Tuesday, March 31, 2009

DARK KNIGHT top horror film of the year???????

Okay, so the 7th Annual Rondo Awards were announced last week. Many thanks to everyone who put in a vote for HORROR 101 - even though we did not win, it was lovely to feel the support in the cold spring air.

However, upon seeing some of the winners this year, maybe it's for the best... THE DARK KNIGHT wins best film of the year? Followed by IRON MAN? In the Rondo Awards, sponsored by the Classic Horror Boards? Riddle me this, Batman...what the heck?



For better or worse, here are the results:

BEST FILM OF 2008
THE DARK KNIGHT
Runners-up: IRON MAN; LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
Honorable mention: WALL-E; CLOVERFIELD

BEST TV PRESENTATION
DOCTOR WHO: 'Silence in the Library'
Runners-up: SUPERNATURAL; BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
Honorable mentions: LOST; TRUE BLOOD

BEST CLASSIC DVD
PSYCHO SPECIAL EDITION
Runners-up: THE MUMMY (1932);
RODAN/WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS
Honorable mentions: WORLD WITHOUT END/SATELLITE IN THE SKY;
THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD

BEST CLASSIC HORROR COLLECTION
RAY HARRYHAUSEN COLLECTIBLE DVD SET
Runner-up: HAMMER ICONS OF HORROR
Honorable mentions: ABBOTT & COSTELLO: COMPLETE UNIVERSAL COLLECTION;
PLANET OF THE APES BLU-RAY SET

BEST CLASSIC TV COLLECTION
THE MUNSTERS: THE COMPLETE SERIES
Runners-up: OUTER LIMITS ORIGINAL SERIES COMPLETE;
NIGHT GALLERY: SEASON TWO
Honorable mention: DOCTOR WHO: COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON

BEST RESTORATION
VAMPYR (1932 film by Carl Dreyer; Criterion Edition)
Runners-up: 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD;
CONQUEST OF PLANET OF THE APES
Honorable mentions: PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY; RODAN (Japanese version)

BEST BOOK
THE TWILIGHT ZONE, by Martin Grams
Runners-up: THE BOOK OF LISTS: HORROR, edited by Amy Wallace, Del Howison, and Scott Bradley; RAY HARRYHAUSEN: MASTER OF THE MAJICKS Vol. 2, by Mike Hankin )
Honorable mentions: THE GREAT MONSTER MAGAZINES, by 'Bobb' Cotter;
VIDEODROME by Tim Lucas; I TALKED WITH A ZOMBIE, by Tom Weaver;
CLAUDE RAINS: AN ACTOR'S VOICE by David J. Skal with Jessica Rainse

BEST MAGAZINE
RUE MORGUE
Runner-up: VIDEO WATCHDOG
Honorable mentions: HORROR HOUND;
MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT;
SCARY MONSTERS

FAVORITE HORROR HOST (Active)
Svengoolie (Rich Koz) (Woo hoo!)

Runners-up: Penny Dreadful; Dr. Gangrene
Honorable mentions: Graveley MacCabre and Grizelda; Count Gore De Vol

For a complete list of winners and nominees, visit http://www.rondoaward.com

3 comments:

Scott Barsotti said...

Well...besides Let the Right One In, which probably should have won this...I don't know that I saw a new horror film last year that was better than Dark Knight. While I wouldn't dream of categorizing Dark Knight as horror in any way, 2008 was not a good year for horror films. Although I haven't seen Splinter or Inside, which I've heard were very good. Hmmm... actually The Orphanage was better than Dark Knight. Yeah, what the fuck?

Dr. AC, Fool for Blood said...

Actually, I would disagree with that, Scott. 2008 was a pretty decent year for horror, it just happened to be coming from the indie and foreign markets as opposed to Hollywood. Below was my Top 20 from last year:

Blood Car
Cottage, The
Frontier(s)
Funny Games
Girl Next Door, The
Ils (Them)
Inside
Let the Right One In
Machine Girl, The
Mulberry Street
Orphanage, The
Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead
[Rec]
Ruins, The
Quarantine
Signal, The
Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story
Stuck
Sweeny Todd (released late 2007)
Teeth

Scott Barsotti said...

I really want to see Frontier(s) and Inside. I believe I have Stuck in my netflix queue, too. I should give The Ruins and Quarantine a watch too, I suppose. Didn't hear of about half of those. Thanks for the list. I need to get better tuned in.