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RONDO AWARDS CEREMONY
at WonderFest in Louisville!
HERE ARE THE WINNERS
IN THE ELEVENTH ANNUAL
RONDO HATTON CLASSIC HORROR AWARDS!
As voted by monster fans worldwide ...
'Cabin in the Woods,' 'Walking Dead'
and restored Universal Monster Classics
take top Rondo Award honors
Simon Rowson is named 'Monster Kid of the Year' for role
in finding Hammer's lost 'Dracula' footage
By David Colton
ARLINGTON, VA. -- Today's grisly takes on zombies and terror shared honors with some of Hollywood's oldest monsters in just-released results of the 2013 Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards.
'Cabin in the Woods,' Joss Whedon's homage to 80s teen thrillers, was named Best Horror Film of 2012 while AMC's hit series, 'The Walking Dead,' took the top television prize for the second straight year in the awards decided by fans and fantasy professionals worldwide.
Voters also embraced Universal Studios' massive effort to digitally restore its catalog of archetypal monsters such as Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man and the Creature from the Black Lagoon.
The studio's Blu-Ray set, 'Universal's Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection,' was voted Best DVD Collection, and the 1931 'Dracula' was voted the year's Best Restoration.
In addition, Universal's 1948 comedy perennial, 'Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein,' was named Best DVD as voters celebrated recent Blu-Ray upgrades of monster classics.
The Rondo awards, named after Rondo Hatton, an obscure B-movie villain of the 1940s, recognize the best in classic horror research, creativity and film preservation. This year's e-mail vote, conducted by the Classic Horror Film Board, an 18-year old online community, drew a record of more than 3,400 votes as fans chose among 35 categories.
The work of horror history researchers was also recognized as Japanese monster movie expert David Kalat was awarded a Rondo for his commentary on Criterion's twin release of Japan's 1954 'Gojira' and its Americanized version released two years later, 'Godzilla: King of the Monsters.'
And horror enthusiast Simon Rowson was named 'Monster Kid of the Year' -- the award program's highest honor -- for his work discovering snippets of footage in Japan that had been cut from the original release of Hammer's 'Dracula' with Christopher Lee in 1958 (Retitled 'Horror of Dracula' in the U.S.). As a result of his efforts, a new restored version of the film has been released in Britain.
An explosion of new 'monster magazines' was reflected in a decision to honor magazines devoted to today's blood-soaked new releases as well as publications that cater to more classic-oriented films of the 1930s and 1950s.
Rue Morgue, a Canada-based magazine, won the Best Modern Magazine prize while Scary Monsters Magazine, an affectionate look at the early days of the monster fad in the 1960s and 70s, was voted Best Classic publication. Awards were also won by Famous Monsters of Filmland, HorrorHound, Little Shoppe of Horrors, Video Watchdog and Monsters from the Vault.
'The rebirth of horror magazines, even in this new digital age, is a reminder that print remains a viable medium when content is narrowly tailored to an audience,' said Rondo organizer David Colton. 'There are more magazines devoted to fantastic films now than ever.'
Finally, based on suggestions from Rondo voters, the following Monster Kid Hall of Fame inductees were named:
J.D. Lees, editor and publisher of G-Fan, a magazine devoted to Godzilla films which recently marked its 100th issue;
Count Gore De Vol, one of a growing number of horror hosts who celebrated his 40th year in front of the camera;
Ted Newsom, a Los Angeles-based film researcher who pioneered monster history documentaries;
Steven Bissette, a comic book writer and horro historian whose work ranges from Swamp Thing to European horror film scholarship;
Jessie Lilley, a publisher and editor who has helped helm publications ranging from Scarlet Street and Mondo Cult to the reborn Famous Monsters of Filmland;
The late Gary Dorst, a monster fan whose writing in early fanzines helped elevate standards for those who followed.
Further information, including runners-up and all the nominees, can be found at rondoaward.com
That's it for 2013. Thanks to all who voted. We look forward to RONDO XII in 2014.
And join us in Louisville at the WonderFest convention in May for this year's Rondo Awards Ceremony. Finally, here was the ballot so you can see just who was nominated. Thanks again.
HERE WAS THE BALLOT FOR THE ELEVENTH ANNUAL RONDO HATTON CLASSICHORROR AWARDS
This year's awards were dedicated to the memory of Ray Bradbury.
