Sunday, February 21

2009 Rondo Awards!!

The official ballot for this year's Rondo Awards have been released - let the voting begin! Congrats to everyone nominated, and here's to another year of Gods and Monsters!







OFFICIAL BALLOT FOR EIGHTH ANNUAL RONDO AWARDS



Here is the official ballot for the EIGHTH Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror awards, recognizing the best in monster research, creativity and genre appreciation. These awards are by fans, for fans. Every Rondo nominee below is being recognized for a significant achievement in the genre during the year of 2009. So take a look at the ballot and please let the nominees know how much we appreciate their work by voting.

HOW TO VOTE:

-- All voting is by e-mail only. Simply copy this ballot and send an e-mail with your picks to David Colton at taraco@aol.com by midnight, April 3, 2010.

-- Winners will be announced the following night at rondoaward.com

THE RULES:
-- One vote for person, please.
Every e-mail must include your name to be counted.
All votes are kept strictly confidential. No e-mail addresses or any personal information will ever be shared with anyone.
-- Important: Organized voting campaigns (duplicated ballots, mass mailing efforts), are prohibited and can result in disqualification. Let's keep this a fun vote of monster fans.

-- You do not have to vote in every category.
-- Many winners will receive Rondo statuettes, sculpted by Kerry Gammill (monsterkid.com), and cast by Tim Lindsey (tmlindsey.com).

AGAIN HERE'S HOW TO VOTE: E-mail your selections from the ballot (cut-and-pasting the whole thing works fine), or you can type them into a separate e-mail, below to David Colton at taraco@aol.com.
And please remember to include your name so your vote can be counted.

Thanx again to the thousands who have voted every year. We look forward to hearing from you again. And now the ballot. Thanks everyone!


THE EIGHTH ANNUAL RONDO HATTON CLASSIC HORROR NOMINEES

This year's awards are dedicated to the memories of Jim Harmon, Michael Thomas and Paul Naschy



1. BEST MOVIE OF 2009

-- AVATAR
-- CORALINE
-- DISTRICT 9
-- DRAG ME TO HELL
-- HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE
-- I SELL THE DEAD
-- THE LOVELY BONES
-- MONSTERS VS. ALIENS
-- MOON
-- MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3D
-- THE ORPHAN
-- PARANORMAL ACTIVITY
-- SHERLOCK HOLMES
-- STAR TREK
-- TERMINATOR: SALVATION
-- TRICK 'R TREAT
-- TWILIGHT NEW MOON
-- WATCHMEN
-- ZOMBIELAND


2. BEST TV PRESENTATION OF 2009
-- BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, 'Daybreak Part 2 (3),' SyFy, 3.20.09. Loss, death and new hope in series finale. 'We all make our choices. Today, I made a choice. I think it's my last one.'
-- DOCTOR WHO, 'The End of Time,' Parts 1 and 2), SyFy, 12.25.09-1.1.10. Farewell to the Tenth Doctor. 'If the time lock's broken then everything's coming through. Not just the Daleks.'
-- FLASH FORWARD, 'No More Good Days,' ABC, 9.24.09. For two minutes and seventeen seconds, the whole world blacks out and sees their future.
'You're worried your future's gonna come true. I'm worried mine won't.'
-- FRINGE, 'There's More Than One of Everything,' FOX, 5.12.09. World Trade Center is intact in Season One cliffhanger.  'Unfortunately, the question is what can't he do?'

-- LOST, 'This Place Is Death,' ABC, 2.11.09. Violent shifts in time take toll on the Oceanic Six.
"You asked me how to save the island and I told you, you had to move it. I said that you had to move it, John.'

-- THE MEDIUM, 'Bite Me,' CBS, 10.30.09. Allison's nightmares throw her into scenes from 'Night of the Living Dead.' Elvira guest stars. 'I'm not sure I like what this black-and-white is doing to my skin.
'

-- SUPERNATURAL, 'The End,' The CW, 10.1.09. Lucifer reveals the future is a wasteland populated by zombies, 'You ever hear the story of how I fell from grace?'

-- TORCHWOOD, 'Children of Earth,' SyFy, 7.10.09.  Reunions and sacrifice mark the final Sanction.  'I wanted to know about that Doctor of his. The one who appears out of nowhere and saves the world. except sometimes he doesn't.'

