'Mad Max' outguns 'Star Wars'
in 14th Annual Rondo Awards
'Monster Mash,' affectionate look at 1970s horror craze, is voted Book of the Year; Lugosi historian Gary Rhodes is Writer of the Year; Vincent Price's daughter named Monster Kid of Year
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
By David Colton
ARLINGTON, VA. – Revivals of classic horror and science fiction franchises of the 1980s won top honors in the just-completed 14th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards, announced April 14 after an online vote by fans and genre professionals worldwide.
The popular EVIL DEAD movie franchise directed by Sam Raimi and starring Bruce Campbell took four awards, including Best DVD, Best Restoration, Best DVD Extra, and Best TV Presentation of 2015 for the offshoot series on STARZ, "Ash vs. Evil Dead." The TV series' win ended an impressive six-year Rondo run by AMC's still-thriving "The Walking Dead.''
The action thriller MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, which also had its roots in the 1980s, was voted Film of the Year, topping STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS in a showdown of genre favorites.
Book of the Year went to "Monster Mash,'' by Mark Voger, which examines the monster craze in movies, television, music, toys and models of the 1970s. And movie historian Gary Don Rhodes was voted Writer of the Year for his research and multiple books on horror actor Bela Lugosi and the launch of horror films in the 1930s.
In addition, voters named Victoria Price, the 53-year-old daughter of horror legend Vincent Price, "Monster Kid of the Year'' for her tireless work preserving her late father's legacy in film, along with his work in culinary and fine arts.
"I have been dedicated to preserving and promoting my father's legacy of love (and) joy,'' Victoria wrote on Facebook during the vote. "He was an amazing human being who deserves not only to be remembered but also to be celebrated.''
That celebration extended to London where she and film historian Peter Fuller helped lead a walking tour of Vincent Price's favorite London stages, restaurants, art galleries and haunts. Fuller was named International Fan of the Year for his efforts.
The Rondo Awards, named after Rondo Hatton, an obscure B-movie villain of the 1940s, honor the best in classic horror research, creativity and film preservation. This year's e-mail vote, conducted by the Classic Horror Film Board, a 21-year old online community, drew more than 3,400 ballots. The Rondo vote is the largest survey of the classic horror genre held each year.
Below is a photo of Hatton in the 1946 film, HOUSE OF HORRORS, which was an inspiration for the distinctive bust given to winners.
(Gasp!) 14th ANNUAL RONDO HATTON AWARDS
More than 3,400 fans and professionals made these choices in the 14h Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards for work in the year 2015. Here is a category-by-category breakdown of winners, runners-up; and honorable mentions:
BEST FILM OF 2015
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
Runner-up: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
Honorable mentions: IT FOLLOWS; EX MACHINA; THE MARTIAN
BEST TV PRESENTATION
ASH VS EVIL: DEAD: 'Brujo'
Runner-up: THE WALKING DEAD
Honorable mentions:PENNY DREADFUIL; DOCTOR WHO
BEST CLASSIC DVD OF 2015
ARMY OF DARKNESS: COLLECTOR'S EDITION (Shout!)
Runner-up: PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Kino);
Honorable mentions: BLACK SABBATH (Kino);
DON'T LOOK NOW (Criterion)
ARMY OF DARKNESS: COLLECTOR'S EDITION (Shout!)