VOTING IS NOW CLOSED
1. BEST MOVIE OF 2012 (Pick one)
2. BEST TELEVISION PRESENTATION
-- AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM, 'I Am Anne Frank (Parts 1 and 2)' 11.7.12-11.14.12, The identity of Bloody Mask is revealed. 'You can begin by kissing her cold lips. Don't worry, she won't bite. I took her teeth.'
-- THE BIG BANG THEORY, 'The Transporter Malfunction,' CBS, 3.29.12. Leonard Nimoy shows up in the apartment as a Spock action figure. 'My Mr. Spock doll came to me in a dream and forced me to open it.'
-- CAROL FOR ANOTHER CHRISTMAS, TCM, Rebroadcast of long lost 1964 Rod Serling TV special about a Cold War yuletide. 'How can you sit there and eat like that, when these people are starving?'
-- DOCTOR WHO, 'The Angels Take Manhattan,' BBC, 9.29.12. The future intrudes on the time travelers in 1930s New York. 'Statues, the man said. Living statues that moved in the dark.'
-- FRINGE, 'Transilience Thought Unifier,' Fox, 9.28.12. The final season shifts to 2036 as the Fringers search for former allies. 'Nobody wants to find Olivia more than I do, but you're going to need some pants, Walter.'
-- GRIMM, 'Last Grimm Standing,' NBC, 2.24.12. Murder investigation leads to an underground all-monsters fight club. 'The beasts were loosed into the arena, and among them, a beast of huge bulk and ferocious aspect. Then the slave was cast in.'
-- MOCKINGBIRD LANE, Halloween special, NBC, 10.26.12. A new cast of Munsters move into the neighborhood in this reboot directed by Bryan Singer. 'You were never a Munster until I made you a Munster. Eddie was born one.'
-- ONCE UPON A TIME, 'The Doctor,' ABC, 10.28.12, Dr. Whale is revealed as another mad doctor in this surprise homage to Universal horrors. 'When they say I charge an arm and a leg, that's meant as a figure of speech.'
-- SUPERNATURAL, 'Party On, Garth,' The CW, 3.30.12. Hunter Garth needs help fighting a Japanese Shojo, only visible when the hunter is drunk. 'Can you even get drunk anymore? It's kind of like drinking a vitamin for you, right?'
-- TRUE BLOOD, 'Authority Always Wins,' HBO, 5.17.12. The undead Authority is revealed. 'I was in the ground. What's your excuse?'
-- WALKING DEAD, 'Pretty Much Dead Already,' AMC, 10.27.12. The search for Sophia comes to a shocking conclusion. 'You and I have our differences, the way we look at walkers.'
-- WHITECHAPEL III, 'Episode 5,' BBC America, 2.27.12. A killer channels the ghost of Lon Chaney's vampire in London After Midnight. 'They needed counseling on account of what they saw.'
-- Or write in another choice
3. BEST CLASSIC DVD
-- ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (Blu-Ray)
-- HATCHET FOR THE HONEYMOON (Bava)
4. BEST CLASSIC DVD COLLECTION
-- COMPLETE HAMMER HOUSE OF HORROR (Synapse). All 13 episodes of 1980s series.
5. BEST RESTORATION
-- CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (3-D version). Included in Blu-Ray Universal set.
\-- MOST DANGEROUS GAME (Flicker Alley): Best it has looked; audio restored as well.
6. BEST COMMENTARY
-- Michael Gingold, Chris Poggiali, Edwin Samuelson, 42ND STREET FOREVER (exploitation film trailers)
7. BEST DVD EXTRA
-- 'Gow, the Headhunter,' Exploition-era 1931 documentary included with MOST DANGEROUS GAME.