-- TRUE BLOOD, 'I Will Rise Up,' HBO, 8.16.09. The eldest of the vampires, Godric, sacrifices himself to the sun.  'We may be immortal, but you are dead to me.'

-- V, 'Pilot,' ABC, 11.3.09. UFOs arrive over major cities. The Visitors have arrived. 'Just be sure not to ask anything that would paint us in a negative light.'

-- Or write in another choice:

3. BEST CLASSIC DVD

-- AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON: FULL MOON EDITION
-- BUCK ROGERS (serial)
-- FAUST (1926 Kino)
-- FIVE (Arch Obeler)
-- MAD MONSTER PARTY: SPECIAL EDITION
-- NIGHTMARE CASTLE (1965)
-- NIGHT OF THE CREEPS: DIRECTOR'S CUT
-- PHANTASM II
-- Or write in another choice:
4. BEST CLASSIC DVD COLLECTION-- HELLRAISER BOX SET (first two films, and Blu-Ray)
-- ICONS OF SCI FI: TOHO COLLECTION: Battle in Outer Space, Mothra, H-Man
-- KARLOFF/LUGOSI HORROR CLASSICS: The Walking Dead, You'll Find Out, Zombies on Broadway, Frankenstein 1970

-- UNIVERSAL CULT HORROR COLLECTION: Murders in Zoo, Mad Doctor of Market Street, Strange Case of Dr. RX, Mad Ghoul, House of Horrors.
-- WILLIAM CASTLE COLLECTION,
Tingler, 13 Ghosts, Homicidal, Mr. Sardonicus, Zotz!, Old Dark House, Strait-Jacket, 13 Frightened Girls.
-- Or write in another choice:

5. BEST CLASSIC TV ON DVD

-- ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS (Season Four)
-- BBC SHERLOCK HOLMES (Peter Cushing)

-- DARK SHADOWS: THE VAMPIRE CURSE: Barnabas' origin condensed to three hours.
-- DEAD OF NIGHT (1977 Dan Curtis TV trilogy)
-- ONE STEP BEYOND (Season One)-- TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE (Seasons 1 and 2)
-- TALES OF MYSTERY AND IMAGINATION (1966 British series)
-- Or write in another choice:

6. BEST RESTORATION (or video upgrade)

-- BUCK ROGERS (serial): All 12 episodes clear and clean.
-- FAUST (1926); Intensive Murnau Foundation restoration with original hand-painted intertitles.
-- FIVE (1951): Sony restoration is best film has looked.
-- MESSIAH OF EVIL: THE SECOND COMING (1973). Restored, Techniscope transfer..
-- NIGHTMARE CASTLE (1965). Pristine print, uncensored.

-- OLD DARK HOUSE (1963). Color replaces B/W TV print.
-- ONE STEP BEYOND (Official First Season): Great transfers; pilot episode extended.
-- REPULSION (Criterion). Correct aspect ration.
-- RITUALS (1977). Presented uncut.
-- THE SHE-BEAST 1966) Widescreen Chromovision.
-- Or write in another choice:


7. BEST DVD EXTRA

-- AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON: 'Beware the Moon,' documentary.
-- BUCK ROGERS (serial): 'Buster Crabbe: All-American hero,' 1972 autobiographical talk.
-- DEAD OF NIGHT (1977):  Includes unaired pilot episode.
-- FAUST (1926): 'Language of Shadows' documentary.
-- HELLHOUND: HELLRAISER II: 'The Soul Patrol,' interviews with Cenobites.

-- KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS: William Shatner interview.
-- MAD MONSTER PARTY: SPECIAL EDITION: 'Making of a Cult Classic,' documentary.
-- MESSIAH OF EVIL: THE SECOND COMING: documentary.
-- MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 VOL. XVI: 'Santa Claus Conquers the Devil: A 50 Year Retrospective,' documentary.
-- WILLIAM CASTLE COLLECTION:  'Spine-Tingler,' documentary on master of shock.
-- Or write in another choice:

8. BEST DVD COMMENTARY

-- Fred Dekker, NIGHT OF THE CREEPS
-- Barbara Steele, Ian Ogilvy, THE SHE-BEAST
-- Gregory Mank, THE WALKING DEAD
-- Steve Ryfle, Ed
Godziszewski, MOTHRA (Toho collection)
-- Tom Weaver, Bob Burns, Charlotte Austin, FRANKENSTEIN 1970
-- Jim and Ken Wheat, Rebecca Balding, THE SILENT SCREAM
-- Or write in another choice:

9. BEST INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION (Film, documentary or short)

-- AMERICAN SCARY, finally on DVD, John Hudgens and Sandy Clark highlight dozens of horror hosts old and new.
-- AUTOPSY OF THE DEAD, Night of the Living Dead retrospective, directed by Jeff Carney.
-- BOB BURNS' HALLOWEEN SHOWS (streaming video documentary)
-- DARK DREAMERS collection. Four discs of Stanley Wiater's interviews with genre writers and creators.
-- EVERY OTHER DAY IS HALLOWEEN, a Curtis Prather documentary tracing the monstrous career of Dick Dyszel.
-- FAMOUS MONSTER, updated for DVD, a look back at Forrest J Ackerman.
-- FANEX FILES: HAMMER FILMS: Interviews with Lee, Pitt, Sangster, others.

-- THE GUARDIAN (short), directed by Andrea Ricca (Skeleton confronts a motorist)
-- HOUSE OF THE WOLFMAN, Eban McGee enlists Ron Chaney in homage to the original.
-- THE INSTITUTE OF SEANCE (short), directed by Kevin Corcoran. (Invokes murder mysteries of the 30s)
-- LOVECRAFT: FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN, directed by Frank H. Campbell. His influence through the decades.
-- NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD -- REANIMATED, directed by Mike Schneider. (Original soundtrack over new animation and stop-motion)
-- NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD, Mark Hartley's exploration of Australian cult cinema.
-- ORLOK THE VAMPIRE IN 3D, directed by Keith Carter. The original Nosferatu tweaked and rendered in threee dimensions.
-- TERROR FROM BENEATH THE EARTH, directed by Christopher R. Mihm. A Monster Kid homage to 50s sci-fi.
-- VIRGINIA CREEPER, Sean Kotz' documentary about Virginia horror hosts, from Dr. Madblood to Sir Graves Ghastly.

-- Or write in another choice:


10. BEST BOOK OF 2009
-- AMONG THE RUGGED PEAKS: An Intimate Biography of Carla Laemmle, by Rick Atkins. Last surviving member of 'Phantom of the Opera' and  'Dracula' cast.

-- BELA LUGOSI AND THE HOUSE OF DOOM, by Dwight Kemper. Another comedy thriller starring our favorite horror stars.

-- BELA LUGOSI AND BORIS KARLOFF: The Expanded Story of a Haunting Collaboration, by Gregory William Mank. Almost 700 pages examining the myths and realities of the Karloff-Lugosi rivalry.

-- COMEDY-HORROR FILMS: A Chronological History 1914-2008, by Bruce Hallenbeck. From silents to Bud and Lou and Scary Movie.

-- EDISON'S FRANKENSTEIN, by Frederick C. Wiebel Jr. Everything about the making of the 1910 silent (E-book with DVD).

--
GRAND DAME GUIGNOL CINEMA: A History of Hag Horror from 'Baby Jane' to 'Mother,' by Peter Shelley. How mother complexes, and aging actresses, found work.
-- THE HORROR FILM QUIZ BOOK: 1,000 Questions on Spine-Tingling Films, by Chris Cowlin and Mark Goddard. Sure to settle, or start, tavern brawls.

-- KEEP WATCHING THE SKIES, American Science Fiction Movies of the 1950s, The 21st Century Edition, by Bill Warren. More than 1,000 pages in this expanded and greatly revised edition of the classic film-by-film analysis.

-- THE MAN WHO COLLECTED PSYCHOS: Critical essays on Robert Bloch, edited by Benjamin Szumskyj . Twelve looks at a master of suspense fiction.

-- THE MONSTER MOVIE FAN'S GUIDE TO JAPAN, by Armand Vaquer. From destroyed bridges to shattered temples, retrace the real footprints of Godzilla, Rodan and more.

