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HERE'S THE OFFICIAL BALLOT FOR THE TENTH ANNUAL RONDO HATTON
CLASSIC HORROR AWARDS
This year's awards dedicated to Les Daniels, Richard Gordon and the vivacious Yvette Vickers.
Please e-mail your choices to taraco@aol.com.






1. BEST MOVIE OF 2011 (Pick one)

-- ATTACK THE BLOCK
-- BATTLE: L.A.
-- CONTAGION
-- DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK
-- FINAL DESTINATION 5
-- FRIGHT NIGHT
-- HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS (PART TWO)
-- HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN
-- INSIDIOUS

-- PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3
-- RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
-- THE RITE
-- THE SKIN I LIVE IN
-- STAKE LAND
-- SUPER 8
-- THE THING
-- TROLL HUNTER
-- TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN (Part 1)
-- X-MEN FIRST CLASS
-- Or write in another choice:

2. BEST TELEVISION PRESENTATION

-- AMERICAN HORROR STORY, 'Halloween,' FX, 11.2.11 The holiday seems almost cheerful compared to the ghosts from the past invading Murder House. 'What are you, the Dead Breakfast Club?'
-- DOCTOR WHO, 'The Doctor's Wife,' BBC, 5.14.11. The Tardis takes center stage at the edge of the universe in this episode written by Nail Gaiman. 'Oh, it's the warning lights. I got rid of those. They never stop.'
-- FRINGE, 'The Day We Died,' Fox, 5.6.11. In the year 2026, two worlds hang in the balance in a hunt for End of Days terrroists. 'When their world was destroyed, that was the day we sealed our fate.'
-- GRIMM, 'The Three Bad Wolves,' NBC, 12.9.11. Twists on the fairy tale include murder and Dan Roebuck as an arson investigator. 'Little pig, little pig, let me come in.'
-- HAVEN, 'Audrey Parker's Day Off,' SyFy, 8.19.11. A troubled Audrey gets caught in a time loop, unable to prevent a car from repeatedly killing her friends. 'You're stuck in my second-favorite Bill Murray movie.'
-- PSYCHE, 'This Episode Sucks,' USA, 10.26.11. Cameos from Kristy Swanson (Buffy), Corey Feldman (Lost Boys), and vampire homages abound in this Halloween send-up. 'Sookie is mine!'
-- SUPERNATURAL, 'My Heart Will Go On,' CW, 4.15.11. The Titanic has been saved from sinking so Fate begins removing people from the present. 'If these people are the Waltons, then why are they dying?'
-- TERRA NOVA, 'Instinct,' Fox, 10.3.11. Swarms of Pterosaurs begin to stake a claim on the camp. 'What we've seen here today is just the first wave. There's a lot more coming.'
-- WALKING DEAD, 'Save the Last One,' AMC, 10.30.11. Shane makes a shocking choice while getting medical supplies. ' Look at him. Hanging up there like a big piñata. The other geeks came and ate all the flesh off his legs.'

3. BEST CLASSIC DVD

-- BLACK MOON (Fay Wray; 1934)
-- THE BLACK SLEEP (DVD-R)
-- BURN WITCH BURN (DVD-R)
-- COLOSSUS OF NEW YORK (Olive)
-- DESTROY ALL MONSTERS
-- EMBODIMENT OF EVIL (Coffin Joe)

-- HORROR EXPRESS
-- HOUSE OF THE LONG SHADOWS
-- ISLAND OF LOST SOULS (Criterion)
-- KONGO (DVD-R)
-- KURONEKO
-- MASTER OF THE WORLD
-- METROPOLIS (Moroder version)
-- MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (Twilight Time limited edition)
-- PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Image)
-- QUATERMASS XPERIMENT
-- QUEEN OF BLOOD
-- Or write in another choice:

