The eighth annual Rondo Hatton Awards have come to pass, and we have all the results for you, including one winner who we’re kind of shocked about … us!
That’s right, kids, your love has carried us over once again, and we’re both proud and humbled to announce that Dread Central has won the Rondo Award for “Best Website”. Honestly? We were honored just to have been nominated. Being up against twenty-nine other quality sites, we never thought we’d win. You guys have no idea how much this means to us as we’ve always considered the Rondos to be reserved only for the very best in our genre. To be revered as one of “those” for even just a fleeting moment is something we consider to be prestigious in the highest regard.
But make no mistake … even though technically we are the actual recipients of it, this award belongs very much to every one of you out there. The fans and the readers who come here every day. You allow us to do what we do and to be what we are. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
We’d also like to thank and extend our congratulations to all of the other nominees and winners. It was our pleasure to stand with you guys this year. Most of all we’d like to thank David Colton and Kerry Gammill at the Classic Horror Film Board, the good folks who make this all possible. Bless your horror loving hearts!
Now then, on to the complete list of winners!
BEST FILM OF 2009 — DISTRICT 9
BEST TV PRESENTATION — “DOCTOR WHO”: ‘Daybreak, Part Two’
BEST CLASSIC DVD OF 2009 — AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON: FULL MOON EDITION
BEST CLASSIC DVD COLLECTION — THE WILLIAM CASTLE COLLECTION
BEST TV COLLECTION — “ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS” (SEASON FOUR)
BEST RESTORATION — FAUST (1926) Restoration by Murnau Foundation
BEST DVD EXTRA — AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON: “Beware the Moon” documentary (Editor’s Note: Way to go, Paul!)
BEST DVD COMMENTARY — Fred Dekker: NIGHT OF THE CREEPS
BEST INDEPENDENT FILM OR DOCUMENTARY — AMERICAN SCARY (John Hudgens, Sandy Clark)
BEST BOOK OF 2009 — BELA LUGOSI AND BORIS KARLOFF: The Expanded Story of a Haunting Collaboration by Gregory William Mank
BEST MAGAZINE — RUE MORGUE (Editor’s Note: Hell yes!)
BEST ARTICLE — “Bad Moon Rising” by Jovanka Vuckovic (with Bruce McVicar), RUE MORGUE #93
BEST COVER OF 2009 — MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #26 by Daniel Horne
BEST WEBSITE — Dread Central (Editor’s Note: AKA some schmucks who got really lucky!)
BEST HORROR BLOG — The Drunken Severed Head
BEST CONVENTION OF 2009 — MONSTER BASH (Pittsburgh)
BEST FAN EVENT — TRIBUTE TO FORREST J ACKERMAN, Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre, organized by Joe Moe (Editor’s Note: Big congrats to another one of our own! Forry would be proud!)
FAVORITE HORROR HOST (Active) — Count Gore De Vol
BEST HORROR AUDIO SITE OR PODCAST — RUE MORGUE RADIO
BEST CD — STAR TREK II: WRATH OF KHAN (James Horner; Film Score Monthly/Retrograde)
BEST HORROR COMIC BOOK — BATMAN: GOTHAM AFTER MIDNIGHT by Steve Niles and Kelley Jones
BEST TOY, MODEL OR COLLECTIBLE — Twilight Zone’s “Talking Tina” (BifBamPow)
COUNT ALUCARD’S CONTROVERSY OF THE YEAR — “No, but I can burn one for you.” Studios offer some classics on DVD-Rs only.
CLASSIC MOST IN NEED OF DVD RELEASE OR RESTORATION — ISLAND OF LOST SOULS (Come on, Universal, it’s the fifth time this film has been chosen!)
WRITER OF THE YEAR — GREGORY WILLIAM MANK
ARTIST OF THE YEAR — GARY PULLIN
LINDA MILLER AWARD FOR FAN ARTIST OF THE YEAR (in memory of the late Linda Miller) — ROBERT SCOTT
DVD REVIEWER OF THE YEAR — KIM NEWMAN
MONSTER KID OF THE YEAR — ELIOT BRODSKY
THE MONSTER KID HALL OF FAME — The six latest inductees are: Bill Lemon, Ray Meyers, Dennis Druktenis, Robert “Bob” Carter, and Bill Warren.
This year’s Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards are dedicated to the memory of Jim Harmon, Michael Thomas, and Paul Naschy. Thanks again, and here’s to next year!
– Uncle Creepy
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