Winners announced in the (Gasp!) 17th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards

LATEST RONDO NEWS:

> THIS YEAR’S RONDO AWARDS CEREMONY was held Saturday, June 1, at the WonderFest Convention in Louisville. (Among the highlights was 7-year-old Marissa receiving a ‘Monster Kid Forever’ Award in memory of her late father Donnie Waddell.)

> FOR MEMORIAL DAY, Army veteran Rondo Hatton was honored with an award at American Legion, Post 5 in Tampa, where he was a member after WWI. (Below is a ceremony held June 16 at the cemetery where Hatton is buried; also a closeup of the Rondo Award sent to the Legion post).

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‘Hereditary’ and ‘Haunting of Hill House’ take top honors in the 17th Annual Rondo Awards
‘Night of Living Dead,’ ‘Outer Limits’ and Universal Monsters sweep Blu-Ray categories
Voters welcome back Fangoria; Joe Bob Briggs is named Monster Kid of the Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (See full list after press release)
By David Colton

CHFB News

ARLINGTON, VA. – Classic horror themes reimagined for the digital age took top honors in the (Gasp!) 17th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards announced today after a record vote by 4,510 fans and pros across the USA and around the world.

First-time director Ari Aster’s HEREDITARY, an unsettling look at a family haunted from within was voted Best Film of 2018, narrowly topping the long-awaited reboot of HALLOWEEN and John Krasinsky’s surprising hit, A QUIET PLACE.

Reflecting the impact of streaming services, THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE, a Netflix adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel, was voted Best TV Presentation; and in a new category Best Fantasy or Action Film, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE beat out two other Marvel epics, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR and BLACK PANTHER as the best of 2018.

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 24-year old online community, drew more than 4,500 ballots, the most ever in the largest survey of the classic horror genre held each year.

Criterion’s loving restoration of the late George Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, once available only in sub-par public domain versions, was a big winner, named Best Classic DVD/Blu-Ray, Best Restoration and containing the Best Extra Feature (a work print of the film).

Universal Studio’s collection of 30 of its classic monster films was voted Best Box Set.

 

A two-volume set of all 49 OUTER LIMITS episodes, along with 42 commentaries, unseen alternates and more was voted the best overall package of extra features. It was announced at Saturday’s Awards Ceremony that in addition to Kino Lorber, David J. Schow, Craig Beam, Gary Gerani, Eric Grayson, Tim Lucas, Steve Mitchell, and Dr. Reba Wissner would be receiving Rondos for their work on the mammoth project.

Rounding out the DVD categories, film critic Tim Lucas won Best Commentary for his work on THE NIGHT STALKER and THE NIGHT STRANGLER.

Longtime horror historian Don Glut’s monster anthology, TALES OF FRANKENSTEIN, was voted Best Independent Film, and THE HOUSE OF SEVEN GABLES, an animated version of the Hawthorne classic directed by Ben Wickey, won Best Short Film, topping attractions such as SUPER 8 DAZE and LUNCH LADIES.

In the documentary category, HAMMER HORROR: THE WARNER BROS. YEARS, directed by longtime Hammer expert Marcus Hearn, took top honors despite spirited votes from fans of THE WOLFMAN’S GOT NARDS, TOO MACABRE, and CLARK ASHTON SMITH: THE EMPEROR OF DREAMS.

Justin Humphrey’s DR. PHIBES COMPANION was voted Book of the Year, narrowly besting HARRYHAUSEN: THE MOVIE POSTERS, by Richard Holliss, and Michael Gingold’s AD NAUSEUM: NEWSPRINT NIGHTMARES OF THE 1980s collection of horror movie newspaper ads.

The return of FANGORIA magazine to print was hailed by the voters, named Best Modern Magazine after a long Rondo run by Rue Morgue, which came in second. SCARY MONSTERS, edited by Don and Vicki Smeraldi, was again voted Best Classic Magazine.

In other magazine categories, Best Article went to Mark Wolf’s “When Danforth Ruled the Earth” in Little Shoppe of Horrors #41; Sam Irvin’s interview with Cassandra Peterson (Elvira), in Screem #36 was voted Best Interview; and Dr. Gangrene’s Mad Interviews in Scary Monsters was again named Best Column.

A very hotly contested Best Cover vote considered a monster rally’s worth of horror art, ending with a win for Gary Pullin’s Alfred E. Neuman parody cover of THE SHINING for MAD #4, topping works by Sanjulian, Mark Maddox,, Scott Jackson and Daniel Horne.

Canadian magazine Rue Morgue editor Andrea Subissati was voted Best Writer of 2018;  Mark Maddox was again chosen as Best Artist; and Eric Puckett was voted Best Fan Artist.

Svengoolie was again voted Favorite Horror Host, but his large vote total was challenged this time by Joe Bob Briggs, Lamia, Queen of the Dark and Elvira, among others.

Other winners included Bloody Disgusting, a two-time winner as Best Website; and a very aggressive contest for Best Multi-Media Site was won by the REVIVAL LEAGUE PODCAST, an MST3K fan site, over last year’s winner TWILIGHT ZONE PODCAST and GILBERT GOTTFRIED’S AMAZING COLOSSAL PODCAST.

  THE CREEPS, a black-and-white horror magazine that channels the Warren comics of the past, was voted Best Comic Book.

Pasadena’s Monsterpalooza squeaked by Pittsburgh’s Monster Bash for Best Convention (the two events have easily won the most convention Rondos over the last 17 years); and HALLOWEEN: 40 YEARS OF TERROR, presented by HorrorHound, was voted Best Event of 2018.

The return of Texas exploitation film personality Joe Bob Briggs, who brought his “Drive-In” redneck movie critic character back to Shudder TV, another example of the resurgence in horror enthusiasm, was named Monster Kid of the Year.

This year’s Monster Kid Hall of Fame inductees include the late horror collector and historian Wes Shank; one of the genre’s founding horror historians, Lucy Chase Williams; Cleveland horror hosts Big Chuck and Lil’ John and Bob ‘Hoolihan’ Wells; Ron Adams, creator of the long-running MONSTER BASH convention and magazine; Ricou Browning, who swam as the original Creature from the Black Lagoon in 1954; and three of Hammer’s original glamour heroines, Caroline Munro, Martine Beswick and Veronica Carlson, all still active on the convention circuit and in films.

   Below you’ll find all the winners, along with runners-up and honorable mentions. Many categories were very competitive, and numerous nominees not listed here nonetheless drew significant votes. Also, this year’s balloting was marked, more than ever, by organized voting campaigns, some of which if not landing victories were nonetheless reflected in some results and a sign of genre enthusiasm. 

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  Finally, a reminder that the annual Rondo Awards Ceremony will be held Saturday, June 1 at the Wonderfest Convention in Louisville. We hope to see many of the winners and voters there.
  Below is a photo of Hatton in the 1946 film, HOUSE OF HORRORS, which was an inspiration for the distinctive bust given to winners.

And now, here is a category by category breakdown of Rondo XVII results:

 

1) BEST FILM OF 2018

HEREDITARY


Runners-up: HALLOWEEN, A QUIET PLACE
Honorable mentions: ANNIHILATION, SUSPIRIA

2) BEST FANTASY/ACTION FILM

SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE

Runners-up: AVENGERS: INFINITY WARS; BLACK PANTHER
Honorable mentions: DEADPOOL 2; AQUAMAN

 

3) BEST TV PRESENTATION

THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE (Netflix)

Runner-up: ASH VS. EVIL DEAD (Starz)
Honorable mentions: DOCTOR WHO (BBC); AMERICAN HORROR STORY (FX); THE GOLDBERGS (Freddy episode; ABC); THE WALKING DEAD (AMC)

4) BEST BLU-RAY/DVD

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (Criterion)

Runner-up: ELVIRA: MISTRESS OF THE DARK (Arrow; INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956, Olive))
Honorable mentions: THE NIGHT STALKER (Kino); THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (1951, Kino) 

5) BEST BOX SET

UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS: Complete 30-film Collection

Runners-up: THE OUTER LIMITS Vols. 1 and 2 (Kino); CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (Universal)
Honorable mentions: NIGHT OF THE DEMON/CURSE OF THE DEMON (Indicator); WILLIAM CASTLE AT COLUMBIA Vols. 1 and 2 (Indicator)

6) BEST RESTORATION

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (Criterion)

Runners-up: THE NIGHT STALKER (Kino); THE TINGLER (Indicator)
Honorable mentions: REVENGE OF THE CREATURE 3-D (Universal); DRACULA A.D. 1972 (Warners)

