Since 2002, the Rondo’s have been fandom’s only classic horror awards — decided by fans, for fans. Every nominee is considered for significant work or achievement made in the year 2017.
I’m honored to be nominated for the second year in a row in Category 17: Best Website or Blog. I humbly ask for your vote.
In addition, I had the honor of being Executive Producer of Christopher R Mihm’s 2017 film, Demon with the Atomic Brain, which is nominated for Category 8: Best Independent Film of 2017.
And of course, I was thrilled to begin a new column in Scary Monsters magazine, which is nominated for Category 12: Best Magazine along with Category 16: Best Cover
I also had the privilege of being a guest on Cult Radio A Go-Go! whose hosts Terry and Tiffany DuFoe are nominated for Category 14: Best Interview for their Videoscope magazine interview of Adrienne Barbeau.
And, of course, Derek M Koch‘s essential podcast Monster Kid Radio which I joined him for an episode to chat about my favorite 50s monster movie, The Blob, is nominated again for Category18. BEST MULTI-MEDIA HORROR SITE.
Voting ends Sunday, April 8, 2018 at midnight your local time. You can vote in as many, or few, categories as you’d like but definitely encourage you to check out the full ballot here: http://rondoaward.com/rondoaward.com/blog/
How to Vote:
Voting is simple. Simply send an email to David Colton, at email@example.com. Include your name and your vote in the email.
Or just cut and paste the following:
Category 8: Best Independent Film of 2017: Demon with the Atomic Brain
Category 12: Best Magazine: Scary Monsters
Category 14: Best Interview: Terry and Tiffany DuFoe
Category 16: Best Cover: Scary Monsters
Category 17: CollectingClassicMonsters.com
Category 18. BEST MULTI-MEDIA HORROR SITE: Monster Kid Radio
There are many worthwhile contenders in every category and I consider the Rondo ballot a treasure trove full of new artists, writers, creators and creations that I need to dive into. Voting is wonderful and much appreciated. But supporting this community fo creators with your wallet matters so much more!
Christopher R Mihm’s Latest Film Premieres October 4 in Minneapolis
Growing up, I loved rainy Saturday afternoons. That often meant my parents would let me watch TV beyond my usual Saturday morning cartoon overdose, which was great because it also meant monster movies and other campy, fun genre fare. Usually, Saturday afternoon TV featured a 1960s Japanese giant monster movie like Godzilla followed by an older black-and-white science fiction, mystery or horror flick that I had read about in my monster movie magazines but rarely got the chance to actually see. Growing up before the digital age, before even the VHS era, meant calendar TV viewing. If you missed the movie, chances were slim you’d get another chance to see it for years.
Those childhood days are long gone of course, and Hollywood now uses focus groups to create blockbusters for an international audience to maximize ROI. Thats’ fine. Geeks have really never had it so good when it comes to entertainment made for us. But I still love my low-budget, black-and-white B-movie monsters from the 1950s and 60s. They made me nervous, and sometimes they even scared me, but mostly they made me excited and they provided good old fashioned escapism.
That’s exactly the kind of movie Minnesota filmmaker Christopher R Mihm loves to make. He calls them “new-old” movies and he’s been prolifically writing, directing and releasing a film a year for over a decade. All of his films are loosely interlinked feature-length movies which pay homage to 1950s-era “drive-in cinema.” Based in Minnesota, like your truly, Mihm has been prolific in his film making efforts, releasing a film a year for over a decade. DEMON is his 12th feature length film in as many years!
Always black-and-white and produced on a shoe string budget, these movies are a direct homage to the wonderful drive-in movies of the 1950s and 60s that I loved to watch on Saturday afternoon as a kid in the 1970s and Chris grew up watching on VHS with his dad in the 1980s. To be clear, Mihm’s movies have a deep respect for those campy cult classics and while his movies are often funny and tounge-in-cheek, this isn’t Mystery Science Theater. Nostalgia is powerful stuff and movies, like music, have a magical way of transporting us back to simpler times.
I’ve been an avid fan and supporter of Chris’ efforts since discovering his work a few years back. This website was a sponsor of his last film, Weresquito Nazi Hunter and I’m thrilled to be executive producing DEMON. Chris and I are working hard on new ways to get his films distributed and hope to announcing some exciting new directions for the films of the Mihmiverse shortly.
About DEMON WITH THE ATOMIC BRAIN
A failed attempt to weaponize a machine capable of opening portals to other worlds creates an exponentially expanding bubble of fractured space-time which threatens to engulf the entire universe! An elite team of specialists must enter a “crack” in the disturbance and make their way down a rabbit hole of increasingly more dangerous alternate realities to find and shut down the machine which created it! Will their last ditch attempt to save humanity be successful? Will this be how the universe ends? Find out in writer/director Christopher R. Mihm’s exciting homage to the sci-fi adventure films of the late 1950s: “Demon with the Atomic Brain!”
Join us for the world premiere of “Demon with the Atomic Brain!”
But first, it’s premiere time with the world premiere scheduled for Wednesday October 4, 2017 at the classic Heights Theater in Columbia Heights, Minnesota followed by a special showing on October 8 at the Alamo Draft House in Dallas, Texas.
In addition to the main attraction, attendees will enjoy a program complete with hand-picked, era-appropriate newsreels, classic trailers, appearances by most (if not all) of the cast and crew, autographs, photo opportunities with creatures from the film and a silent auction! DVDs, posters and other exclusive merchandise will also be on sale!
