Tag Archives: Rondo Hatton Awards

(Video) Relive Your 1960s Monster Kid Childhood Through FLIP

Meet Flip, a 1960s Monster Kid That Would Have Been My Best Friend

Flip a Short Film about a 1960s Monster Kid

The short film FLIP: a short film follows the exploits of a 1960s Monster Kid who, flush with birthday money from his grandmother, turns directly to the siren’s call of those wondrous novelty ads in the back of his (and our) favorite comic books.  It’s a perfect way to kick off our series focused on vintage Monster Kid advertising and gets right to the heart of being a Monster Kid during the peak years of the 60s Monster Boom and why so many of us are collectors  today.  

Flip: a short film was written and directed by Kirk Desmarais, a comic book mail order historian who is perhaps best known for his wonderful book Mail-Order Mysteries (by the way, if you don’t have this book you need to click the link and order it from Amazon now; we won’t start the film without you so hurry back).  

Welcome back! You’re really going to enjoy the book.

FLIP won the RONDO award for best independent film in 2004 and I absolutely adore it!

Without further commentary, enjoy the show:

Flip: a short film is jam-packed with some of the most memorable mail order ads from 60s Monster Kid era and is a perfect companion short to our feature focus on those wonderful vintage advertisements.  In no particular order, Flip features:

Topstone Werewolf Mask:

Topstond Werewolf Mask

Topstone Shock Monster Mask:

Topstone Shock Monster Mask Print Ad

Moon Loon Window Decal:

Moon Loon Hot Rod Decal

Monster-Sized Monsters Frankenstein’s Monster:

Monster-Size Monsters Vintage Comic Ad

Be sure to pay close attention when Flip heads into his bedroom at the 1:50 mark — it’s a vintage monster toy windfall!

The film was produced by, and guest stars fellow Monster Kid and vintage toy collector Scott Kinney, aka KidKosmic, who is producing the must-see show of the fall, Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Questwhich will air on Comic-ConHQ.

Check out more of Kirk’s multi-media magic at his blog, SecretFunSpot and his portfolio website KirkDemarais.com

Does this bring back memories for you? Did you have experiences similar to Flip?  Share your memories of those wonderful ads, and not so wonderful products, with us in the comments section or on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CollectingClassicMonsters/

(Video) Watch Monsterama Episode 1 – The Witch’s Dungeon

Counting Down to Halloween with Elvira’s Wonderful Series, Monsterama

WitchsDungeon_just_logo_PosterMonsterama is an original series hosted by Elvira, Mistress of the Dark that focuses on every aspect of monster movie mania imaginable. From Hollywood special effects, creature shops and monster make-up to the latest creature collectibles.  As we count down to Halloween 2015, we’re going to feature each and every episode of Monsterama in all it’s Elvira-filled wonder and then we’ll explore the collectibles and merchandise for the featured subject of each episode – should be a great deal of fun!

Episode 1 of Monsterama focuses on the longest running Halloween attraction in the United States.  Open since 1966, The Witch’s Dungeon in Bristol, CT is a Monster Kid’s dream come true – literally.  Cortland Hull, a Monster Kid Extraordinaire and nephew of the great Henry Hull of Werewolf of London is a sculptor who has dedicated his life and art to preserving the classic monsters of film land. The Witch’s Dungeon, which recently moved from it’s longstanding location to a year-round mansion turned museum as part of Hull’s “Preserve Hollywood” efforts, is a treasure trove of classic movie monsters and Elvira takes us on a virtual tour in Episode 1 of Monsterama!

Over the years, Cortland has produced a series of DVDs based on his (and our) passions – all proceeds directly benefit The Witch’s Dungeon Movie Museum

First up is his DVD featuring more thrills and chills from the Witch’s Dungeon  “The Witch’s Dungeon 40 Years Of Chills”, Classic Horror   Documentary


Click on the image above to order this DVD from Amazon.

Hull also produced “The Aurora Monsters  (winner of the 2010Rondo Award for “Best Documentary” )

Click on the image above to order this DVD from Amazon.

And his newest DVD released in 2014: Phantom Of The Opera – Unmasking The Masterpiece Phantom_banner_CHANEY_PHILBIN_NEW_WEB2-filtered

Click on the image above to order this DVD from Amazon.

Finally, be sure to visit Cortlund’s Official Website PreserveHollywood.org  for directions and 2015 dates as well as lots of content Love to hear from all you Monster Kids who have visited the Witch’s Dungeon over the years! It’s certainly on my must-do list but I haven’t had the pleasure … yet!

Watch More Monsterama:

Episode 2: The World of Bob Burns

Sputnik Supplies Ro-Boy – Rondo Awards 2015 Best Toy Category Nominee

Collecting the Rondo Awards 2015 Best Toy Category – Part 9

Sputnik Supplies Ro-Boy Vinyl Figure

It seems I’ve been exploring the intersection of iconic monsters and horrible movies in recent posts. In last week’s Classic Movie Poster post, I profiled 1958’s Attack of the 50 Foot Woman  – a bad movie with an iconic and timeless poster.

As we continue to review 2014 Rondo Awards nominees for Best Toy/Model/Collectible, today’s featured collectible certainly fits the bill for iconic monster/bad movie as we take a look at Sputnik Supplies original creation Ro-Boy.  Ro-Boy by Sputnik Supplies

Ro-Boy is a unique blend of the classic Big Boy restaurant mascot

Bobs Big Boy

with the infamous Ro-Man Extension XJ-2 from the campy, not-so-classic 1953 B-movie Robot Monster:Robot Monster

Sputnik Supplies is the brainchild of artist Paul Schiola who explains the inspiration behind his creations as:

“My love for vinyl toys and sculpting led me in a direction where I could meld the two and produce a truly collectible toy…make small runs of cool, unique and truly collectible vinyl-like toys; each one is an individual work of art and is always handmade by me here in the U.S.A.”

Ro-Man Extension XJ-2 is the titular monster and/or alien from The Robot Monster, a film with such a low budget that they used a gorilla suit because they didn’t have the budget for a full robot suit. 

It’s worth noting that the lack of budget and resulting gorilla/robot mash-up is the singular reason this film remains in the popular culture–it certainly isn’t the movie itself!

Product Details

  • Height: 7″
  • Handmade in USA
  • Sculptor: Paul Schiola
  • Hand-painted
  • MSRP: $85

 

Where to Buy Sputnik Supplies Ro-Boy

The only place that I could find this collectible figure was direct from the artist:

Sputnik Supplies Website

Paul offers these limited edition figures @ $85 which includes shipping.

Sputnik Supplies Ro-Boy Rondo Awards nominated Best Collectible 2014
© Sputnik Supplies

Summary

I love this figure.  Of all the nominees in the Rondo Awards category for Best Toy/Model/Collectible, it the only original creation.

While I love licensed merchandise, and am awed by the incredible life-like detail of many models, maquettes and even action figures of today, there is something magical about the discovery of a toy that isn’t from a movie, comic or TV show.

As a kid, it always felt like discovering something uniquely mine.  Obviously, a mass-produced plastic toy wasn’t uniquely mine, but the feeling was pure and joyful just the same.  I think it is one of the original draws I felt to monsters and genre movies in general– the fantastic and original creations of the artists and filmmakers were magical to me and, I suspect, most other monster kids.

I really appreciate that, while inspired by a rather infamous movie monster/alien, Ro-Boy is a creation of the artist’s imagination–and a hand-painted, handmade one at that.

The price point is steep, as it is for most of the nominees in this category.  But, given that this is really a work of pop culture art and is clearly NOT a toy, I’m okay with $85.  I imagine that price will only go up once Sputnik Supply sells the original inventory and it winds up on the secondary market.

The Robot Monster

Speaking of the movie that inspired Ro-Boy,  I watched it last night on Amazon Prime as I was drafting this article.   Honestly, I can’t say for sure if I had ever seen this film in its entirety.

My thoughts?  This movie is so bad it’s good!  It’s not going on my list of favorite films anytime soon, and I love 1950s B-movie SciFi camp.  If you haven’t seen it, it really is  good fun and worth a little over an hour of your time.

You can stream it for free with an Amazon Prime membership:
(click image to watch movie)

or you can watch it for free onYouTube:

 

So what do you think of Ro-Boy?  Any Sputnik Supplies aficionados out there?  And The Robot Monster?  Share your opinions about this movie and the collectible toy it inspired below!

Jakks 40-Inch Godzilla 2014 Action Figure – Rondo Awards 2015 Best Toy Category

Collecting the Rondo Awards 2015 Best Toy Category – Part 8

Jakks Pacific 4o” Godzilla Toy

It’s Monday and that means it’s time for another entry in my continuing series profiling all the nominees in the 2015 Rondo Awards.  With the one-year anniversary of Legends Godzilla, or Godzilla 2014 as it’s become known, hitting the theaters, we’re taking a look at the Jakks Pacific company’s 40″ Godzilla toy figure.

