The 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.
From the Press Release
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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