-- MUSHROOM CLOUDS AND MUSHROOM MEN,
The Fantastic Cinema of Ishiro Honda, by Peter H. Brothers.  Examining the visionary behind 80 films and the origins of Japan's greatest monsters.

--
PREHISTORIC MONSTERS: The Real and Imagined
Creatures that We Love to Fear
, by Allan A. Debus.  The truth and fancy about movie monsters through the ages.
-- ROMANCING THE VAMPIRE: From Past to Present, by David J. Skal.  A lush 'collector's vault' of research and reproductions covering the entire history, books and films of the undead.

-- SHADOWS OVER FLORIDA, by Dave Goudsward. A tour of the Sunshine State's spookiest locations.

-- THE TELEVISION HORRORS OF DAN CURTIS, by Jeff Thompson. A look at the force behind Dark Shadows, Night Stalker and TV's horror adaptations.

-- THE TWILIGHT AND OTHER ZONES: The Dark Worlds of Richard Matheson, edited by Stanley Wiater, Matthew Bradley and Paul Stuve.  Interviews, essays and letters serve as a tribute to a genre grand master.

-- UNIVERSAL STUDIOS MONSTERS: A Legacy of Horror, by Michael Mallory. An oversized and lushly illustrated history of the films that started it all.


-- Or write in another choice:

11. BEST MAGAZINE OF 2009

-- Filmfax
-- G-Fan
-- HorrorHound
-- Little Shoppe of Horrors
-- Mad Scientist
-- Monster Bash
-- Monsters from the Vault
-- Phantom of the Movies' VideoScope
-- Rue Morgue
-- Scarlet
-- Scary Monsters
-- Screem
-- Van Helsing's Journal
-- Video Watchdog
-- Or write in another choice:

12. BEST MAGAZINE ARTICLE OF 2009 (PLEASE PICK TWO)

-- 'All Miller, No Filler: An Interview with Dick Miller,' by Anthony Petkovich, FILMFAX #121. After all these years, the B-movie favorite has plenty more to say.

-- 'The Bad Moon Rises Again,' by Jason Lapeyre and Jovanka Vuckovic (with Brice McVicar). RUE MORGUE #93. A retrospective on the making and influence of An American Werewolf in London.

-- 'Boris Karloff at Warner Brothers, 1935-1939,' by Greg Mank, MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #26. Behind the scenes at The Walking Dead and Karloff's four other WB films.

-- 'Cult Classic Commander,' by Brett Homenick, G-FAN #86. Interview with Robert Horton about his career and The Green Slime.

-- 'Dee Wallace: Hills, Howling and Beyond!' by Rob Freese, VIDEOSCOPE #69. Interview with the genre star of E.T. Cujo and The Howling.

-- 'Down the Block from Bergman: The Last House on the Left and Beyond,' by Eric Somer, VIDEO WATCHDOG #151. Connecting the cinematic dots from art house to slaughter house.

-- 'Eerie Eyre: War Eagles Beyond the Test Reel,' by Allan A. Debus, MAD SCIENTIST #20. Everything known about Willis O'Brien's unfilmed epic.

-- 'Four Remember Five,' by Tom Weaver, SCREEM #18. Interviews compiled over 60 years, some for the first time, describe the filming of the 50s A-bomb classic.

--
'Godzilla, My Old Friend: Akira Takarada Talks about His Career, His Co-Stars', by Yutaka Ichimura (totorom), G-FAN #87. Interview with star of the original Gojira.

-- 'How I Met the Man Behind Famous Monsters of Filmland,' by Daniel Kirk, SCARY MONSTERS #70. Remembering the day Forrest J Ackerman's cross-country tour in 1963 stopped at his house in Columbus, Ohio.

-- 'King Kong's Lost Nightmare: Mystery of the Lost Spider Sequence, Part 3,' by Gary Vehar, FILMFAX #120. Facts and remembrances try to track down the truth behind stop-motion's biggest mystery.

-- 'Let the Twilight In,' by Stephen R. Bissette, VIDEO WATCHDOG #150. A sympathetic exploration of the newest wave of vampire romance and shock.

-- 'Linda Miller,' by Max Cheney, SCARLET #3. A tribute to the late fan artist, richly illustrated.

