WINNERS ANNOUNCED IN (GASP!) 15TH ANNUAL RONDO HATTON AWARDS

‘The Witch’ and ‘Stranger Things’ take top honors
in 15th Annual Rondo Awards
A biography of Bram Stoker, creator of Dracula, is Book of the Year;
Phantasm, Frankenstein and John Carpenter’s The Thing rule discs;
Don and Vic
ki Smeraldi of new Scary Monsters named
Monster Kids of Year
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
By David Colton
CHFB News
ARLINGTON, VA. –  THE WITCH, a horror movie with a tiny $3.5 million budget in an era of blockbusters, was voted Film of the Year in the 15th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards.
   And STRANGER THINGS, a chilling  Netflix miniseries that channeled the angst of the 1980s, was named Best Television Show of 2016.
   The results of the latest online survey of 3,200 classic horror fans found voters eager to dig deeper into memorable frightfests of the past:
   A restoration of PHANTASM, a cult favorite featuring the late Angus Scrimm, was voted Best Blu-Ray of 2016, while the original eight black-and-white FRANKENSTEIN films from 1931 to 1948, offered in stunning Blu-Ray clarity by Universal, was voted Best Blu-Ray Collection.
   The Rondo Awards, named after Rondo Hatton, an obscure B-movie villain of the 1940s, honor the best in classic horror research, creativity and film preservation. This year’s e-mail vote, conducted by the Classic Horror Film Board, a 22-year old online community, drew more than 3,200 ballots. The Rondo vote is the largest survey of the classic horror genre held each year.
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In other video categories, voters loudly named Mike Flanagan’s HUSH, a tale of a deaf woman stalked in the woods, as the Best Independent Film of 2016. Director Cameron McCasland took his second straight Rondo for Best Short Film, this time for a seven-minte adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s THE BEAST IN THE CAVE.
Adam Nimoy’s FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK, a touching portrait of his late father, earned Best Documentary in a popular category, beating out films about King Kong, Hammer films, Creepshow and cult horror director William Grefe.
Horror historian David J. Skal’s ‘Something in the Blood,’ a definitive biography of Dracula creator Bram Stoker, was voted Book of the Year, and perennial favorites RUE MORGUE and FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND were top magazines in their categories.
The vote came despite troubles in horror’s publishing world. At least four magazines, including FANGORIA and VIDEO WATCHDOG. have ceased print publication; others have reduced frequency or plan final issues.
That was one reason Don and Vicki Smeraldi , who have taken over the reins at SCARY MONSTERS Magazine with issue #101  despite print’s challenges, were named ‘Monster Kids of the Year.’
Other winners of note included A Tribute to Bernie Wrightson at Creature Features in Burbank, which featured artwork and his son shortly before the artist’s death. And Svengoolie’s national broadcast proved potent again as he received a record number of votes for Favorite Horror Host.
Below you’ll find all the winners. Also below is a photo of Hatton in the 1946 film, HOUSE OF HORRORS, which was an inspiration for the distinctive bust given to winners.
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— HERE ARE THE WINNERS IN THE
15th ANNUAL RONDO HATTON AWARDS
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  More than 3,200 fans and professionals made these choices in the 15th Annual  Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards for work in the year 2016.
Here is a category-by-category breakdown of winners,
runners-up and honorable mentions:
BEST FILM OF 2016
THE WITCH
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Runner-up: DEADPOOL
Honorable mentions: ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY; ARRIVAL;
DOCTOR STRANGE

BEST TV PRESENTATION

STRANGER THINGS 
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Runner-up: ASH VS. EVIL DEAD;
Honorable mentions:THE WALKING DEAD;  PENNY DREADFUL; WESTWORLD

BEST CLASSIC DVD OF 2016

THE THING COLLECTOR’S EDITION (Shout!)
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Runner-up: PHANTASM REMASTERED (Well Go USA)
Honorable mentions: CAT PEOPLE (Criterion); CARRIE (Shout);
CARNIVAL OF SOULS (Criterion); IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE 3-D (Kino)

BEST COLLECTION

FRANKENSTEIN: Complete Legacy Collection (Universal)

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Runner-up: VINCENT PRICE COLLECTION III (Scream Factory)
Honorable mentions: HAMMER HORROR 8-FILM COLLECTION (Universal);
HELLRAISER: SCARLET BOX (Arrow); GUILLERMO DEL TORO TRILOGY (Criterion)

BEST RESTORATION

PHANTASM REMASTERED (WELL GO USA)

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Runner-up: SON OF FRANKENSTEIN (Universal)
Honorable mentions: CARNIVAL OF SOULS (Criterion);
CARRIE (Shout)

BEST COMMENTARY

WILLIAM PETER BLATTY (The Exorcist III)

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Runner-up: STUART COHEN (The Thing, 1982)
Honorable mentions: TOM WEAVER (Undying Monster);
DAVID DEL VALLE (Theater of Blood)

BEST DVD EXTRA

THE THING (Interviews with John Carpenter, Keith David,
Wilfred Brimley, others)

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Runner-up: EXORCIST III (‘Legion’ cut of the film);
Honorable mentions: CAT PEOPLE (French interview with director Jacques Tourneur); CARRIE (Interviews with Nancy Allen, others)
BEST INDEPENDENT FILM
HUSH, directed by Mike Flanagan

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Runner-up: I AM THE PRETTY THING THAT LIVES IN THE HOUSE
Honorable mentions: THE MONSTER; MODEL HUNGER;
THE DARK TAPES; WERESQUITO: NAZI HUNTER

BEST SHORT FILM

H.P. LOVECRAFT’S THE BEAST IN THE CAVE,
directed by Cameron McCasland
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Runner-up: EYE OF THE BEHOLDER
Honorable mentions: WRAITH; THE STYLIST;
THE PUPPET MAN; UFO DIARY
 BEST DOCUMENTARY
FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK, directed by Adam Nimoy
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Runner-up: KONG: LONG LIVE THE KING
Honorable mentions: FLESH AND BLOOD: THE HAMMER HERITAGE OF HORROR; JUST DESSERTS: THE MAKING OF CREEPSHOW

BOOK OF THE YEAR

SOMETHING IN THE BLOOD: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker,
the Man Who Wrote Dracula, by David J. Skal
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Runner-up: BELA LUGOSI IN PERSON by Bill Kaffenberger and Gary Don Rhodes
Honorable mentions: FANTASTIQUE: Interviews with Horror, Sci_fi and Fantasy Filmmakers, by Tony Earnshaw;
BEWARE THE MOON: The Story of An American Werewolf in London;
SCORED TO DEATH: Conversations with Some of Horror’s Greatest Composers, by J. Blake Fichera

BEST MAGAZINE

RUE MORGUE
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Runners-up: HORRORHOUND; VIDEO WATCHDOG

BEST MAGAZINE (classic)

FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND
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Runner-up: SCARY MONSTERS
Honorable mentions: LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS;
CLASSIC MONSTERS OF THE MOVIES; FILMFAX; MONSTER

BEST ARTICLES (Two winners)

1)  ‘Dracula and the It Girl,’  by Andi Brooks, SCARY MONSTERS #100. (Lugosi and Clara Bow)

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2) ‘I Am the King of My Kind,’ by Constantine Nasr, LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #36.
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Runners-up: ‘The Great American Werewolf Reunion,’ by David Weiner, FAMOUS MONSTERS #284;
‘A HorrorHound’s Guide to Documentaries,’ by Nathan Hanneman, HORRORHOUND #60.
Honorable mentions: Madness, Myth and the Modern Prometheus,’ by Dejan Ognjanovic, RUE MORGUE #171;
‘The Witch of North Bennington,’ by April Snellings, RUE MORGUE #170;
‘Nosferatu the Vampyre: Variations and Version Bllod,’ by Tim Lucas, VIDEO WATCHDOG #182;
Uncle Forry: A Century of Inspiration,’ by Cliff Robertson, SCARY MONSTERS #102.

