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Results Are in for the 11th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror AwardsThe votes have been tallied, and what can we say but “you like us, you really like us!” As we help announce the results of the 11th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards, let us thank you, the voting public, for once again naming Dread Central as the best horror site on the web. It means the world to us. Thank you.

The Cabin in the Woods took top film honors with “The Walking Dead” being the favorite small screen offering. You can see the full list of winners at the official Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards website.

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Today’s grisly takes on zombies and terror shared honors with some of Hollywood’s oldest monsters in the results of the 2013 Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards. The Cabin in the Woods, Joss Whedon’s homage to 80’s teen thrillers, was named Best Horror Film of 2012 while AMC’s hit series “The Walking Dead” took the top television prize for the second straight year in the awards decided by fans and fantasy professionals worldwide.

Voters also embraced Universal Studios’ massive effort to digitally restore its catalog of archetypal monsters such as Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. The studio’s Blu-ray set, Universal’s Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection, was voted Best DVD Collection, and the 1931 Dracula was voted the year’s Best Restoration. In addition, Universal’s 1948 comedy perennial Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein was named Best DVD as voters celebrated recent Blu-ray upgrades of monster classics.

The Rondo Awards, named after Rondo Hatton, an obscure B-movie villain of the 1940’s, recognize the best in classic horror research, creativity and film preservation. This year’s e-mail vote, conducted by the Classic Horror Film Board, an 18-year-old online community, drew a record of more than 3,400 votes as fans chose among 35 categories. The work of horror history researchers was also recognized as Japanese monster movie expert David Kalat was awarded a Rondo for his commentary on Criterion’s twin release of Japan’s 1954 Gojira and its Americanized version released two years later, Godzilla: King of the Monsters. And horror enthusiast Simon Rowson was named Monster Kid of the Year–the award program’s highest honor–for his work discovering snippets of footage in Japan that had been cut from the original release of Hammer’s Dracula with Christopher Lee in 1958 (retitled Horror of Dracula in the US). As a result of his efforts, a new restored version of the film has been released in Britain.

Based on suggestions from Rondo voters, the following Monster Kid Hall of Fame inductees were named:
J.D. Lees, editor and publisher of G-Fan, a magazine devoted to Godzilla films which recently marked its 100th issue.
Count Gore De Vol, one of a growing number of horror hosts who celebrated his 40th year in front of the camera.
Ted Newsom, a Los Angeles-based film researcher who pioneered monster history documentaries.
Steven Bissette, a comic book writer and horror historian whose work ranges from Swamp Thing to European horror film scholarship.
Jessie Lilley, a publisher and editor who has helped helm publications ranging from Scarlet Street and Mondo Cult to the reborn Famous Monsters of Filmland.
The late Gary Dorst, a monster fan whose writing in early fanzines helped elevate standards for those who followed.

Many of the Rondo winners will receive Rondo busts, sculpted by Kerry Gammill, at the Wonderfest convention in Louisville in May. Further information, including runners-up and all the nominees, can be found at RondoAwards.com.

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Wanna See Something REALLY Scary? Gruesome Demonic Possession Video

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“Wanna see something REALLY scary?”

To horror fans who came of age in the 1980s, the line above instantly evokes memories of Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks in the opening scene from Twilight Zone: The Movie. Now, on a bi-monthly basis, I’ll be asking, “Wanna see something REALLY scary?” with the goal of shocking you with chilling footage plumbed from the darkest corners of YouTube.

While The Blair Witch Project, released in 1999, didn’t invent the found footage subgenre of horror, it certainly popularized the concept, making it a common trope throughout the 2010s. The idea of finding misplaced film or video that reveals a terrifying truth is instantly compelling, and films like The Ring and Sinister have taken this concept outside of the found-footage arena, promoting the concept of cursed media.

One of the main goals of the found-footage presentation is to blur the line between fiction and reality. From this perspective, it’s as though a filmmaker is acting as an objective third party, offering a “discovery” without validating its authenticity. And while there are indeed real-life examples of lost media revealing compelling or harrowing secrets (surveillance footage, lost cameras, etc.) has anything ever been unearthed that compares to the terror induced by movies like Blair Witch.

Perhaps.