7) BEST DVD EXTRA

‘Night of the Anubis’ work print (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD)

Runners-up: ‘Retribution: Uncovering John Carpenter’s Fog,’ directed by Daniel Griffith (THE FOG COLLECTOR’S EDITION, StudioCanal);
‘Sleep No More: Invasion of the Body Snatchers Revisited,’ produced by Scott Devine (INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, Olive);
‘Please Stand By,’ ‘The Unknown,’ two alternate episodes (THE OUTER LIMITS, Kino)
Honorable mention: Director’s UK cut, (CANDYMAN, Scream Factory)

8 BEST COMMENTARY

Tim Lucas (THE NIGHT STALKER/STRANGLER, Kino)

Runner-up: KIM NEWMAN, Stephen Jones (CANDYMAN, Scream Factory); Richard Harland Smith (INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, Olive); Bill Ackerman, Amanda Reyes (LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, Arrow)
Honorable mention: Tony Earnshaw (NIGHT OF THE DEMON, Indicator); Tom Weaver, Dr. Robert J. Kiss (THE WASP WOMAN, Scream Factory)

 

9) BEST PACKAGE OF DVD EXTRAS
THE OUTER LIMITS Vol. 1 and 2 (Kino)
Kino Lorber, David J. Schow, Craig Beam, Gary Gerani, Eric Grayson, Steve Mitchell, and Dr. Reba Wissner will receive Rondos for their work on the mammoth project.
Runners-up: NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (Criterion); CREEPSHOW (Shout)

Honorable mentions: NIGHT OF THE DEMON/CURSE OF THE DEMON (Indicator); INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956, Olive)

10) BEST INDEPENDENT FILM
TALES OF FRANKENSTEIN, directed by Don Glut
Runner-up: ALL THE CREATURES WERE STIRRING, directed by David and Rebekah McKendry
Honorable mentions: REVENGE, directed by Coralie Fargeat;
GUNS OF THE APOCALYPSE, directed by Christopher Mihm;

THE RANGER, directed by Jenn Wexler

11) BEST SHORT FILM
THE HOUSE OF SEVEN GABLES, directed by Ben Wickey
Runners-up: SUPER 8 DAZE, directed by Rob Hampton and John Morgan;
LUNCH LADIES, directed by J.M. Logan, produced by Clarissa Jacobson

Honorable mentions: HOP FROG, by Octoberpod; THE QUIET ROOM, directed by Sam Wineman

12) BEST DOCUMENTARY
HAMMER HORROR: The Warner Bros. Years, directed by Marcus Hearn
Runner-up: WOLFMAN’S GOT NARDS, directed by Andre Gower
Honorable mentions: CLARK ASHTON SMITH: Emperor of Dreams, directed by Darin Colho Spring;
TOO MACABRE: The Making of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, directed by Tony Timpone, Michael Krueger and Sven Thomas Weber;

FROM CALIGARI TO HITLER: German Cinema in the Age of the Masses, directed by Rudiger Suchsland

13) BOOK OF THE YEAR
THE DR. PHIBES COMPANION, by Justin Humphreys
Runners-up: HARRYHAUSEN: The Movie Posters, by Richard Horliss;
AD NAUSEUM: Newsprint Nightmares from the 1980s, by Michael Gingold
Honorable mentions: THE HOWLING by Lee Gambin;
GHOULISH: The Art of Gary Pullin with April Snellings
HAMMER COMPLETE, by Howard Maxford
THE BIRTH OF THE AMERICAN HORROR FILM, by Gary Don Rhodes;

ONE MAN CRAZY: The Life and Times of Colin Clive, by Gregory Mank

14) BEST MAGAZINE (Classic)
SCARY MONSTERS
Runners-up: LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS, FAMOUS MONSTERS
Honorable mentions: CLASSIC MONSTERS OF THE MOVIES,

SCREEM; FILMFAX

15) BEST MAGAZINE (modern)
FANGORIA
Runners-up: RUE MORGUE, HORRORHOUND

Honarable mention: SCREAM (UK)

16) BEST ARTICLE
‘When Danforth Ruled the Earth,’
by Mark Wolf, LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #41.
Runners-up: ‘Dracula in the Seventies: Prints of Darkness,’ by Steven Vertlieb, thunderchild.com;
‘Suspiria: The Real Magick of Dario Argento,’ by Kat Ellinger, SCREAM #51;
‘The Beauty Who Created a Beast,’ by Brian J. Robb, THE DARK SIDE #190
‘The Birds: A HorrorHound Retrospective,’ by Jason ‘Jinx’ Jenkins, HORRORHOUND #72
-The Creeper Chronicles,’ by Tom Weaver, CLASSIC IMAGES #521
Honorable mentions: ‘Monsters in the Living Room Parts 1-3’ by Jim Ivers, SCARY MONSTERS #109-111;
‘Halloweens to Remember: Creature Features Never to Forget,’ by Spence Connolly, SCARY MONSTERS #110;
‘Fear Is Family,’ by Andrea Subissati, RUE MORGUE #182;

‘Ray Harryhausen: A Fan’s Remembrance,’ by L.J. Dopp, mondocult.com

16) BEST INTERVIEW (Award goes to interviewer)
Cassandra Peterson (Elvira) by Sam Irvin, SCREEM #36
Runners-up: Jamie Lee Curtis by Michael Gingold, RUE MORGUE #183;
John Karlen (Dark Shadows), by Rod Labbe, SCARY MONSTERS #108
Honorable mentions: Harlan Ellison by Dana Marie Andra, MONSTER! #33; Ricou Browning by Holly Interlandi, FAMOUS MONSTERS #290
17) BEST COLUMN
Dr. Gangrene’s Mad Interviews by Larry Underwood (SCARY MONSTERS)
Runner-up: They Came from the Crypt, by Jon Kitley, HORRORHOUND;
Files from the Black Museum, by Paul Corupe, RUE MORGUE;
It Came from Bowen’s Basement, by John T. Bowen, RUE MORGUE
Honorable mentions: Rondo Remembers by Ron Adams, MONSTER BASH;

Overlooked in Hollywood, by Laura Wagner, FILMS IN THE GOLDEN AGE

18  BEST COVER
MAD #4 by Gary Pullin
Runners-up: FAMOUS MONSTERS #290 by Sanjulian; SCREEM #36 by Mark Maddox; SCARY MONSTER MEMORIES #26 by Scott Jackson; CLASSIC MONSTERS OF THE MOVIES #10, by Daniel Horne

Honorable mentions: FANGORIA Vol. 2 #1, design by Ashley Detmering; HORRORHOUND # 71 by Sara Deck; LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #41 by Jeff Preston

19) BEST WEBSITE
Bloody Disgusting
Runners-up: Dread Central; Video Watchblog
Honorable mentions: Collinsport Historical Society;

Dr.Gangrene’s Mad Blog

20) BEST MULTI-MEDIA SITE
THE REVIVAL LEAGUE
Runners-up: TWILIGHT ZONE PODCAST; BLUMHOUSE SHOCK WAVES;
MONSTER KID RADIO; GILBERT GOTTFRIED’S AMAZING COLOSSAL PODCAST

Honorable mentions: BLOODBATH AND BEYOND; RAY HARRYHAUSEN PODCAST

21) FAVORITE HORROR HOST
SVENGOOLIE

Runners-up: Joe Bob Briggs, Lamia, Queen of the Dark; Elvira
Honorable mentions: Bobby Gammonster; The Mummy and the Monkey;

Karlos Borloff, Dr. Gangrene; Mr. Lobo; Bone Jangler

22) BEST CONVENTION
MONSTERPALOOZA
Runners-up: Monster Bash; HorrorHound Weekend; Texas Frightmare

Honorable mentions: Flashback Weekend; Chiller; Blob Fest

23) BEST LIVE EVENT
HORRORHOUND PRESENTS HALLOWEEN 40th CELEBRATION (Pasadena)
Runners-up: Dawn of the Dead plaque at Monroeville, Pa. mall;
Blob Panic Re-Enactment (BlobFest);
Honorable mentions: Women in Horror Month;

Harryhausen inducted into special effects hall of fame

24) BEST HORROR COMIC BOOK
 
THE CREEPS (Warrant publishing)
Runners-up: THE WALKING DEAD (Image); HAUNTED HORROR (Yoe/IDW); HARROW COUNTY (Dark Horse)

Honorable mention: EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF TERROR (Ahoy)