8. BEST INDEPENDENT FILM (Click on VIDEO LINKS to see clip or trailer)
-- AMERICAN MARY, directed by Jen and Sylvia Soska. The perfect body, taken to extremes. Video link
-- LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF ROSALIND LEIGH, directed by Rodrigo Gudino. The dark side of angel worship, including an old dark house. Video link
9. BEST SHORT FILM (Click on VIDEO LINKS to see the film, a clip or trailer)
-- THE BEAST FROM TWENTY ZILLION YEARS AGO, directed by Ryan Lengyel. Shot in the shadow of Three Mile Island. Video link
-- THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER, directed by Raul Garcia. Animated version narrated by Christopher Lee. Video link
-- NICKY, directed by Dom Portalla. The truth about a little brother's abduction.Video link
10. BEST DOCUMENTARY (full length; Click on VIDEO LINKS to see the film, a clip or trailer)
-- THE AMERICAN SCREAM, directed by Michael Stephenson. Visits with a trio of Halloween-obsessed families. Video link
-- THE COMPLETE BOB WILKINS CREATURE FEATURES. The horror host's best work collected. Video link
-- MEN IN SUITS, directed by Frank H. Woodward. The saga of the actors within the gorilla, alien and monster suits. Video link
11. BOOK OF THE YEAR
-- AMERICAN SILENT HORROR, SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY FEATURE FILMS, 1913-1929, by John T. Soister, Henry Nicolella, Steve Joyce, William F. Chase and Harry Long (McFarland, 2 vols., softcover, 830 pages, $95). A comprehensive survey of the early films of silent imagination.
-- CAROLINE MUNRO: First Lady of Fantasy, by Robert Michael 'Bobb' Cotter (McFarland, hardcover, 172 pages, $45). All her films and TV appearances compiled in detail, with analysis and career notes
-- CLAWS AND SAUCERS: Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film, 1902-1982, by David Elroy Goldweber (Lulu, softcover, 680 pages, $47.95). Obsessively complete reviews and ratings of more than 1,500 movies.
-- THE FORREST J ACKERMAN OEUVRE, compiled by Christopher M, O'Brien (McFarland, hardcover, 242 pages, $45). Lists more than 3,000 works in all media by Golden Age sci-fi fan and editor of Famous Monsters.
-- FRIGHT NIGHT ON CHANNEL 9: Saturday Night horror films on New York's WOR-TV 1973-1987, by James Arena (McFarland, softcover, 216 pages, $35). Remembering the glory days of monster movie television.
-- FXRH COLLECTION, by Ernest Farino and Sam Calvin (Archive Editions, softcover, 330 pages, $49.95). The first four issues of influential Harryhausen fanzine collected, plus substantial supplemental material.
-- LON CHANEY AS THE MAN WHO LAUGHS, by Philip Riley (BearManor Media, softcover, 272 pages, $24.95). Alternate film history, includes Chaney bio by Adela St. Johns
.-- MASSACRED BY MOTHER NATURE, by Lee Gambin (Midnight Marquee Press, softcover, 222 pages, $25). Films where nature strikes back.
-- MUSIQUE FANTASTIQUE: 100 Years of Fantasy, Science Fiction & Horror Film Music, Book One, by Randall D. Larson (Creature Features, $29.95 ). With cover art by Bill Nelson, this first volume (1900-1959), updates a classic examination of the music behind the screams.
-- NO TRAVELER RETURNS: The Lost Years of Bela Lugosi, by Gary D. Rhodes and Bill Kaffenberger (BearManor Media, softcover, 346 pages, $26.95). Bela's struggles from 1945-1951 reveal a proud actor finding steady work -- and sometimes applause.
-- RAY HARRYHAUSEN'S FANTASY SCRAPBOOK, by Harryhausen and Tony Dalton (Aurum Press, softcover, 192 pages, $55). Secrets of the master's stop-motion magic revealed in archival detail.
-- REEL TERROR: The Scary, Bloody, Gory Hundred-Year History of Classic Horror Films, by David Konow (St. Martin's Griffin, softcover, 608 pages, $18.99). A sure-footed survey of horrors from silents to today's paranormal.
-- REGIONAL HORROR FILMS, 1959-1990: A state-by-state guide with interviews, by Brian Albright. (McFarland, softcover, 345 pages, $45). The locales and makings on indie horror films.
-- 6 REELS UNDER, by David Del Valle (BearManor Media, softcover, 252 pages, $19.95). Close encounters with Ackerman, Price, Steele and Gough (among many others), from a Hollywood insider.
-- THE SPACESUIT FILMS: A History, 1918-1969, by Gary Westfahl (McFarland, softcover, 371 pages, $50). Tracing the history of Hollywood and foreign movie adventures into space.
-- STANDING IN THE SPIRIT AT YOUR ELBOW: A History of Dickens' Christmas Carol as Radio/Audio Drama, by Craig Wichman (BearManor Media, softcover, 238 pages, $19.95). Tracing the aural tradition from 1905 to today.
-- STUDIES IN TERROR: Landmarks of Horror Cinema, by Jonathan Rigby (Signum, hardcover, 304 pages, $25.95). Exploring 130 moments that changed the genre, from Nosferatu to Let the Right One In.