This blog is about collecting classic monsters and Godzilla is as classic as they come.  We can – and should– have lots of discussion about whether or not Godzilla 2014 is a classic movie.  I know Godzilla fans on both sides of that line.  While a new film like Legendary’s 2014 Godzilla will have supporters and detractors, there is no arguing that the monster itself is a classic — even if we disagree on whether the film is.  I, for one, liked the movie and am excited about the sequel.

Jakks 40-inch Godzilla 2014Jakks 40 inch Godzilla ToyJakks Pacific 40-inch Godzilla

What makes a monster classic?

One point I want to make very clear to my readers, classic is not the same as vintage. So I will frequently cover new and modern collectibles in this blog as is clearly the case with this entire series about Rondo nominees since they were all released in 2014.  I do, however, draw a line in terms of what is considered classic.  For purposes of scope, I consider Alien a classic.  And Jaws.  I believe new classic monsters are being created all the time, although time is exactly what determines a classic.

Monsters that stand the test of time — and survive reimagining and reboots, both good and bad, are a major determinate of a character’s legacy.  For Monster Kids, there is probably less disagreement about whether Dracula Untold was a good reboot than if Godzilla 2014 was. Although Toho’s announcement that they are getting back into the Godzilla movie business further fuels this debate.

Finally, there are plenty of classic monsters from not-so-classic films.  Many of the 1950s horror and sci fi films will never show up on the best movies ever made list, but for genre fans like myself, the monsters make the movies.   We appreciate a bit of camp and understand the impact of low-budgets– none of which make a film a classic for our purposes.

NOT classic monsters:

I don’t consider serial killers/slashers classic monsters –even with supernatural overtones like Freddy and Jason, and I won’t cover those characters here.  Clearly they’ve stood the test of time and are being rebooted by the movie making machine.  Plenty will disagree with me but my blog, my rules.  Now that that’s clear….back to our regularly scheduled broadcast!

Jakks 40″ Godzilla

Two points to make on this one:

1. This is a toy.

The category is called “Best Toy, Model, Collectible” and the nominees represented all three of those sub-categories quite well.  Frankly, it’s hard to compare a $200 limited edition maquette to a $10 toy on similar merits and I’d like to see the Rondo Awards merchandise categories expanded so that we can vote for like products in similar categories rather than make contrived comparisons.  This Godzilla figure may be collectible, but it is first and foremost a toy.  My 8 year old son loves to play with this guy.  He’s not getting anywhere near my limited edition collectibles but this one is built for roughhousing.  I’m sure he looks great on a collector’s shelf as well, but I like seeing him stomping lego sets and other action figures in my son’s room.  He’s also fairly priced at $50.

2. This is a HUGE toy.

We all no that Godzilla has gotten bigger with passing decades in the movies and this is one big toy.  At 3.5 feet long and 2 feet high, he dominates the play room.  As the King of the Monsters should!

Product Details: Jakks Pacific 40" Godzilla Toy in Box

  • 3.5 feet in length
  • 2 feet in height
  • MSRP $50
  • 12 points of articulation

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a comprehensive video review go this toy by The Review Spot – you can visit their Youtube channel here.

 

Where to Buy Jakks Pacific 40″ Godzilla

While originally a Toys-R-Us exclusive, this toy is easy to find at local big box stores as wells on-line:

Amazon.com

Prices start at $39.99 + shipping and both the $0″ and 24″ figures are available: Jakks Pacific Godzilla Toys

eBay.com

Lots of auctions starting at reasonable prices like $19.99, so I definitely recommend checking eBay: Jakks Godzilla 40 inch

Entertainment Earth

Listed for $49.99
Godzilla 2014 Movie 24-Inch Action Figure
Order Godzilla 2014 Movie 24-Inch Action Figure from Entertainment Earth!


 

Summary

Godzilla is one of the most-merchandised of all the classic monsters. There are collectors who focus not just on Big-G, but on specific lines like X-Plus.  Godzilla is one of my favorite monsters and I love the Toho films.  My favorites are from the Showa era simply because those were the movies I saw growing up.  Sure, they were aimed at kids and more than a little campy, but that’s part of their appeal.  I enjoy watching these with my kids who also love them.

I am glad that we have a new updated Godzilla series that, in my opinion, has remained true in spirit to the original Toho films.  It’s not a guy in a suit stomping on model cities, but it honors the original story, captures some of the Godzilla as “terrible defender”  story lines from my favorite era, and introduced the King of the Monsters to a new generation of movie goers.

Time will tell if Godzilla 2014 is a classic, but there is no debate that this classic monster continues to be loved by collectors and kids alike.

So, in honor of the one-year anniversary of Godzilla, tonight we’ll sit back and watch this new-classic monster movie as a family and have fun — because, to me, that is what classic monster movies are all about.

Click the image below to watch it on Amazon Instant Video:

Distinctive Dummies Karloff Fu Manchu Figure– Rondo Awards 2015 Best Toy Category

Collecting the Rondo Awards 2015 Best Toy Category – Part 7

Distinctive Dummies Boris Karloff as Fu Manchu Mego-style Figure

This week’s entry in my continuing series profiling all the nominees in the 2015 Rondo Awards takes us out of the classic horror genre and into classic adventure with Boris Karloff as the notorious Dr. Fu Manchu.

Karloff Fu Manchu Distinctive Dummies Rondo Awards 2015 Best Toy nominee

 The first thing to note of this figure is it’s terrific resemblance to Boris in his role as Fu Manchu.  Compare the figure above to this image of Karloff as Dr. Fu Manchu that I found for sale on Amazon:

While I would like to have this figure with the infamous doctor’s smile on his face, I can’t find any real flaws in the sculpt.

Product Details:

  • Limited Edition:  100
  • 8″ Mego-style Figure
  • Individually had painted
  • Type S Bandless Body
  • Sculptor: Steve Thompson
  • Box art: Robert Aragon

The Boris Karloff Collection from Distinctive Dummies

This Fu Manchu figure is the third figure in the Boris Karloff series, which also includes:Distinctive Dummies Boris Karloff Series Fu Manchu, The Black Cat & The Raven

Here’s the company’s promo video with some fun clips from all these great Karloff films:

As of this writing, both the Black Cat and The Raven figures are still available at DistinctiveDummies.net 

About Distinctive Dummies

Distinctive Dummies creates numbered Limited Edition, retro styled 8″ inch action figures in the retro Mego-style.  The Mego Corporation was a toy company that dominated the action figure toy market during most of the 1970s. Responsible for such great 8″ Action Figures as The Mad Monsters, World Greatest Superheroes, Wizard of Oz and Planet of the Apes to name a few.  Distinctive Dummies also has a line of 12 inch figures.

 

Distinctive Dummies Facebook Page

About Mego

Distinctive Dummies makes Mego-style figures and, just in case anyone reading this is unfamiliar with Mego or the Mego style figure, it’s time to do your homework.  The first and last stop for all-things-Mego on the web is the site Megomuseum.com  — here’s a link to their post on the Boris Karloff as Fu Manchu figure.

The Mego Museum Facebook page is a great place to keep up on ‘real’ Mego figures as well as companies releasing new retro-style figures in the Mego tradition.

Where to Buy Distinctive Dummies Karloff Fu Manchu Figure

DistinctiveDummies.net

currently has all three figures available on their site for $80.

eBay

Current auctions for this toy on eBay


Summary

I’ve never really considered Fu Manchu movies to be in the horror genre, so I’m glad this one didn’t win the Best Toy/Model/Collectible category in this year’s Rondo Awards.  All three of the other figures in this collection from Distinctive Dummies are from truly classic horror films, and I could see myself voting for the Morgan figure in next year’s awards given the high quality and terrific likeness to Karloff that the previous three figures have had.

I grew up with Mego and they remain some of my favorite toys ever.  I’m glad to see so much activity from current companies making retro style figures in the Mego-style.  While these are clearly collectibles and not toys (I’m not giving my 8 year old son an $80 action figure anyway), the deep genre focus of these limited edition items are great for collectors of classic monsters.

Keep up the great work Distinctive Dummies and we’ll keep buying!

 

 

Frankenstein Hallmark Ornament – Rondo Awards 2015 Best Toy Category

Collecting the Rondo Awards 2015 Best Toy Category – Part 5

2015-Rondo-Classic-Horror-Awards

Frankenstein Christmas Ornament by Hallmark

Happy Frankenstein Friday all you Classic Monster Collectors!  This is the fifth installment in my review of the 2015 Rondo Awards Best Toy / Model / Collectible category nominees.

Today, we’ll take  a look at a rather curious item, the Frankenstein’s Monster Christmas Ornament from Hallmark.

Rondo Awards 2015 Best Toy Hallmark Frankenstein Ornament

 

What makes today’s nominee curious is simply the combination of the character, the Frankenstein Monster, with the product category, a Christmas ornament.