25) BEST CD
 HALLOWEEN 2018 soundtrack

Runners-up: John William’s Dracula;  Mandy; Valley of Gwangi

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WRITE-IN CATEGORIES

WRITER OF THE YEAR

ANDREA SUBISSATI
In addition to editing RUE MORGUE magazine, Andrea contributes smart and timely essays, singular interviews and
sharp reporting on the sometimes forbidden sides of horror and dread.
Runners-up: Gary Rhodes, Greg Mank, Michael Mezmer, Kat Ellinger, Nathan Hanneman, Tom Weaver, Kim Newman. David J. Schow, Jonathan Rigby

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

MARK MADDOX
Mark Maddox’ eye-catching covers and dramatic use of color and shading has become the look of monsters in the 21st Century.
Mark is a multiple Rondo winner whose work appears on numerous magazines each year.
Runners-up: Scott Jackson, Daniel Horne, Gary Pullin,
Jason Edmiston, L.J. Dopp, Peter Von Sholly,

LINDA MILLER AWARD
FOR FAN ARTIST OF THE YEAR
(In memory of the late Linda Miller)

 
ERIC PUCKETT
The art of Eric Puckett is bright and scary, capturing a monstrous world where deadly clowns and villains lurk behind garish masks. A mainstay at conventions and exhibits, Eric’s work is soaked with humor and danger.
Runners-up: Max Martelli, Jason Brower, Malcolm Gittins, John Sargent,
Jerrod Brown, Audrey Funk

MONSTER KID OF THE YEAR

JOE BOB BRIGGS
 A smooth-talking Texan who made the most deranged drive-in films somehow respectable, Joe Bob Briggs returned with both car speakers blasting in 2018, heading up a new show on the Shudder streaming service. In a world of safely digitized horror hosting, Joe Bob reminds us that love of the films and old-fashioned showmanship always must come first. Welcome back Joe Bob!

THE MONSTER KID HALL OF FAME

WES SHANK

 Yes, the late Wes Shank really did have The Blob, and that was just the start. Wes was a master collector of monster and science fiction memorabilia as well as a comforting and continuing presence at conventions and educational events. Gone too soon, his enthusiasm and knowledge will be missed but never forgotten.

LUCY CHASE WILLIAMS
The second wave of horror fandom was still young in 1995 when Lucy Chase Williams’s THE COMPLETE FILMS OF VINCENT PRICE was published, still the definitive look at the master of horror’s cinema output.  One of the rare girls who built Aurora monster models and shot her own Super 8 MM spookfests, Williams grew up to headline a legendary midnight movie series while a Yale undergrad, produce the USA’s first-ever DR WHO convention, script TV episodes of A&E “Biography,” and more. Along the way she survived the ordeals of sexual harassment, and bravely came forward, no matter the personal cost. A true heroine of fandom.
BIG CHUCK AND LIL’ JOHN
and Bob ‘Hoolihan’ Wells
Cleveland has always been a magnet for horror hosts, and two of the most enduring are Charles “Big Chuck” Schodowski and “Lil’ John” Rinaldi. Starting in 1966 with the original Ghoulardi, Schadowski worked for many years with Bob “Hoolihan” Wells (below) and later Rinaldi.

Featuring sketches, movies and more, Chuck and John and Bill are now a part of horror hosting legend.
RICOU BROWNING

The Creature from the Black Lagoon is more popular today than ever, thanks in large part to the underwater swimming and elegant menace of Ricou Browning. Portraying the lovesick prehistoric beastie was just the beginning for Browning, who helped create Flipper and decades of film and TV work and has been a friendly and accessible presence at conventions,
RON ADAMS
Much of what we take for granted in the world of horror would not exist without the clear and monstrous vision of Ron Adams, one of the genre’s original impresarios. Whether his groundbreaking Monster Bash conventions, his ability to combine family-friendly weekends with wonderfully obscure guests, his mail order catalog or his retro Monster Bash magazine, Ron Adams is always on the forefro0nt of the hobby and what it stands for.
MARTINE BESWICK, VERONICA CARLSON and CAROLINE MUNRO
It’s easy to throw around terms like scream queens and Hammer glamour, but most horror film actresses were far more. Witness these three wondrous inductees — Martine Beswick, Veronica Carlson and Caroline Munro – all active during the Golden Age of Hammer but still active today. Whether signing autographs at conventions around the globe or offering memories of working with horror and fantasy greats, these three icons remind us of why their films will always endure.
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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.
And we’re not done yet: A Rondo Awards Ceremony will be held at the WonderFest Convention
in Louisville on Saturday, June 2, 2018.
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The 2019 Rondos are tearfully dedicated to Donnie Waddell, a true
Monster Kid who left us far too soon. In the photo above, Donnie
salutes as the Universal Fanfare is played. We salute you, Donnie!
The Rondo Awards are copyright 2019 by David Colton

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BELOW WAS THE OFFICIAL BALLOT FOR THE
(GASP!) 17TH ANNUAL RONDO HATTON CLASSIC HORROR AWARDS    
This year’s awards are dedicated to Donnie Waddell,
a true Monster Kid who left us too soon..
 1) BEST FILM OF 2018
 
— ANNIHILATION
— BIRD BOX
— HALLOWEEN
— HEREDITARY
— INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY
— MANDY
— MARY SHELLEY
— THE NIGHT EATS THE WORLD
— THE NUN
— A QUIET PLACE
— SUMMER OF ‘84
— SUSPIRIA
— TRUTH OR DARE
— UPGRADE
— YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE
— Or write in another choice:
2) BEST FANTASY OR ACTION FILM
— AQUAMAN
— ANT-MAN AND THE WASP
— AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
— BLACK PANTHER
— DEADPOOL 2
— FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD
— THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS
— JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM
— THE MEG
— OVERLORD
— PACIFIC RIM
— RAMPAGE
— READY PLAYER ONE
— SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY
— SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDERVERSE
— Or write in another choice:
3) BEST TV PRESENTATION
— AMERICAN HORROR STORY: APOCALYPSE, ‘Boy Wonder, 10.10.18, FX. Classic characters from ‘Coven’ return. Stevie Nicks, too.  ‘Have we learned nothing from Attila the Hun? Herod the Great? Mark Zuckerberg? Men make terrible leaders.’
— ASH VS. EVIL DEAD, ‘The Mettle of Man,’ 4.29.18. Starz .A heroic Ash takes on the deadites in a final battle royal. ‘Oh great! I’ve doomed humanity.’.
— BLACK MIRROR, ;Bandersnatch,’ 12.28.18, Netflix. Viewers get to choose crucial plot points. ‘You are just a puppet. You are not in control.’
— CASTLE ROCK, ‘Severance,’ 7.25.18, Hulu. Shawshank is setting for series based on Stephen King’s works. ‘In my experience, the dead aren’t particular.’
— CHANNEL ZERO: BUTCHER’S BLOCK, ‘Sacrifice Zone,’ 3.15.18, SyFy. A creepy pasta led to this unnerving finale. ‘Our god has many angels. We promised her to him, but she got away.’
— THE CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA, ‘An Exorcism in Greendale,’ 10.26.19, Netflix. A demon inhabits Uncle Jesse. ‘Mephistopheles, save us from the dramatics of a teenage witch.’
— DOCTOR WHO, ‘Rosa,’ 10.21.18, BBC. The 13th Doctor and her friends meet Rosa Parks. ‘She changed the world. In fact, she changed the universe.’
— THE GOLDBERGS (Yes, the Goldbergs), ‘Mister Knifey-Hands,’ 10.24.18, ABC. Robert Englund makes rare appearance as Freddy. ‘Not anymore, Mr. Kroeger.’ ‘Krueger! It’s Krueger!’
— THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE, ‘The Bent-Neck Lady,’ 10.12.18, Netflix. A family reunion is shocked by a childhood spectre.. ‘We take care of the house. The house takes care of us.’
— STAN AGAINST EVIL, ‘Larva My Life,’ 11.7.18, IFC. Town falls victim to 50s sci-fi and kaiju monsters. ’Your ex-husband is here and he’s turning into a caterpillar.’
— STAR TREK DISCOVERY, ‘Despite Yourself,’ 1.7.18, CBS Access. The crew finds itself in a mirror universe. ‘Intelligence suggests we’re not the first ship from our universe to find ourselves here.’
— THE TERROR, ‘We Are Gone,’ 5.21.18. AMC. Season finale finds death and acceptance in the Arctic. ‘Our empire is not the only empire. I see that now.’
— THE WALKING DEAD, ‘What Comes After,’ 11.4.18, AMC. Rick confronts ghosts from the past.  ‘One could argue it’s my family you’re looking for, right?’
 — Or write in another choice:
 
