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8th Annual Rondo Hatton Award Winners Announced





Rondo Hatton AwardsThe 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!

Rondo Hatton Awards


  • 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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    moderator Wow. Mucho thanks guys! We
    Steve Barton's picture

    Wow. Mucho thanks guys! We spend so much time hearing about what we're doing wrong it's nice to hear about what we do good every so often! Cheers!


    Submitted by Steve Barton on Tue, 04/06/2010 - 8:02pm.
    PelusaMG's picture

    Well how about that then! Congratulations one and all for the much deserved recognition of this outstanding website. I honestly never go any where else for my horror news, and why should I? There really is no-one else doing it as good as you all do. I STILL feel like this website is more family than anything else. It's fun and fast horror news, but with it's pipe and slippers on!

    Now let's see if you can bag an Emmy for Uncle Creepy's next acting turn! :)

    (*Raises glass to toast you all*)


    Submitted by PelusaMG on Tue, 04/06/2010 - 2:42pm.
    LifeMi's picture

    Congratulations, Dread Central! I first discovered this site from hearing Uncle Creepy's homoerotic shaving rants on the His Name Was Jason DVD and never looked back. While I do surf other sites including Bloody Good Horror, Bloody Disgusting, Shock Till You Drop, and Arrow in the Head, DC is hands down the best one. Kudos and hope you guys can keep it going for a long time.


    Submitted by LifeMi on Tue, 04/06/2010 - 1:32pm.
    moderator So proud of UC and Value for
    Debi Moore's picture

    So proud of UC and Value for achieving this milestone! Of course we couldn't have done it without every single one of you who visit the site each and every day and all our staff members who give their blood, sweat & tears to DC. Congrats to everyone involved!


    Submitted by Debi Moore on Tue, 04/06/2010 - 12:54pm.
    FireRam's picture

    CONGRATULATIONS on "Best Website". I came across DC when FEARNET changed their site and pissed off alot of the regulars years ago.. We had a good thing there, we were pretty close and had daily conversations etc. ANYWAY...that's the past. I have popped on Fangoria a few times but this is hands down MY #1 site for horror news and I enjoy the hell outta reading everyones comments. In short: Way to f ing go guys well deserved.

    OH: And Pittsburgh getting best convention (Monster Bash).
    HELL YEAH!!!


    Submitted by FireRam on Tue, 04/06/2010 - 11:18am.
    Vanvance1's picture

    Congrats, DC!

    I've noticed a steady stream of horror updates lately... they're coming so thick and fast it can even be a touch hard to keep up.

    That's a compliment, it's great that you guys are so on the ball.

    The reviews have been comprehensive and enlightening without too many spoilers and the latest round of interviews was first rate.

    Fangoria never came close to being this good.


    Submitted by Vanvance1 on Tue, 04/06/2010 - 2:31am.
    moderator Thanks, man. Those are
    Steve Barton's picture

    Thanks, man. Those are really kind words. You have no idea how much they're appreciated.


    Submitted by Steve Barton on Tue, 04/06/2010 - 2:39am.
    Floydian Trip's picture

    Seriously, great job!

    You guys make Fangoria look like a start-up which is why I don't need them. I really appreciate all the effort that goes into this website. The news and reviews never stop. 24/7 365 I know you guys are gonna bring it.


    Submitted by Floydian Trip on Tue, 04/06/2010 - 7:15am.

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