-- 'A Look Inside of Bela Lugosi's Personal Scrapbook,' by Dennis L. Phelps. SCARY MONSTERS #69. Lugosi's show business past, carefully preserved by the actor himself.
-- 'The Making of Plague of the Zombies and The Reptile,' by Bruce Hollenbeck, LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #23. A look at Hammer's audacious B-movies from the summer of 1965.

-- 'The Many Faces of Carmilla,' by John Paul Checkett, VAN HELSING'S JOURNAL #10. Exploring the literary and film versions of one of the first vampire tales.

--
'The Most Famous Monster of Them All: A Personal Remembrance of Forrest
J Ackerman,' by Steve Vertlieb, THUNDER CHILD Website.

-- 'Mr. Rains Goes to Burbank,' by David J. Skal and Jessica Rains. SCARLET #3. A look at Claude Rains triumphs and battles in Hollywood in the 30s.

-- 'Mystery and Imagination,' by Kim Newman. VIDEO WATCHDOG #151. Revelations from the obscure British TV series that adapted 'Frankenstein,' 'Dracula,' 'The Suicide Club' and other gothic classics.

-- 'One Browning, Two Helens and a Host of Fakes: Narrative and Cinematic Trickery in The Thirteenth Chair,' by Gary D. Rhodes, MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #26. Exhaustive study of the director's use of sound, editing and, two years before Dracula, Lugosi.

-- 'Peter Lorre: The Lost One Is Found,' by Herbert Shadrack, CINEMA RETRO website. An interview with Stephen Youngkin, author of Lorre biography.

-- 'Scare News,' by John Skerchock, SCARY MONSTERS and MONSTER MEMORIES.  Fandom's insider column, appearing regularly.

-- 'Tales from the Crypt: A Horrorhound Retrospective,' by Nathan Hanneman, HORRORHOUND #18. From comic to movie to TV, 20 years of the Cryptkeeper.

-- 'A Tribute to Oliver Reed,' by Tom Triman, SCARY MONSTERS #72. Complete career retrospective of Hammer's werewolf.

-- 'Universal-International's The Strange Door, Part One,' by Tom Weaver and Steve Kronenberg, MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #26. Inside the over-the-top Karloff-Laughton production of 1951.

-- 'Vampires, Zombies and Sorcerers,' by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn,
MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #26. Examining their picks for the best Hammer horrors of the 1960s.

-- 'A Very Careful Hatred,' by John W. Bowen, Dave Alexander and staff, RUE MORGUE #96. The making, loss and rediscovery of the 1977 film, 'Rituals.'

-- 'Video Invasion: Remembering the VHS Boom,' Parts 4-9, by Matt Moore, HORRORHOUND #15-20. The definitive history of the please-rewind gore days of VHS in the 1980s.

-- 'Weird Scenes Inside the Fun House: The Making of Malatesta's Carnival of Blood,' by Shaun Brady. VIDEO WATCHDOG #153. Resurrecting the bizarre ghoulfest filmed in Pennsylvania 40 years ago.

-- Or write in another choice:
Remember, please pick TWO articles from the list above. One will win.


 


13. BEST MAGAZINE COVER


FILMFAX #120
By Vincent DiFate




G-FAN #89
By Lee Munday



HORROR HOUND #20
By Nathan, Thomas Milliner


LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #22
By Mark Maddox



LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #23
By Bruce Timm


MAD SCIENTIST #20
By Pete Sholley



MONSTER BASH #9
By Lorraine Bush


MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #26
By Daniel Horne


MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT: SPECIAL EDITION #1
By Kerry Gammill and Joe 'Sorko' Schovitz

RUE MORGUE #90
By Gary Pullin

 

SCARLET #4
By
Michael Wilks



SCARY MONSTERS #72
By Terry Beatty



 
SCREEM #18
By Bill Chancellor



VIDEOSCOPE #68
By Kevin Hein


VIDEO WATCHDOG #147
By Charles Largent
-- Or write in another choice:
 
14. BEST WEBSITE OF 2009 (Online magazine, message board or tribute site)
(Classic Horror Film Board, sponsor of the Rondos, is not eligible)