BEST INTERVIEW (Award goes to interviewer)

Jason Hignite interviews Cassandra Peterson, HORRORHOUND #61

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Runner-up: Mark Mawston’s expanded interview with Ray Harryhausen, SCARY MONSTERS #100
Honorable mentions :John Bowen interviews Don Coscarelli and David Hartman, RUE MORGUE #166;
Preston Fassel interviews H.G. Lewis, RUE MORGUE #173
Trevor Parker interviews Barbara Crampton, DELIRIUM #11;
James Storm interviewed by Rod Labbe, SCARY MONSTERS #100

BEST COLUMN

The Doctor Is In-Sane, by Dr. Gangrene (SCARY MONSTERS)

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Runners-up: Larry Blamire’s Star Turn (VIDEO WATCHDOG); It Came from Bowen’s Basement, by John T. Bowen, RUE MORGUE
Honorable mentions: Rondo Remembers by Ron Adams (MONSTER BASH); They Came from the Crypt, by Jon Kitley, HORRORHOUND

BEST COVER

FAMOUS MONSTERS #284 by Rick Baker

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Runners-up: DIABOLIQUE #24 by Mark Spears
Honorable mentions: SCARY MONSTERS #102 by Scott Jackson;
HORRORHOUND # 57 by Jason Edmiston
BEST WEBSITE
BLOODY DISGUSTING
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Runners-up: Dread Central; Blumhouse
Honorable mentions: Collinsport Historical Society;
Dr, Gangrene’s Mad Blog; Vampire Over London;
Better Days, Benner Nights
BEST MULTI-MEDIA SITE
TRAILERS FROM HELL
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Runners-up: Shock Waves; The Fantastic Films of Vincent Price;
Monster Kid Radio
Honorable mentions: Damn Dirty Geeks;
Count Gore De Vol’s Creature Features;
Between Light and Shadow: A Twilight Zone Podcast; Horror Happens
BEST CONVENTION
MONSTER BASH
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Runners-up: Monsterpalooza; HorrorHound Weekend
Honorable mentions: WonderFest; Chiller; G-FEST; Texas Frightmare
BEST FAN EVENT
TRIBUTE TO BERNIE WRIGHTSON (Creature Features, Burbank)
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Runner-up: Elvira inducted to Horror Host Hall of Fame (HorrorHound Weekend)
Honorable mentions: Guillermo Del Toro exhibit in L.A.;
American Werewolves in Santa Rosa
FAVORITE HORROR HOST
SVENGOOLIE
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Runner-up: Dr. Gangrene
Honorable mentions: ​Penny Dreadful; Count Gore De Vol; Lord Blood-Rah; Karlos Borloff

BEST HORROR COMIC BOOK

AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE
(Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Francesco Francavilla)
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Runners-up: John Carpenter’s Tales For a Halloween Night Vol. 2;
Haunted Horrors
Honorable mentions: Creeps; Tales from the Acker-Mansion; Providence

BEST CD

STRANGER THINGS SOUNDTRACK VOLS. 1 AND 2

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Runners-up: John Carpenter’s Lost Themes II;
H.P. Lovecraft; Sinbad and the Pirate Princess;
Midnight Syndicate: Zombies!
INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
WRITER OF THE YEAR
April Snellings
A true horror journalist, April Snellings has delved deeply intio the reality surrounding monsters and supernatural lore. from the secret history
of ouija boards to a look at Shirley Jackson’s impact on horror, April is one of Rue Morgue’s most prolific staff writers. Recipient of a Society of Professional Journalists award, April also has ventured
into radio drama with a well-received episode of Tales Beyond the Pale.
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Runners-up: David Weiner, Nathan Hanneman, Larry Underwood,
Tim Lucas, Tom Weaver, Tim Paxton
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Mark Maddox
When it comes to monsters we’ve known and loved, the work of Mark Maddox is everywhere. Whether reawakening the familiar (Dracula, Rodan), or the obscure (Doctor Who aliens, Carmilla), Mark is a fan favorite
and an editor’s delight. No wonder his work is nominated for several covers each year.
imageRunners-up: Daniel Horne, Scott Jackson, Gary Pullin, Frank Dietz, Jason Edmiston, L.J. Dopp, Peter Von Sholly, Mike Hill, Ama Lea, George Chastain
LINDA MILLER AWARD
FOR 
FAN ARTIST OF THE YEAR
(In memory of the late Linda Miller)
Malcolm Gittins
The art of Malcolm Gittins is raw and day-glo, taking observers
back to the very essence of monster magazines, toys and fandom. Malcolm doesn’t go for hyper-realism but for the essence of what attracted kids, and Monster Kids, to the movies in the first place.
In short, he paints what we used to see.
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Runners-up: John Sargent, Jerrod Brown, Eric Swartz, Belle Dee.
SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Forrest J Ackerman square
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Monster fans in L.A. had a dream — naming a square near
Forrest J Ackerman’s favorite haunt, the House of Pies,
after FJA himself. With the help of Los Feliz Councilman David Ryu, fans Joe Moe, Sean Fernald, Paul Davids and others made it happen. (And yes, the period after J has been removed!)
SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Pierre Fournier, Return to ‘Frankenstein Lake’
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Frankenstein scholar Pierre Fournier, at left,  spearheaded the idea to hold a remarkable reunion in the Malibou Mountains last spring.
That’s when Sara Karloff met Don Watkins, son of Marilyn Harris who played  ‘Little Maria,’ at the exact same spot where the Monster threw Watkins’ mother into the lake in the 1931 Frankenstein.
‘All is forgiven,’ Watkins told Sara, but the moment was surprisingly
emotional, even 85 years later.
MONSTER KIDS OF THE YEAR
Don and Vicki Smeraldi
image   During a time when print magazines face ever more obstacles,
Don and Vicki Smeraldi took on the challenge
of keeping SCARY MONSTERS MAGAZINE alive. After publisher Dennis Druktenis’ retirement, the Smeraldis took over with #101,
ensuring the ‘Only Real Monster Magazine’ will live on!
THE MONSTER KID HALL OF FAME
BOB FURMANEK

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Bob Furmanek has spent a lifetime preserving, seeking and celebrating
the lost classics, with a special eye to the third dimension. Bob founded the 3-D Film Archive in 1990, and helped restore films such as IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE and GOG to 3-D glory.