-- TOO MUCH HORROR BUSINESS: The Kirk Hammett Collection. (Abrams, hardcover, 216 pages, $29.95) Metallica's monster kid offers a sumptuous tour of his monster collection.
-- URBAN TERRORS: New British Horror Cinema, by MJ Simpson (Hemlock, softcover, 296 pages, $20). A look at the revival of British horror films.
-- X-CERT: The British Independent Horror Film, 1951-1970, by John Hamilton (Hemlock edition, softcover, 252 pages, $23.27). Reviews, rare photos, commentary and production details about a hard-to-find era.
-- THE Z FILES: Treasures from Zacherley's Archives, by Richard Scrivani with Tom Weaver (BearManor Media, softcover, 238 pages, $19.95). An archaeological dig through the amazing memorabilia saved by the Coolest Ghoul of all.
-- Or write in another choice:
12. BEST MAGAZINE OF 2012
-- Cinema Retro
-- Little Shoppe of Horrors
-- Midnight Marquee
-- Monster Bash-
-- Mondo Cult
-- Monsters from the Vault
-- Undying Monsters
13. BEST ARTICLE (Please choose TWO; one will win)
-- 'All Shall Listen When The Bat Whispers,' by Frank Warden, SHADOWLAND #3. Why the proto-crime thriller 'The Bat Whispers' (1930), deserves more respect.
-- 'Black Zoo: A study in Animal Magnetism,' by Jessie Lilley, MONDO CULT #3. The hidden message of abuse in a Herman Cohen B-classic.
-- 'Charles Darwin and the Suppressed Science of Dr. Mirakle,' by Robert Guffey, VIDEO WATCHDOG #166. How the 1930s debate over evolution motivated Lugosi's experiments in 'Murder in the Rue Morgue.'
-- 'Christopher Lee: A Career Retrospective,' by Aaron Christensen, HORRORHOUND #34. Tracing the performances through 61 of his films.
-- 'Discovering the Censored Scenes from Dracula,' by Simon Rowson and Stuart Hall, LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #28. Following the trail to Japan, a determined scholar rescues deleted scenes from the 1958 Hammer classic.
-- 'Dracula, Frankenstein,' by Tim Lucas. VIDEO WATCHDOG #171. A review, a reverie, a rediscovery of the restored versions of the Universal classics.
-- 'Ghosts of Horror Past: 25 Films That Have Been Lost to the Sands of Time,' by Kelly Robinson, RUE MORGUE #124. Tracing the mystery of missing Golems, Jekylls, Creeping Cats and more.
-- 'Godzilla: Just Say Noh,' by John E. Petty, G-FAN #99. How Toho's giant monster film plays also as classical Japanese noh drama.
-- 'Government Horror Film Oversight During WW2,' by Gary D. Rhodes, FILMFAX #132. Documents and interviews reveal how government watchdogs and critics monitored wartime portrayals and propaganda.
-- 'How They Made The Hunchback of Notre Dame,' by Ray Ferry. FREAKY MONSTERS #9. Behind-the scenes, with rare stills, of the 1923 classic.
-- 'The Horrors of Republic,' by Kenny Strong, SCARLET #9. Monsters, vampires, phantoms, a Catman and more.
-- 'I Sing Bradbury Electric,' by Steve Vertlieb, FILM MUSIC REVIEW. A remembrance of the author of the fantastic.-
- 'The Kind of Fiend Who Wins -- The Making of The Abominable Dr. Phibes,' by Justin Humphreys, LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #29. The definitive exploration of the Vincent Price classic.
-- 'Ladies of the Shadows,' by David-Elijah Nahmod, FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND #261. A reminiscence of Dark Shadows.
-- 'Nostalgic Fear for Your Ears,' by Ed Gannon. UNDYING MONSTERS #4. A survey of the haunted audio records of the 1960s and beyond.
-- 'The Notebooks of Frankenstein,' by Mark C. Glassy. SCARY MONSTERS #84. An obsessive recounting of Dr. Frankenstein's various notebooks and notes found throughout the Universal films.
-- '100 Memorable Moments from Toho Fantasy Films,' by Martin Arlt, G-FAN #100. From Godzilla's first appearance destroying a fishing boat to a Final Wars battle.
-- 'PG Horror,' by Kenneth Nelson with Nathan Hanneman and Matt Moore, HORRORHOUND #37. How filmmakers pulled off shocks while staying within the Hollywood lines.