Runners-up: BLACK SABBATH (Kino);
JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH (Twilight Time);
BLOOD AND BLACK LACE (Arrow)
TIM LUCAS for BLACK SABBATH and BLOOD AND BLACK LACE
Runner-up: Francis Ford Coppola (BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA)
Honoarble mentions: Wes Craven (PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS);
Tom Weaver, David Schechter (MONSTER THAT CHALLENGED
BEST DVD EXTRA
MEDIEVAL TIMES: THE MAKING OF ARMY OF DARKNESS
Runners-up: 'Cuadecuc, Vampir' (COUNT DRACULA); Excerpts
from sound version (PHANTOM OF THE OPERA); 'The Host,' Jack Hill,
Sid Haig film (SPIDER BABY)
BEST INDEPENDENT FILM
TALES OF HALLOWEEN, anthology film
Runners-up: TURBO KID; WE ARE STILL HERE
Honorable mention: DRACULA A.D. 2015
BEST SHORT FILM
TAILYPO, directed by Cameron McCasland
Honorable mentions: CONVENTIONAL; HEIR;
THEATRE FANTASTIQUE: A POEM OF POE; SEEKING VALENTINA
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
CREATURE FEATURE: 60 YEARS OF THE GILL-MAN, directed by Matt Crick
Runner-up: LOST SOUL: THE DOOMED JOURNEY OF RICHARD STANLEY'S
ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU
Honorable mentions: THAT GUY DICK MILLER; IT WAS A COLOSSAL TEENAGE MOVIE MACHINE:
THE AIP STORY; HAIL TO THE KING: 60 YEARS OF DESTRUCTION (Godzilla)
BOOK OF THE YEAR
MONSTER MASH: The Creepy, Kooky Monster Craze in America,
1957-1972, by Mark Voger
Runner-up: 70s MONSTER MEMORIES; THE ART OF HORROR, by Stephen Jones;
TOD BROWNING'S DRACULA, by Gary Don Rhodes
Honorable mentions: ITALIAN GOTHIC HORROR FILMS, by Roberto Curti;
SO DEADLY, SO PERVERSE: Fifty Years of Italian Giallo Films, by Troy Howarth;
CURIOUS GOODS: Behind the Scenes of Friday the 13th (The Series), by Alyse Wax);
Runners-up: FANGORIA, VIDEO WATCHDOG; HORRORHOUND
BEST MAGAZINE (classic)
FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND
Runner-up: SCARY MONSTERS
Honorable mentions: CLASSIC MONSTERS OF THE MOVIES;
LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS; DIABOLIQUE; FILMFAX; SCREEM
BEST ARTICLES (two Christopher Lee articles)
'1) 'Christopher Lee: He May Not Have Been Who You Might Have Thought He Was,' by Tom Johnson,
LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #35.
2) 'Remembering Christopher Lee,' by Justin Hamelin, RAVENOUS website.
Runner-up: 'Vincent Price: I Like What I see,' by Tim Lucas, VIDEO WATCHDOG #179.
Honorable mentions: 'Take Me to the Other Side/Ghost Writers,' by April Snellings, RUE MORGUE #160;
'The Greatest Old One,' by Dejan Ognjanovic, RUE MORGUE #161; 'Barbara Steele, The Beauty of Terror,'
by Daniel Riccuito, David Cairus and Jennifer Matsui, FANGORIA #342; 'Forrest J Ackerman: The Wizard
of Glendower Avenue,' by Deborah Painter, CLASSIC IMAGES #480.
BEST INTERVIEW (Award goes to interviewer)
David Weiner interviews Mel Brooks about YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
(FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND #277)
Runner-up: Chris Alexander interviews John Carpenter, FANGORIA #339
Honorable mentions: Max Weinstein interviews Alejandro Jodorowsky, DIABOLIQUE #24;
Jessica Dwyer interviews Bruce Campbell, HORRORHOUND #54;
Rod Labbe interviews Sharon Smythe, SCARY MONSTERS #95.