In previous installments of this series, we’ve reviewed the 2015 winner, the Creature action figure, as well as some beautiful (but expensive) maquettes for Lily Munster and Forry Ackerman.  Action figures and maquettes are highly collectible and I have a good deal of experience in both of these categories.

When it came time to prepare for this article, however, I was left staring at the page simply because collecting Christmas ornaments is outside my range of experience.  Who is the collector of this type of figure.  A Frankenstein completist would certainly want this.  I can even see a Universal Monsters collector having this.  But what about Christmas ornament collectors? Do people specifically collect character ornaments?  Do these items appreciate in value?  In my experience, I’ve learned that there are collectors for just about everything ever made, so

My family celebrates Christmas with gusto. My wife and kids and I love the annual tradition of selecting our white pine and decorating it with the multitude of ornaments we’ve collected over the years.  You heard right, ornaments we’ve collected.  Growing up, my siblings and I always got a Christmas ornament for Christmas.

At some point, probably the early 1980s, these ornaments became pop culture characters and were dated with the year.  I have a Darth Vader, X-Wing Fighter, Incredible Hulk and many others that represent whatever I was interested in at the time.  While we don’t display these ornaments year-round like I do other collectibles, these ornaments are an important part of our annual holiday tradition.  Each Christmas, I unpack and hang these ornaments from my youth with my children.  Many of these ornaments are  stored in their original boxes with date marked on them.

Without even realizing it, I am a Christmas ornament collector.

Specs

  • MSRP $14.95
  • 2.23″ W x 4.76″ H x 2.28″ D

Here’s a great video review of the 2014 “Hallmark Horror” Collection from Cannibal Reviews.  The Frankenstein ornament is reviewed first, but it’s worth watching the whole video as the other ornaments are of interest to classic monster collectors as well:


Clearly Hallmark is targeting the collector market by dating each of their ornaments and encouraging a “gotta have this year’s” mentality.  Because these items are limited in their production, they may actually see some appreciation over time.

My research for the “Where to buy’ section below already reflects the reseller inflation on sites like eBay where this item is listed in the $25 range.  Given that this is a seasonal item and was released just last year, however, means there are plenty of these on clearance this time of year.  I found it for 50% of MSRP on Hallmarks’ website (link included below) and plenty of deals to be found on ebay and Amazon (links below).

One of the most attractive aspects of this item is the combination of the high-quality sculpt and paint with a very budget-friendly price point.  This would look great as part of a larger Frankenstein -themed collection, but I’m also intrigued with the idea of a shelf of genre character ornaments as it’s own sub-category of my broader collection given the quality and range of Hallmark’s offerings.  I’ll be keeping an eye out for their 2015 holiday collection and be sure to update you on any items of interest to classic monster collectors!


Where to Find the Frankenstein Ornament by Hallmark

eBay

Currrent eBay listings for Hallmark Frankenstein Ornament

Amazon

Hallmark 2014 Frankenstein’s Monster Ornament

Hallmark

On sale for $7.47

Summary

In the process of writing this review, I learned a few things:

  1. Without even knowing it, I am a Christmas ornament collector.
  2. Just because an item is sold as a Christmas ornament, doesn’t mean it has to be packed away in storage 11 months out of the year.
  3. Hallmark is creating a genre-fan’s smorgasbord of ornaments worth the attention of classic monster collectors.

I think we might start a new tradition this Halloween — a Halloween tree complete with monster and character ornaments!  At first, I thought this was going to be a very short profile of this item because I didn’t really know what I was going to write.  That’s the beauty of writing – and collecting — you never know what you’ve been missing and, if you’re open to it, you just might stumble on to  a new favorite.

Love to hear from you guys out there — are ornaments part of your classic monster collection?  How do you display them?

 

Rondo Awards 2015 Best Toy Category – Lily Munster Maquette

Collecting the Rondo Awards 2015 Best Toy Category

Lily Munster Maquette by Tweeterhead

Continuing our deep dive into the Rondo Awards 2015 Best Toy Category, this post focuses on the gorgeous Lily Munster Maquette from Tweeterhead.  This article provides detailed specs of this figure, a video review as well as a price list with links to several sites where I found it available to purchase.  Some of these are affiliate links which means I receive advertising revenue from the sites.

Rondo Awards 2015 Best Toy Lily Munster Maquette by Tweeterhead
image © Tweeterhead

 

For anyone unfamiliar with this San Francisco-based company, it’s worth checking out their Facebook Page or their website to see the jaw-dropping work they do.  In addition to this striking Lily Munster statue, their recent releases include Elvira and a Batman 66 collection.

Statue Specs:

  • Cold-cast porcelain
  • Available in Color and Black & White
  • Limited Edition
  • 1/6th Scale
  • 13″ Tall with Base
  • 2 pieces: Lily + Base
  • Painted Prototype and box design by David Fisher

Here’s a well-done video review from Too Many Figures highlighting this action figure in great detail. Check out their Youtube Channel for more reviews like this one:

Beautifully Sculpted by Trevor Grove

Rondo Award 2015 Best Toy Lily-Munster-Maquette- Production Piece
image © Tweeterhead

 

While the Lily Munster statue was the nominated piece for the Rondo Awards, it is worth noting that Tweeterhead is rolling out the entire Munsters family as a collection — check this out; I really love this collection.

Eddie is the newest piece and is available for pre-order starting May 2015:

Rondo Awards 2015 Best Toy Category Munsters Collection by Tweeterhead
image © Tweeterhead

Where to Find Lily Munster Maquette by Tweeterhead

Tweeterhead.com

  • Sold Out; Original Retail Price: $234.99

Entertainment Earth

Sideshow Collectibles

Ebay.com

Amazon.com

While this statue didn’t get my Rondo vote, it certainly deserved to be nominated for Rondo Awards 2015 Best Toy category — the sculpt, paint and event the packaging are first-class.

In summary, I appreciate the quality and craftsmanship of this piece.  For the price, I would still spend my limited collecting budget on a high-grade vintage item first.

But that’s me.  Collecting classic monsters doesn’t have to be about vintage collectibles.  Tweeterhead is certainly proof that modern collectibles of classic monsters, like this Munsters collection, are worthy of collector’s interest and investment.

Anyone vote for this statue in the Rondos?  Anyone have this in their collection?  I’d love to hear from Munsters collectors in the comments section below!

Rondo Awards 2015 Best Toy Winner

And the Rondo Awards 2015 Best Toy Winner is….

Rondo Awards 2015 Best Toy Winner Diamond Select Creature from the Black Lagoon
image copyright 2015, Michael Crawford

Diamond Select Creature from the Black Lagoon

Specs:

  • 7-inch-scale
  • 16+ points of articulation
  • Sculpted by Jean St. Jean
  • 2 variations:  Toys R Us exclusive (simpler, above-water base) and Deluxe variant available through Previews to Collectible Stores (underwater base)
  • Retail Price: $24.99

Deluxe display base

Features a skeleton and an undersea rock formation:

Rondo Awards 2015 Best Toy Winner Diamond Select Creature Underwater Base
image copyright 2015, Michael Crawford

 

Packaging:

Select-style display packaging with spine artwork:

Rondo Awards 2015 Best Toy Winner Diamond Select Creature from the Black Lagoon in Blister Pack
image copyright 2015, Michael Crawford

This one got my vote in this year’s Rondo Awards, if only because I love all-things “Creach.”  Regardless of my personal bias, Diamond Select continues to up their A-game with their outstanding collection of the Universal Monster action figures at quite reasonable prices.

It’s a win-win for modern toy collectors of classic monsters.  Here’s a well-done video review from Outside the Box Reviews highlighting this action figure in great detail. Check out their Youtube Channel for more reviews like this one:

Being a new action figure, and not a limited edition piece like some of the other nominees, the Creature is readily available at your favorite collectible or toy shop.  I included links and current pricing to some of the shops I am an affiliate for below:

Entertainment Earth:
Order Universal Monsters Creature from the Black Lagoon Figure from Entertainment Earth!
Universal Monsters Creature from the Black Lagoon Figure

Ebay

The best prices I found were @ Ebay where this toy was listed in numerous auctions with prices ranging from $15-$30.
Click this link to see current auctions on eBay: Diamond Select Creature from the Black Lagoon

Amazon

Good selection available at Amazon at regular retail price too: Diamond Select Creature from the Black Lagoon

Diamond Select Toys

Of course, you can also buy this right from Diamond Select for retail price of $24.99

Congratulations to Diamond Select and Jean St. Jean on winning the 2015 Rondo Award for Best Toy– this is an outstanding modern toy of one of the most classic monsters and I’m thrilled to have this in my Creature Collection.

I’ll continue to profile this year’s nominees for Best Toy in my next post — did you vote for this one?  If not, which one got your ballot?  Share in the comments below.

