The always classy Rondo Hatton Awards board announced their winners and congrats are in order to some well-deserved award recipients. The Rondos are presented by the Classic Horror Film Board to honor the top works in horror films, television, home videos, and publishing. This year's email vote drew a record 2,973 votes for the awards named after an obscure B-movie villain of the 1940's.
The fans have spoken and Rondos were issued to familiar names like Rue Morgue (Best Magazine), Dread Central (Best Website) and District 9 (Best Film of 2009). It was great to see the talented Rue Morgue Art Director Gary Pullin -- aka Ghoulish Gary -- be recognized for his monster-licious creations, which you can check out on his website or Etsy store (I love the praying hands series!). There are a few names on the winners list that are new to me and I look forward to checking out their work. Congrats to all the nominees as well!
You can check out the full winner's list after the jump. Let us know if your top picks made it!
BEST FILM OF 2009 -- DISTRICT 9
BEST TV PRESENTATION -- "DOCTOR WHO": 'Daybreak, Part Two'
BEST CLASSIC DVD OF 2009 -- AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON: FULL MOON EDITION
BEST CLASSIC DVD COLLECTION -- THE WILLIAM CASTLE COLLECTION
BEST TV COLLECTION -- "ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS" (SEASON FOUR)
BEST RESTORATION -- FAUST (1926) Restoration by Murnau Foundation
BEST DVD EXTRA -- AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON: "Beware the Moon" documentary
BEST DVD COMMENTARY -- Fred Dekker: NIGHT OF THE CREEPS
BEST INDEPENDENT FILM OR DOCUMENTARY -- AMERICAN SCARY (John Hudgens, Sandy Clark)
BEST BOOK OF 2009 -- BELA LUGOSI AND BORIS KARLOFF: The Expanded Story of a Haunting Collaboration by Gregory William Mank
BEST MAGAZINE -- RUE MORGUE
BEST ARTICLE -- "Bad Moon Rising" by Jovanka Vuckovic (with Bruce McVicar), RUE MORGUE #93
BEST COVER OF 2009 -- MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT #26 by Daniel Horne
BEST WEBSITE -- Dread Central
BEST HORROR BLOG -- The Drunken Severed Head
BEST CONVENTION OF 2009 -- MONSTER BASH (Pittsburgh)
BEST FAN EVENT -- TRIBUTE TO FORREST J ACKERMAN, Grauman's Egyptian Theatre, organized by Joe Moe
FAVORITE HORROR HOST (Active) -- Count Gore De Vol
BEST HORROR AUDIO SITE OR PODCAST -- RUE MORGUE RADIO
BEST CD -- STAR TREK II: WRATH OF KHAN (James Horner; Film Score Monthly/Retrograde)
BEST HORROR COMIC BOOK -- BATMAN: GOTHAM AFTER MIDNIGHT by Steve Niles and Kelley Jones
BEST TOY, MODEL OR COLLECTIBLE -- Twilight Zone's "Talking Tina" (BifBamPow)
COUNT ALUCARD'S CONTROVERSY OF THE YEAR -- "No, but I can burn one for you." Studios offer some classics on DVD-Rs only.
CLASSIC MOST IN NEED OF DVD RELEASE OR RESTORATION -- ISLAND OF LOST SOULS
WRITER OF THE YEAR -- GREGORY WILLIAM MANK
ARTIST OF THE YEAR -- GARY PULLIN
LINDA MILLER AWARD FOR FAN ARTIST OF THE YEAR (in memory of the late Linda Miller) -- ROBERT SCOTT
DVD REVIEWER OF THE YEAR -- KIM NEWMAN
MONSTER KID OF THE YEAR -- ELIOT BRODSKY
THE MONSTER KID HALL OF FAME -- The six latest inductees are: Bill Lemon, Ray Meyers, Dennis Druktenis, Robert "Bob" Carter, and Bill Warren.