4) BEST CLASSIC DVD/BLU-RAY
— COLOSSUS: THE FORBIN PROJECT (Shout)
— CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE (Shout)
— ELVIRA, MISTRESS OF THE DARK (1988, Arrow)
— INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956, Olive)
— LADY FRANKENSTEIN (Nucleus)
— LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT (Arrow)
— LIQUID SKY (Vinegar Syndrome)
— MATINEE (Shout)
— THE MAZE (3-D, Kino)
— MISADVENTURES OF BIFFLE AND SHOOSTER (Kino)
— NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (Criterion)
— THE NIGHT STALKER (Kino)
— REVENGE OF THE CREATURE 3-D (Universal)
— THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE (1946, Kino)
— THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (1951, Warners)
— TRILOGY OF TERROR (Kino)
— VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (1960; Warners)
— Or write in another choice:
5) BEST BOX SET
— THE AMICUS COLLECTION (Severin): Asylum, And Now the Screaming Starts, The Beast Must Die, Vault of Amicus (extras disc).
— THE BLOOD ISLAND COLLECTION (Severin): Terror Is A Man; Brides of Blood; Mad Doctor of Blood Island; Beast of Blood.
— CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON: Complete Legacy Collection Blu-Ray (Universal): Creature from the Black Lagoon 3-D, Revenge of the Creature 3-D, The Creature Walks Among Us
— HAMMER VOLUME 3: BLOOD AND TERROR: Terror of the Tongs, Stranglers of Bombay, Camp on Blood Island, Yesterday’s Enemy. (Indicator)
— NIGHT OF THE DEMON/CURSE OF THE DEMON (Indicator). Includes four presentations of the film.
— 100 YEARS OF HORROR. Complete TV series. (Mill Creek)
 — THE OUTER LIMITS, Vol. 1 and 2 (Kino) All 49 episodes on two sets, plus extras.
— ROGER CORMAN RUSSIAN SCI-FI COLLECTION: Battle Beyond the Sun; Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet; Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women; Planeta Bur (Planet of Storms) (Bayview)
— UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS: Complete 30-Film Collection Blu-Ray (Universal)
— WILLIAM CASTLE AT COLUMBIA: Volume One, Two: Tingler, 13 Ghosts, Homicidal, Mr. Sardonicus; Zotz!; 13 Frightened Girls; Old Dark House; Strait-Jacket (Indicator)
— Or write in another choice:
6) BEST RESTORATION OR UPGRADE
— DRACULA A.D. 1972: Brighter and richer colors. (Warners)
— THE GHOST OF SIERRA DE COBRE: Resurrection of lost TV pilot from 1965 by Outer Limits creators. (Kino)
— LADY FRANKENSTEIN (Nucleus): Two versions of film replace poor transfers of past.
— LUCIFER’S WOMEN/DOCTOR DRACULA: Both versions (1974/197 )f lost occult film unearthed. (Vinegar Syndrome)
— THE MAZE: 3-D version of 1953 film. (Kino)
— NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: Definitive 4K presentation (Criterion)
— THE NIGHT STALKER: HD upgrade from TV prints.
— THE PSYCHOPATH (1966): First time in widescreen (Kino)
— REVENGE OF THE CREATURE: Long-awaited 3-D version (Universal)
— THE TINGLER (Indicator): 35mm negative restores stereo surround, fake monochrome during bloody bathtub scene.
— Or write in another choice:
7) BEST DVD EXTRA
 