JOHN STANLEY

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While he rarely dressed as a ghost, John Stanley was a true horror host,
helming ‘Creature Features’ in San Francisco for six years after Bob Wilkins moved on. Erudite and playful, Stanley interviewed Vincent Price,
Christopher Lee  and others. Now a writer, his movie guides recall the days before VHS, when monster movies ruled TV.

RICHARD HARLAND SMITH

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Critic and writer Richard Harland Smith has the rare gift of being able
to explain the nuances of horror movies to those who know little about the genre. Richard’s Movie Morlocks blog at TCM found new audiences for some of the channel’s cult films. A writer for VIDEO WATCHDOG, a founder of the Mobius Home Video Forum and a frequent DVD commentator, RHS always bring a fresh take on the odd, or the familiar.

VINCE ROTOLO

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Podacsts often are hit-and-miss, odd schedules, flexible formats. Not so at B-Movie Cast, where the late Vince Rotolo, his wife and crew
discussed B-movies every Sunday. The show influenced many, including Derek Koch of Monster Kid Radio who was a frequent  guest and called him a mentor.  Vince explained his passion this way:
‘Just because you grow old doesn’t mean you have to grow up.’

MARK MILLER

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The late Mark Miller was a film historian who focused on British cinema and classic horror. His filmographies of  Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee,are the definitive references. A teacher for 30 years,
he was a frequent contributor to monster magazines and books, and always a major presence at Cinevent in Ohio and the Fanex
conventions in Maryland.
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And there you have it. Whew!
None of this would be possible without the thousands of you who voted, or
convinced others to vote. And the bedrock of it all remains the Classic Horror Film Board.
If you want to comment or react to the awards — or suggest nominees for next year — visit the CHFB’s Rondo Forum.
A Rondo Awards Ceremony will be held at the WonderFest Convention
in Louisville on Saturday,  June 3, 2017. Many of the winners will attend or send
videos. Keep track of Rondo doings at classichorrorfilmboard.com or at rondoaward.com.
And remember the words of Zacherley, to whom
this year’s awards are dedicated:

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‘ Good luck, whatever you are!’
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Rondo Awards copyright David Colton (taraco@aol.com)

VOTING HAS ENDED!

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BELOW WAS THE OFFICIAL BALLOT FOR THE
(GASP!) 15TH ANNUAL RONDO HATTON
CLASSIC HORROR AWARDS

This year’s awards are dedicated to the Coolest Ghoul of all, John Zacherle (1918-2016)

1. BEST MOVIE OF 2016

— ARRIVAL
— AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE
— CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
— THE CONJURING 2
— DEADPOOL
— DOCTOR STRANGE
— DON’T BREATHE
— FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
— GHOSTBUSTERS
— LEGEND OF TARZAN
— THE NEON DEMON
— OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL
— PASSENGERS
— PHANTASM: RAVAGER
— THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR
— ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY
— THE SHALLOWS
— SHIN GODZILLA
— SPLIT
— STAR TREK BEYOND
— SUICIDE SQUAD
— 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE
— TRAIN TO BUSAN
— THE VVITCH
— Or write in another choice:

2. BEST TELEVISION PRESENTATION OF 2016

BATES MOTEL, ‘Norman,’ 5.16.16, A/E. In season finale, Norman digs up the body of Norma. ‘Mother we’re home. We’re finally together.’
— ASH VS. EVIL DEAD, ‘The Morgue,’ 10.9.16, STARZ. Ash goes where no VFX have gone before. ‘That is horrible. And also awesome.’
— BLACK MIRROR, ‘San Junipero,’ 10.21.16, NETFLIX. Time and memory have little meaning at the Quagmire.  ‘I was like a frightened horse on a frozen lake back there.’
CHANNEL ZERO, ‘A Strange Vessel,’ 11.1.16, SYFY. Clues to murders on children’s show Candle Cove lead to Paris. ‘When you think about this, it’ll just seem like some nightmare you had.’
DOCTOR WHO, ‘The Return of Dr. Mysterio,’ 12.25.15, BBC America. Super hero Easter Eggs abound in this Christmas special. ‘I started it. They’re all based on me. Now everyone who wants to sound clever calls themselves Doctor.’
PENNY DREADFUL, ‘A Blade of Grass,’ 5.22.16, SHOWTIME. Vanessa, in a padded cell, encounters Lucifer and demons. ‘I should have died a virgin like Joan of Arc. Did you know she sang as she burned?’
STAN AGAINST EVIL, ‘Dig Me Up, Dig Me Down,’ 10.31.16, IFC. Can disgraced former sheriff survive a town crawling with demons? ‘Anniversary of witch trials brings mysterious screams, pie contest.’
STRANGER THINGS, ‘The Bathtub,’ 7.15.16, NETFLIX. El uses her powers to save her friends.  ‘Did you see what she did to that van?’
— THE WALKING DEAD, ‘The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be,” 10.23.16 AMC. Negan’s brutality shakes up survivors and viewers. ‘Not today. Not tomorrow. But I am gonna kill you.’
WESTWORLD,  ‘The Bicameral Mind,’ 12.4.16, HBO.  Robert the park designer reveals his secret as one Host tries to leave. ‘How can you learn from your mistakes if you can’t remember them?
— Or write in another choice:

3. BEST CLASSIC DVD/BLU-RAY

— BLACK SLEEP (1956; Kino)
— CAT PEOPLE (1942; Criterion)
— CARNIVAL OF SOULS (1962; Criterion)
— CARRIE (1976; Shout Factory)
— CHANDU THE MAGICIAN (1932; Kino)
— CIRCUS OF FEAR/FIVE GOLDEN DRAGONS  (1966/1967; Blue Underground)
— COUNT DRACULA’S GREAT LOVE (1974; Vinegar Syndrome)
— DAUGHTER OF DRACULA (Jess Franco; 1972; Kino)
— FANTOMAS (five serials from 1913-1914; Kino)
— GOG 3-D (1954; Kino)
— GOLD (German; 1934; Kino)
— INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1978; Shout Factory)
— IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE 3-D  (1953; Universal)
— PHANTASM REMASTERED (1979; Well Go USA)
— TENEBRAE (1982; Synapse)
— THE THING COLLECTOR’S EDITION (1982; Shout Factory)
— Or write-in another choice:
4. BEST BLU-RAY COLLECTION

 

AMERICAN HORROR PROJECT, VOL. 1 (Arrow): Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood, The Witch Who Came From the Sea, The Premonition
FRANKENSTEIN: Complete Legacy Collection (Universal Blu-Ray): Frankenstein, Bride, Son, Ghost, Meets Wolfman, House, House of Dracula, AC Meet )
GUILLERMO DEL TORO  TRILOGY (Criterion): Cronos, Devil’s Backbone, Pan’s Labyrinth
HAMMER HORROR 8-FILM COLLECTION (Universal): Brides of Dracula, Curse of Werewolf, Evil of Frankenstein, Phantom of Opera, Kiss of Vampire, Paranoiac, Nightmare, Night Creatures)
HELLRAISER: SCARLET BOX LIMITED EDITION TRILOGY (Arrow) Hellraiser films  1-3
SHOCK AND GORE: The H.G. Lewis Collection (Arrow): 14 films on 17 discs.
THE VINCENT PRICE COLLECTION III (Scream Factory): Master of the World, Tower of London, Diary of a Madman, An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe, Cry of the Banshee.
— Or write in another choice:

5. BEST RESTORATION OR UPGRADE

— THE BLACK SLEEP (1956; Kino). The dungeons shine in high-definition.
— CAT PEOPLE (1942; Criterion)  New transfer, dirt and scratches removed.
— CARNIVAL OF SOULS (1962; Criterion). 4K edition reveals new details and clarity.
— CARRIE (1976; Shout Factory). 4K transfer shows softer scenes at their best.
— CHANDU THE MAGICIAN (1932; Kino) Roxor’s death ray and slave auction never so vivid.
— COUNT DRACULA’S GREAT LOVE (1974; Vinegar Syndrome). Properly matted and restored.
— DESTINY (1921; Kino) Preserves German intertitles and tinting.
— FANTOMAS (1913-1914; Kino) 4K transfer from original negative.
— GOG 3-D (1954; Kino) 3-D restoration, also matted properly.
— IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE (1953, Universal). Now offered in 3-D.
— THE MONSTER OF PIEDRAS BLANCAS (1959; Olive). High definition transfer brings out all details.
— PHANTASM REMASTERED (1979; Well Go USA) 4K colors pop, scenes scrubbed of effects flubs.
— SON OF FRANKENSTEIN (1939; Universal Blu-Ray) Includes almost a minute of unseen or alternate footage.
— TENEBRAE (1982; Synapse) Color-corrected and digitally cleaned.
— Or write-in another choice:

6. BEST COMMENTARY OF 2016

— WILLIAM PETER BLATTY with Michael Felsher: Exorcist III
— STUART COHEN (co-producer), with Michael Felsher: The Thing (1982)
— DAVID DEL VALLE and producer Nick Redman: Theater of Blood (Twilight Time)
— STEVE HABERMAN: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
— TIM LUCAS: Destiny (1921)
— GREGORY MANK: The Lodger (1944; Kino)
— MAITLAND MCDONAGH: Tenebrae
— DAVID SCHECTER: Discusses Lex Baxter during Tom Weaver’s commentary on Black Sleep
— RICHARD HARLAND SMITH and PERRY MARTIN: Twice-Told Tales (1963; Kino)
— TOM WEAVER (with Dr. Robert J. Kiss, David Schecter and Sumishta Brahm) Undying Monster (1942; Kino)
— Or write-in another choice:

7. BEST DVD EXTRA

— BLOOD BATH (1966; Arrow) ‘The Trouble with Titian Revisited,’ Tim Lucas compares versions of Roger Corman’s troubled production.
— CAT PEOPLE (1942; Criterion) French TV interview from 1979 with director Jacques Tourneur.
— CARNIVAL OF SOULS (1962; Criterion) Interview with comedian Dana Gould.
— CARRIE (1976; Shout Factory) Extended interviews with Nancy Allen and other Carrie cast members.
— COUNT DRACULA’S GREAT LOVE (1974; Vinegar Syndrome) Legacy interview with Paul Naschy and director Javier Aguirre.
— EXORCIST III (1990; Scream Factory) ‘Legion,’ a reconstructed director’s cut of the film.
— INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1978; Shout) Interview with writer W.D. Richter and actors Art Hindle and Brooke Adams.
— THE THING (1982; Shout Factory) New interviews with John Carpenter, Keith David, Wilfred Brimley, other actors and filmmakers.
— TENEBRAE: Documentary, ‘Yellow Fever: The Rise and Fall of the Giallo.’
— VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (1995; Scream Factory). ‘It Takes a Village: The Making of Village of the Damned’
— Or write-in another choice:

8. BEST INDEPENDENT FILM (Google film titles to find trailers or video clips)

THE BARN, directed by Justin M. Seaman.  High school seniors have a final task: defeat creatures within a barn.
THE DARK TAPES, directed by Vincent J. Guastini and Michael McQuown. Four tales from the world of horror, sci-fi and the paranormal.
DREAD CENTRAL’S MONSTERLAND Seven tales in a town overrun by creatures.
A HOUSE IS NOT A HOME, directed by Christopher Ray. A dream home becomes a nightmare for an estranged couple.
HUSH, directed by Mike Flanagan. A deaf writer is stalked by a killer in the woods.
I AM THE PRETTY THING THAT LIVES IN THE HOUSE, directed by Oz Perkins. Nurse takes care of an aging author in a house of scary stories.
LATE NIGHT DOUBLE FEATURE, directed by Torin Langen, Navin Ramaswaran and Zachary Ramelan. Terror during a taping of Dr. Nasty’s Cavalcade of Horror show.
MODEL HUNGER, directed by Debbie Rochon.  A rejected model takes revenge on the industry and her neighbors.-
THE MONSTER, directed by  Bryan Bertino.  Mother and daughter are confronted by a creature on a deserted road.
THE NIGHT OF MEDUSA, directed by Joshua Kennedy. College student is possessed by deadly Greek goddess. 
THE SIMILARS (Los Parecidos), directed by Isaac Ezban. In 1968, eight passengers meet the unknown at a Mexican bus stop.
SiREN, directed by Gregg Bishop. A bachelor’s party is visited by a deadly intruder.
WERESQUITO: NAZI HUNTER, directed by Christopher M. Mihm. Captured soldier is turned into blood-seeking giant insect.
THE WINDMILL (formerly The Windmill Massacre), directed by Nick Jongerius.  Tourists seek refuge in a sinister windmill once used for human sacrifices.
— Or write-in another choice:

9. BEST SHORT FILM

— EYE OF THE BEHOLDER, directed by Rick Baker (5 mins) Halloween sendup of famous Twilight Zone episode.
— THE BEAST IN THE CAVE, directed by Cameron McCasland (7 mins). Adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft classic by Larry Underwood.
THEATRE FANTASTIQUE: THE JOB INTERVIEW, directed by Ansel Faraj (7 mins) Vampire seeks a new Caretaker in this Dark Shadows tribute.
MONSTERKYD MANOR, created by Linda Wylie and Frank Dietz. Comedy episodes with Dana Gould, John Goodwin, Bob Burns and others.
A NEARLY PERFECT BLUE SKY, directed by Quarxx (36 mins). French film traces supernatural delusions of a kidnapper.
THE PUPPET MAN, directed by Jacqueline Castel (9 mins).  A supernatural stalker walks into a bar. Features John Carpenter.
SAMURAI DEAD, Episode Two, directed by Jimmy Ren and Jack Vang (6 mins). Zombies meet challenges of the apocalypse.
THE SPIRIT BOARD, directed by Andrea Ricca (6 mins). A ouija séance goes off the board.
THE STYLIST, directed by Jill Gevargizian. (15 mins) A lonely hairstylist has her own ideas about the perfect cut.
TROUSER SNAKE, directed by Alex DiVincenzo (5 mins) Weird goings-on at Lover’s Lane.
UFO DIARY, directed by Jason Apuzzo (16 mins). Two members of the Women’s Army Corps battle an alien invasion of Los Angeles in 1942.
WRAITH, directed by Daniel James (22 mins).  The ghost of a child haunts Jessica and her life.
— Or write-in another choice:
10. BEST DOCUMENTARY