Collecting Rondo Awards 2015 Best Toy / Model / Collectible Nominated Toys

I recently published my ballot for the 2015 Rondo Hatton Horror Awards. Rondo Hatton Horror Award I Voted Button

As an affiliate for Entertainment Earth, I got an email early this morning that one of the nominated toys, the 24-inch Godzilla 2014 Action Figure, was on sale for 25% off today only.

Normally a $50 toy, I thought that was worth sharing so feel free to click the link to Order Godzilla 2014 Movie 24-Inch Action Figure from Entertainment Earth!

This got me thinking that it might be helpful if I compiled some links to sites where readers can buy all of this year’s nominated products — toys, magazines, books, DVD/Blu-rays, etc…

In this post, I’ll start in on the Best Toy/Model/Collectible category.  I’ll link to as many sites as I can find the item and list the current pricing.

Keep in mind, this pricing can, and probably will, change over time and the prices I include in this post are based on the prices listed on these sites the day I published this post.

I’ll also add all of the items sold on Amazon to our Amazon store, Lair of the Classic Monster Collector

Where to Buy Rondo Awards 2015 Best Toy, Model, Collectible Nominees

Legends of Cthulhu Action Figures by Warpo Toys

Legends of Cthulhu Action Figure Carded

Legends of Cthulhu is the first retro-styled Cthulhu action figure line. Using a discipline of method manufacturing with distinct artisanal, collectible quality, Warpo makes new vintage treasures for retro toy aficionados, by retro toy aficionados.  Each figure stands 3.75” tall, has 5 points of articulation, and comes with character-appropriate accessories. Figures will come packaged in a nostalgic, Kickstarter-exclusive blister-card, featuring original paintings by artist Ken Kelly.

Sculpted by Eddy Mosqueda

Retail Price: $20 Each

Warpo Toys launched with a Kickstarter campaign to fund this awesome line of retro-style action figures.

For more info check out: http://www.warpo.com

EntertainmentEarth.com

I found the complete set listed for $215 with Free Shipping

Order Legends of Cthulhu Action Figure Case from Entertainment Earth!
Legends of Cthulhu Action Figure Case

Ebay

I found a number of auctions for both single item and complete sets.  Complete sets started at $99 and go up from there.

Click this link to see current auctions/Buy it Now listings:  Warpo Legends of Cthulhu

Amazon

Here’s a link to Warpo Toys at Amazon where carded single figure is selling between $22 – $25 and  set of 4 figures is listed at $80.  I’ve added these to our Amazon store as well

 More Rondo Nominees for Best Toy of 2014 to come in my next post — hope you find this helpful!

My 2015 Rondo Classic Horror Awards Ballot

2015 Rondo Classic Horror Awards – my annual kick-in-the-pants

Monster Kids spend a lot of time reminiscing about the bygone days of childhood.  The glorious 1960s and 70s are gone but not forgotten.  The 2015 Rondo Classic Horror Awards remind us that ‘classic’ doesn’t have to mean ‘vintage.’
We love our classic monsters, our retro sci fi and our vintage collectibles.  Occasionally, we can use a good kick in the pants to remind us that many of our fellow monster kids are creating modern classics in the spirit of the golden age of classic monsters and sci fi.
The Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards serve that purpose for me.  Just look at the list of nominees below.  I was blown away at the pure quantity of high-quality creativity my fellow monster kids gave us last year.  The least I can do is show my support by casting a ballot.
I thought it would be fun to share my personal ballot.  I’m sure every reader’s ballot will be different than mine. That’s great!  The point is to vote — so check out my ballot and then click here to cast yours.
Please note, I only make informed votes.  If I haven’t watched, listened, read or attended something, then I can’t make an informed vote.  I certainly wish I had the time to consume every morsel on this incredible list, but I remain mortal.  So please understand, all you creators out there, my lack of vote only means I have’t gotten to your creative output yet–but my To Do list has gotten a lot longer since comleting this ballot!
2015-Rondo-Classic-Horror-Awards

My 2015 Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards Ballot

1. BEST MOVIE OF 2014

– AS ABOVE, SO BELOW
– THE BABADOOK
– DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
– DEAD SNOW 2
– DRACULA UNTOLD
– EDGE OF TOMORROW
– GODZILLA
X GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
– THE HOBBIT: BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES
– INTERSTELLAR
– MALIFICENT
– OCULUS
– ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE
– THE QUIET ONES
– SNOWPIERCER
– THE TAKING OF DEBORAH LOGAN
–  X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
– Or write in another choice:

2. BEST TELEVISION PRESENTATION

– AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN, ‘The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks,’ 1.8.14, FX.  The mystical rock goddess herself is recruited at the school by Fiona. ‘Don’t be a hater, dear. It’s a theramin.’
– DOCTOR WHO, ‘Listen,’ 9.13.14, BBC America. At the end of the universe, the Doctor reveals what he’s really afraid of.  ‘The clock’s stopped. This is the silence … at the end of time.’
– GRIMM, ‘Chupacabra,’ 12.12.14, NBC.  A legendary monster is more than it seems. ‘My grandmother used to blame the Chupacabra for everything — dead relatives, missing pets, even lost keys.’
– ORPHAN BLACK, ‘By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried,’  6.21.14, BBC. Season Two finale finds the clone conspiracy deepening. ‘I like your hairs.’
– PENNY DREADFUL, ‘Grand Guignol,’ 6.29.14, Showtime. A sudden transformation turns an ally into a monstrous menace. ‘Pull the trigger. I’d rather be the corpse I was than the man I am.’
– SLEEPY HOLLOW. ‘The Indispensible Man’ > ‘Bad Blood’, 1.20.14. Two-part finale shakes Tarrytown with the identity of War and George Washington’s secret. ‘I married a witch. How cool.’
– THE STRAIN, ‘The Third Rail,’ 9.21.14, FX. Searching for the Master in a subway tunnel beneath the World Trade Center. ‘I will take everything from you. Your son. Your wife. I am a drinker of men.’
– SUPERNATURAL, ‘Fan Fiction,’  11.11.14. CW. The 200th episode centers on a high school’s musical production of Supernatural. ‘Carry on, my wayward son.’
X THE WALKING DEAD, ‘The Grove,’ 3.16.14, AMC. The innocence of childhood, the undead and an impossible choice. ‘Look at the flowers like you’re supposed to.’
– Or write in another choice:

3. BEST CLASSIC HORROR DVD/BLU-RAY

– THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (Kino)
– THE DOCTOR AND THE DEVILS (Shout!)
– DIE, MONSTER, DIE! (Shout!)
— DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1920; Kino)
— THE INNOCENTS (Criterion)
— JUDEX (Criterion)
— NIGHTBREED: The Director’s Cut (Shout!)
— SECRET OF THE BLUE ROOM (Universal Vault)
X THE TIME MACHINE (1960, Warners)
– Or write in another choice:

4. BEST DVD/BLU-RAY COLLECTION

– BATMAN: THE COMPLETE SERIES (1966) All 120 episodes.
– THE BEAST FROM HOLLOW MOUNTAIN/THE NEANDERTHAL MAN (Shout)
– THE GAMERA COLLECTION (Mill Creek). All 11 movies, including the three modern films.
– HALLOWEEN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION (Anchor Bay). Every film, some with multiple versions.
– JERRY WARREN COLLECTION VOL. 2: (VCI) Attack of the Mayan Mummy, House of Black Death, Creature of the Walking Dead
— OLD DARK HO– USE COLLECTION (FCE) 25 haunted house films from 1920s to 1950s.
– TALES FROM THE CRYPT/VAULT OF HORROR (Shout!)
– THE TWILIGHT ZONE: The Complete 80s Series (Image). All three seasons collected.
X UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS: Complete 30-Film Collection (DVD format)
– THE VINCENT PRICE COLLECTION Vol. 2:  (Scream Factory). The Raven, Comedy of Terrors, Tomb of Ligeia, Last Man on Earth, Dr. Phibes Rises Again, Return of the Fly, House on Haunted Hill.

– Or write in another choice:

5. BEST RESTORATION OR UPGRADE

 – THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI: 1920 film now in a pristine 4K version.
— COUNTESS DRACULA (Synapse) Strong upgrade from earlier versions.
— HALLOWEEN 6: The Producer’s Cut (Anchor Bay Halloween Limited Edition). The full high-def re-edit of the Curse of Michael  Myers film
X NIGHTBREED: The Director’s Cut (Shout!) 40 minutes of new or altered scenes restore the lost ‘Cabal’ cut.
— THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT (Kino) First release in original widescreen format.
— A MESSAGE FROM MARS (BBC Arts). 1913 film restored, new soundtrack; posted online.
— MESSIAH OF EVIL (Code Red) Widescreen version.
— RED SKELTON SHOW: THE EARLY YEARS. Includes episode from 1954 featuring Lugosi, Chaney and Vampira.
— SLAUGHTER HOTEL (RaroVideo). 1971 giallo restored from original negatives.
— THEATRE OF BLOOD (Arrow). High def upgrade of 1973 Price classic.
— VAULT OF HORROR (Shout!) Restores gory scenes cut from American release.
– Or write in another choice:

6. BEST COMMENTARY

(didn’t vote)

– PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES, Video Watchdog editor Tim Lucas

– LEGEND OF HELL HO– USE: Actress Pamela Franklin

– NIGHTBREED: Clive Barker and restoration producer Mark Alan Miller.