— THE ADDICTION (Arrow). ‘Talking with the Vampires,’ documentary by directpr Abel Ferrara.
— BERSERK: Film critic Pamela Hutchison tracks Joan Crawford’s career. (Indicator)
— THE BONEYARD (Deep Red): ‘The Little Ghoul Grows Up,’ interview with Sallie Middleton by associate producer Phil Smoot.
— CANDYMAN: Director’s UK cut of the 1992 film. (Scream Factory)
— CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE: ‘Lewton’s Muse: The Dark Eyes of Simon Simone,’ by Constantine Nasr (Shout)
— THE FOG COLLECTOR’S EDITION: ‘Retribution: Uncovering John Carpenter’s The Fog,’ directed by Daniel Griffith. (StudioCanal; UK)
— HAMMER VOLUME 3: ‘Women of Hammer’ profiles of Mary Merrall, Edwina Carroll, Jan Holden, Yvonne Monlaur. (Indicator)
— INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS: ‘Sleep No More, Invasion of the Body Snatchers Revisited,’ including interviews not seen for decades. (Olive)
— JACK THE GIANT KILLER: Includes full musical version. (Kino)
— LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT: ‘The Craven Touch,’ interviews with Wes Craven collaborators. (Arrow)
— NIGHT OF THE DEMON: Scott MacQueen interviews Dana Andrews. (Indicator)
— NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: ‘Night of the Anubis,’ a work print of film. (Criterion)
— OUTER LIMITS, Vol. 2: Two alternate episodes: ‘Please Stand By’ (alternate pilot); and ‘The Unknown,’ pilot for a spinoff. (Kino)
— ROBERT A. HEINLEIN’S THE PUPPET MASTERS: ‘The Puppet Grand Master,’ a look at Heinlein’s influence. (Kino)
— THE TINGLER: Imaginary Biology: Kim Newman’s appreciation (Indicator)
— VAMPIRE AND THE BALLERINA: 10-minute 8mm version of the film from the 1970s. (1960; Scream Factory)
— THE VIRGIN SUICIDES (Criterion) Interviews with director Sofia Coppola, Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett.
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8 ) BEST COMMENTARY
— Bill Ackerman, Amanda Reyes, LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT (Arrow)
— Samm Deighan, Kat Ellinger, MR. SARDONICUS (Indicator)
— David DelValle, David DeCoteau, THE KILLING KIND (Vinegar Syndrome)
— Tony Earnshaw, NIGHT OF THE DEMON (Indicator)
— Lee Gambin, Emma Westwood: STRAIT-JACKET (Indicator)
— Steve Haberman, David J. Schow, Constantine Nasr, STRAIT-JACKET (Scream Factory edition)
— Troy Howarth: Lucio Fulci’s ZOMBIE (Blue Underground)
— Tim Lucas: THE NIGHT STALKER, NIGHT STRANGLER (Kino)
— Kim Newman, Stephen Jones: CANDYMAN (Scream Factory)
— Jonathan Rigby, Kevin Lyons, THE TINGLER (Indicator)
— David J. Schow: THE GHOST OF SIERRA DE COBRE (Kino)
— Imogen Sara Smith, THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE (Kino)
— Richard Harland Smith, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956, Olive)
— Nathaniel Thompson and Howard S. Berger, MAD DOCTOR OF BLOOD ISLAND (Severin)
— Tom Weaver, Dr. Robert J. Kiss THE WASP WOMAN (Kino)
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9) BEST PACKAGE OF DVD EXTRAS
— BASKET CASE (Arrow) New commentary, new interviews, documentary and animated short.
— CANDYMAN (Shout) Two new commentaries plus a disc of interviews, features.
— CREEPSHOW (Shout) New commentaries, roundtable, interviews.
— EXORCIST II: THE HERETIC (Shout) Two disc-set includes three new commentaries (one by director John Boorman), two cuts of film, Linda Blair interview, more.
— FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC (Arrow): Commentary, interviews, two versions of script.
— HAMMER VOLUME 3: BLOOD AND TERROR (Arrow): Commentaries, new featurettes on each film, essays.
— INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956, Olive). New interviews, commentary, essay plus archival interviews with stars never before released.
— LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT (Arrow): Three discs include different versions, CD soundtrack, new features.
— MISADVENTURES OF BIFFLE AND SHOOSTER: (Kino) Commentary, 1962 ‘interview,’ outtakes, bloopers, ‘Vitaphone short,’ Spanish outtake.
— NIGHT OF THE DEMON/CURSE OF THE DEMON (Indicator): Nine features on making and impact; interviews; commentaries.
— NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (Criterion): Five new features, new interviews 16 mm dailies, work print, plus archival material.
— NIGHT STALKER/NIGHT STRANGLER (Kino): Twin releases feature new commentaries, interviews, booklets.
— OUTER LIMITS Vol. 1 and 2 (Kino): 49 remastered episodes, two lost pilots, dozens of features, interviews, alternate cuts, 42 individual commentaries.
— THE VAULT OF AMICUS (Severin): Trailers, commentaries, and four hours of audio interviews.
— WHO CAN KILL A CHILD (Mondo Macabro): documentary, interviews, alternate opening and commentary.
— WILLIAM CASTLE AT COLUMBIA (Vols, 1 and 2): Seven commentaries, alternate versions of two films, interviews, Joan Crawford ‘axe test.’
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10) BEST INDEPENDENT FILM (limited release, direct to video, festivals, streaming services)
— ALL THE CREATURES WERE STIRRING, directed by David and Rebekah McKendry. A collection of grim Christmas tales. See trailer here
— BLACK WAKE, directed by Jeremiah Kipp. Lovecraftian monsters from the sea.  See trailer here.
— CAM, directed by Daniel Goldhaber. A cam girl finds herself with unexpected competition. See trailer here.
— GUNS OF THE APOCALYPSE, directed by Christopher Mihm. A sci-fi spaghetti mix of a Western.   See trailer here.
— IMITATION GIRL, directed by Natasha Kermani, An ooze from outer space morphs into a cover girl. See trailer here.
— LIVESCREAM, directed by Michelle Iannatuono. The loneliness and dread of a gamer.  See trailer here.
— POSSUM, directed by Matthew Holness. A puppeteer loses control of his fantasies. See trailer here.
— THE RANGER, directed by Jenn Wexler. Punk sensibilities drive a slasher thriller. See trailer here
— REVENGE, directed by Coralie Fargeat. A blood-soaked stalking follows the unspeakable. See trailer here.
— SATAN’S SLAVES, directed by Joko Anwar. Ghosts haunt an Indonesian family.  See trailer here.
— TALES OF FRANKENSTEIN, directed by Don Glut. Four takes on the classic monster. See trailer here.
— TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID, directed by Issa Lopez. Horrors stalk the drug cartels.  See trailer here.
— THE WITCH IN THE WINDOW, directed by Andy Mitton. Terror at a house in the country. See trailer here.
— Or write in another choice:
11) BEST SHORT FILM
— BE US, directed by Alex DiVincenzo (6 mins.). An uneasy interrogation about an alien encounter. See video here
— BRIDE OF FRANKIE, directed by Devi Snively (19 mins.). Scientist builds a mate for her mentor’s creature.  See trailer here
— HAIR WOLF, directed by Mariama Dialio (12 mins.). In comedy, a black hair salon is drained of culture. See trailer here
— HELLBOUND, directed by Stephen Seiber (15 mins.). Teenage demon hunter finds more than expected. See trailer here.
— HOP FROG, Octoberpod (19 mins.). Illustrations by Nic Calavera propel telling of Poe’s 1849 short story.  See video here.
— THE HOUSE OF SEVEN GABLES, directed by Ben Wickey (27 mins.). Animated version of Hawthorne classic. See trailer here
— THE INVADERS, directed by Mateo Marquez (7 mins.). A future of Islamophobia takes a horrific turn. See trailer here.
— LADY M, directed by Tammy Riley-Smith (12 mins.). Aging actress conjures up Shakespearian magic. See trailer here