4. BEST CLASSIC DVD COLLECTION

-- GAMERA DOUBLE FEATURE (vs. Zigra and vs. Super Monster; Shout!)
-- JURASSIC PARK: Ultimate Trilogy
-- ROGER CORMAN SCI-FI CLASSICS: Attack of the Crab Monsters, War of the Satellites, Not of This Earth
-- VAMPIRES, MUMMIES AND MONSTERS COLLECTION: Lady Frankenstein, Time Walker, Velvet Vampire and Grotesque
-- SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE ARCHIVE COLLECTION VOL. 2 (1912-1955)
-- STAR WARS BLU-RAY: THE COMPLETE SAGA (all six films)
-- TWILIGHT ZONE: Blu-Ray Bundle (all five seasons)
Or write in another choice:

5. BEST RESTORATION

-- HORROR EXPRESS (Severin Films/MPI). Restored from print found in Mongolia.
-- ISLAND OF LOST SOULS (Criterion). Best elements combined, image cleaned, bits of dialogue restored.
-- LADY FRANKENSTEIN (Shout!) International cut is included.
-- LORNA THE EXORCIST (Mondo Macabro reassembles Jess Franco film from several sources)
-- MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (Twilight Time Blu-Ray): New 1:66 transfer.
-- TWILIGHT ZONE Seasons 3-5 (Blu-Ray): Episodes shine in high-definition.
-- Or write in another choice:

6. BEST COMMENTARY

-- ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS, by Tom Weaver, Michael and John Brunas.
-- ISLAND OF LOST SOULS, by Gregory William Mank.
-- MIMIC, by Guillermo del Toro.
-- SPINE TINGLER: THE WILLIAM CASTLE STORY: William Castle
-- TWILIGHT ZONE: SEASON FOUR, 'The Printer's Devil,' by Bill Warren and Marc Scott Zicree.
-- TWLIGHT ZONE: SEASON FIVE: 'In Praise of Pip,' by Neil Gaiman and Marc Scott Zicree
-- Or write in another choice:

7. BEST DVD EXTRA

-- BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS: Space Opera on a Shoestring documentary.
-- CAT O' NINE TAILS (Arrow Blu-Ray): Dario's Murderous Moggy, a 10-minute interview with Dario Argento.
-- A CHRISTMAS CAROL (VCI). Two features by Daniel Griffith (Dead to Begin With and Brian Hurst)
-- EVIL DEAD 2 (25th Anniversary), 90-minute Swallowed Souls: The Making of Evil Dead II
-- HALLOWEEN II, Full Terror in the Aisles documentary included.
-- HORROR EXPRESS. Audio interview with Peter Cushing.

-- KURONEKO, Critic Tadeo Sato on how Japanese ghost stories grew more violent (17 minutes)
-- MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 Vol. XXII: Trail of the Creeper: Making the Brute Man, featurette by Daniel Griffith.
-- ROGER CORMAN SCI-FI CLASSICS: A Salute to Roger Corman testimonials from Peter Fonda, Peter Bogdanovitch, Joe Dante and others.
-- Or write in another choice:

8. BEST INDEPENDENT FILM (You can also FIND ALL VIDEO LINKS at rondoaward.com)

-- ATTACK OF THE MOON ZOMBIES, directed by Christopher Mihm. Retro 50s spoof. VIDEO LINK
-- ATTACK OF THE OCTOPUS PEOPLE, directed by Joshua Kennedy. Young director's tribute to all things sci-fi, now an Alpha DVD. VIDEO LINK
-- BITE MARKS, directed by Mark Bessenger. A truck carrying coffins picks up hitchhikers, and that's just the start of this vampire horror-romp. VIDEO LINK
-- THE BOOK: They Came from Inner Space, directed by Richard Weiss. A mysterious book is focus of a stylish alien takeover in the 24th century. VIDEO LINK
-- A CADAVER CHRISTMAS, directed by Joe Zerull. A janitor gets a bloody holiday revenge. VIDEO LINK

-- CHILLERAMA, directed by Adam Rifkin, Tim Sullivan, Adam Green and Joe Lunch. A very meaty sendup of midnight movies. VIDEO LINK
-- DIVINE: THE SERIES, by Maplewood Productions. Web series finds a priest confronting evil being called Divine. VIDEO LINK
-- ERIK: PORTRAIT OF A LIVING CORPSE, directed by Ryan Bijan. The Phantom's story through Erik's eyes, adapted from Gaston Leroux' novel. VIDEO LINK