– NOSFERATU THE VAMPIRE (Shout): Klaus Kinski in German with subtitles.
– RETURN OF THE FLY (SHOUT). Film historian David del Valle and actor Brett Halsey.
– SLEEPAWAY CAMP (Shout), Justin Beahm moderates actors Felissa Rose and Johnathan Tiersten.
– THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO/THUNDERBIRDS 6: Geek Magazine’s Jeff Bond and Twilight Time’s Nick Redman.
– TOMB OF LIGEIA (Shout): Historian Constantine Nasr.
– Or write in another choice:

7. BEST DVD EXTRA

(didn’t vote)
— THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (Kino), Caligari: When Horror Came to the Cinema. 52-minute documentary.
– COUNTESS DRACULA: Immortal Countess: The Cinematic Life of Ingrid Pitt
– THE DOCTOR AND THE DEVILS, Interview with executive producer Mel Brooks and others.
— JUDEX (Criterion), Franju de Visionnaire, a 1998 French documentary.
— LEGEND OF HELL HO– USE: Interview with director John Hough
– THE INNOCENTS (Criterion): Interview with cinematographer John Bailey about Freddie Francis.
— NIGHTBREED: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT: Tribes of the Moon: Making Nightbreed
— PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE: Interview with Paul Williams and Guillermo del Toro.
— PIT AND THE PENDULUM (Arrow), Behind the Swinging Blade, directed by Calum Waddell.
— PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES (Scorpion). 20 minutes of original Kendall Schmidt score not available on video.
— Or write in another choice:

 8. BEST DOCUMENTARY

 – AS TIMELESS AS INFINITY: THE TWILIGHT ZONE LEGACY, directed  by Daniel Griffith.  New interviews and history of the classic show. See video clip here.
– CLAWING: A Journey Through the Spanish Horror, directed by Victor Matellano. Tracing the Spanish horror boom from the 60s to the 80s. See video clip here.
– FANTASM, directed by Kyle Kuchta. An eye-opening visit to six horror conventions. See video clip here.
– THE GREEN GIRL, directed by George A. Pappy Jr.  The bright but unfulfilled career of Susan Oliver. See video clip here.
– INVALUABLE: The True Story of an Epic Artist, directed by Ryan Meade. Celebrating Evil Dead’s make-up effects mastermind Tom Sullivan. See video clip here.
 — JODOROWSKY’S DUNE, directed by Frank Pavich. The story behind the ‘greatest movie never made.’  See video clip here.
— PAINTING DRACULA. Artist Daniel Horne shows how he painted a portrait of Christopher Lee. See video clip here.
X UNCLE FORRY’S ACKERMANSIONS directed by Strephon Taylor. Home movies from fans and friends walk you through the Houses of Ackerman. See video clip here.
– WHY HORROR?, directed by Nicolas Kleiman and Rob Lindsay. Exploring why fans feast on fear. See video clip here.
– Or write in another choice:

9. BEST INDEPENDENT FILM

– A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT, directed by Ana Lily Amirpour. More chills than politics with a vampire girl in Iran.See video clip here.
— ASMODEXIA, directed by Marc Carrette. The chilling adventures of a traveling exorcist. See video clip here.
— ATTACK OF THE GORILLA, directed by the late Dave Shaw. Send up of a 50s monsterfest. See video clip here.
— CALL GIRL OF CHTHULU, directed by Chris LaMartina. Be careful who you hook up with! See video clip here.
– CHIP & BERNIE’S ZOMANCE, directed by Pasquale Murena. Undead wackiness, with Tim Conway. See video clip here.

– THE CARETAKERS, directed by Steve Hudgins. The care and feeding of a vampire leads to complications. See video clip here.
– THE HANOVER HO– USE, directed by Corey Norman. A tragic car accident is just the beginning. See video clip here.
– HO– USEBOUND, directed by Gerard Johnstone. Sentenced to a Gothic home of horrors, including a zany mother. See video clip here.
 — GODZILLA BATTLE ROYALE, directed by Billy Dubose. A 90-minute fan film of homemade kaiju thrills. See video clip here.
– THE LASHMAN, directed by Cameron McCasland. Horror goes back to the woods. 80s-style.   See video clip here
– LIFE AFTER BETH, directed byJeff Baena. It’s hard to keep a straight face when living with an undead girlfriend See video clip here
– WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, directed by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi. A send-up of classic vampires struggling to remain scary in a modern world..See video clip here.
– Or write in another choice:  The Giant Spider, directed by Christopher R. Mihm 

10. BEST SHORT FILM

– BROKEN, directed by Adam Ciolfi. Poignant look at a cyborg that wouldn’t die.  See video clip here.
– BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP: The Apocalyptic Rendition, directed by Rue Morgue’s podcasters. The agony of losing a Rondo. See video clip here.
– DANIEL, directed by Peter Dukes. Monsters in the closet are not always what they seem. See video clip here.
– GAVE UP THE GHOST, directed by Gregory Lamberson. A creepy search for a manuscript lost in a computer. See video clip here.
– GLOSSOPHOBIA: Fear of Speaking in Public, directed by Scott Perry and Debbie Rochon. The time of the apocalypse is no time for phobias. See video clip here.
 – JUNK HEAD 1, directed by Takhidi Hori. Clones and monsters in an underworld nightmare. See video clip here.
– THE MILL AT CALDER’S END, directed by Kevin McTurk. Gothic puppet animation unearths the secret of an old windmill. See video clip here.
X MONSTRO!, directed by Christopher Romano. An animated journey down the Amazon to a dark lagoon. See video clip here.
– THEATRE FANTASTIQUE: MADAME LA SOEUR, directed by Ansel Faraj. A seance, a disappearance, a mystery with Lara Parker. See video clip here.
– WITCH GIRL, directed by Ricardo Ughagon Vivas. A fan film version of Arche’s very creepy Sabrina. See video clip here.
– A ZOMBIE NEXT DOOR, directed by Trish Geiger and Frank Dietz. What to do with your pet zombie once the apocalypse is over? See video clip here.
– Or write in another choice:

11. BEST BOOK OF 2014

– THE ART OF JAPANESE MONSTERS, by Sean Linkenback (softcover, 208 pages, $39.99). Posters and ads from more than 60 films.
ATOMIC AGE CINEMA, by Barry Atkinson (Midnight Marquee Press, softcover, 320 pages, $25). A survey of the films that scared us, or amused us, in the scary 1950s.
– THE BRIDE OF MONSTER SERIAL, edited by Wallace McBride (CreateSpace, softcover, 198 pages, $11.99). Essays on the shared love of horror cinema. 
– THE CREATURE CHRONICLES: Exploring the Black Lagoon Trilogy, by Tom Weaver, David Schecter and Steve Kornenberg (McFarland, hardcover, 408 pages, $60). From monster suit origins to production and that unforgettable score, the definitive look at Universal’s 50s franchise.
—DISORDERS OF MAGNITUDE: A Survey of Dark Fantasy, by Jason V. Brock. (Rowman & Littlefield, hardcover, 336 pages, $75). Numerous interviews with genre stars trace the roots of horror and fantasy from the 1800s to today.
– GORGO, by Philip Riley and Bill Cooke (Bear Manor Media, softcover, 218 pages, $25) Production details, the script and novelization.
– HAMMER FILMS PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLERS, 1950-1972, by David Huckvale (McFarland, softcover, 204 pages, $39.95). A look at the studio’s sometimes obscure but influential mystery and thriller films.
– THE HOUNDS OF ZAROFF: The Most Dangerous Game as a Persistent Muse to the Movies, by Michael H. Price and George Turner (Create Space, softcover, 252 pages, $25). How the classic humans as prey horror has influenced movies, TV and today’s reality shows.
– THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF DON POST STUDIOS, by Lee Lambert (Dr. Shocker presents, 494 pages). A limited edition history of the legendary monster mask studio.
—I SAW WHAT I SAW WHEN I SAW IT: Growing Up in the 1950s and 1960s with Television Reruns & Old Movies, by Frank J. Dello Stritto (Cult Movies Press, hardcover, 415 pages, $30). How horror films and TV intersected with real life in post-war New Jersey.
– LIONEL ATWILL: The Exquisite Villain, by Neil Pettigrew (Midnight Marquee Press, softcover, 328 pages, $25). Far beyond the horror roles, but those are here too, the tragic life and career of one of horror’s most familiar character actors.
– MOST DANGEROUS CINEMA: People Hunting People on Film, by Bryan Senn (McFarland, softcover, 296 pages, $45). A survey of the most dangerous films of all.
– THE OUTER LIMITS AT 50, by David J. Schow with Ted C. Rypel (Creature Features, softcover, 150 pages, $24.95). Crystal clarity about the show, along with rare behind-the-scenes photos, props, new artwork and analysis.
—REPUBLIC HORRORS: The Serial Studio’s Chillers, by Brian McFadden (Kohner, Madison & Danforth, softcover, 276 pages, $19.95). Beyond cliffhangers, attention is paid to neglected horrors like Catman of Paris, Revolt of the Zombies and others.
– SUBVERSIVE HORROR CINEMA: Countercultural Messages of Films from Frankenstein to the Present,by Jon Towlson (McFarland, softcover, 256 pages, $45). Brings insight and social analysis to films rare and familiar.
– VAMPIRA: Dark Goddess of Horror, by W. Scott Poole (Soft Skull Press, softcover, 320 pages, $16.95). How the horror host’s brief reign as a cultural icon left a lasting influence on the culture.
– THE VERY WITCHING TIME OF NIGHT: Dark Alleys of Classic Horror Cinema, by Gregory William Mank (McFarland, softcover, 444 pages, $45). True stories and new revelations about Cat People, Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, Lionel Atwill, Helen Chandler and more.
– Or write in another choice:
 

