Thursday, March 13

2008 Rondo Awards

The Rondo Awards are in and it was an exciting year - the turnout was bigger than any previous year - almost 3000 people voted!

The winner of Best Horror Host was Penny Dreadful, who hosts in the New England area. Our congratulations to Penny.

In the Best Fan Event, the other category we were nominated for, the winner was the Monroeville Mall Zombie walk. We finished in second in this category - with any luck we'll win this one one of these days. We've come in second almost every year (3rd by one vote last year!)

Cult Radio a Go-Go won best Audio Site - I was very happy about this one, as that is the station that played the Dr. Gangrene Audio program a few weeks back, so in some small way I was a part of that one.

Our good friend Tim Lucas won Best Writer for the second straight year, which is richly deserved. He also won Best Book for his Mario Bava book, which is a massive work of research lovingly written over years of Tim's life.

My pal Frank Dietz won artist of the year for the second straight year, and I'm thrilled for him. Frank is an amazing artist and one of the best guys you could ever hope to meet.

I am really looking forward to Wonderfest this year, and hanging out with both Frank and Tim - and speaking of Wonderfest, it came in second in the Best Convention category by a mere 11 votes! The gap is closing, and I think next year will be Wonderfest's year to take Best Convention.

The Hall of Fame was especially cool this year, with both Ed Big Daddy Roth and Ghoulardi getting in, as well as Bernie Wrightson. Too cool!!

So all in all another terror-ific Rondo season. Some surprises, upsets, and thrilling results. AND more participation than ever before. Here's to David Colton, Rondo organizer, and all the Rondo staff for a job well done!!



BEST FILM
ROB ZOMBIE'S HALLOWEEN (553 votes)

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Runner-up: GRINDHOUSE (293 votes)
Honorable mentions: SWEENEY TODD, 300



BEST TV PRESENTATION

DOCTOR WHO: 'Blink' (293 votes)

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Runner-up: LOST: 'Through the Looking Glass' (275)

Honorable mention: HEROES: 'Five Years Gone';
TIN MAN (Sci Fi Channel)



BEST CLASSIC DVD
NOSFERATU: THE ULTIMATE EDITION (340 votes)

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Runners-up: THE MONSTER SQUAD (327)
Honorable mention: BBC's COUNT DRACULA



BEST CLASSIC HORROR COLLECTION

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UNIVERSAL HORROR CLASSIC MOVIE ARCHIVE (285 votes)


Runner-up: GODZILLA COLLECTION (280)
Honorable mention: MARIO BAVA COLLECTION (Vol. 1 and 2);
THE FLY COLLECTION; ICONS OF HORROR: THE SAM KATZMAN COLLECTION


BEST RESTORATION

NOSFERATU: THE ULTIMATE EDITION (413 votes)

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Runner-up: WITCHFINDER GENERAL

Honorable mention: POPEYE THE SAILOR (1933-1938);
HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME; BBC's COUNT DRACULA; SPIDER BABY


BEST DVD EXTRA

HALLOWEEN: THE HAPPY HAUNTING OF AMERICA bonus disc (424 votes)

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Runner-up: BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA deleted scenes (271)
Honorable mention: VINCENT PRICE SCREEN LEGENDS, Art of Fear



BEST DVD COMMENTARY
Malcolm McDowell, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (525 votes)

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Runner-up: Jack Hill, Sid Haig, SPIDER BABY (159)
Honorable mention: Tim Lucas, MARIO BAVA COLLECTION;
Tom Weaver with Richard, Alex Gordon, Yvonne Romain, MONSTERS AND MADMEN



BEST INDEPENDENT FILM

VAMPIRA THE MOVIE (422 votes)

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Runner-up: CHAINSAW SALLY (197)
Honorable mention: H.P. LOVECRAFT: PICKMAN'S MODEL;
PENNY DREADFUL'S SHILLING SHOCKERS;
LOST ON ADVENTURE ISLAND



BEST BOOK

MARIO BAVA: ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK,
by Tim Lucas (255 votes)

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Runner-up: BELA LUGOSI: DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES, by Gary Don Rhodes and Richard Sheffield (226)

Honorable mention: UNIVERSAL HORRORS (revised), by Tom Weaver, Michael and John Brunas




BEST MAGAZINE
RUE MORGUE (336 votes)

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Runner-up: FANGORIA (256)

Honorable mentions: VIDEO WATCHDOG,
MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT,
SCARY MONSTERS MAGAZINE



BEST ARTICLE

'Adult Fairy Tales & Frustrated Love Stories: The Cinematic Legacy of Terence Fisher,' by Neal Barrow, LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #19 (204 votes)

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Runner-up: 'Honoring Horror at the Oscars,' by Tall Paul Davis, HORROR HOUND #6 (182 votes)