 

THE CAROUSEL, directed by Jonathan Napolitano.  Story behind Cortlandt Hull’s restoration of the Binghamton, N.Y. carousel of Rod Serling’s childhood.
CHARLES GEMORA: UNCREDITED, directed by Jason Barnett. The career of Hollywood’s greatest gorilla man.
FLESH AND BLOOD, THE HAMMER HERITAGE OF HORROR, directed by Ted Newsom. Extended and remixed version features Cushing and Lee.
FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK, directed by Adam Nimoy. A son traces his father’s long and prosperous legacy.
JUST DESSERTS: THE MAKING OF CREEPSHOW, directed by Michael Felsher. Revised version of documentary on the Stephen King film.
KONG: LONG LIVE THE KING, directed by Frank Dietz and Trish Geiger. Affectionate fan and pro memories of the 1933 classic, and its offspring.
NO STOPPING THE STOVER, directed by Jeff Herberger.  The true and sometimes shocking story of one of Baltimore’s B-movie legends.
THEY CAME FROM THE SWAMP: THE FILMS OF WILLIAM GREFE, directed by Daniel Griffith. A look at the man from the everglades responsible for Tartu, Stanley and Mako, Jaws of Death.
24X36, directed by Kevin Burke. A look at the history and impact of movie posters.
— Or write-in another choice:

11. BOOK OF THE YEAR

BELA LUGOSI IN PERSON, by Bill Kaffenberger and Gary D. Rhodes (BearManor Media, softcover, 420 pages, $24.95). Documenting Lugosi’s on-stage performances from 1931-1945.
— BEWARE THE MOON: The Story of An American Werewolf in London, by Paul Davis (Cult Screenings, hardcover, 200 pages, $36.50). Hundreds of photos, 35 interviews and more in this return to the moors.
DINOSAURS EVER EVOLVING: The Changing Face of Prehistoric Animals in Popular Culture, by Allen A. Debus (McFarland, softcover, 320 pages, $39.95).  How dinosaurs have reflected our views of the past, myths, and fears.
DOWN FROM THE ATTIC: Rare Thrillers of the Silent Era through the 1950s, by John T. Soister and Henry Nicolella (McFarland, softcover, 248 pages, $39.95). A look at 24 rare films that have been ignored or underappreciated.
EURO GOTHIC: Classics of  Continental Horror Cinema, by Jonathan Rigby (Signum, hardcover, 344 pages, $34.95).  Follow-up to English Gothic explores the German influence and shattered boundaries in Spain, France, Italy and elsewhere.  
FANTASTIQUE: Interviews with Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy Filmmakers, by Tony Earnshaw (BearManor Media, softcover, 420 pages, $28).  Friedkin, Burton, Gilliam, Tarantino and more.
FORGOTTEN HORRORS VOL. 8: The Resurrection of Edgar Allan Poe, by Michael H. Price (CreateSpace, softcover, 290 pages, $30). Roger Corman’s films, along with Poe adaptations from Europe.
HOLLYWOOD’S PRE-CODE HORRORS 1931-1934, by Raymond Valinoti Jr. (BearManor Media, softcover, 186 pages, $19.95). How horror movies pushed the limits during the Depression.
I CANNOT, YET I MUST: The True Story of the Best Bad Monster Movie of All Time, Robot Monster, by Anders Runestad (Radiosonde Book, softcover, 680 pages (31.99). Phil Ticker’s Ro-Man masterpiece dissected.
— INTERVIEWS TOO SHOCKING TO PRINT: Conversations with Filmmakers and Their Accomplices, by Justin Humphreys (BearManor Media, softcover, 350 pages, $24.95).  Talks with the likes of Wah Chang, Alan Ball, Chuck Griffith and others.
THE KAIJU FILM: A Critical Study of Cinema’s Biggest Monsters, by Jason Barr (McFarland, softcover, 212 pages, $29.95).  Not a film guide but a look at giant reflections of Japanese and other cultures.
NIGHTS OF DAN CURTIS: The Television Epics of the Dark Shadows Auteur, by Jeff Thompson (Ideas Into Books, hardcover, 278 pages, $35). The creator’s reach went beyond horror to war, westerns and drama.
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MONSTERS: The American International Story, by Bruce G Hallenbeck (Hemlock Books, softcover, 280 pages, $47). Film scholar traces the 1950s roots of Hollywood’s biggest exploitation machine.
SCORED TO DEATH: Conversations with Some of Horror’s Greatest Composers, by J. Blake Fichera (Silman-James, softcover, 356 pages, $19.95) . From John Carpenter to Christopher Young, exploring the music of anxiety and terrors.
SOMETHING IN THE BLOOD: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man Who Wrote Dracula, by David J. Skal (Liveright, hardcover, 672 pages, $35). Scholarly examination of the life, influences and Victorian times of Dracula’s creator.
A THOUSAND CUTS: The Bizarre Underground World of Collectors and Dealers Who Saved the Movies, by Dennis Bartok and Jeff Joseph (University Press of Mississippi, hardcover, 266 pages, $28). How obsessive collectors have helped preserve movies in their original physical form.
TOM WEAVER’S SCRIPTS FROM THE CRYPT 5: ED WOOD AND THE LOST LUGOSI SCREENPLAYS by Gary D. Rhodes with Weaver, Robert Cremer and Lee R. Harris. (BearManor Media, softcover, 302 pages, $29.95). Exploration of the world of Ed Wood includes scripts for unproduced The Vampire’s Tomb and The Ghoul Goes West.
THE TURN TO GRUESOMENESS IN AMERICAN HORROR FILMS, 1931-1936, by Jon Towlson (McFarland, softcover, 240 pages, $39.95).  How transgressive images and themes from the early 1930s set a tone for what was to follow decades later.
UNSUNG HORRORS, edited by Eric McNaughton and Darrell Buxton (We Belong Dead, softcover, 440 pages, $43). More than 200 films from silents to the 70s.
— Or write in another choice:

12. BEST MAGAZINE OF 2016

— Cinema Retro
— Classic Monsters of the Movies
— The Dark Side
— Delirium
— Diabolique
— Famous Monsters of Filmland
— Filmfax
— Freaky Monsters
— G-Fan
— HorrorHound
— Little Shoppe of Horrors
— Mad Scientist
— Monster!
— Monster Bash
— Phantom of the Movies Videoscope
— Rue Morgue
— Scary Monsters
— Scream
— Screem
— Shock
— Video Watchdog
— We Belong Dead
— Or write in another choice:

13. BEST ARTICLE (Please pick two; one will win)

— ‘Australian Gothic; The 1929 Dracula Stage Play,’ by Daniel Best. MONSTER! #27-28. The stagecraft and ballyhoo down under for the mystery play.
— ‘Baldpate: The Long Road to the House of the Long Shadows,”by Kim Newman, VIDEO WATCHDOG #181. How George M. Cohan’s silent mystery led to a horror icon reunion in the 1970s.
— ‘The Battle Against Gore-nography: The American People vs. Herschel Gordon Lewis,’ by Stephen Thrower, SCREEM #32. A look and a wink at how newspapers and critics turned against Blood Feast and other splatter films.
— ‘Bob Slays,’ by Denis Meikle, THE DARK SIDE #180. The career of Robert Quarry, beyond Count Yorga.
— ‘Count Perversion, the Whip and the Living Dead,’ by Kat Ellinger, DIABOLIQUE #25. A look at Christopher Lee’s Euro-horror legacy.
— ‘Calvin’s Castle: A Tale of Gothic Horror,’ by Christopher O’Brien, LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #37. The true story behind Calvin Beck’s magazine, Castle of Frankenstein.
— ‘Dracula and the It Girl,’ by Andi Brooks. SCARY MONSTERS #100. Bela Lugosi’s mysterious relationship with Clara Bow.
— ‘Gentleman of Poverty Row,’ by Laura Wagner, FILMS OF THE GOLDEN AGE #85. Retrospective on serial and B-movie star Kane Richmond (Spy Smasher, Lost City), with contributions from Richmond’s daughter.
— ‘Go Back, Quicksand: The Movies, the Myth, the Magic and the Mud,’ by Thom Shubilla, MONSTER BASH #27. Death by quicksand through the decades.
— ‘God Is Silent, but the Devil Advertises: The Exorcist III and the Problem of Evil,’ by John-Paul Checkett. SCREEM #32. The tortures of getting a true sequel to the screen.
— ‘The Great American Werewolf Reunion,’ by David Weiner, FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND #284. Landis, Baker, Naughton talk makeups and fog.
— ‘Inside the House of Fear,’ by MJ Simpson, THE DARK SIDE #173, A look at Richard Driscoll, the British ‘Ed Wood.’
— ‘A HorrorHound’s Guide to Documentaries,’ by Nathan Hanneman, HORRORHOUND #60. Nearly 200 films that go behind the horrors.
— ‘I Am the King of My Kind: The Making of Universal’s 1979 Dracula,’ by Constantine Nasr, LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #36. A magazine-length look at the show business battles that brought Frank Langella’s Count from Broadway to screen.
— ‘Lionel Atwill: The Deadly Charm of the Lunatic,’ by Alex Hopkins, CLASSIC MONSTERS OF THE MOVIES #2. From matinee idol to villain to sex scandal.
— ‘Madness, Myth and the Modern Prometheus,’ by Dejan Ognjanovic, RUE MORGUE #171. Two hundred years after, Mary Shelley and the true roots of Frankenstein.
— ‘Merely a Century: Forry is 100,’ by Brad Linaweaver, Mondo Cult Online.Encounters with Ackerman over the years.
— ‘Nosferatu the Vampyre: Variations and Version Blood,’ by Tim Lucas, VIDEO WATCHDOG #182. A forensic look, VW-style, at the many releases of Herzog’s remake.
— ‘The Nurse in Science Fiction Films,’ by Mark C. Glassy, Ph.D and Donna Glassy, B.S.N., R.N., SCARY MONSTERS #101. Nurses on set and on screen.
— ‘The Silence of the Lambs: 25 Years of the Cannibal Lecter,’ by Jason ‘Jinx’ Jenkins, HORRORHOUND #60. From novel to Oscar and beyond.
— ‘The Thing from Another World,’ by Martin Arlt, MAD SCIENTIST #31. From saucer to greenhouse, verything about the Arctic masterpiece.
— ‘Tuckered Out Canaveral Capers,’by Stephen R. Bissette, MONSTER! #25. How the director of Robot Monster sought out NASA for Cape Canaveral Monsters.
— ‘Uncle Forry: A Century of Inspiration,’ by Cliff Robertson, SCARY MONSTERS #102. Profile includes poignant details from his final days.
— ‘A Wicker Man’s Man,’ by Jennifer Blair, DIABOLIQUE #25. How Christopher Lee’s restrained performance heightened the terror.
— ‘The Witch of North Bennington,’ by April Snellings, RUE MORGUE #170. Remembering Shirley Jackson with scholars and analysis on her 100th anniversary.
— Or write-in another choice: ALSO, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO VOTE FOR TWO ARTICLES ABOVE (one will win)

14. BEST INTERVIEW (Award goes to interviewer)

— Don Coscarelli and David Hartman discuss Phantasm: Ravager, by John W. Bowen. RUE MORGUE #166.
— Barbara Crampton by Trevor Parker. DELIRIUM #11.
— Ray Harryhausen, expanded 2006 interview by Mark Mawston, SCARY MONSTERS #100.
— Tom Holland and Andrew London, writer and editor of PSYCHO II, by Nigel Parkin. DELIRIUM #10.
— H.G. Lewis, his penultimate interview, by Preston Fassel, RUE MORGUE #173.
— Cassandra Peterson on her life as Elvira, by Jason Hignite. HORRORHOUND #61.
— James Storm of Dark Shadows by Rod Labbe, SCARY MONSTERS #100.
— John Sanders, Walking Dead’s prop master by Don Vaughan, VIDEOSCOPE #98.
— Virgil Vogel, director of Land Unknown, by Tom Weaver, MONSTER BASH #26.
— Tom Woodruff Jr., monster designer and performer, by david j. moore, FILMFAX #143.
— Or write-in another choice:

15. BEST COLUMNIST

— Bay of the Living Dead, by David-Elijah Nahmod, brokeassstuart.com
— Camp Grindhouse
, by David Del Valle, DELIRIUM.
— Disc Flix, by David J. Hogan, FILMFAX
— The Doctor Is In-Sane, by Dr. Gangrene, SCARY MONSTERS
Fright Gallery, curated by Gary Pullin, RUE MORGUE
Grey Matters, by Richard Schellbach, MONDO CULT ONLINE
It Came from Bowen’s Basement, by John W, Bowen, RUE MORGUE
Larry Blamire’s Star Turn, VIDEO WATCHDOG
Ralph’s One and Only Traveling Reviews, by Richard Klemensen, LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS
Rondo Remembers, by Ron Adams, MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE
They Came from the Krypt, by Jon Kitley, HORRORHOUND
— Or write in another choice:

16. BEST COVER

Classic Monsters of the Movies #5
by Daniel Horne

Delirium #11
Photo by Ama Lea

Diabolique #25
by Mark Spears

Famous Monsters of Filmland #284
by Rick Baker

Filmfax #146
Poster art

Freaky Monsters #25
by Arliss

G-Fan #112
by Bob Eggleton

HorrorHound #57
by Jason Edmiston

 

