Things Get Sticky as Host Derek M Koch and I Discuss 1958’s THE BLOB!
What’s your favorite monster movie?
If you’re like me, you probably can’t name just one so you have qualifiers…your favorite Universal monster movie, your favorite giant monster movie, your favorite man-in-suit monster movie, and on and on. While I’d be hard pressed to name any one all-time favorite monster movie, I have a pretty clear sense of my top 10…or maybe 20…and the 1958 film The Blob is definitely in that list!
That’s why it was so much fun to be a guest on my favorite film podcast this summer talking about one of my favorite classic monster movies with host Derek M. Koch. I listen to a lot of podcasts and Derek’s Monster Kid Radio is consistently one of the best produced and most entertaining in my feed. Each week, Derek and a guest discuss a favorite monster movie; favorite classic actor, actress, or director; or a topic relevant to monster kids of all ages. Framed by mostly-spooky surf music, every episode of Monster Kid Radio is your weekly escape to the monster kid culture and a must-listen to fans of classic, and not-so-classic, genre movies of yesterday.
There’s a lot to talk about regarding The Blob, so much so that Derek and I can’t cover it ourselves! So to fill in some more blob blanks, Derek takes listeners back to Monster Bash for a recording from the Q&A session with Kris Yeaworth, the son of the film’s director.
You can listen to the episode on the Monster Kid Radio website or subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. With 335 episodes and counting, I highly encourage all you Monster Kids to subscribe to Derek’s podcast and dig into the catalog of back episodes. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed! Also, you can connect with the MKR community on the podcast’s Facebook Page and Facebook Group.
So check out Episode 331 of Monster Kid Radio and let me know what you think? Do I have a future as a podcaster, or should I stick to blogging? My friends always say I have a face for radio!
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!