12. BEST MAGAZINE OF 2014

— Cinema Retro
—Diabolique
– Famous Monsters of Filmland
– Fangoria
– Filmfax
X Freaky Monsters
– G-Fan
– HorrorHound
– Little Shoppe of Horrors
—Mad Monster
—Mad Scientist
—Monster!
—Monster Attack Team
—Monster Bash
—Monsters from the Vault
– Paracinema
– Phantom of the Movies Videoscope
– Rue Morgue
— Scarlet The Film Magazine
—Scary Monsters
—Scream Magazine
—Screem
—Shadowland
—Shock
—Video Watchdog
—We Belong Dead

13. BEST ARTICLE (Please select two; one will win)

– ‘Anthony Hinds,The Man Who Made Monsters,’ by Denis Meikle, LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #32. A tribute to the late Hammer architect in his own words from interviews and correspondence.
– ‘Arkham House Publishers — 75 Years of Scares!’ by Mark C. Glassy, Ph.D, SCARY MONSTERS #94. A collector’s look at the 1939 publishing house that preserved HP Lovecraft’s work.
– ‘The Bell-Ringer of Hollywood,’ by Michael F. Blake, SCREEM #28. Setting the record straight on myths behind the filming of the 1923 Hunchback of Notre Dame.
–‘Carnival of Monstrosity: The 70th Anniversary of House of Frankenstein,’ by Greg Mank, MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #33. The inside stories behind Hollywood’s first monster rally.
– ‘The Complete Godzilla Chronology,1954-2004,’ by August Ragone. FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND #274. Every stomp, every film assessed by a master Tohologist.
– ‘Days of Future Past: Remembering The Outer Limits,’ by David J. Schow, SCREEM #29. Why the sci-fi show’s transmission matters even more today.
X ‘Dick Smith — An Appreciation of the Master of Make-Up,’ by Scott Essman, BELOW THE LINE (film crew industry website). A look at the man who changed the face of Hollywood.
– ‘Family Man,’ by James Gracey, DIABOLIQUE #20.  How the films of Tobe Hooper disrupted the traditional film family.
– ‘For the Love of Schlock,’ by Nathan Hannemann and Aaron Crowell, HORRORHOUND #46. A full 56 films, some beloved cult favorites, are given a fun schlock-meter rating.
 –‘Ghost Stories for Christmas,’ by Kier-la Janisse, VIDEO WATCHDOG #176. Examining the British love of ghosts at the holidays.
– ‘I Was Jack Pierce,’ by Perry Shields, MONSTER MEMORIES 2014. Remembering the make-up genius tribute stage show from 2003.
– ‘Lady Impunity,’ by Max Weinstein, DIABOLIQUE #22. The blood-filled legacy of the life of Countess Elizabeth Bathory.
– ‘Loving the Unloved Giant Behemoth,’ by Stephen R. Bissette, MONSTER! #12. Reconsidering the often maligned radioactive beast that trampled London.
– ‘The Making of Dracula, Prince of Darkness,’ by Bruce G. Hallenbeck, LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #33. An in-depth look at the sequel that brought back Christopher Lee.
– ‘Marshall Thompson: Straight Arrow,’ by Debbie Painter, CLASSIC IMAGES #470. New insights into one of the more familiar scifi heroes.
– ‘The Monster Movie Art of Feg Murray,’ by Pierre Fournier and George Chastain. FRANKENSTEINIA blog. How the syndicated  ‘Seein’ Stars’ cartoons of the 1930s highlighted classic monsters.
– ‘The Mysterious Launch of Spaceship 1,’ by Jon C. Rogers. FILMFAX #137. Revealing the forgotten science fiction film of 1930s Germany.
– ‘Nuclear Dragon: Godzilla & the Cold War – 1954,’ by Allen A. Debus, G-FAN #105. The real-life incident, initially covered up, that inspired the first Godzilla film.
X ‘O’Brien vs. Dawley: The First Great Rivalry in Visual Effects,’ by Stephen Czerkas, CINEFEX #138. New facts about the little-known feud between Willis O’Brien and Herbert M. Dawley that almost derailed production of The Lost World.
– ‘The Real Malificent: The Surprising Human Face Behind the Sleeping Beauty Villain,’ by R.H. Greene, SALON website. The untold tale of how Vampira was one of the live-action models for Disney’s evil witch.
– ‘Recording Hammer Memories,’ by Ted Newsom, LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #33. Lining up interviews with reclusive horror stars is a story in itself.
– ‘Resurrected Once More,’ by Michael Doyle, RUE MORGUE #142. Exploring Hammer’s Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell.
– ‘Reviving the Vampire: Dracula on Stage in 1943,’ by Bill Kaffenberger and Gary Rhodes, FILMFAX #138-139.  Through clippings and interviews, tracking Lugosi’s U.S. Dracula tour.
– ‘A Scary Childhood in the Bronx,’ by Dennis P. Mitchell, SCARY MONSTERS. A continuing chronicle of films and double-bills seen in the 1950s.
– ‘Siodmak’s Brain,’ by Scott MacQueen, FILMS OF THE GOLDEN AGE #76. A poignant portrait of visits with Siodmak in the twilight of his years.
– ‘A Triple Life: King Kong’s Trinity of Reincarnation on Film,’ by Steve Vertlieb, GULLCOTTAGEONLINE.  A look at the three major Kong eras.
– ‘Universal’s Dracula,’ by Martin Arlt, MAD SCIENTIST #29. Viewed with fresh eyes, an assessment of the 1931 Dracula.
– PLEASE VOTE FOR TWO OF THE ABOVE ARTICLES (One will win)

14. BEST INTERVIEW (Award goes to interviewer)

– Chris Alexander, interview with Werner Herzog about Kinski’s Nosferatu. FANGORIA #334.
– Michael Doyle, interview with Ivan Reitman about Ghostbusters, 30 years later
— Jessica Dwyer, interview with Anne Rice on returning to Lestate after 10 years. HORRORHOUND #48.
– Brett Homenick, interview with Linda Miller, star of King Kong Escapes. G-FAN #106.– Tim Lucas, interview with Josephine Gill, translator of the Arsene Lupin series. VIDEO WATCHBLOG, October, 2014.
– Joe Moe, interview with creator John Logan about Showtime’s Penny Dreadful. FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND #276.
– Rod Labbe, interview with Dark Shadows’ Jerry Lacy. SCARY MONSTERS #90.
– W. Brice McVicar, interview with Wes Craven about the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, FANGORIA #337.
– Interview with Thom Eberhardt about Night of the Comet. VIDEOSCOPE #92.
– Shade Rupe, interview with director Alejandro Jodorowsky about his unborn Dune project. SCREEM #28.
– Ashley Thorpe, interview with John Hurt about the chest-bursting scene in Alien. FANGORIA #336.
X Don Vaughan, interview with pulp, poster and model kit artist Mort Kunstler. FILMFAX #137.
– Tom Weaver, interview with Jo Swerling Jr., on creating Thriller’s Karloff intros. MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #33.
 –Or write in another choice:
 

15. BEST ALL-AROUND ISSUE

– DIABOLIQUE #22: Dark side of feminine horror, from Carmilla to childbirth to Bathory.
X FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND #272: Science fiction and Richard Matheson.
– FANGORIA #330: Barker, Cronenberg and the extended Nightbreed.
– FILMFAX #137: Robots of Metropolis and the silents.
– G-FAN #106. G-fans speak out on the new Godzilla.
– HORRORHOUND #48. Horror writer issue devoted to Stephen King, Anne Rice.
— LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #33. Revisiting Dracula: Prince of Darkness.
– MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #33. Karloff in House of Frankenstein and Thriller.
– PHANTOM OF THE MOVIES VIDEOSCOPE #89. Winter chills and filmfests.
– RUE MORGUE #151. Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters retrospective.
– SCARY MONSTERS #93. Werewolves and wolf-men, oh my.
– SCREEM #28. From the Hunchback to Godzilla.
– VIDEO WATCHDOG #177. The Eurocrimes that rocked the ’70s.