The Paranormal Scholar is a YouTube channel dedicated to scientific, academic explorations of supposed real-life supernatural phenomenon. While the majority of their video essays end by debunking popular urban legends and modern creepypastas, they recently explored a potentially legitimate reel of found film—and it’s utterly horrifying.

Wanna see something REALLY scary?

According to The Paranormal Scholar, the footage below was discovered in the attic of a newly purchased home in Iowa around 1973. Unfortunately, no other significant details are known—which is convenient if it’s a hoax. The video looks almost too good to be real (meaning it’s genuinely disturbing) but the fact that it can’t be immediately debunked is instantly unnerving.

The subject of this supposedly found footage is one many horror fans find intriguing: Demonic possession. Give it a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section. Do you know anything about this mysterious footage? Do you think it’s real or a clever fake? Let the debate begin!

Warning: Mature Content!

Got an idea for a future installment of “Wanna See Something REALLY Scary?” Hit me up on Twitter @josh_millican!

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Class of 1999 Graduates to Blu-Ray in 2018

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Coming to blu-ray in early 2018 will be Class of 1999, which was originally released in 1990 and designed to be an unofficial sci-fi sequel to 1982’s Class of 1984, which itself received a special edition blu-ray in 2015. Confused yet?

In 1982, writer-director Mark L. Lester made Class of 1984, a slightly futuristic action thriller about teachers contending with teenage gangs in an inner-city high school. Lester would go on to grace us with Commando and Firestarter before returning to the premise in 1990 to give us the very futuristic Class of 1999. This time the action takes place near the turn of the millennium when gang violence overruns inner-city high schools to the point that the government steps in and replaces the teachers with reprogrammed military-grade battle androids. The super soldier cyborg faculty revert to their militaristic ways, naturally, and rack up quite a body count as they declare war on the student body leading to teenage gangs putting aside their difference to lead an anti-robot uprising in the halls of the school.

The time is the future, and youth gang violence is so high that the areas around some schools have become “free fire zones” into which not even the police will venture. When Miles Langford (Malcolm McDowell), the principal of Kennedy High School, decides to take his school back from the gangs, robotics specialist Dr. Robert Forrest (Stacy Keach) provides “tactical education units.” These human-like androids have been programmed to teach and are supplied with weapons to handle discipline problems. These kids will get a lesson in staying alive!

Boasting a screenplay by Full Moon stalwart C. Courtney Joyner and a cast including the likes of Stacy Keach, Pam Grier, Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Kilpatrick, and Traci Lind; Class of 1999 and its unique Stand and Deliver meets The Warriors meets The Terminator premise has garnered a loyal cult following over the years. We won’t mention the sequel. Forget I even brought it up. Sequel? What sequel?

Lionsgate Home Entertainment has announced Class of 1999 will be the next title getting a blu-ray release as part of their Vestron Collector’s Series in the first semester of 2018 with a fully loaded edition guaranteed to please fans and those that have yet to be educated on this enjoyable early Ninties b-movie extravaganza.

Disc extras will include:

Audio Commentary with Producer/Director Mark L. Lester
Interviews with Director/Producer Mark L. Lester and Co-Producer Eugene Mazzola
Interview with Screenwriter C. Courtney Joyner
Interviews with Special Effects Creators Eric Allard and Rick Stratton
Interview with Director of Photography Mark Irwin
Trailer & TV Spot
Still Gallery
Video Promo
Optional English, English SDH, and Spanish subtitles for the main feature

Class of 1999 graduates to blu-ray on January 30th.

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Eibon Press have announced that they’re starting Black Friday a day early and will be running their specials for almost a week, through November 28th. This year, they’re doing something a little different, a little more interesting. Rather than reduce prices on their inventory, they’re doing a deal where depending on how much you buy from their store, you’ll get a certain amount of free swag in addition to your order.

The first tier sees anyone who makes a purchase getting two double-sided mini-posters featuring art from their upcoming Bottomfeeder and Maniac and The New York Ripper series. The second tier sees anyone who spends at least $30 getting a free copy of their VHS Comics titles Laserblast plus the mini-posters. The final tier is for those who spend $50 and more and that will net the mini-posters, the #1 issue of Laserblast, and a free copy of Lucio Fulci’s Gates of Hell #2.

Lastly, five random people will receive an extra bonus gift, which they won’t reveal but promise that, “…you’ll love it!

All order cans be placed via Eibon Press.

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