-- MIL MASCARAS VS. THE AZTEC MUMMY, directed by Andrew Quint. Cult lucha libre film finally makes it to DVD. VIDEO LINK
-- THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS, directed by Sean Branney. Adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's evocation of alien horror. VIDEO LINK
-- YOU'RE NEXT, directed by Adam Wingard. Creepy home invasion thriller. Don't look in the window. VIDEO LINK
-- Or write in another choice:

9. BEST SHORT FILM (Find VIDEO LINKS at rondoaward.com)

-- ATTACK OF THE CREATURE: A 50s Monster Movie, directed by Dylan Druktenis. A giant turtle, skateboards and cool special effects. VIDEO LINK
-- BLINKYTM, directed by Ruairi Robinson. Formerly Bad Robot, all about a boy, a robot and a dysfunctional family. VIDEO LINK
-- CHARLIE CHAN IN TRANSYLVANIA, directed by Brian Nichols. The Nichols family takes on the detective in their latest Monster Bash video. LINK
-- G-FANTIS: WORLDS COLLIDE, directed by Billy (Rockstarbd82). Preview of fan project Godzilla Battle Royale is amazingly Toho. VIDEO LINK

-- THE GIANT RUBBER MONSTER MOVIE, directed by Thomas Berdinski. Horror host cameos enliven this send-up of 70s kaiju. VIDEO LINK
-- MICROCINEMA, directed by Skip Shea. Fantasy turns deadly in this mature reverie of a stalker. VIDEO LINK
-- LA NINA, directed by Moises Servin. From Mexico, Richard Sheffield produces the tale of a mysterious child. VIDEO LINK
-- WHISPER, directed by Bryan Wolford. A new dorm room is fine, except for the whispering from the closet. VIDEO LINK
-- YOU WILL NEVER GUESS WHAT THIS AD IS ABOUT, directed by Andreas Roth. German commercial will surprise you. VIDEO LINK .

10. BEST DOCUMENTARY (full length; click on video link to see clip or trailer)

-- THE BEST OF TRAILERS FROM HELL, VOL. 2, commentaries by Joe Dante. John Landis, Eli Roth, others. VIDEO LINK
-- HI THERE, HORROR MOVIE FANS: The Bowman Body, A Documentary, directed by Sean Kotz and Christopher Valluzzo. A look back at Virginia's legendary horror host, Bill Bowman. VIDEO LINK
-- MIDNIGHT MADNESS: The History of Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy Films, from Midnight Marquee. Two-disc set includes dozens of vintage interviews with top genre stars. VIDEO LINK
-- SCREAMING IN HIGH HEELS: The Rise and Fall of the Scream Queen Era, directed by Jason Paul Collum. Told through the careers of Linnea Quigley, Brinke Stevens and Michelle Bauer. VIDEO LINK

11. BOOK OF THE YEAR

-- AMERICAN SCARY: Conversations with the Kings, Queens and Jesters of Late-Night Horror TV, by Michael Monahan. (Midnight Marquee, softcover, 242 pages, $25). Interviews and rare photos with 23 well-remembered horror hosts.
-- BORIS KARLOFF: MORE THAN A MONSTER: The Authorised Biography, by Stephen Jacobs (Tomahawk Press, hardcover, 568 pages, $50). Karloff's life from Canadian theater companies to his many creatures, radio appearances and triumphs on Broadway and television.
-- CASE FILES OF ORIENTAL SLEUTHS: Charlie Chan, Mr. Moto and Mr. Wong, by David Rothel (Bear Manor Media, softcover, 326 pages, $24.95). Detailed look at all the films, plus radio and even the short-lived Chan TV series.
-- CREATURES OF THE NIGHT THAT WE LOVED SO WELL, TV Horror Hosts of Southern California, by James M. Fetters. (Perfect Paperback, softcover, 365 pages, $24.95). Armed with a tape recorder in the 1960s, the result goes to the roots of horror hosts.
-- DARK STARS RISING: Conversations from the Outer Realms, by Shade Rupe (Worldhead Press, softcover, 568 pages, $27.95). 27 interviews with the outre set, including Brother Theodore, Chas. Balun and Tura Santana.

