March 2nd, 2011

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Second Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards





BEST FILM
LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING (154 votes)
Runner-up: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN (72 votes)

BEST CLASSIC DVD RELEASE
20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (64 votes)
Runner-up: METROPOLIS (61) Honorable mention: LON CHANEY COLLECTION

BEST RESTORATION
THE GHOUL (103 votes)
Runner-up: PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (66) Honorable mention: 20,000 LEAGUES; FRANKENSTEIN 1910

BEST BOOK

MONSTER KID MEMORIES by Bob Burns as told to Tom Weaver (93 votes)
Runner-up: THE IMMORTAL COUNT: The Life and Films of Bela Lugosi by Arthur Lennig (58) Honorable mention: A QUAINT AND CURIOUS VOLUME OF FORGOTTEN LORE: The Mythology and History of Classic Horror Films by Frank Dello Stritto

BEST WEBSITE
ASTOUNDING B-MONSTER (56 votes)
Runner-up: Monster Kid Online (54) Honorable mention: Scarlet Street

COUNT ALUCARD'S CONTROVERSY OF THE YEAR
FOX MOVIE CHANNEL drops Charlie Chan (151 votes)
Runner-up: Universal pulls classic monster DVDs (72) Honorable mentions: Ferry vs. Forry; Christopher Lee scenes cut from RETURN OF THE KING

CLASSIC MOST IN NEED OF DVD RELEASE
THE BLACK CAT (96 votes)
Runner-up: KING KONG (91) Honorable mention: Lewton films

WRITER OF THE YEAR
Tom Weaver (69 votes)
Runner-up: Tim Lucas (23) Honorable mention: Ken Hanke; John Skerchock, Frank Dello Stritto



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3rd ANNUAL RONDO AWARDS





-- Best Book of 2004: An Animated Life, by Ray Harryhausen and Tony Dalton, an oversized hardcover by the creator of Mighty Joe Young, the Beast from 20,000 Fathoms and the popular Sinbad movies.

-- Best Classic DVD: The Creature from the Black Lagoon Legacy collection, which included all three Creature movies from the 1950s and new audio commentaries by stars such as Lori Nelson and horror experts Bob Burns and Tom Weaver.

-- Best Restoration: A restored print of the 1932 version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, for which Fredric March won an Oscar, was the winner over the original Japanese version of Godzilla (known in 1954 Japan as Gojira), which toured the U.S. last year.

-- Best Article: 'The Donnie Dunagan Interview,' by Tom Weaver in Video Watchdog #112, marked the first time Dunagan, the unforgettable child actor in Son of Frankenstein (1939) and the voice of Walt Disney's Bambi, had spoken to the media in 65 years.

Weaver's interview with the retired Marine, who was living quietly in Texas unaware he was believed to be a 'lost' icon, was considered by many voters the scoop of the year in the world of classic horror scholarship.

Other honors went to multiple-year winners:

-- Writer of the Year: In addition to the Dunagan interview, Tom Weaver won best writer honors for the third straight year. A write-in-only category, Weaver nevertheless was named by an impressive 127 voters.

"Maybe you should name this award after Tom, make him ineligible and give the rest of us a crack at it,'' joked a fellow horror writer.

-- Magazine of the Year: Video Watchdog, edited by Tim and Donna Lucas, won top magazine honors for a third straight year as well, despite expanded voter participation that included more 'mainstream' monster magazines.



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HERE ARE THE WINNERS OF THE FOURTH ANNUAL RONDO AWARDS





BEST FILM
KING KONG (244 votes)
Runner-up: BATMAN BEGINS (137 votes) Honorable mention: SIN CITY, THE DEVIL'S REJECTS

BEST TV PRESENTATION
I'M KING KONG: EXPLOITS OF MERIAN C. COOPER (178 votes)
Runner-up: LOST (120) Honorable mention: WATCH THE SKIES, MASTERS OF HORROR: HOMECOMING

BEST CLASSIC DVD
THE KING KONG COLLECTION 1933 (344 votes)
Runner-up: BELA LUGOSI COLLECTION (114) Honorable mention: VAL LEWTON COLLECTION, HAMMER COLLECTION

BEST RESTORATION
KING KONG 1933 (528 votes*)
Runner-up: WIZARD OF OZ (179)
*This is record Rondo vote total.

BEST DVD EXTRA
1933 KING KONG LOST SPIDER SCENE RECREATED (436 votes)
Runner-up: Tortoise and Hare finished, RAY HARRYHAUSEN: THE EARLY YEARS (80) Honorable mention: Val Lewton documentary

BEST DVD COMMENTARY
Joe Dante, Bill Warren, Bob Burns for 1953 WAR OF THE WORLDS (299 votes)
Runner-up: David Cronenberg: THE FLY (266) Honorable mention: Ray Harryhausen, Terry Moore, Ken Ralston: MIGHTY JOE YOUNG

BEST INDEPENDENT FILM
MONSTER KID HOME MOVIES (210 votes)
Runner-up: CALL OF CTHULHU (116) Honorable mention: FLESH AND BLOOD: HAMMER HERITAGE OF HORROR

BEST BOOK
THE LOST ONE: A LIFE OF PETER LORRE, by Stephen D. Youngkin (143 votes)
Runner-up: CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF FRIDAY THE 13TH, by Peter M. Bracke (123)