— THE LUCKY SOUTHERN STAR, directed by Mitchell and Steve Danyon (21 mins.). Julie Adams stars as ‘grandma’ in a retelling of her life.  See trailer here.
— LUNCH LADIES, directed by J.M. Logan, produced by Clarissa Jacobson. Going to bloody lengths to become Johnny Depp’s chef (19 mins.).  See trailer here
— PUPPET MASTER, directed by Hanna Bergholm (15 mins.). A woman so lonely she becomes inanimate.  See trailer here.
— THE QUIET ROOM, directed by Sam Wineman (25 mins.). A demon stalks the psyche ward.   See trailer here.
— SUPER 8 DAZE, directed by Rob Hampton and John Morgan (14 mins.). Documenting a childhood of making backyard monster movies. See video here.
— VENEFICA, directed by Maria Wilson (8 mins.). A young witch must choose between good and evil. See trailer here
— Or write in another choice:
12) BEST DOCUMENTARY
— ALL EYES ON LENZI: Life and Time of the Italian Exploitation Titan, directed by Calum Waddell. The career of Italy’s grindhouse maestro. (Part of 88 Films’ Eyeball Blu Ray)
— CHESLEY BONESTELL: A BRUSH WITH THE FUTURE, directed by Douglass M. Stewart Jr. A look at the foremost astronomical artist of the 20th Century. See trailer here.
— CLARK ASHTON SMITH: The Emperor of Dreams, directed by Darin Colho Spring. Revisiting the worlds and contemporaries of the famed fantasy writer. See trailer here.
— FROM CALIGARI TO HITLER: German Cinema in the Age of the Masses, directed by Rudiger Suchsland. TCM airing of seminal study of pre-war German cinema and culture. See trailer here.
— HAMMER HORROR: The Warner Bros. Years, directed by Marcus Hearn. Inside stories of the horror team-up that helped save Hammer. See trailer here.
— SURVIVAL OF THE FILM FREAKS, directed by Bill Fulkerson, Kyle Kutchta. The evolution of the cult film phenomenon. See trailer here
— TOO MACABRE: The Making of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, produced by Tony Timpone, Michael Krueger and Sven Thomas Weber. Up front with the real story behind the 1988 cult classic.  See trailer here.
— WOLFMAN’S GOT NARDS, directed by Andre Gower. How ‘The Monster Squad’ reveals the power of a cult film.  See trailer here.
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13) BOOK OF THE YEAR
— AD NAUSEAM: Newsprint Nightmares from the 1980s, by Michael Gingold (1984 Publishing, hardcover, 248 pages, $34.95).
— ALL THE COLOURS OF SERGIO MARTINO, by Kat Ellinger (Arrow Books, softcover, 91 pages, $28.70). Introduction to the many facets of Italian filmmaker.
— BIRTH OF THE AMERICAN HORROR FILM, by Gary Don Rhodes (Edinburgh University Press, softcover, 420 pages, $29.95). Revealing the earliest and forgotten origins of horror, from Salem to cinema of 1895-1915.
— CANDID MONSTERS: Behind the Scenes Photos & Interviews from Your Favorite Monster Movies, Vols. 1-3, by Ted Bohus (CreateSpace, softcover, 114-122 pages, $24.95-$29.99). A lifetime of rare photos, stills and interviews.
— THE DR. PHIBES COMPANION, by Justin Humphreys (BearManor Media, softcover, 274 pages, $24.95). Finding the horror, romance and humor of the Vincent Price films.
— FANTASTIC WORLDS: The Art of William Stout, by Ed Leimbacher (Insight, hardcover, 304 pages, $75). The images and impact of an all-time illustrator.
— FOUND FOOTAGE: How the Astro-Zombies Saved My Life and Other Tales of Movie Madness, by Joe Kane (CultMachine, softcover, 222 pages, $15). The Phantom of the Movies
recalls the grindhouse days on 42nd Street and beyond.
— FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO GHOST MOVIES, by Axelle Carolyn (FAB Press, softcover, 240 pages, $24.95). Reviews of cinema’s most spectral visions.
— GHOULISH: The Art of Gary Pullin, by Gary Pullin with commentary by April Snellings (1984 Publishing, hardcover, 228 pages, $29.95). Covers, posters, albums and more.
— GOOD NIGHT, WHATEVER YOU ARE: My Journey with Zacherley, the Cool Ghoul, by Richard Scrivani (BearManor Media, softcover, 226 pages, $24.95). Revised and expanded edition.
— HAMMER COMPLETE: The Films, The Personnel, The Company, by Howard Maxford (McFarland, hardcover, 992 pages, $95). Mammoth look at the studio’s entire output, musicals, too.
— HARRYHAUSEN: The Movie Posters, by Richard Holliss (Titan Books, hardcover, 192 pages, $39.95). Posters and unseen promotional material from Joe Young to Titans.
— THE HOWLING, by Lee Gambin (Centipede Press, softcover, 350 pages, $35). Examining Joe Dante’s werewolf classic.
— HUMAN BEASTS: The Films of Paul Naschy, by Troy Howarth (CreateSpace, softcover, 344 pages, $49.95). Career retrospective of Spanish horror icon.
— IF I ONLY HAD A BRAIN: Scarecrows in Film and TV, edited by Lee Gambin (Cinemaniacs, softcover, 242 pages, $21.50). Essays that go far beyond Oz.
— IN SEARCH OF MARY SHELLEY: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein, by Fiona Sampson (Pegasus, hardcover, 328 pages, $28.95). 200 years after.
— JAWS 2: The Making of the Hollywood Sequel, by Michael A. Smith (BearManor Media, softcover, 530 pages, $29.95). Mammoth update and expanded edition, this time in color.
— JOURNEY OF THE LIVING DEAD: At Tribute to Fifty Years of Flesh Eaters, by Arnold T. Blumberg (ATB, softcover, 327 pages, $19.95). Decades of media transformed.
— THE 1990s TEEN HORROR CYCLE: Final Girls and a New Hollywood Formula, by Alexandra West. (McFarland, softcover, 195 pages, $29.95). How cinematic vengeance became empowerment.
— 1930s HORROR MOVIE SCRAPBOOK, VOL. 2, by Gary J. and Susan Svehla (Midnight Marquee, softcover, 300 pages, $25). A horror cycle told through pressbooks, photos, news clippings and more.
— ONE MAN CRAZY: The Life and Times of Colin Clive, by Gregory William Mank (Midnight Marquee, softcover, 378 pages, $30). The definitive look at horror’s most tortured scientist.
— SCREAMING FOR PLEASURE: How Horror Makes You Happy and Healthy, by S.A. Bradley (Coal Cracker Press, softcover, 288 pages, $19.99). The secret connections that make being terrified a balm for the soul.
— SCRIPTS FROM THE CRYPT NO. 8: ATOMIC SUBMARINE, by Tom Weaver with Robert J. Kiss, David Schecter, Karen Latham Everson, Richard Heft (BearManor Media, softcover, 224 pages, $25). A deep dive into 1959 classic.
— THE SONS OF GODZILLA: From Destroyer to Defender, From Ridicule to Respect (1955-1995), by Peter H. Brothers (CreateSpace, softcover, 432 pages, $19.55). The non-Honda and modern sequels examined by a kaiju expert.
— SPIRITS OF THE DEAD (Histoires Extraordinaire), by Tim Lucas (PS Publishing, hardcover, 232 pages, $29). The European trilogy of three Poe stories reconsidered 50 years later.
— THRILLS UNTAPPED: Neglected Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films. 1928-1936, by Michael R. Pitts (McFarland, softcover, 348 pages, $49.95). Remembering nearly 150 lost or forgotten films.
— WE DON’T GO BACK: A Watcher’s Guide to Folk Horror, by Howard David Ingham (Room 207 Press, softcover, 411 pages, $25). Witches, bigfoots, swamp creatures and wicker men.
— THE WEIRDEST MOVIE EVER MADE: The Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot Film, by Phil Hall (BearManor Media, softcover, 120 pages, $14.95). The strange but true story behind the infamous Sasquatch footage.
— WHERE MONSTERS WALKED: California Locations of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, 1925-1965, by Gail and Raymond Orwig (McFarland, softcover, $49.95). Venturing beyond Bronson’s Canyon.