16. BEST MAGAZINE COLUMN

– Diary of the Deb, by Debbie Rochon, FANGORIA.
— Diskflix, by David J. Hogan. FILMFAX
– The Doctor Is In-Sane, by Dr. Gangrene, SCARY MONSTERS
– Fright Gallery, curated by Gary Pullin, RUE MORGUE
– Grey Matters, Richard J. Schellbach, MONDO CULT ONLINE
X It Came from Bowen’s Basement, by John W. Bowen. RUE MORGUE
 Larry Blamire’s Star Turn, VIDEO WATCHDOG
– The Phantom Speaks, by The Phantom (Joe Kane). VIDEOSCOPE
– Ralph’s One-and-Only Traveling Reviews, by Richard Klemensen. LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS
– Ramsey’s Rambles, by Ramsey Campbell. VIDEO WATCHDOG
– Scare-News, by John Skerchock, SCARY MONSTERS and MONSTER MEMORIES
– Tales from the Attic by Tim Lucas, GOREZONE
– They Came from the Krypt, by Jon Kitley. HORRORHOUND
– Or write in another choice:

17. BEST COVER

diab22_zps4y0tcmzs.jpgDIABOLIQUE #22by Robert Aragon FM232_zpsldtb4ht5.jpgFAMOUS MONSTERS #272by Simon Thorpe
fang330_zpsbhzwfk2v.jpgFANGORIA #330by Nick Percival FF136b_zpshvgsjbbt.jpgFILMFAX #136design by Michael Stein
GF107_zpspcubwdt7.jpgG-FAN #107by Scott Zambelli HH50_zpsjkbe1ijp.jpgHORRORHOUND #50by Ed Repka
LSOH32_zpspi2wbdhp.jpgLITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #32by Mark Maddox lovezine_zpsecdplp1x.jpgLOVECRAFT E-ZINE #31by Lee Copeland
mad29_zpsb65ekggi.jpgMAD SCIENTIST #29by Mark Maddox MB22_zpszuv1r2um.jpgMONSTER BASH #22by Lorraine Bush
MFTV33_zpsqufxvacg.jpgMONSTERS FROM THEVAULT #33 by Kerry Gammill rue150_zps7ts9izxd.jpgRUE MORGUE  #150by Gary Pullin and Andrew Wright
scarlet10_zpsnpjrlz5m.jpgSCARLET THE FILM MAGAZINE #11,by Bill Chancellor MM2014_zpsfn3j1cif.jpgMONSTER MEMORIES 2014(SCARY MONSTERS #91) by Terry Beatty
SCR29_zpssnwtqow7.jpgSCREEM #29by Mark Maddox VS89_zps8it2gy36.jpgVIDEOSCOPE #89design by Kevin Hein
VW177_zpszvoqggch.jpgVIDEO WATCHDOG #177
designed by Charles Largent
WBD15_zpsmtdcpljf.jpgWE BELONG DEAD #15 by Brux
Check the cover you like or type your choice here: MONSTER MEMORIES 2014(SCARY MONSTERS #91) by Terry Beatty

18. BEST WEBSITE

(The Classic Horror Film Board, sponsor of the Rondos, is not eligible)

– All Sci-Fi  Nothing but pure science fiction.
— Bloody Disgusting Modern horrors prevail.
— Cinefantastiqueonline. The digital home for the influential magazine.
— Count Gore de Vol’s Creature Features Films, interviews and horror host news updated weekly.
— Dread Central Latest news, insider info from the horror industry.
— Famous Monsters of Filmland News and reviews from the first monster magazine.
— Film Noir Foundation Keeping suspense and shadows alive.

– Horror-host.com Home of the Horror Host Hall of Fame.
– Horror Society A voice for independent horrors.
– Icons of Fright Team of bloggers survey the horrror field.
– Latarnia: Fantastique International Discussions of all things Euro and culture.
– Louisville Halloween. Where’s it’s always late October.
– Mick Garris Interviews The writer-director offers interviews archived and new with horror personalties.
– Mondo Cult Online Horror, politics and music. A message board, too.
– Monsters from Hell From the U.K., all things Hammer.
– MovieScreams Horror Show. Showcases short horror and sci-fi films.
– The Shelley-Godwin Archive Library partnership digitizing handwritten draft of Frankenstein and more.
– Trailers from Hell Joe Dante and top talents offer commentaries on vintage trailers.
X Universal Monster Army The friendly and knowledgable headquarters of monster toy talk.
– Witch’s Dungeon Multimedia home for Hollywood monsters, history and preservation.
– Or write in another choice:

19. BEST BLOG OR ONLINE COLUMN OF 2014

– Bay of the Living Dead David-Elijah Nahmod’s monthly horror column in SF Weekly.
– Blood Curdling Blog of Monster Masks. A peek behind decades of masks.
– Cinema Dave A journal of horror and film.
– Classic Movie Monsters Photos, art and horror artifacts from the past.
– Collinsport Historical Society  All the comings and goings in Barnabas’ home town.
– Cyberschizoid Latest monster magazines and cult updates.
– Day of the Woman ‘A blog for the feminine side of fear.’
– Dr. Gangrene’s Mad Blog  Musings from Nashville’s maddest horror host.
– Doc Terror  News and reviews with a crazed doctor from the 50s.
– Final Girl Stacie Ponder still running to the next locked room.

– Frankensteinia Pierre Fournier’s journal of all things Frankenstein.
— The Good, the Bad and the Godzilla August Ragone’s G-blog is wise among giant monsters.
– Gravedigger’s Local 16 Even ghouls need a union label.
– Groovy Age of Horror Fearless and unexpected.
— The Horrors of it All When horror corrupted more than the comics.
X Monster Magazine World An essential newsstand for monster mags past, present and future.
– The Peter Cushing Appreciation Society Tribute to Hammer’s classic actor.
– Scared Silly. Where jeepers meet creepers.
– Sin Street Sleaze  John Harrison’s look at cult, pulp and monsters.
– SciFi Japan The home of Monster Zero News.
– Terror from Beyond the Daves Home of the weekend horror host report.
– Too Much Horror Fiction Reviewing words of terror from the 60s, 70s and 80s.
– 250 Lines of Resolution Rebekah Herzberg dissects the genre for Geek Juice.
– Vampire Over London: The Bela Lugosi Blog.   Journal of the undead
— Video Watchblog  Tim Lucas’ musings on film and life.
— The Vincent Price Journal. Features his hand-written notes from a 1928 trip abroad.
– Zombos Closet All manners of horrors pour out.
– Or write in another choice:

20. BEST CONVENTION OF 2014 (write-ins encouraged)

– Blob Fest (Phoenixville, Pa.)
– Chiller (Parsippany, N.J.)
– Cinema Wasteland (Cleveland)
– Cthulhu Con and Lovecraft Film Festival (Portland, Ore.)
– Crypticon (Seattle)
– Days of the Dead (Indianapolis)
– Dragon Con (Atlanta)
– Flashback Weekend (Chicago)
– Fright Night Film Fest (Louisville)
– G-Fest (Chicago)
– HorrorHound weekend (Indianapolis)
– Horror Realm (Pittsburgh)
– Kirk von Hammett’s Fear FestEvil (San Francisco)
– Mad Monster Party (Charlotte)
X– Monster Bash (Butler, Pa.)
– Monster Fest (Chesapeake, Va.)
– Monster-Mania (Cherry Hill, N.J.)
– Monsterpalooza (Burbank)
– Rock and Shock (Worcester, Mass.)
– Rue Morgue’s Festival of Fear (Toronto)
– Scare-a-Con (Verona, NY)
– Scare Fest (Lexington, Ky.)
– Spooky Empire (Orlando)
– Texas Frightmare (Dallas)
– Wonderfest (Louisville)