Just like those Saturday afternoon creature features I grew up watching, Mihm’s films are family fare and, while occasionally scary, they are intentionally crafted to be viewable for all ages, so bring the whole family!
Cast Your Vote in the 2016 Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards
For the past 15 years, The Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards has honored those who strive to keep the genre of Classic Horror vibrant via research, creativity and film preservation. Truly the Oscar, the Emmy and the State Fair Blue Ribbon, the ‘Rondos’ is essential for us Monster Kids! The Rondo Awards ballot is an essential way for fans to support their classic horror fandom.
I’ve voted in the Rondos for years, and find that, every year, the ballot is a source of discovering new films, books, podcasts and websites. The ballot is a bounty of high caliber monster kid media and I encourage you to visit the Rondo Award website to give it a thorough read and see what new gems you discover!
Friends of Collecting Classic Monsters on this year’s ballot:
Supporting creators that you discover via the Rondo ballot is a worthy endeavor, but voting in the Rondos is also important.
All of the artists, writers, film makers and creators who keep the genre alive and vibrant are doing this from a love of the genre. Let’s face it, no one is getting rich in the classic horror genre!
To that end, I’m recommending the following “friends of CCM” for your consideration as you cast your Rondo ballot this year:
Christopher R Mihm is a Minnesota-based independent film maker with the noteworthy accomplishment of releasing 11 films in 11 years (with his 12th scheduled to release later in 2017). That is a remarkable achievement in it’s own right, but even more important, his films are all loving homages to 1950s and 60s drive-in genre cinema all set within the shared ‘Mihmiverse.” His 2016 film, Weresquito: Nazi Hunter” is a slightly darker film than many of his predecessors, and feels more late-60s than many of his previous light-hearted Sci-Fi / Horror romps like The Giant Spider (a personal favorite of mine) or his first film, The Monster of Phantom Lake. I highly recommend all Monster Kids watch his films and vote for his latest as Best Independent Film.
Frank Dietz and Trish Geiger are the driving force behind Benevolent Monsters Productions whose previous team-up was BEAST WISHES, about Bob and Kathy Burns. This time, the pair give us a loving tribute to the original movie monster, King Kong, through the stories of fellow Monster Kids. The film is currently making the film festival rounds and I was fortunate enough to view it earlier this year. An easy choice for Best Documentary in this year’s Rondos.
David Weiner was the last editor of the most important monster magazine of them all, Famous Monsters of Filmland, and he did a stellar job. Until David took over the editorial helm of FM 3.0, I found the writing inconsistent and frequently missing the tone of the magazine I loved so much. With David’s writing and overall editorial leadership, the magazine regained my interest and again captured my subscription support. As a true Monster Kid, it was always evident that David was ‘one of us’ and his deft balance of classic and contemporary genre filmdom made the magazine appeal to me as a life-long reader as well as a fan of modern genre films.
His article on the making of American Werewolf in London is an excellent example of his journalistic ability blended with his fandom. It’s unfortunate that the publisher canceled the magazine just as David had established this balance of readability, tone and content. David deserves your vote.
This painted cover by the one-and-only Rick Baker of his legendary SFX creation is one for the ages and, in my opinion, stands alongside the classic Warren era covers by Gogos and crew. Simply awesome!
If you read this website, then I assume you listen to this podcast. I you don’t then I highly encourage you to stop reading this and subscribe immediately. For over 300 episodes, Derek and an expansive rotation of guests have discussed a classic – and sometimes not-so-classic – genre films from the silent film era up to the 1970s. I have listened to every episode and I can honestly say that I anticipate the new episode of Monster Kid Radio as a highlight of my week every week!
Not only should you vote for Derek in this category but you should subscribe and listen to his podcast; I promise you won’t be disappointed!
Yup! We are nominated for Best Website! It’s our first Rondo nomination and it is a HUGE honor! But you know what would be an even bigger honor than being nominated? WINNING! There are a lot of GREAT blogs and websites nominated in this category, many of which I read weekly and urge you to support).
That said, I believe that the quality of this website stands up against any of them and my passion for these iconic movies, characters and collectibles is always at the forefront of my efforts. If you agree, then I would appreciate your vote on the Rondo ballot!
Sorry if this is self-serving, but it is my website after all and, if I don’t ask for your vote, then I don’t stand a chance of winning. This category includes some big media heavyweights so it’s a long shot….but you can help!
Category 29. The Monster Kid Hall of Fame:
The is a write-in category and you can include up to 6 people on your ballot. In 2016, we lost Vince Rotolo, founder of the B Movie Cast podcast and a true pioneer in terms of bringing focus on classic genre films to new media. His podcast continues in his absence and inducting Vince into the Monster Kid Hall of Fame is a great way to honor his innovation and contributions through the years.
How to Vote
The easiest to vote is to copy-and-paste the ballot from Rondoaward.com into an e-mail, mark your choices and send your picks to David Colton, at firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday night at midnight, April 16, 2017 (that’s this coming Sunday, folks!)
You do not have to vote in every category. Vote for all or a few.
One vote per person, please. Every e-mail must include your name to be counted. All votes are kept strictly confidential.
Feel free to spread the word about the Rondo on social media.
But please do not mass-produce ballots; suspicious ballots will be rejected at the sole discretion of Rondo organizers. Let’s keep this a fun vote!
Please take 5 minutes this week and vote in this year’s Rondos. To vote, email email@example.com and let me know what discoveries you make on this year’s ballot!