— WONDERLAND, edited by Emma McRae with Alexandra Heller-Nicholas for Senses of Cinema (Thames & Hudson, softcover, 218 pages, $46) Essays and illustrations trace the movie adventures of Lewis Carroll’s Alice.
— YOU DON’T KNOW ME, BUT YOU LOVE ME: The Lives of Dick Miller, by Caelum Vatnsdal (Arbeiter Ring Publishing, hardcover, 344 pages, $29). Biography of the ubiquitous B-movie character actor.
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14) BEST MAGAZINE of 2018
— Cinema Retro
— Classic Monsters of the Movies (UK)
— The Dark Side (UK)
— Delirium
— Famous Monsters of Filmland
— Fangoria
— Filmfax
— Freaky Monsters
— G-Fan
 — HorrorHound
— Little Shoppe of Horrors
— Mad Scientist
— Midnight Marquee
— Monster!
— Monster Bash
— Phantom of the Movies’ Videoscope
— Rue Morgue
— Scary Monsters
— Scream (UK)
 — Screem
— Shock
— We Belong Dead (UK)
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15) BEST ARTICLE (Please select two)
— ‘Ape-Ocalypse Then: Excavating Beneath the Planet of the Apes,’ by John Harrison, WENG’S CHOP #11. How the ape world ended, with a bang.
— ‘The Beauty Who Created A Beast,’ by Brian J. Robb, THE DARK SIDE #190. The unsung career of Millicent Patrick, makeup wizard behind the Creature of the Black Lagoon.
— ‘The Birds: A HorrorHound Retrospective,’ by Jason ‘Jinx’ Jenkins, HORRORHOUND #72. The making and marketing of Hitchcock’s classic.
— ‘The Cool Ghoul Invades Hollywood,’ by Jan Alan Henderson, FILMFAX #152. A personal account of Zacherley’s rare trips to Los Angeles.
— ‘The Creeper Chronicles,’ by Tom Weaver, CLASSIC IMAGES #521. Behind-the-scenes of Rondo Hatton’s five films for Universal.
— ‘Dracula in the Seventies: Prints of Darkness,’ by Steve Vertleib, Thethunderchild.com. Restored version of an original article on the Christopher Lee vampire cycle.
— ‘Fear Is Family,’ by Andrea Subissati, RUE MORGUE #182. Package of features on roots and impact of Hereditary.
— ‘The Fly: Kurt Neumann’s Reinvention of Science Fiction,’ by Nige Burton, CLASSIC MONSTERS OF THE MOVIES #12. How a genre came of age.
— ‘Halloweens to Remember: Creature Features Never to Forget,’ by Spence Connolly, SCARY MONSTERS #110. A personal journey through horror.
— ‘Hammer Genesis: This Is How It All Began,’ by Denis Meikle, LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #40. The influence of the Carreras and Hinds families.
— ‘A History of Planet Film Productions,’ by Christopher Gullo, MIDNIGHT MARQUEE #80. The obscure British horror company.
— ‘Horrors of the Holy,’ by Jess Peacock, RUE MORGUE #180. How religion propels horror films.
— ‘Insidious Insects Invade,’ by Mark C. Glassy, PhD., SCARY MONSTERS #107. The creepy truth behind those giant bug movies.
— ‘Journey to the Lost World,’ by Martin Arlt, MAD SCIENTIST #33. Revisiting the 1925 stop-motion classic.
— ‘A Man for All Reasons: A Personal Tribute to Richard Hatch,’ by Brad Linaweaver, Mondocult.com. A remembrance of Battlestar Galactica star.
— ‘Master of Puppets’, and ‘How to Slit Your Own Throat,’ by Preston Fassel and Tate Steinsiek, FANGORIA Vol. 2, #1. Exploring Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich.
— ‘Memories of Haruo Nakajima,’ by Tim Bean. G-FAN #118. The Godzilla suit actor in words and photos.
— ‘Metamorphosing Monsters: Reprobates in Disguise,’ by Jamie Jones, CLASSIC MONSTERS OF THE MOVIES #13. The loss of humanity as the root of all horrors.
— ‘Monsters in the Living Room,’ Parts 1-3, by Jim Ivers. SCARY MONSTERS #109-111. A decade-by-decade look at horror on television.
— ‘The Mummy in Australia,’ by Daniel Best, MONSTER! #33. Real-life murder surrounded the Kharis films in the 1940s.
— ‘The Price of Candy: The Making of Never Take Sweets from a Stranger,’ by Constantine Nasr, LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #40. Examining one of Hammer’s grimmest tales.
— ‘Ray Harryhausen: A Fan’s Remembrance,’ by L.J. Dopp, MondoCult.com. A career retold through the memories of his films.
— ‘Second Swings: The Unseen Chainsaw Massacres,’ by William S. Wilson. FANGORIA Vol. 2, #1. Through newly-discovered story treatments, the sequel that never was.
— ‘Suspiria: The Real Magick of Dario Argento,’ by Kat Ellinger, SCREAM #51. Why the original survives as a genre classic.
— ‘Universal’s First Mad Scientist,’ by Kurt McCoy, SCARY MONSTERS #110. Revealing Prof. Singleton in 1915’s ‘The Eleventh Dimension.’
— ‘Universal’s Inner Sanctum Series,’ by Pedro de Queiroz, WE BELONG DEAD #20. Tracking the Lon Chaney Jr. mysteries.
— ‘Unleashing the Hounds of Zaroff,’ by Jon Towlson, THE DARK SIDE #196. The making, and cutting, of The Most Dangerous Game..
— ‘Vitriolage: The Power of Facial Disfigurement in Genre Cinema,’ by Chris Herzog, SCREEM #35. The stuff of nightmares, but rarely discussed.
— ‘We Are the Martians Now: The Making of Quatermass and the Pit,’ by Bruce G. Hallenbeck, LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #40.
— ‘When Danforth Ruled the Earth: The Making of Hammer’s Second Dinosaur Epic,’ by Mark Wolf,’ LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #41. More than stop-motion went into When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth.
— ‘Who Created Kong?’ by Neil Pettigrew, THE DARK SIDE #191. Comparing Edgar Wallace’s first draft to what ended up on screen.
— Or write in another choice:
(Feel free to select two articles from above list)
16) BEST INTERVIEW (award goes to interviewer)
— Sam Arkoff and James Nicholson, 1958 interview by Philip Scheuer. MONSTER BASH #33.
— Ricou Browning by Holly Interlandi, FAMOUS MONSTERS #290.
— Jamie Lee Curtis, by Michael Gingold, RUE MORGUE #183.
— Eddie Deezen, by Scott Voisin, VIDEOSCOPE #107.
— Fred Dekker (director of NIGHT OF THE CREEPS), by Josh Merritt, THE DARK SIDE #189.
— Samantha Eggar, by Terry & Tiffany DuFoe, VIDEOSCOPE #106.
— Harlan Ellison, expanded 1997 interview on Outer Limits, by Dana Marie Andra, MONSTER! #33.
— John Karlen (Dark Shadows), by Rod Labbe, SCARY MONSTERS #108.
— Cassandra Peterson (Elvira), by Sam Irvin. SCREEM #36.
— Lance Reddick (Lost, Fringe), by Jessie Hobson, cinedump.com.
— Marli Renfro (body double in Psycho shower scene), by Anthony Petkovich, FILMFAX #152.
— Eli Roth (House With a Clock in its Wall), by Jessica Dwyer, HORRORHOUND #72.
— Russell Streiner, Judith O’Dea, John Russo, Kyra Schon (NOTLD), by Dr. Gangrene, SCARY MONSTERS #110.
— Victoria Vetri by Michael Augustine Reed. LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #41.
— Or write in another choice:
17) BEST COLUMN
— Art-House Video by Nancy Naglin, VIDEOSCOPE
— CineDump Interviews by Jessie Hobson.
— Dr. Gangrene’s Mad Interviews, SCARY MONSTERS
— Files from the Black Museum: A Cultural Autopsy of Classic Horror, by Paul Corupe, RUE MORGUE
— Grey Matters, by Richard Schellbach, Mondo Cult Online
— It Came from Bowen’s Basement, John Bowen, RUE MORGUE
— Kaiju Korner by Mike Bogue, SCARY MONSTERS
— Monsters! Monsters! Everywhere! Behind-the scenes photos with Al Pictori. FILMFAX.
— Overlooked in Hollywood, by Laura Wagner, FILMS OF THE GOLDEN AGE
— Ralph’s One and Only Traveling Reviews, Richard Klemensen, LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS
— Rondo Remembers, by Ron Adams, MONSTER BASH
— Strange Days by Jason Strangis, SCARY MONSTERS
— They Came from the Crypt, Jon Kitley, HORRORHOUND
— TV Terrors by Felix Vasquez Jr., bloodydisgusting.com
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18 ) BEST COVER