21. BEST FAN EVENT

X BLOB PANIC RE-ENACTMENT: Fans run from same theater in Phoenixville, Pa. where The Blob was filmed. Blobfest
– EDGAR ALLAN POE BRONZE BUST PROJECT: Sculpture of Poe placed at Boston Library thanks to Kickstarter campaign.
– EVIL DEAD CAST REUNION, Bruce Campbell and every ‘Evil’ actor unite at Horrorhound Weekend.
– FRANKENSTEIN: MODERN PROMETHEUS,by Quicksilver Radio Theatre presented on public radio on Halloween night.
– GODZILLA IN YOKOSUKA: Godzilla actor Haruo Nakajima appears at Armed Forces Day attended by Americans and Japanese. Hosted by Monster Attack Magazine.
– IFUKUBE 100: Concert at G-Fest features Godzilla music conducted by John DeSentis with 52-piece orchestra.
– KARLOFF: A ONE-PERSON SHOW, directed by and starring Randy Bowser, authorized by Sara Karloff. Four shows in Salem, Ore.
– MAC OF THE RED BETH, performance of ‘Masque of the Red Death’ by  Veronica Carlson, Martine Beswicke, Yvonne Monlaur and Caroline Munro at Monster Bash Octoberfest.
– OUTER LIMITS art show at Creature Features, Burbank, included cast members along with artwork..
– ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW screening with cast members Barry Bostwick, Patricia Quinn and Little Nell at Mad Monster Party (Charlotte, NC)
– THE SHINING’S TWINS, Lisa and Louise Burns, make first convention appearance at Monster-Mania (Cherry Hill, N.J.)
– SUPERMAN CELEBRATION AND PLAQUE DEDICATION in Tarzana, where  episode of 50s TV show was filmed; luncheon, tour of Pasadena Playhouse. Jack Larson among attendees.
– THAT $#!% WILL ROT YOUR BRAIN rough cut of Bob Tinnell’s documentary on How the Monster Kids Transformed Popular Culture, WonderFest
– WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS CAST REUNION: Russ Tamblyn, Haruo Nakajima, and others with translator/host Jim Cirronella at Monsterpalooza.
– WITCH’S DUNGEON full-figure monster exhibit relocates to Bristol Historical Society in Connecticut.
– Or write in another choice:

22. BEST HORROR COMIC OF 2014

– AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE, by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla. (Archie). Zombies in Riverdale are no joke.
– BELA LUGOSI’S TALES FROM THE GRAVE #4 by various. (Monsterverse). More rather grim tales from the Count’s archives.
– CARBON by Daniel Boyd, Edi Guedes, Alzir Alves (Caliber). Prophetic horror from a  Garden of Eden.
– CLIVE BARKER’S NEXT TESTAMENT, by Barker and Mark Miller (Boom!) Is it God, the devil or both?
DINOSAURS ATTACK, by Gary Gerani, Herb Trimpe and Ned Norem. (IDW). Classic cards return as graphic novel.
– EDGAR ALLAN POE: Morella and Murders in the Rue Morgue, by Richard Corben (Dark Horse). Interpretations of Poe by a comics master.
– THE GOON: Occasion of Revenge, by Eric Powell (Dark Horse). Eight-part miniseries features return of Zombie Priest witches.
– HAUNTED HORROR, compiled by Craig Yoe, Clizia Gussoni, Steve Banes (IDW). Rescuing forgotten horrors from the 1950s.
– IN THE DARK: A Horror Anthology (IDW). Hardcover collection of new stories.
– THE WALKING DEAD, by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard. (Image). Surviving, still, the zombie apocalypse.– Or write in another choice:

23. BEST MULTIMEDIA (PODCAST OR STREAMING) OF 2014

– BEYOND THE DARK PARANORMAL ADVENTURES Home of the Pope Lick Monster.
— BLOODY GOOD HORROR Reviews of the monstrous.
— BLOODY PIT OF ROD Home of the Naschycasts.
– B-MOVIE CAST Talk and horror history in this podcast.
– CULT RADIO A GO-GO! Still thriving pioneer of Internet horror talk.
— DARK DISCUSSIONS Podcast of horrors on film and print.

— DEADPIT RADIO Hillbilly horror from the hills of Kentucky.
– FANTASTIC FILMS OF VINCENT PRICE A video review of Vincent’s output by Dr. Gangrene
– FORGOTTEN HORRORS PODCAST John Wooley and Michael H. Price explore cult cinema.
– FROM DUSK TIL CON RADIO  Interviews and more from the East Coast Horror Group.
– HORROR HAPPENS RADIO SHOW Home of smart talk with Jay K and The Ghost.
— INVISIBLE MAN WEB SERIES  Five-part adaptation of H.G. Wells novel.
– ISOBEL ORLOK’S DEN OF CIN Trailers and cin-tillation from Madame Orlok herself.

– KAIJUCAST More than 100 episodes, many live from conventions.
– KILLER POV podcast. Film previews and interviews.
– KREEPY KASTLE Devoted to shows from horror hosts.

X MONSTER KID RADIO. Interviews, reviews, monsters.
— 1951 DOWN PLACE: Podcast discussions of Hammer films.
— POE FOREVERMORE RADIO THEATER. Mark Redfield’s tributes to the mystery master.
– THE PROJECTION BOOTH Podcasts target genre films and more.
– SIX FOOT PLUS A weekly podcast that finds a monstrous rhythm.
– TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE  New audio drama and horror the old-fashioned way.
– TALES TO TERRIFY  Radio chills with a literary touch of gothic .
– THE TIM-O AND HARLEY SHOW Horror and sci-fi discussions from Browning to Bigfoot.
– TOMB DRAGOMIR Video interviews and ‘rue-full’ reviews.
– WEIRD-O-RAMA Hosted by Victor Von Psychotron
– WELCOME TO NIGHTVALE Strange doings from a strange desert town.
– Or write in another choice:

24. FAVORITE HORROR HOST OF 2014

If your favorite is missing — there are far too many to list here — please write them in)

– A. GHASTLEE GHOUL (Ohio)

— THE BONE JANGLER (Illinois)
– KARLOS BORLOFF (Monster Madhouse, Washington, DC)
– COUNT GORE DE VOL (Creature Features)
– COUNT GREGULA (Count Gregula’s Crypt)
DR. GANGRENE (Nashville)
– Dr. MADBLOOD (Virginia Beach)
– THE GHOULIGANS (On DVD and online)
– GHOUL A GO-GO (NY)
– HALLOWEEN JACK
– MR. LOBO (Cinema Insomnia, California)
— NIGEL HONEYBONE (Australia)
– ORMON GRIMSBY (N.C.)
– PROF MORTE (Atlanta)
– PENNY DREADFUL (Shilling Shockers, New England)
— REMO D (California)
— SON OF GHOUL (Ohio)
– SVENGOOLIE (Chicago)
– WOLFMAN MAC (Chiller Drive-In, Michigan)
– Or write in another choice:

25. BEST MUSIC CD

– BIG BAD (HorrorHound): Horror punks style and profile from West Virginia.
– BLOOD WATERS OF DR. G  A collection of bands from Dr. Gangrene’s Horror Hootenanny.
– CHARNEL HO– USE ROCK, Zombina and the Skeletones. Horror punk for a Saturday morning.
– GODZILLA SOUNDTRACK (Death Waltz). Reissue of Akira Ifukube’s monster marches.
– JUVENILE JIVE (Monstrous Movie Music). Music from Date Bait, High School Big Shot and High School Caesar by Nicholas Carras and Gerald Fried.
X THE MOON-RAYS: Something Wicked (Rough Draft). Songs devoted to Tarantula, the Bride and more.
– MUSIC OF FORGOTTEN HORRORS VOL. 3 (Cremo). Michael H. Price collects vintage horror from the 20s and beyond.
– PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (One Way Static). New soundtrack by The Laze for 1925 classic.
– SPINE CHILLERS: Halloween haunt Music by Sam Haynes. Chilling mood music from the 70s and 80s.
– Or write in another choice:

26. BEST TOY, MODEL OR COLLECTIBLE

H/t, as always, to our friends at the Universal Monster Army!

diamondcreech_zps0acd2717.jpg

—————————————————————————————-

REMEMBER TO INCLUDE YOUR NAME; E-MAIL PICKS TO taraco@aol.com

 

AGAIN, TO VOTE simply copy this ballot and make your picks by highlighting your selection, or by putting an X by your selections, or by typing out your picks separately. Whatever is easiest.  Then e-mail your picks to taraco@aol.com

And thanks, whatever you are!

Copyright 2015 Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards

Wrap up

So there you have it!  My ballot.  I wish I could say my vote was fully informed and that I had read, seen, attended and listened to every nominee on this massive ballot, but I haven’t.  What I am going to do is add much of this ballot to our Monster Collector Resources page for future reference and then I’m going to add all the movies I haven’t seen to my Amazon Instant Video queue.

In the spirit of keeping this post from getting way too long, I didn’t include my Write in votes…perhaps in a future post.

Do you agree with any of my votes?  Disagree?

Share your favorites in the comments section below

(please keep it clean and polite–no need to get nasty as we’re all Monster Kids here.)