-- 'Ray Bradbury's Earliest Influences,' by Terry Pace, MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #30. In a career-spanning remembrance, the storyteller tells how early fantasy films, and especially Lon Chaney, inspired his craft.
-- 'The Sexy Side of Silent Horror Cinema,' by Lianne Spiderbaby, FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND #261. Conrad Veidt and Mary Fuller brought more than emoting to the early films of the fanatstic.
-- 'Those Prehistoric Cliches,' by Debbie Painter, SCARY MONSTERS #83. The truth about those 'monsters' we loved.
-- 'Thrills, Chills and Double Bills,' by David Konow and Chris Poggiali, RUE MORGUE #121. The anything-goes history of Crown International Pictures.
-- '2012 Horror Host Hall of Fame: A Ghoul's Gala,' by Dave Fuentes, SCARY MONSTERS #84. A loving look at the 13 hosts inducted this year at the HorrorHound Convention.
-- 'Unearthing Stoker's Lost Journal,' by Elizabeth Miller, DIABOLIQUE #10. Insights into the father of Dracula from his lost Dublin journal.
-- 'Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection,' by Greg Mank, SCREEM #25. The horror historian finds nuggets, insights and surprises in Universal's high-definition versions.
-- 'The Unmaking of Exorcist II: The Heretic,' by Paul Talbot. VIDEO WATCHDOG #171. Revealing the missteps that ruined the devil-crossed sequel.
-- Or write in another choice:(Please vote for TWO of the articles above; one will win)
14. BEST INTERVIEW
-- Michael Culhane: Interview with five cast members of classic Dark Shadows, including Jonathan Frid. FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND #261.
-- Terry & Tiffany DuFoe: Interview with Mamie Van Doren on Elvis and Night Monsters. VIDEOSCOPE #83.-- Jessica Dwyer: Interview with cast of 'The Walking Dead' previewing Season 3. HORRORHOUND #37
-- Tony Earnshaw: Interview with Sara Karloff about her father's work ethic, Lugosi and more. DIABOLIQUE #12.
-- Brett Homenick: Interview with Paul Mason, who Americanized 'King Kong vs. Godzilla,' G-FAN #99.-
-- David Krzisnik: Interview with Tippi Hedren about 'The Birds' and her treatment by Hitchcock. SCREEM #25
-- Rod Labbe: Interview with Dark Shadows actress Marie Wallace, FANGORIA #313
.-- Tim Lucas: Interview with Daliah Lavi, Israeli-born star of Bava and spy films. VIDEO WATCHDOG #170.
-- David J. Moore: Interview with James J. Sullos Jr., president of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., FILMFAX #132
-- Christopher M. O'Brien: Interview with EC Comics' Al Feldstein, MAD SCIENTIST #25
.-- John O'Dowd: Interviews from mid-2000s with the late Yvette Vickers. FILMFAX #130-131
-- Gary D. Rhodes: Interview with Gerald Schnitzer, 94, Monogram screenwriter for Lugosi in 1940s.. FILMFAX #129
-- Susan Svehla: Interviews with Hammer's Veronica Carlson and Virginia Wetherell, FANGORIA #318.
-- Don Vaughan: Interview with NASA movie consultant Bert Ulrich. VIDEOSCOPE #85.
-- Tom Weaver: Interview with Michael A. Hoey about Dr. Goldfoot. MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #30.
-- Or write in another choice:
15. BEST MAGAZINE COLUMN
-- Audio Watchdog, by Douglas E. Winter. VIDEO WATCHDOG
-- Diary of the Deb, by Debbie Rochon, FANGORIA.
-- The Doctor Is In-Sane, by Dr. Gangrene, SCARY MONSTERS
-- In My Write Mind, Richard Schellbach, FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND
-- It Came from Bowen's Basement, by John W. Bowen. RUE MORGUE
-- The Phantom Speaks, by The Phantom (Joe Kane). VIDEOSCOPE
-- Ramsey's Rambles, by Ramsey Campbell. VIDEO WATCHDOG
-- Scare-News, by John Skerchock, SCARY MONSTERS and MONSTER MEMORIES
-- They Came from the Krypt, by Jon Kitley. HORRORHOUND
16. BEST THEMED ISSUE OF 2012
-- DIABOLIQUE #10 (Bram Stoker issue)
-- FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND #264 (Kevin Burns on The Munsters)
-- FILMFAX #131 (Bradbury/Burroughs remembrances)
-- G-FAN #100 (G-sized centennial issue)
-- HORRORHOUND #35 (Ultimate Alien Collectors Guide)
-- LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #29 (Dr. Phibes theme issue)
-- MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #30 (Vincent Price remembrances)
-- RUE MORGUE #127 (15th Anniversary issue; Universal monsters)
-- VIDEO WATCHDOG #169 (Dark Shadows remembrances)
-- Or write in another selection.