-- Atomicmonsters.com (Fun look at 50s scifi)
-- Chiller Cinema (Dr. Gangfrene's website of horrors)
-- Cinema Retro (online genre magazine)
-- Classic-horror.com (Dedicated to the history of classic horror)
-- Creature Feature (Count Gore DeVol's weekly multimedia monsters)
-- Creepy Classics (Monster Bash and latest product news)

-- Dread Central (all things classic and modern)
-- Eccentric-cinema (One of earliest cult sites)
-- E-gor's Chamber of TV Horror Hosts (amazing)
-- Famous Monsters of Filmland (latest version, under new management)

-- FearZone.com (modern horror)
-- Film Noir Foundation (For fans of long inky shadows)
-- Gallery of Monster Toys (The source)
-- HK and Cult Film News (Off the well-worn horror paths)
-- HorrorhostGraveyard.com (Clips, listings and more)
-- Horror Society (Independent horrors)

-- Latarnia: Fantastique International (all things Euro and more)
-- Lugosiphilia Yahoo Group (Just Bela)
-- The Many Faces of the Frankenstein Monster (like it says)
-- Mondo Cult Online (the world of, well, everything)
-- Monster Island News (Godzilla is just the start)
-- Monster-Mania Forum (monster conventions)
-- Movie Meltdown (Interviews and more)

-- Serialsquadron.com (Cliffhangers, restored serials and talk)
-- Shriekfreak Quarterly (online magazine)
-- Stoner's Monster Mayhem (if downtown had a monster shop)

-- Thethunderchild.com (Online magazine)
-- Trailers from Hell (Joe Dante, pros comment on trailers)-- Universal Monster Army (Toys, models, masks and way more)
-- Witch's Dungeon (Home of the monstrous Hollywood tributes)
-- Or write in another choice:

15. BEST BLOG OF 2009

-- Cinebeats (for monster cinephiles)
-- Cinema Dave (movie musings)
-- Cinema-suicide (Smart look at modern films; soundtracks, too)
-- Dollar Bin Horror (for fans on a budget)
-- The Drunken Severed Head (Max Cheney's unique blog about it all)
-- Final Girl (A different kind of scream)
-- Frankensteinia (If it didn't exist it would have to be invented)
-- Gary J. Svehla: Midnight Marquee/Mad About Movies (From a genre original)
-- The Good, the Bad, and Godzilla (August Ragone's G-blog)-- Groovy Age of Horror (Not for faint-hearted)
-- HorrorHostGraveyard.com (All host news, all the time)
-- The Horrors of it All (Horror in the comics and more)
--
Love Train for the Tenebrous Empire (mondo, Euro and fantastique)
-- Mail Order Zombie (Strictly undead; zombie webisodes, too)-- Monsterama.blogspot.com (Friendly creeps from Jay Stevens)
-- Monstermoviemusic.blogspot.com (Music is just the start)
-- Obscure Hollow (The look of horror)
-- Secret Fun Blog (childhood reveries from creator of Flip!)
-- Unimonster's Crypt (John Stevenson's news and views)
-- Vault of Horror (Blog for every era of horror)
-- Vampiros and Monstruos (the blog of Mexican horrors)
-- Video Watchblog (and still it lives)
-- Zombos' Closet of Horror Blog (John Cozzoli new generation blog)
-- Or write in another choice:


16. BEST CONVENTION OR FILM FESTIVAL OF 2009

-- B-MOVIE CELEBRATION (Franklin, Ind.)

-- CHILLER (Meadowlands)
-- CINEMA WASTELAND (Cleveland)
-- DARK CARNIVAL (Bloomington, Ind.)
-- DEEP RED FESTIVAL OF FANTASTIC FILM (Portland and Seattle)

-- DRAGONCON (Atlanta)-- FANGORIA WEEKEND OF HORRORS (New York)
-- G-FEST (Chicago)
-- HORROR-FIND (Baltimore)
-- HORROR HOUND WEEKEND (Indianapolis)
-- HORROR REALM (Pittsburgh)
-- IT'S ALIVE ZOMBIE FEST (Pittsburgh)
-- LIVING DEAD FESTIVAL (Evans City, Pa.)
-- MONSTER BASH (Pittsburgh)
-- MONSTER FEST (Chesapeake, Va.)
-- MONSTER-MANIA (Cherry Hill, N.J.)
-- MONSTERPALOOZA (Burbank)
-- RUE MORGUE'S FESTIVAL OF FEAR (Canada)
-- SPOOKY EMPIRE (Orlando)
-- SPOOKY MOVIE FEST (Washington, D.C.)
-- WONDERFEST (Louisville)
-- Or write in another choice:


17. BEST FAN EVENT OF 2008

-- Ron Chaney appears as the Wolf Man (Ron Chamberlain's makeup), at the Monster Bash.