Honorable mention: EARTH VS. THE SCI-FI FILMMAKERS by Tom Weaver; BEATING THE DEVIL: THE MAKING OF NIGHT OF THE DEMON, by Tony Earnshaw)

BEST MAGAZINE
VIDEO WATCHDOG (137 votes)
Runner-up: MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT (121)
Honorable mention: FANGORIA, RUE MORGUE, SCARY MONSTERS, FILMFAX

BEST ARTICLE
OUR SKULL ISLAND ODYSSEY, by Bob Burns as told to Tom Weaver, STARLOG #343. (152 votes)
Runner-up: 'Universal's Other Monsters,' by Bill Cooke, VIDEO WATCHDOG #118 (119)
Honorable mention: 'Lost Lugosi Dracula,' by Frank Dello Stritto, CULT MOVIES #41; 'Mystery of Lionel Atwill,' by Gregory Mank, MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #20;
'Earth vs. Flying Saucers,' by Jack Hagerty, FILMFAX #105

BEST WEBSITE
DR. GANGRENE'S CHILLER CINEMA (114 votes)
Runner-up: Astounding B-Monster (102) Honorable mention: Count Gore DeVol

COUNT ALUCARD'S CONTROVERSY OF YEAR
Co-star Boris Karloff's name missing from BELA LUGOSI COLLECTION (275 votes)
Runner-up: 'Dark Side' found to be using online reviews (173)
Honorable mention: Multi-disc DVDs often unplayable

CLASSIC MOST NEEDED ON DVD
ISLAND OF LOST SOULS (118 votes)
Runner up: Incredible Shrinking Man
Honorable mention: Tarantula, Charlie Chan series, Mark of the Vampire

WRITER OF THE YEAR
Tom Weaver
Runner up: Tim Lucas
Honorable men



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the Seventh Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards





BEST FILM OF 2008
THE DARK KNIGHT
Runners-up: IRON MAN; LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
Honorable mention: WALL-E; CLOVERFIELD

- Best DVD Extra: "One for the Fire,'' a documentary about the making of Night of the Living Dead.
-- Best DVD Commentary: Makeup master Rick Baker, Bob Burns, Scott Essman, Steve Haberman and Brent Armstrong for The Mummy (1932).
-- Best Documentary: Spine-Tingler: The William Castle Story.
-- Book of the Year: The Twilight Zone by Martin Grams.
-- Best Magazine: Rue Morgue.
-- Best Article: "Coffin Joe Resurrected,'' a look at the legendary Brazilian filmmaker Jose Mojica Marins, by Scott Gabbey and Jovanka Vuckovic in Rue Morgue.
-- Best Magazine Cover: Rue Morgue #83, a portrait of Ackerman by longtime Famous Monsters artist
Basil Gogos.
-- Best Website: Trailers from Hell.
-- Best Blog: Video Watchblog.

-- Convention of the Year: Wonderfest in Louisville.
-- Fan Event of the Year: World Zombie Day.
-- Favorite Horror Host: Svengoolie, played by Rich Koz, in Chicago.
-- Best Horror Audio Site: Rue Morgue Radio.
-- CD of the Year: Soundtrack of The Blob by Monstrous Movie Music.
-- Best Horror Comic Book: Hellboy: In the Chapel of Moloch, by Mike Mignola.
-- Biggest controversy: An L.A. fan's disputed claim he had once examined the long-lost Lon Chaney
film, London After Midnight.

-- Writer of the Year: Tim Lucas, author and editor of Video Watchdog
-- Artist of the Year: Basil Gogos.
-- Favorite DVD Reviewer: Glenn Erickson of DVD Savant.
-- Vasaria Public Citizen Award: Cameron McCasland and Chiller Cinema for public service announcements by Nashville's Dr. Gangrene and Nurse Moan-Eek.

-- Monster Kid Hall of Fame inductees: European horror actor Paul Naschy, Jim and Marian Clatterbaugh of Monsters from the Vault magazine, painter Ken Kelly, the late Calvin Beck, founder of Castle of Frankenstein magazine, the late Lux Interior, lead singer for punk band The Cramps and an influence on the psychobilly horror rock movement, and the late Bob Wilkins, original host of San Francisco's Creature Features.

Many of the Rondo winners will receive Rondo busts, sculpted by Kerry Gammill and cast by Tim Lindsey, at the Wonderfest convention in Louisville on May 16.

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EIGHTH ANNUAL RONDO HATTON CLASSIC HORROR AWARDS FOR THE BEST WORK OF 2009!





BEST FILM OF 2009
DISTRICT 9
Runners-up: ZOMBIELAND; STAR TREK
Honorable mentions: TRICK 'R TREAT; AVATAR

BEST CLASSIC DVD
AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON:
FULL MOON EDITION
Runner-up: NIGHT OF THE CREEPS: DIRECTOR'S CUT
Honorable mentions: MAD MONSTER PARTY: SPECIAL EDITION;
FAUST (1926)

BEST CLASSIC HORROR COLLECTION
WILLIAM CASTLE COLLECTION
Runner-up: KARLOFF/LUGOSI HORROR CLASSICS
Honorable mention: HELLRAISER BOX SET