Honorable mentions: 'Kids vs. Monsters,' (Monster Squad retrospective),
by Chris Alexander and Jovanka Vuckovic, RUE MORGUE #69;

'Personal Appearances of Karloff and Lugosi,' by Greg Mank,


MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #23;
'I Was a Teenage Werewolf: Still Fab and Furry After All These Years,'
by Don Vaughan, FILMFAX #116;


'The Tingler,' by Christopher Schaefer, MONDO CULT #2



BEST COVER
SCARY MONSTERS #64 by Terry Beatty (305 votes)

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Runner-up: AMAZING FIGURE MODELER #39 (211)

Honorable mentions: MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #23 by Joe Schovitz;



BEST WEBSITE
TRAILERS FROM HELL (137 votes)

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Runner-up: Video Watchblog (116)

Honorable mentions: Universal Monster Army;
horrorhosts.com; E-Gor's Chamber of TV Horror Hosts;
Creepyclassics; The Drunken Severed Head



BEST CONVENTION OF 2007
MONSTER BASH (136 votes)

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Runner-up: Wonderfest (125)

Honorable mention: Screamfest; Fangoria Weekend of Horrors



BEST FAN EVENT
MONROEVILLE MALL ZOMBIE WALK (345 votes)

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Photo by Shawn Wall, shawnwall.com


Runner-up: Dr. Gangrene's Chiller Theatre Live at WonderFest (168)


Honorable mention: Monster Squad reunion (Monster-Mania);
Witches' Dungeon Classic Movie Museum (Bristol, CT.)
Universal Monster Army traveling toy exhibit





FAVORITE HORROR HOST (Active)

Penny Dreadful (309 votes)

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Runner-up: Svengoolie (249)
Honorable mention: Count Gore De Vol; Dr. Gangrene





BEST AUDIO SITE OR PODCAST

CULT RADIO A GO-GO (207 votes)


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Runner-up: RUE MORGUE RADIO (170)
Honorable mention: VOICES IN THE DARK;
ROTTING FLESH RADIO;
OLD TIME RADIO NETWORK AT PODSHOW



BEST CD
MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (288 votes)

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Runnerup: THE GHASTLY ONES
Honorable mention: LURKING CORPSES, Lust for Blood;
RADIO APOCALYPSE




BEST HORROR COMIC BOOK

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER Season 8, by Joss Whedon (295 votes)

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Runner up: DC ULTIMATE HALLOWEEN (183)
Honorable mention: THE GOON; THE TRAP-DOOR MAKER; GRAPHIC CLASSICS: BRAM STOKER


BEST TOY, MODEL OR COLLECTIBLE

UNIVERSAL MONSTERS ACTION FIGURES by Toy Island (297 votes)

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Photo by Michael Crawford, Captain Toy

Runners-up (224 votes each): FRANKENSTEIN GIANT PEZ;

KING KONG WORKING ARMATURE (Sideshow)



COUNT ALUCARD'S CONTROVERSY OF THE YEAR

DO I HAVE TO BUY THAT ONE TOO? (440 votes)

Fans object when new releases are packaged with films they already have.

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Runner-up: New special effects in old films (285)

Honorable mention: Who owns online art?



BEST DVD COMPANY

ANCHOR BAY (303 votes)

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Runner-up: MGM (172)

Honorable mention: Universal




CLASSIC MOST IN NEED OF DVD RELEASE OR RESTORATION


ISLAND OF LOST SOULS (84 votes)


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Runner up: DRACULA

Honorable mention: BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN




Writer of the Year (write-in category)

TIM LUCAS

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Photo by Donna Lucas





ARTIST OF THE YEAR

FRANK DIETZ

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SPECIAL RONDO AWARDS

Monster Kid of the Year
MICHAEL SCHLESINGER

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For working behind the scenes at Sony on behalf of monster fans everywhere. He directed
the English dubbing of GODZILLA 2000; helped bring LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA
to theatres; convinced Sony that the Sam Katzman collection, including The Giant Claw and
The Werewolf, was worthy; and remains every monster fan's man on the inside. A true Monster Kid in every way, he is Rondo's choice for Monster Kid of 2007.




MONSTER KID HALL OF FAME

Six new inductees are:

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Cortlandt Hull and Dennis Vincent, the
geniuses behind the Witch's Dungeon movie
exhibits.



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Ed 'Big Daddy' Roth, who brought dragsters
and fun to the world of monsters.


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Bernie Wrightson, who helped invent Swamp Thing,
a patchwork Frankenstein monster and the modern horror comic.


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Archie Goodwin, the firm editing pen behind
Warren Publication's creepiest monsters.


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Ghoulardi, whose wink and nod made the airwaves of
Cleveland just a little bit spookier.


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Ben Chapman, who was gentler than the Creature he
portrayed, and far bigger, too. His warmth, grace and
love of his fans will never be forgotten.

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