Little Shoppe of Horrors #36
by Jeff Preston

 

Mad Scientist #31
by Mark Maddox

Monster #26
by John Rozum

Monster Bash Special #3
by George Chastain

Rue Morgue #170
by Sara Deck; designer, Andrew Wright

 

Scary Monsters #101
by Scott Jackson

Screem #32
by Mark Maddox

Videoscope #100
by Kevin Hein

Video Watchdog #183
by Mark Maddox

We Belong Dead #18
by Dave Brux
To vote on a cover, place an X in the box or type your choice here:
 17. BEST WEBSITE OR BLOG OF 2016
ALL SCI-FI  The talk is pure science fiction.
BETTER DAYS, BENNER NIGHTS  Steve Vertlieb’s musings on films and music.
BLOODY DISGUSTING  Latest news for the fearless.
BLOODY PIT OF ROD  From Naschy to gnashing teeth.
BLUMHOUSE  House of modern horrors and more.
CLASSIC MOVIE MONSTERS BLOG  One of the earliest resources for archetypal horrors.
COLLECTING CLASSIC MONSTERS  The joy and pain of chasing monstrous things.
COLLINSPORT HISTORICAL SOCIETY  Piercing the Shadows left by Barnabas Collins.
— DREAD CENTRAL    Horror’s daily front page.
— DR. GANGRENE’S MAD BLOG  Nashville’s mad doctor.
EDDIE PARKER GALLERY  The stuntman played a lot more than monsters.
ERNEST THESIGER WEBSITE   All about horror’s gaunt presence.
FANGORIA  Hanging on with news and podcasts.
FILM NOIR FOUNDATION  Footseps and rain in black and white.
FRANKENSTEINIA  Pierre Fournier’s journal of all things Frankenstein.
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE GODZILLA  August Ragone’s monster-sized blog.
GRAVEYARD SHIFT SISTERS  Women of color are horror fans, too.
HK AND CULT FILMS   All the latest on the foreign and unusual.
THE HORRORS OF IT ALL  The amazing 50s horror comics revival lives here.
ICONS OF FRIGHT  Horror’s online collective.
KAIJU BATTLE  All giant monsters: News, artwork, collectibles, links.
KAIJUMATIC  Details on 1,000 giant monsters.
LATARNIA: FANTASTIQUE INTERNATIONAL  Home of Euro and world horror.
MONDO CULT  Horror is just part of the edgy culture there.
MONSTER KID CLUBHOUSE  A classic horror signpost on Facebook.
MONSTER MAGAZINE WORLD  Always updated with the latest in print monsters.
RAVENOUS MONSTER  Consuming horror from books to film.
RINGSTONE ROUND The premier site for fans of the Quatermass films.
SCARED SILLY  Paul Castiglia’s compendium of classic horror comedies.
SCARLET THE FILM MAGAZINE A new blog of horror and mystery.
SCIFI JAPAN  The home of Monster Zero News.
SERIAL SQUADRON Cliffhangers of the past, discussed and restored.
SHOCK TIL YOU DROP  Horror journalism and previews.
SIN STREET SLEAZE  John Harrison’s blog of pulp and pop.
SPANISH FEAR  Now includes Horror Rises from Spain
TERROR FROM BEYOND THE DAVES  The dynamic duo of monster fandom.
UNIVERSAL MONSTER ARMY  The ultimate collectors of monstrous toys, models and collectibles.
VAMPIRE OVER LONDON  The Bela Lugosi blog.
VIDEO WATCHBLOG  Tim Lucas on the magic of movies, music and life.
WITCH’S DUNGEON  Cortlandt Hull’s shrine to Hollywood’s horrific legacy.
ZOMBOS CLOSET  Horrors and thrills beyond belief.
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18. BEST MULTI-MEDIA HORROR SITE 

Between Light and Shadow: A Twilight Zone Podcast  Episode dissections with surprise endings.
Bloody Good Horror  Killerflix offers podcast reviews of old and new.
Bordello of Horror  Freakshow and the gang host old-time horror shows. Roku, too.
— Count Gore De Vol’s Creature Features  Weekly web program from a classic horror host.
— Cult Radio A Go-Go!  Pioneers of the horror-talk genre; now on Roku, too.
Damn Dirty Geeks   Hollywood pros, fans and yes, geeks, talk shop every month.
— Deadpit Radio The thrillbillies still stalk bigfoot country.
Doctor of the Dead  Podcast of zombies, by zombies, for zombies.
Eerie the Late Night Horror Channel  Dozens of horror hosts and their movies.
— The Fantastic Films of Vincent Price Up to 71 and counting, Dr. Gangrene’s film-by-film survey.
The Flicks That Church Forgot   Horror from a spiritual point of view.
— From Dusk Til Con Radio   Films, games, cons, horor.
Horror Happens Radio Show   Jay K, the Ghost and horror as it happens.
Kaijucast  Godzilla’s early warning sysytem.
Monster Kid Radio  Derek Koch hosts modern talk about classic monsters.
Poe Forevermore Radio Theater  Keeping the legend alive.
Shock Waves. Horror talk from Galluzzo, Kane and McKendry.
The Slaughtered Bird Horrors and interviews from Liverpool.
Trailers from Hell  Joe Dante and gang comment on vintage trailers.
— Or write-in another choice:

19. BEST CONVENTION OF 2016

— ALIEN CON(Santa Rosa)
— BLOB FEST (Phoenixville, Pa.)
— BONE-BAT COMEDY OF HORRORS (Seattle)
— CHILLER (Parsippany, NJ)
— CINEMA WASTELAND (Strongsville, Oh.)
— CRYPTICON (Seattle)
— CTHULHUCON (Portland, Ore.)
— DAYS OF THE DEAD (Indianapolis)
— DRAGONCON (Atlanta)
— ETHERIA FILM FESTIVAL (L.A.)
— FLASHBACK WEEKEND (Rosemont, Il.)
— G-FEST (Rosemont, Il.)
— GHOULARDIFEST (Cleveland)
— HORRORHOUND WEEKEND (Cincinnati)
— HORROR REALM  (Pittsburgh)
— MAD MONSTER PARTY (Charlotte, NC)
— MONSTER BASH (Mars, Pa.)
— MONSTERFEST (Chesapeake, Va.)
— MONSTER-MANIA (Cherry Hill, NJ)
— MONSTERPALOOZA (Burbank)
— MONSTERAMA (Atlanta)
— NECRONOMICON (Providence, RI)
— ROCK AND SHOCK (Worcester, Ma.)
— SCAREFEST (Lexington, Ky.)
— SCARES THAT CARE (Williamsburg, Va.)
— SILVER SCREAM FESTIVAL (Santa Rosa)
— SPOOKY EMPIRE (Orkando)
— TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND (Dallas)
— WONDERFEST (Louisville)
— Or write in another choice:

20. BEST LIVE EVENT

— AMERICAN WEREWOLVES IN SANTA ROSA: John Landis, Rick Baker and David Naughton speak after screening of An American Werrewolf in London at Scream Festival.
— ‘AT HOME WITH MONSTERS’ exhibit of Guillermo Del Toro’s collection at Los Angeles County Museum of  Art.
— BLOB PANIC RE-ENACTMENT. Fans run out of the same Pennsylvania theatre attacked by The Blob (Blobfest)
— COUNT GORE DEVOL PRESENTS Live shows in Silver Spring, Md. include Kong, Body Snatchers and both Things.
— ELVIRA INDUCTED INTO HORROR HOST HALL OF FAME. The Mistress of the Dark receives Lifetime Achievement Award at HorrorHound Weekend in Cincinnati.
— FRANKENSTEIN LAKE REVISITED, Sara Karloff and Don Watkins, son of child actress Marilyn Harris, are reunited at lake near Malibu where the Monster threw ‘little Maria’ into the water. Organized by Pierre Fournier.
— AKIRA IFUKUBE CHAMBER MUSIC, concert in Chicago featuring Reiko Yamada and hosted by Erik Homenick.
— MAN WITH KALEIDOSCOPE EYES, live reading of script of Joe Dante’s proposed biopic of Roger Corman’s ‘The Trip.’
— PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, live reading of script by Patton Oswalt, Fred Willard, Dana Gould, others. Los Angeles.
— RADIOTHEATRE’S EDGAR ALLAN POE FESTIVAL, 16 audio drama perfomed in May and June  by NYC’s Radiotheatre.
— ‘A STRANGE NIGHT WITH COFFIN JOE’, Ray Castile and Tom Stockman present double-feature of  Brazilian’s films at Webster University in St. Louis.
— TRIBUTE TO BERNIE WRIGHTSON. Ailing artist’s son, John, on hand for exhibit of artist’s work at Creature Features in Burbank.
— WITCH’S DUNGEON CLASSIC MOVIE MUSEUM celebrates 50 years in Connecticut.
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21. FAVORITE HORROR HOST OF 2016

— The Bone Jangler (Illinois)
— The Bowman Body (Virginia)
— Count Gore De Vol (D.C.)
— Count Gregula (Count Gregula’s Crypt)
— Dr. Gangrene (Nashville)
— Dr. Madblood (Virginia)
— Freakshow (Wisconsin)
— Fritz the Nite Owl (Columbus)
— Ghoul a Go-Go (NY)
— The Ghouligans (NY)
— Gruesome Graves (Indiana)
— Halloween Jack
— Karlos Borloff (Monster Madhouse)
— Lord Blood-Rah (San Francisco)
— Mr. Lobo (Calif.)
— Nigel Honeybone (Australia)
— Ormon Grimsby (NC)
— Penny Dreadful (New England)
— Son of Ghoul (Ohio)
— Svengoolie (Berwyn)
— Or write in another host:

22. BEST HORROR COMIC

— AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE.  Riverdale zombies rule the malt shop. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco  Francavilla.
— BLOKE’S TERRIBLE TOMB OF TERROR (Indy). Anthology of horrors.
— CREEPS (Warrant) Anthology in the tradition of Creepy magazine.
— HARROW COUNTY (Dark Horse). Cullen Bunn and  Tyler Crook deliver a Southern gothic of dread and lost innocence.
— HAUNTED HORROR (IDW/Yoe). Restoring the shudders of obscure 1950s horror comics.
— JOHN CARPENTER’S TALES FOR A HALLOWEEN NIGHT, VOL. 2 (Storm King). Horrors with an edge.
— PROVIDENCE (Avatar) Alan Moore visits the eerie roots of Lovecraft.
— SHADOWS ON THE GRAVE (Dark Horse). Richard Corben anthology of horrors
— TALES FROM THE ACKER-MANSION (American Gothic Press). Collected scary stories and tributes introduced by Dr. Acula
— WEIRD DETECTIVE (Dark Horse). Whodunits in the Lovecraft tradition. Fred Van Lente and Gulu Vilanova.

23. BEST CD

— H.P. LOVECRAFT/Clark Ashton Smith (Cadabra) Spoken word stories on three vinyl albums  by J.T. Joshi and others.
— IT’S ONLY A MOVIE (HorrorHound) Shock and rockabilly bands cover famous horror movie themes.
— LOST THEMES II (Scared Bones). Unheard music by John Carpenter.
— STRANGER THINGS, Vols.. 1 and 2 (Lakeshore). Music from the Netflix series
— MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE: Zombies!!! Official Boardgame Soundtrack. Music to game by.
— MISFITS: Friday the 13th. Four-song EP.
— SINBAD AND THE PIRATE PRINCESS (Damfino) Mark Redfield, Martine Beswick, Caroline Munro audio adventure.

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24. BEST WRITER OF 2016 (includes reviewers)

25. BEST ARTIST OF 2016 (all formats, including paint, sculpt or design)

26. BEST FAN ARTIST OF 2016 (The Linda Miller Award)

27. INTERNATIONAL FAN OF THE YEAR

28. MONSTER KID OF THE YEAR
(Who did the most to advance the cause of classic horror scholarship, film preservation or genre fun).

29. AND FINALLY, THE MONSTER KID HALL OF FAME*
— Which fans, pros, writers, researchers, horror hosts or others should be inducted into the Rondo Awards Monster Kid Hall of Fame?  Suggest up to six names. Previous inductees are listed alphabetically below.
*ALREADY INDUCTED ARE: Forrest J Ackerman, Julie Adams, Rick Baker, James Bama, Calvin Beck, Stephen Bissette, Paul and Jackie Blaisdell, Ray Bradbury, Bob and Kathy Burns, Bill Cardille, Ben Chapman, Frederick S. Clarke, Jim and Marian Clatterbaugh, Roger Corman, Joe Dante, Jack Davis, David Del Valle, Gary Dorst, Dennis Druktenis, William K. Everson,, Mark Frank, Frank Frazetta, Ghoulardi, Don Glut, Basil Gogos, Archie Goodwin, Alex and Richard Gordon, Count Gore De Vol, Ray Harryhausen, Del and Sue Howison, Cortlandt Hull, Larry Ivie, Sara Karloff, Ken Kelly, Dick Klemensen, Verne Langdon, JD Lees, Bob Lemon, Jessie Lilley, Lux Interior, Tim and Donna Lucas, Gregory Mank, Jose Mojica Marins (Coffin Joe), Ray Meyers, Morgus, Ted Newsom, Paul Naschy, Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett, Don Post Studio, Mark Redfield, Gary Don Rhodes, German Robles, George A. Romero, Ed ‘Big Daddy’ Roth, David J. Skal, Michael Stein, Bhob Stewart, William Stout, George Stover, Gary and Sue Svehla, Sammy Terry, Vampira, Steve Vertlieb, Dennis Vincent, Mike Vraney, Bill Warren, James Warren, Tom Weaver,Michael Weldon,  Bob Wilkins, Bernie Wrightson, and, of course, Zacherley

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THIS YEAR’S RONDOS ARE DEDICATED 
TO THE COOLEST GHOUL OF ALL, ZACHERLEY

‘Goodnight, whatever you are.”

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Rondo Awards copyright David Colton  taraco@aol.com