-- Blob panic reenactment, held at actual theater where movie was filmed in Phoenixville, Pa. (Blobfest)

-- Classic 3D double feature (Creature from the Black Lagoon and It Came from Outer Space), at Cleveland Cinematheque. 

 
-- Dr. Gangrene's Horror Hootenanny and Zombie Walk  in Nashville,

--  Frankenstein blog-a-thon, organized online by Frankensteinia.

-- Godzilla actor Kenji Sahara appears at  G-FEST XVI, Rosemont, Ill.

--
Shadow and Substance: The Twilight Zone Tales of George Clayton Johnson, hosted by Terry Pace, Sheffield, Ala.

-- Tribute to Forrest J Ackerman, Grauman's Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood, organized by Joe Moe.

-- Tribute to Mike 'Ygor' Thomas, Chiller convention. Paul Scrabo assembles archival footage of late actor and makeup artist.

-- Universal Monster Army toy exhibit, including rare toys from 50s and 60s, at Wonderfest.

-- James Warren talks about Famous Monsters and more, Monsterpalooza, Burbank.

-- Witches' Dungeon Classic Movie Museum. Startling recreations of full-sized classic monsters, open at Halloween in Bristol, Conn.

-- World Zombie Day included zombie walks and charity events.

-- Or write in another choice:

18. FAVORITE HORROR HOST OF 2009

 Who did the best hosting in 2009? If your favorite is missing, please write them in.

-- A. GHASTLEE GHOUL (Ohio)
-- THE BONE JANGLER. (Illinois)
-- KARLOS BORLOFF (Washington, D.C.)
-- COUNT GORE DE VOL (Mid-Atlantic)
-- DR. GANGRENE (Nashville)
-- DR. PUREBLOOD (Smyrna, Tenn.)
-- GHOUL A GO GO (NYC area)
-- GRAVELY MacCABRE and GRIZELDA. (Pennsylvania, West Virginia)
-- LATE DR. LADY
-- MR. LOBO (California)
-- ORMON GRIMSBY (North Carolina)
-- PENNY DREADFUL (New England)
-- PROFESSOR EMCEE SQUARE (Pittsburgh)
-- REMO D (California)
-- SINISTER MINISTER (Las Vegas)
-- SON OF GHOUL (Ohio)
-- SVENGOOLIE (Rich Koz; Chicago)
-- WOLFMAN MAC (Michigan)

-- There are plenty of others, so if your favorite isn't listed, write in another choice:


19. BEST SOUNDTRACK OR CD
-- CAPTAIN NEMO AND UNDERWATER CITY  (Angela Morley, Film Score Monthly)
-- DRACULA A.D. 72 (Mike Vickers, GDI/BSX Records
-- EMPIRE OF THE ANTS  (Dana Kaproff, Kritzerland)
-- ESCAPE FROM PLANET OF THE APES, (Jerry Goldsmith, Varese)
-- MASTER OF THE WORLD/GOLIATH AND BARBARIANS (Les Baxter, Intrada)
-- NIGHT OF THE CREEPS  (Barry DeVorzon, LaLaLand) 
-- PANIC IN YEAR ZERO (Les Baxter, LaLaLand)
-- 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD (Bernard Herrmann, Prometheus)
-- SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT (Gershon Kingsley, Howlin' Wolf)
-- STAR TREK II: WRATH OF KHAN, (James Horner, Film Score Monthly/Retrograde)
-- TIME AFTER TIME (Miklos Rozsa, Film Score Monthly)
-- VERNE LANGDON PIPE DREAMS (DejaVu)

