsterpalooza, Burbank.
-- Witches' Dungeon Classic Movie Museum. Startling recreations of full-sized classic monsters, open at Halloween in Bristol, Conn.
-- World Zombie Day: It's Alive Zombie Fest included zombie walks for World Zombie Day, Monroeville, Pa.
-- Or write in another choice:
18. Favorite Horror Host of 2009
Who did the best hosting in 2009? If your favorite is missing, please write them in.
-- A. GHASTLEE GHOUL (Ohio)
-- GHOUL A GO GO (NYC area)
-- PROFESSOR EMCEE SQUARE (Pittsburgh)
-- There are plenty of others, so if your favorite isn't listed, write in another choice:
19. Best Soundtrack or CD)
-- CAPTAIN NEMO AND UNDERWATER CITY (Angela Morley, Film Score Monthly)
-- NIGHT OF THE CREEPS (Barry DeVorzon, LaLaLand)
-- STAR TREK II: WRATH OF KHAN, (James Horner, Film Score Monthly/Retrograde)
-- Or write in another choice:
20. Best Horror Audio or Video Podcast
-- Cult Radio A-Go-Go!
-- Mail Order Zombie
21. Best Horror Comic Book
-- ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN. Robert Kirkman (Image)
-- THE COMPLETE DRACULA, by Leah Moore, John Reppion, Colton Worley (Dynamite)
-- HELLBOY: THE WILD HUNT by Mike Mignola and Fegredo (Dark Horse)
-- ROBOT 13 by Thomas Hall and Daniel Bradford (Blacklist)
22. Best Toy, Model or Collectible
-- Or write in another choice:
23. Count Alucard's Controversy of the Year
Every year has its fair share of disputes and worrisome trends. What topped this year's list?
-- 'Copyright lawyer sold separately.' Universal cracks down on unauthorized kits, images.
-- 'You know I can't hear Bela when the ice is melting!' Fans debate whether a snippet of Lugosi-as-the-Monster dialogue can be heard in Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman.
-- 'No, but I can burn one for you.' Major studios offer DVD-Rs on demand rather than full-fledged classic DVD releases.
-- 'Hey kid? Want a DVD?' Turner Classic Movies joins Best Buy in offering exclusive DVD releases.
-- 'This ain't no library!' Genre magazines continue to struggle.
-- Or add your own matter of concern:
24. Classic Most in Need of Restoration
Which classic horror film, either released or unreleased, do you think most deserves a restoration?
25. Writer of the Year (for 2009)
Who do you think did the best published (or online) work in 2009 to advance the state of classic horror research?
26. Artist of the Year (Pro)
Which professional artist (designer, illustrator, sculptor),was your favorite in 2009?
27. Artist of the Year (Fan)
Which amateur or fan artist (designer, illustrator, sculptor), was your favorite in 2009?
28. Favorite DVD reviewer
Which reviewer in print or online was your favorite in 2009??
29. Monster Kid of the Year
Who deserves to be named 'Monster Kid of the Year' for efforts beyond the call of duty to build a better world of gods and monsters? Give us your suggestion.
30. Monster Kid Hall of Fame
Who should be this year's inductees into the Monster Kid Hall of Fame?
ALREADY INDUCTED ARE: Bob and Kathy Burns, Forrest J Ackerman and James Warren, Zacherley and Vampira, Ray Harryhausen, Ray Bradbury, Alex and Richard Gordon, William K. Everson, Rick Baker, Basil Gogos, Roger Corman, Dick Klemensen, Gary and Sue Svehla, James Bama and Bobby 'Boris' Pickett, Paul and Jackie Blaisdell, Joe Dante, Don Glut, Jack Davis, German Robles and Frank Frazetta; Bernie Wrightson, Ben Chapman, Cortlandt Hull and Dennis Vincent, Ed 'Big Daddy' Roth, Archie Goodwin and Ghoulardi; Ken Kelly, Jim and Marion Clatterbaugh, Bob Wilkins, Calvin Beck, Paul Naschy and Lux Interior. Who should join them?
Tell us your suggestions. We'll pick six more.
Whew! That's it!!!
VOTING ENDED APRIL 3, 2010
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