 Classic Monsters #10
by Daniel Horne

       The Dark Side #190

by Rick Melton

Famous Monsters #290
by Sanjulian

Fangoria Vol. 2 #1
Design by Ashley Detmering

Filmfax #152
by Drew Friedman

G-Fan 25th Anniversary

HorrorHound #71
by Sara Deck
 

Little Shoppe of Horrors #41

by Jeff Preston

MAD #4
by Gary Pullin

Midnight Marquee #80
by David Robinson


Mad Scientist #33 by John Rozum

Scary Monsters Presents Monster Memories #26
by Scott Jackson

Monster! #33
Design by Michael C. Hall

Monster Bash #33
by Daniel Horne

Rue Morgue #185
by Rob Birchfield

 

Screem #36
by Mark Maddox

Videoscope 105
Design by Kevin Hein

We Belong Dead
by Mark Maddox

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19) BEST WEBSITE
— Anatomy of a Scream  Inclusive horror views and Grim magazine.
— Birth.Movies.Death Where movies are everything.
— Bloody Disgusting  Tracking the latest across all of horror’s platforms.
— CineDump  Interview, reviews and always something of interest.
— Classic Horrors Club  Navigating the ‘Five Ages of Classic Horror.’
— Classic Movie Monsters  One of the original castles of Frankensteins.
— Collecting Classic Monsters  Masks, models, all things collectible.
— Collinsport Historical Society  Keeping Barnabas Collins and friends eternal.
— Daily Dead  Breaking news and an all-service horror site.
— Diabolique Magazine For those who take horror seriously; also home of Daughters of Darkness..
— Dread Central  Horror’s front page.
— Dr. Gangrene’s Mad Blog Nashville’s multilmedia horror host.
— Dwight Frye Appreciation Group  More than hunchbacks and madmen.
File 770  Long established science fiction fandom and research site.
— Final Girl Stacey Ponder’s cinema survival guide.
— Graveyard Shift Sisters Women of color embrace horror.
The Haunted Cinema  Articles and interviews of horror.
— Horror and Sons From classics to modern horrors, reviews and more.
— Horror-Movies.ca  Scare news from the North.
— The Horrors of It All  Horror comics of the 50s lurk here.
— It Came From … Musings by David Weiner, nostalgia curator.
— Latarnia Fantastique International Home of Euro and world horror.
— Kindertrauma  The things that scared you as a kid, reborn.
— Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies  A global curriculum of horrific studies.
— Mondo Cult Horror is just part of the edgy culture here.
— Monster Kid Clubhouse  A gathering place for classic horrors.
— Monster Magazine World  A visual feast of a newsstand.
— John Kenneth Muir  Musings on horror, culture and cult TV.
— Ravenous Monster   Devouring all things monstrous.
— Scared Silly  Paul Castiglia’s tribute to classic horror comedies.
— SciFi Japan  Many experts at Earth’s kaiju headquarters.
— Serial Squadron  Soon-to-be non-profit, a vital resource for chapter plays.
— Sin Street Sleaze  John Harrison walks the backstreets of horror.
 Terror from Beyond the Dave  A singular version of horror madness.
— Universal Monster Army  Ultimate destination for models, toys, collectibles.
— Video WatchBlog  Tim Lucas on the magic of cinema, music and life.
— Women in Horror Month  Resources and links reach far beyond February.
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20) BEST MULTIMEDIA SITE (Podcasts, videos…)
— BETWEEN LIGHT AND SHADOW  Twilight Zone episodes dissected.
 BLOODBATH AND BEYOND  For everything horror.
— BLUMHOUSE SHOCK WAVES Podcast of Galluzzo, Kane, Turek and McKendry.
— B-MOVIECAST  Long-running podcast still a force.
— COUNT GORE DE VOL’S CREATURE FEATURES Weekly webcast from a horror host original.
— THE CREATURES FEATURES SHOW  A Bay Area classic reborn.
— CULT RADIO A GO-GO!   Pioneers of the horror-talk genre.
— DAMN DIRTY GEEKS  Hollywood pros, fans and comics rave about horror.
— DOCTOR OF THE DEAD  Podcast of zombies, for zombies, by zombies.
— EERIE LATE NIGHT RADIO  Bone Jangler and Halloween Jack hold forth.
— FLICKS THAT THE CHURCH FORGOT  The religious undertones of horror.
 FRANKENSTEIN MINUTE  Podcast dissects 1931 film, yes, minute by minute.
— GILBERT GOTTFRIED’S AMAZING COLOSSAL PODCAST Laughs and plenty of monster talk.
— HELLBENT FOR HORROR  Smart podcasts with authors and talent.
— THE HOMICIDAL HOMEMAKER  ‘Where Home Economics Meets Horror’
— HORROR HAPPENS RADIO SHOW  Jay K, the Ghost and horrors.
— HORROR MOVIE PODCAST  Serious talk about horror and film.
— HORRORNEWS.NET Reliable and timely.
— THE HYSTERIA CONTINUES Podcast slashes away at slasher movies.
— KAIJUCAST  Godzilla’s early warning system.
— MADE-FOR-TV MAYHEM Amanda Reyes focuses on television horrors.
— THE MIDNIGHT MOVIE  For 20 years, the home of midnight chillers.
— MONSTER KID RADIO  Derek Koch hosts and interviews on classic monsters.
— THE MONSTER CHANNEL Horror hosts galore, presented by Eerie Late Night.
— MST3K REVIVAL LEAGUE  A fan-based podcast of parodies.
— NASCHYCAST  Rod Barnett & Troy Guinn talk all things Naschy.
— NIGHT OF THE LIVING PODCAST  A legacy of horrors from Cincinnati.
— POE FOREVERMORE RADIO THEATER  Audio versions of macabre classics.
POST MORTEM WITH MICK GARRIS   Interviews with filmmakers and more.
— THE PROJECTION BOOTH  Horror and film from high above the balcony.
— RAY HARRYHAUSEN PODCAST  Stop-motion talks from the Ray Harryhausen Foundation.
— SCORED TO DEATH: THE PODCAST J. Blake Fichera’s interviews with composers.
— SCRM RADIO  All things horror, pasta too.
— SIX FOOT PLUS   Digging up spooky talk and music.
— TRAILERS FROM HELL  Joe Dante and gang comment on vintage trailers.
— TWILIGHT ZONE PODCAST  There’s the podcast up ahead.
— THE VORTEXX Home of horror hosts and more.
— Or write in another choice:
21) FAVORITE HORROR HOST
— Arachna of the Spider People (Beware Theater)
— The Bone Jangler (and Enchantress Nocturna)
— Karlos Borloff (Monster Madhouse)
— Joe Bob Briggs (The Last Drive-In)
— Count Gore De Vol (Creature Feature: The Weekly Web Program)
— Count Gregula’s Crypt
— Dr. Paul Bearer (Tombstone Tales)
— Dr. Gangrene Presents
— Dr. Madblood’s Manor
— Elvira, Mistress of the Dark
— Fritz the Nite-Owl (Nite Owl Theater)
— Bobby Gammonster (Monster Movie Night)
— Ghoul a Go-Go (New York)
— Gruesome Graves (Haunted Hotel)
— Halloween Jack’s Haunted Theatre
— Halloween Harvey (Festival of Fear)
— Nigel Honeybone (The Schlocky Horror Picture Show, Australia)
— Ivonna Cadaver (Macabre Theatre)
— Lamia, Queen of the Dark (Horror Hotel)
— Lord Blood-Rah (Nerve Wrackin’ Theatre)
— Marlena Midnite (Midnight Mausoleum)
— The Midnight Movie (Ohio)
— Miss Misery (Movie Massacre)
— Mr. Lobo (Cinema Insomnia)
— The Mummy and the Monkey (Hairy Scary Hangout)
— Al Omega (Creature Features, San Francisco)
— Penny Dreadful (Shilling Shockers)
— Son of Ghoul (Ohio)
— Svengoolie (Berwyn)
— Vincent Van Dahl (Creature Features, Chicago)
— Or write in another favorite host
22) BEST CONVENTION
— BLOB FEST (Phoenixville, Pa.)
— CHILLER (Parsippany, NJ)
— CINEMA WASTELAND (Strongsville, Oh.)
— CRYPTICON (Seattle)
— CTHULHUCON (Portland, Ore.)
— DAYS OF THE DEAD (Indianapolis)
— DRAGONCON (Atlanta)
— FLASHBACK WEEKEND (Rosemont, Il.)
— G-FEST (Rosemont, Il.)
— GHOULARDIFEST (Cleveland)
— HORRORHOUND WEEKEND (Cincinnati/Indianapolis)
— HORROR REALM  (Pittsburgh)
— MAD MONSTER PARTY (Arizona, South Carolina)
— MONSTER BASH (Mars, Pa.)
— MONSTERFEST (Chesapeake, Va.)
— MONSTER-MANIA (Cherry Hill, NJ)
— MONSTERPALOOZA (Pasadena/Burbank)
— MONSTERAMA (Atlanta)
— ROCK AND SHOCK (Worcester, Ma.)
— SCAREFEST (Lexington, Ky.)
— SCARES THAT CARE (Williamsburg, Va.)
— SPOOKY EMPIRE (Orlando)
— STOKERCON (Providence, R.I.)
— TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND (Dallas)
— WONDERFEST (Louisville)
— Or write in another choice:
23) TOP EVENT OF 2018
— Rick Baker given Frightmare Achievement Award at Monsterpalooza. Surprise guests include Slash, David Naughton and John Landis.
— Blob Panic Re-enactment recreates panic at same theater in Pennsylvania.
— Dawn of the Dead celebrates 40th anniversary at Monroeville Mall where it was filmed, including placement of memorial bust.
— Halloween 40th celebration in Pasadena draws most cast members ever.
— Ray Harryhausen inducted into Visual Effects Society Hall of Fame.
— Tobe Hooper online tribute organized by F This Movie Podcast.
— Gregory Mank lectures on life of Colin Clive at Monster Bash.
— Monsters & Merriment art show included 1910 Frankenstein and tribute to Jerry Lentz. Nashville.
— Radio Theatre’s H.P. Lovecraft Ten tales get radio treatment live on stage.
— Amanda Reyes’ lecture, ‘Big Scares on the Small Screen: A Brief History of the Made-for-TV Horror Film,’ at The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, NYC.
— Scripts Gone Wild table reading of Gremlins.
— Slaughter Awards, honoring UK horror, unveiled at DarkFest in London.
— Women in Horror Month features short films throughout February.
— Or write in another choice:
24) BEST COMIC BOOK
— THE CREEPS: Recreating the Warren magazine experience. (Warrant)
— CULT MOVIE COMICS: A B-Movie Horror Memoir #1, by Matt Bradshaw. A life at the movies. (Gerbil with a Jetpack)
— EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF TERROR. Parody stories from the master. (Ahoy Comics)
— GREAT SCOTT: THE RARE IMAGINARY COMIC BOOK COVERS OF LARRY BLAMIRE. What-if artwork from a fevered mind.  (Bookaroonie Press)
— HARROW COUNTY: Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook explore the backroad horrors of America. (Dark Horse)
— HAUNTED HORROR, Craig Yoe, Clizia Gussoni and Steve Banes. Keeping the horror comics of the 1950s alive. (IDW)
— INFIDEL by Pornsak Pinetshote and Aaron Campbell. Xenophobia fuels creatures in a building. (Image)
— SACRED CREATURES: Klaus Janson, Pablo Raimondi. Archetypes of horror wage war. (Image)
— TALES FROM THE BLACK CIRCLE, by Sam Hart and Trevor Markwart. Stories of Norwegian Heavy Metal. (Corpse Paint)
— THE WALKING DEAD, by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard. The undead eternal. (Image)
— Or write in another choice:
25) BEST CD 
 
— Alien 3 expanded soundtrack (LaLa Land)
— Bram Stoker’s Dracula expanded soundtrack (La LaLand)
— Halloween (2018 ) John Carpenter and sons update the score.(Sacred Bones)
— The Haunting of Mary Shelley, Victorian chamber metal music by Valentne Wolfe.
— Mandy, by the late Johann Johannsson (Lakeshore)
 Valley of Gwangi Complete Jerome Moross soundtrack (Intrada)
— John Williams’ Dracula: The Deluxe Edition (Varese Sarabande)
— Thom Yorke’s Suspiria 2018 soundtrack (XL).
— You Were Never Really Here soundtrack by Jonny Greenwood.(Lakeshore)
— Or write in another choice:
 
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26. BEST WRITER OF 2018 (includes reviewers)
27. BEST ARTIST OF 2018 (all formats, including paint, sculpt, photo or design)
28. BEST FAN ARTIST OF 2018 (The Linda Miller Award)
Two advisory categories

(Your write-ins here help us select honorees in the following two categories)

 

29. MONSTER KID OF THE YEAR (Who did the most to advance the cause of classic horror scholarship, film preservation or genre fun).
30. 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 of folks who have helped fandom grow.
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, Ron Borst, 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, June Foray, Mark Frank, Frank Frazetta, Bob Furmanek, Ghoulardi, Don Glut, Basil Gogos, Archie Goodwin, Alex and Richard Gordon, Count Gore De Vol, Ray Harryhausen, Mike Hill, 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, Mark Miller, Morgus, Ted Newsom, Haruo Nakajima, Paul Naschy, Greg Nicotero, Cassandra Peterson (Elvira), Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett, Don Post Studio, Mark Redfield, Gary Don Rhodes, German Robles, George A. Romero, Ed ‘Big Daddy’ Roth, Vince Rotolo, David J. Skal, Richard Harland Smith, John Stanley, Michael Stein, Bhob Stewart, William Stout, George Stover, Gary and Sue Svehla, Robert Taylor, 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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Whew! That’s it. Remember, you don’t have to vote in every category and write-ins and comments are accepted.
REMEMBER TO INCLUDE YOUR NAME; E-MAIL YOUR PICKS TO taraco@aol.com
AGAIN, TO VOTE simply copy this ballot and make your picks by highlighting your selection, or by putting an X by your selections, or by typing out your picks separately. We know the ballot is awkward, but a simple cut-and-paste into an email works fine.
Then e-mail your picks to taraco@aol.com by Sunday night at midnight, April 21, 2019.
And if you gotten this far, you are a true Monster Kid! Thanks.
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This year’s awards are dedicated to Donnie Waddell — 1960-2018, a lifelong fan and friend to all things fantastic.
 
Rondos copyright 2019 by David Colton