20. BEST HORROR AUDIO OR PODCAST

-- Cult Radio a Go-Go
-- Deadpit.com
-- Fangoria Radio
-- Fearshop.com
-- The Graveyard Show
-- Midnight Podcast
-- TheMonsterclub.com old time radio
-- Rotting Flesh Radio
-- Rue Morgue Radio
-- Without Your Head

-- Or write in another choice:

21. BEST COMIC BOOK OR GRAPHIC NOVEL
-- ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN. Robert Kirkman (Image)
-- BATMAN: GOTHAM AFTER MIDNIGHT by Steve Niles and Kelley Jones (DC)
-- BEASTS OF BURDEN by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson (Dark Horse)
-- CARNIVAL OF SOULS, by Michael H. Price (Midnight Marquee)

-- THE COMPLETE DRACULA, by Leah Moore, John Reppion, Colton Worley (Dynamite)
-- THE GOON. Eric Powell (Dark Horse)

-- SCIENCE FICTION CLASSICS: War of the Worlds, A Martian Odyssey and more. (Graphic Classics)

-- HELLBOY: THE WILD HUNT by Mike Mignola and Fegredo (Dark Horse)
-- LENORE: The Cute Little Dead Girl, by Roman Dirges (Titan)
-- LOCKE AND KEY: HEAD GAMES by Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)
-- VICTORIAN UNDEAD Ian Edgington and Davide Fabbri (Wildstorm)
-- VINCENT PRICE PRESENTS, anthology (Blue Water)
-- Or write in another choice:

22. BEST TOY, MODEL OR COLLECTIBLE
Nominees developed with help from the Universal Monster Army!



Classic Universal Monsters (Funko)



Creature (Ultratumba)



Dracula ornament (Carlton)



Horror Host Trading Cards
(Horror Host Graveyard)


Karloff (Executive Replicas)



Monster scenes (Moebius)



Talking Tina from Twilight Zone
(BifBamPow)




New Wolfman (Mezco)
 
-- Or write in another choice:


23. COUNT ALUCARD'S CONTROVERSY OF THE YEAR
     Every year has its fair share of disputes and worrisome trends. What topped this year's list?
-- 'Copyright lawyer sold separately.'  Universal cracks down on unauthorized kits, images.


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'I can't hear Bela when the ice is melting!'  Fans debate whether a snippet of Lugosi-as-the-Monster dialogue can be heard in Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman.

-- 'No, but I can burn one for you.' Major studios offer DVD-Rs on demand rather than full-fledged classic DVD releases.

-- 'Hey kid? Want a DVD?' Turner Classic Movies joins Best Buy in offering exclusive DVD releases.

-- 'This ain't no online library!'  Genre magazines continue to struggle.

-- Or add your own matter of concern:


WRITE-IN CATEGORIES


24. CLASSIC MOST IN NEED OF RESTORATION

Which classic horror film, either released or unreleased, do you think most deserves a restoration?

25. WRITER OF THE YEAR

     Who do you think did the best published (or online) work in 2009 to advance the state of classic horror research?

26. ARTIST OF THE YEAR (Pro)
     Which professional artist (designer, illustrator, sculptor), did the best work in 2009?


27. ARTIST OF THE YEAR (Fan)
    
Which amateur or fan artist (designer, illustrator, sculptor), did the best work in 2009?



28. DVD REVIEWER OF THE YEAR
     Which reviewer in print or online did the best work in 2009?

29. 'MONSTER KID' OF THE YEAR
     Who deserves to be named 'Monster Kid of the Year' for efforts beyond the call of duty to build a better world of gods and monsters?

30. MONSTER KID HALL OF FAME

And finally, who 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;Ken Kelly, Jim and Marion Clatterbaugh, Bob Wilkins, Calvin Beck, Paul Naschy and Lux Interior. Who should join them?

Tell us your suggestions. We'll pick six more.

Whew! That's it!!!

(Please remember to include your name so the ballot will be counted)


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Again, to vote: Type your picks on an email, or simply cut-and-paste the ballot onto an email and put an X by your choices, highlight your choices or leave a claw print!

E-mail your vote, with your name, to taraco@aol.com by April 3, 2010, and watch this space for the winners of this year's Rondo awards!

Thanx for taking the time. Folks work hard to bring you the best in horror and scifi. This is our chance to let them know we appreciate it.



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And remember, no one can stop Rondo!





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