17. BEST MAGAZINE COVER
18. BEST WEBSITE
-- Chiller Cinema Home of Dr. Gangrene's Web Lab.
-- Famous Monsters of Filmland Version 3.0 of the first monster magazine.
-- Film Noir Foundation Keeping suspense and shadows alive.
-- Godzilla Monster Music. Soundtracks and reviews from Big G's music legacy.
-- Horrorhost Graveyard Clips, show listings and more.
-- Horror Society A voice for independent horrors.
-- MovieScreams Horror Show. Showcases short horror and sci-fi films.
-- Planet Fury Furious film news with discussions you won't find elsewhere.
-- WGN Creature Features Remembering Chicago's monster era.
19. BEST BLOG OF 2012
-- Blood Curdling Blog of Monster Masks. A peek behind decades of masks.
-- Cinema Suicide A celebration of cheap thrills
-- Classic Movie Monsters Photos, art and covers from the past.
-- Collinsport Historical Society All the comings and goings in Barnabas' home town.
-- Fascination with Fear Horror from a female point of view.
-- First Person Monster Blog Shannon Shea takes a personal approach to movies, models and monsters.
-- Four-Color Shadows Horror, thrills, mystery from comic pages of the past.
-- Frankensteinia Fun, smart and essential as it keeps the Monster alive.
-- Freddy in Space Edgy horror but with a sense of fun.
-- Gorilla Men Honoring the men in the suits.
-- Gravedigger's Local 16 Even ghouls need a union label.
-- Groovy Age of Horror Fearless and unexpected.
-- Hayes Hudson's House of Horror A friendly and smart mix of horrors old and new.
-- Igor's Lab Podcasts, trailers, interviews, all with a touch of strange. What hump?
-- Kindertrauma Your childhood ends (or starts), here.
-- Monstermoviemusic The soundtracks of our horror lives.
-- Pause. Rewind. Obsess. The 2012 screening diary of Video Watchdog editor Tim Lucas.
-- Radiation-Scarred Reviews Bill Adcock takes on the mutants of film, no matter the era.
-- Secret Fun Blog All about the stuff that really mattered.
-- Terror from Beyond the Daves An essential, home of the weekend horror host report.
-- Unimonster's Crypt Musings on the status of monstrous media.
-- Vampire Over London: The Bela Lugosi Blog. Andi Brooks' journal of the undead.
20. BEST CONVENTION OF 2012
-- Blob Fest (Phoenixville, Pa.)
-- Days of the Dead (Indianapolis)
-- Mad Monster Party (Charlotte)
-- Monster Bash (Butler, Pa.)
-- Scare Fest (Lexington, Ky.)
-- Or write in another choice:
21. BEST FAN EVENT OF 2012
-- Blob panic re-enactment. Held at actual theater in Phoenixville, Pa., where movie was filmed (Blobfest)
-- Dragon*Con Parade. More than 3,000 participated in this annual Atlanta cosplay and float tradition.
-- Frankenstein vs. Wolf Man: The Presidential Debate. Dr. Shocker, Perry Shields and others debated the monstrous issues in Glendale, including Monster and Wolf Man commercials.
-- Fix the Chapel. Efforts at several conventions and online to save the Evans City Chapel seen in Night of the Living Dead.
-- Horror Host Hall of Fame Inductions. Elvira, Dr. Cadavarino, Chilly Billy among 13 new inductees. HorrorHound Convention, Columbus, Ohio.
-- Rick Baker Gets Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame. Fans turn out to see make-up master honored.
-- Women in Horror Month. Websites and events in February again honor women in all aspects of horror.
