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2007 Rondo Hatton Award Winners Announced





Every genre deserves to be appreciated, and horror's no different. For the past six years, fans have nominated and voted on their favorites in various categories that represent the best of classic horror. That's right, the fans. There are no corporate sponsors, no money machines, no huge studios hyping the event, just fans naming what they liked and how much they liked it. With categories such as "Best Toy" and "Best Fan Event," the awards aim to honor those who deserve it the most for delivering to the horror fans.

Named for character actor Rondo Hatton, whose frightening visage brought him the most fame as his role of the spine-snapping "Creeper" from the 1946 film House of Horrors, the awards are likenesses of the bust of the man from the same movie.

Competition was stiff this year, with nearly 3000 fans voting in categories ranging from "Best Horror Host" to "Count Alucard's Controversy of the Year." The award ceremony will be held at Wonderfest in Louisville, Kentucky, this July. For more information and lists of past winners, head over to their official website. Below is a complete list of this year's honorees. Congratulations to all winners!

  • Best Movie of 2007: Rob Zombie's Halloween
  • Best TV Presentation: The BBC's "Doctor Who" episode, "Blink"
  • Best Classic DVD: Nosferatu: The Ultimate Edition
  • Best Classic DVD Collection: Universal Horror Classic Movie Archive
  • Best Restoration: Nosferatu: The Ultimate Edition
  • Best DVD Extra: Bonus disc on Halloween: The Happy Haunting of America
  • Best DVD Commentary: Malcolm McDowell, A Clockwork Orange
  • Best Independent Production: Vampira the Movie
  • Best Book: Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark, by Tim Lucas
  • Best Magazine: Rue Morgue
  • Best Article: "Adult Fairy Tales & Frustrated Love Stories: The Cinematic Legacy of Terence Fisher" by Neal Barrow, Little Shoppe of Horrors #19
  • Best Cover: Scary Monsters Magazine #64 by Terry Beatty
  • Best Website or Blog: Trailersfromhell.com
  • Best Convention: Monster Bash
  • Best Fan Event: Monroeville Mall Zombie Walk
  • Best Horror Host (active): Penny Dreadful
  • Best Horror Audio Site or Podcast: Cult Radio a Go-Go
  • Best CD: Mysterious Island soundtrack
  • Best Horror Comic Book: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Road Home by Joss Whedon
  • Best Toy, Model or Collectible: Universal Monster action figures by Toy Island
  • Count Alucard's Controversy of the Year: Fans object when new releases are packaged with films they already have.
  • DVD Company of the Year: Anchor Bay
  • Monster Kid of the Year: Michael Schlesinger of Sony.
  • Monster Kid Hall of Fame: Cortlandt Hull and Dennis Vincent; Bernie Wrightson; Archie Goodwin; Ed 'Big Daddy' Roth; Ghoulardi; and Ben Chapman.

- Scott A. Johnson

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Chainsaw's picture

If this isn't enough reason to take the control AWAY from the people, I don't know what is. :)


Submitted by Chainsaw on Sun, 03/16/2008 - 10:14am.
moderator Sorry TDA, If you stumble
Steve Barton's picture

Sorry TDA, If you stumble across a news story or something you deem news worthy, just click the submit news link at the bottom of every story and bring it to our attention. We'll be happy to give credit where credit is due.


Submitted by Steve Barton on Fri, 03/14/2008 - 9:57pm.
Cash Bailey's picture

Best Movie of 2007: Rob Zombie's Halloween

I don't really think I need to read any further...


Submitted by Cash Bailey on Fri, 03/14/2008 - 9:17pm.
Johnny Butane's picture

Just be sure to check with us first, Scott. I would've told you to ignore it outright simply because fucking HALLOWEEN won anything other than Biggest Waste of Time...

But that's me.


Submitted by Johnny Butane on Fri, 03/14/2008 - 8:58pm.
moderator No slight intended, TDA...I
Sifu Scott's picture

No slight intended, TDA...I haven't been around lately to read the newsboards. I'm in the middle of playing catch-up. I got this from the Rondo Awards people themselves.


Submitted by Sifu Scott on Fri, 03/14/2008 - 8:28pm.
thedudeabides's picture

I don't know why that came out twice...


Submitted by thedudeabides on Fri, 03/14/2008 - 8:17pm.
thedudeabides's picture

My pleasure, Terminal.
Since this was the third time I either started a thread or posted updated news in a thread, and then was not credited when days later a news "scoop" was posted I appreciate that at least someone acknowledged me. Thank you.


Submitted by thedudeabides on Fri, 03/14/2008 - 8:16pm.
thedudeabides's picture

My pleasure, Terminal.
Since this was the third time I either started a thread or posted updated news in a thread, and then was not credited when days later a news "scoop" was posted I appreciate that at least someone acknowledged me. Thank you.


Submitted by thedudeabides on Fri, 03/14/2008 - 8:13pm.
DW Bostaph Jr's picture

Uh. Yea. Best Picture.


Submitted by DW Bostaph Jr on Fri, 03/14/2008 - 8:01pm.
Terminal's picture

Wow, that Best Picture win is the reason why I think the Oscars should not be based around audience votes. Thanks for making me aware of it TDA, I always forget these.


Submitted by Terminal on Fri, 03/14/2008 - 7:35pm.

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