BEST COLUMNLarry Blamire's Star Turn, VIDEO WATCHDOG
Runners-up:They Came from the Crypt, by Jon Kitley, HORRORHOUND;
Diary of the Deb, Debbie Rochon, FANGORIA; The Doctor Is In-Sane, by Dr. Gangrene, SCARY MONSTERS
Honorable mentions: Fright Gallery by Gary Pullin, RUE MORGUE; Scare-News, by John Skerchock, SCARY MONSTERS
FAMOUS MONSTERS #281 by Rick Baker
Runners-up: RUE MORGUE #161 by Jason Edmiston; WE BELONG DEAD #17 by Paul Watts
Honorable mentions: MAD SCIENTIST #30 by Mark Maddox; DIABOLIQUE #24 by Mark Spears;
FANGORIA #342 by Marc Schoenbach; HORRORHOUND #52 by Mark Maddox
Runners-up: Dread Central; Collinsport Historical Society
Dr, Gangrene's Mad Blog
Honorable mentions: Shock Til You Drop; Universal Monster Army
BEST MULTI-MEDIA SITE
Runners-up: Trailers from Hell; The Fantastic Films of Vincent Price; Monster Kid Radio
Honorable mentions: Count Gore De Vol's Creature Features; Horror Happens Radio Show
MONSTER BASH (suburban Pittsburgh)
Runner-up: Monsterpalooza (Burbank)
Honorable mentions: HorrorHound Weekend (Cincinnati);
WonderFest (Louisville); Chiller (Parsippany, NJ); G-FEST (Chicago)
BEST FAN EVENT
VINCENT PRICE LONDON LEGACY TOUR (Walking tour celebrating his films
and love of art and food)
Runner-up: Tribute to Wes Craven at HorrorHound Weekend
Honorable mentions: Maskfest; Blob panic re-enactment at Blobfest;
Swim with the Creature at Monsterama; Etheria Film Festival
FAVORITE HORROR HOST
Runner-up: Penny Dreadful
Honorable mentions: Count Gore De Vol; Dr. Gangrene; Son of Ghoul
BEST HORROR COMIC BOOK
JOHN CARPENTER'S TALES FOR A HALLOWEEN NIGHT
Runner-up: Haunted Horrors
Honorable mentions: Godzilla in Hell; Frankenstein Underground;
Bloke's Terrible Tome of Terror
WRITER OF THE YEAR
Gary Don Rhodes
A leading scholar into the origins of the horror film,
Rhodes' fact-based approach has exploded myths surrounding some
of the genre's most beloved works. His books about Bela Lugosi have kept the complicated legacy
of the horror icon alive.
Max Weinstein, Kim Newman, Eric Shirey
Runners-up: Daniel Horne, William Cope, Gary Pullin,
Joel Robinson, Jason Edmiston
FAN ARTIST OF THE YEAR
(In memory of the late Linda Miller)
Runner-up: Malcolm Gittins,. Honorable mentions: Jerrod Brown, John Sargent,
SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
'The Only REAL Rondo Award'
for the amazing achievement of
SCARY MONSTERS #1-100
which included a walking tour of Price's favorite London haunts, has been one of the world's foremost
researchers into Price's life and legacy. His work with Victoria Price and others in mounting
the Price Festival was a landmark for the beloved actor's legacy on both sides
of the Atlantic.
Victoria Price likes to joke that she never enjoyed seeing the films of her father, Vincent Price,
because he was always getting killed in all kinds of ways. But after writing a biography of her
famous dad, she realized that there was far more to the screen legend than his villainous roles.
A regular at horror conventions, Price is now well-versed in Price's horror films, but she prefers to talk about her father's
exquisite taste in art, in food, and in the cultural underpinnings of his work. A true "monster kid,'' Victoria Price helps
remind new monster fans that chills and thrills began long ago, and will live on.
Newest inductees are:
Keeping Poe's legend alive
This Baltimore native knows Edgar Allan Poe better than most: He's helped fight to presereve Poe's
Baltimore residence, portrayed the doomed writer in the film, THE DEATH OF POE, and has mounted stage and radio
productions of the horror bard's work at the Poe Forevermore Radio Theatre.
An actor, a scholar, an editor, an activist, Redfield is responsible for much of the renewed interest in America's most haunted poet.
Seeking the creators
One of the earliest genre enthusiasts and writers, Steve Vertlieb's interest has always
been in the creators behind the scenes -- the men who animated King Kong, the composers
like John Williams, Bernard Herrmann and Miklos Rozsa whose music stirred
moviegoers, and the writers like Ray Bradbury whose words sparked a generation of dreamers.
Soon to be the subject of a documentary, Vertlieb's gentle touch in his writing reminds readers why they
loved many of the classic films in the first place.
Dishing with the stars
Few can match the energy and wide-ranging interests of David Del Valle, a cinema insider
who knows just about everyone involved in films past and present. Whether drawing out little-known
tales from horror icons such as Barabra Steele, moderating panels or enriching DVD commentaries, the
outspoken Del Valle has spent a lifetime compiling the backstories, the insanity,
and the joy of Hollywood and European horror factories.
BILL 'CHILLY BILLY' CARDILLE
The unforgettable horror host
hosted in Pittsburgh from 1963 to 1982. So "chilling'' was his delivery that Second City's Joe Flaherty
says his horror host parody on SCTV was based on Cardille's character. Squeaking doors, wolves, a beating heart and a creepy organ
marked his pioneering, smart and influential horror show. A true horror original.