-- FORGOTTEN HORRORS VOL. 5: The Atom Age, by Michael H. Price, John Wooley, Jan Alan Henderson (CreateSpace, softcover, 328 pages, $30). Sci-fi and Red Scare obscurities abound in this latest volume of the series.
-- HAMMER FILMS, THE UNSUNG HEROES: The Team Behind the Legend, by Wayne Kinsey (Tomahawk, softcover, 500 pages, $49.95). In their own words, the workers themselves, carpenters and secretaries, tell the story of horror's most colorful studio.
-- THE HAMMER VAULT, by Marcus Hearn. (Titan Books, hardcover, 176 pages, $34.95). From the studio archives, documents, stills and memorabilia in a handsome package.

-- HORROR FILM FESTIVALS AND AWARDS, by Thomas P. Sipos (McFarland, softcover, 318 pages, $40). Advice for filmmakers, and listings of scores of independent film festivals, award programs and winners (Rondos, too!)
-- THE HORROR HITS OF RICHARD GORDON, by Tom Weaver (Bear Manor Media, softcover, 236 pages, $24.95). Wisdom from the late director about his career and Hollywood, as told to his friend.
-- HORROR NOIR: Where Cinema's Dark Sisters Meet, by Paul Meehan (McFarland, softcover, 310 pages, $39.95). How horror and gritty mysteries meet, from the 1930s and 1940s to today.
-- MAIL-ORDER MYSTERIES: Real Stuff from Old Comic Book Ads! by Kirk Demarais. (Insight, hardcover, 156 pages, $19.95). The shocking truth about what you really got if you ordered those X-Ray Glasses or Six-Foot Monsters.

-- MONSTERS IN AMERICA: Our Historical Obsession with the Hideous and the Haunting, by W. Scott Poole (Baylor University Press, hardcover, 290 pages, $29.95). A cultural history of monsters and why they touch such deep chords in the American psyche.
-- MONSTERS IN THE MOVIES: 100 Years of Cinematic Nightmares, by John Landis (DK, hardcover, 320 pages, $40). Large-format overview of the genre, told through hundreds of glossy photos and posters.
-- NIGHTMARE MOVIES, Horror on Screen Since the 1960s, by Kim Newman. (Bloomsbury, softcover, 633 pages, $45). Updated edition of his 1987 classic; covers films through 2011.

-- SCI-FI SAVANT, by Glenn Erickson (Point Blank Press, softcover, 312 pages, $19.95). Still-timely reviews of 116 science fiction films from his DVD Savant column.
-- SIXTIES SHOCKERS: A Critical Filmography of Horror Cinema, 1960-1969, by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn (McFarland, hardcover, 541 page, $59.95). Tracing the decade when horror found blood was red, awakened zombies and entered the modern age.
-- WAR EAGLES: The Unmaking of an Epic by Dave Conover and Philip J. Riley (Bear Manor, softcover, 292 pages, $24.95). An in-depth look at the Willis O'Brien film that could have been.
-- ZOMBIES: An Illustrated History of the Undead, by Jovanka Vuckovik (St. Martin's Griffin, softcover, 176 pages, $17.99). Tracing the cultural invasion of the decayed and departed.

12. BEST MAGAZINE OF 2011


-- Cinema Retro
-- Diabolique
-- Fangoria
-- Filmfax
-- Freaky Monsters
-- G-Fan
-- Girls and Corpses
-- Horror Hound

-- Little Shoppe of Horrors


-- Mad Monster
-- Mad Scientist
-- Midnight Marquee
-- Monster Bash
-- Monsterpalooza
-- Monsters from the Vault
-- Paracinema
-- Phantom of the Movies Videoscope
-- Rue Morgue
-- Scarlet
-- Scary Monsters
-- Screem
-- Shadowland
-- Shock
-- Undying Monsters
-- Van Helsing's Journal
-- Video Watchdog
-- Or write in another choice:
13. BEST ARTICLE (Please choose two; one will win)