-- Or write in another choice:
22. FAVORITE HORROR HOST OF 2012
-- A. GHASTLEE GHOUL (Ohio)
-- COUNT GORE DE VOL (Creature Features)
-- COUNT GREGULA (Count Gregula's Crypt)
-- GHOUL A GO-GO (NYC
-- LATE DR. LADY
-- NIGEL HONEYBONE (Australia)
-- Or write in another choice:
23. BEST HORROR COMIC
-- BELA LUGOSI'S TALES FROM THE GRAVE #2 (Monsterverse). Bela introduces and stars in a blood-funny anthology.
-- EDGAR ALLAN POE'S THE CONQUEROR WORM (Dark Horse), by Richard Corben. The master, interpreted.
-- FLESH AND BLOOD: BOOK TWO (Monsterverse). The Hammer film that never was becomes a monster rally, by Robert Tinnell and Neil Vokes.
-- FRANKENSTEIN ALIVE, ALIVE by Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson. A return to the Wrightson Monster.
-- GRANDVILLE BETE NOIR (Dark Horse), by Bryan Talbot. A steam-era mystery brings Inspector Lebrock to Paris.
-- HAUNTED HORROR (IDW). Comics archivist Craig Yoe selects the best of lost 50s horror tales.
-- HELLBLAZER (Vertigo). Is this final run before the end?
-- THE LOVECRAFT ANTHOLOGY VOL. 2 (SelfMadeHero/Abrams). Nine classic tales in graphic novel format.
-- PENNY DREADFUL'S CAULDRON OF TERROR (Comic Book Divas). Poetic tales of the New England horror host.
24. BEST HORROR MULTIMEDIA (AUDIO OR VIDEOCAST)
-- BLOODY GOOD HORROR Reviews of the monstrous.
-- FRIGHT BYTES Video reviews and interviews.
-- HORROR RISES FROM SPAIN. Podcast documentaries and more.
-- MAIL ORDER ZOMBIE A podcast for the undead.
-- THE MONSTER CHANNEL Horror's full-time video network.
-- THE MONSTER CLUB Podcast and vintage radio clips.
-- NEWS FROM THE CRYPT Grue and news from Bloody-Disgusting.
-- NITE OWL THEATRE Films hosted by Fritz the Nite Owl.
-- THE PROJECTION BOOTH Podcasts target genre films and more.
-- PSYCHOBILLY GARDEN PARTY Where horror has a su
-- RUE MORGUE PODCAST The Rue Crew returns for more interviews
-- SCI FI JAPAN Video tributes and clips remember kaiju history.
-- SIX FOOT PLUS A biweekly podcast that finds a monstrous rhythm.
-- TOMB DRAGOMIR Video interviews and 'rue-full' reviews.
-- TRANSYLVANIA TV Retro monster comedy.-- Or write in another choice:
25. BEST SOUNDTRACK OR HORROR CD OF 2012
-- BLACK SABBATH (Intrada), Les Baxter extended score.
-- CREATURE FEATURE: It Was a Dark and Stormy Night (Villains and Vaudevillians). Gothic billy rock.
-- DARK ADVENTURE RADIO THEATRE: THE CALL OF CTHULHU (H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society). Packaging includes vintage documents.
-- ERASERHEAD (Sacred Bones Records). Vinyl soundtrack of Alan Splet's sound design for David Lynch film.
-- KING KONG (1976) Film Score Monthly; John Barry score.
-- KRONOS/THE COSMIC MAN, Monstrous Movie Music. Two-CD set of complete scores by Paul Sawtell and Bert Shefter.
-- MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH (Quartet Records), David Lee score.
-- ROSEMARY'S BABY (La-La Land), Christopher Komeda score.
-- WINTER'S MAJESTY, Nox Arcana. Conclusion of winter trilogy.-- Or write in another choice:
26. BEST TOY, MODEL OR COLLECTIBLE
27. CLASSIC MOST IN NEED OF RESTORATIONWhich classic horror film, either released or unreleased, do you think most deserves a restoration or video upgrade?28. WRITER OF THE YEAR (for 2012)
35. And finally, help us again: Who do you think 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 Marian Clatterbaugh, Bob Wilkins, Calvin Beck, Paul Naschy, Lux Interior, Bill Lemon and Ray Meyers, Bill Warren, Dennis Druktenis, Sammy Terry and Frederick S. Clarke; Tim and Donna Lucas, William Stout, Ron Borst, George A. Romero, Tom Weaver and Verne Langdon. Last year: Julie Adams, David Skal, George Stover, Michael Stein, Morgus, Mark Frank.Who should join them?Tell us your suggestions. We'll pick six more.Whew! That's it!!!
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