-- 'The Curious Undead Life of Tod Browning's Dracula (1931): A Classic of the Horror Films,' by Gary Don Rhodes, MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #29. From camera movements to cardboard on the lamp, a renewed appreciation of the film that started the horror cycle.
-- 'The Damning of the Tarantula,' by John H. Myers, FILMFAX #128. Spider by giant spider, a creepy look at the eight-legged beasts of sci-fi history.
-- 'Dare You See It? James Whale's Frankenstein,' by Pierre Fournier. MONSTERPALOOZA #1. Using vintage newspaper stories, ads and ballyhoo, what the public was told about the filming of Frankenstein in 1931.
-- 'Dracula's Guest Revisited,' by Bob Statzer, SCARY MONSTERS #77. Finding the truth about the Bram Stoker story said to inspire so many adaptations.
-- 'Godzilla Goes Green: Godzilla vs. Hedorah,' by Martin Arlt, MAD SCIENTIST #24. From Rachel Carson to a 300-pound smog monster suit, behind the scenes of Toho's ecological warning.
-- 'The Golden Age of TV Terror,' by Kier-La Janisse with Dan Murphy, RUE MORGUE #117. A look at made-for-TV rarities and 'haunted' episodes from shows like Andy Griffith, Laverne & Shirley and Punky Brewster.


-- 'The Green Slime Are Coming! The Green Slime Are Here!' by Bill Cooke, VIDEO WATCHDOG #162. An 'old school' Watchdog comparison of the film's U.S. and Japanese versions.
-- 'A History of Horror Films Portmaneau,' by Steven West, MIDNIGHT MARQUEE #78. Tracing the growth of horror anthology films, from the silent era to today.
-- 'Invasion: A History of Body Snatchers,' by Aaron Christensen, HORROR HOUND #31. From Jack Finney's novel to Nicole Kidman's takeover, they're here!
-- 'Japanese Fantasy Cinema: Reflections of Reality,' by Fabian Mauro. G-FAN #95-96. How Japanese fear and fantasy combined to create works of lasting impact.
-- 'Karloff and the Creation of the Screen Actor's Guild,' by Mark Redfield, MONSTERPALOOZA #1. How the shy British actor became one of the founding members of one of Hollywood's earliest unions.
-- 'King Kong and the City: A Trilogy' by James H. Burns, THE THUNDER CHILD webzine. How generations grew up with the classic in New York -- on Channel 9, during holiday meals and at the Empire State Building.
-- 'Lovecraft's Paleontological Time Travels,' by Allen A. Debus, MAD SCIENTIST #24. How Lovecraft's mythos translated to lost worlds and beasts of the pulps and beyond.
-- 'The Mad Genius: A Retrospective,' by Greg Mank, MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #28. A look at the Svengali-like era of John Barrymore's early sound career.


-- 'The Making of Hands of the Ripper,' by Bruce G. Hallenbeck. LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #26. How the shocking tale made it to theaters mostly intact.
-- 'The Marvelous Movie Menagerie of Marcel Delgado,' by Debbie Painter, MOVIE COLLECTOR'S WORLD #755. The influence of the master designer on Kong and other island beasts.
-- 'Music by James Bernard: Themes For a Tapestry of Terror,' by Steve Vertlieb, FILM MUSIC REVIEW, Fall 2011. Scoring the master of suspense and thrills.
-- 'Prophet of Horror: H.P. Lovecraft,' by Charles A. Coulombe. FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND #255. A popular overview of the author's career and lasting influence.
-- 'Sarah's Song: Remembering Sharon Tate,' by Terry Pace, LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #27. The career of the doomed actress, in her own words and those who knew her.
-- 'Save the Earth: Ecological Messages in Toho's Giant Monster Movies,' by Mark Justice, G-FAN #94-95. The green side of kaiju, film by film.


-- 'Scouting the Singularity,' by Thomas A. Foster, VIDEO WATCHDOG #165. How dreams of a tech leap forward for mankind has been supplanted by films of apocalyptic hysteria.
-- 'Sex, Food, Death and Religion: Jean Rollin's Archaic Modernity,' by Bryan L. Yeatter, SCREEM #22. An argument that the famed French filmmaker pushed the limits in vampire films, but then lost his way.
-- 'Sullivan's Travels,' by William J. Wright, VIDEOSCOPE #79. Revealing the "unsung hero" of The Evil Dead, special effects technician Tom Sullivan.
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