Monster Bash News! Toys, Our childhood ghosts.

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Toys, Our Childhood Ghosts…

A good friend of mine just emailed a photo of a broken PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Aurora model. Broken, but a treasure to him. It was his when he was eight years old. He painted it, was proud of it and it branded part of his childhood. Now, fifty years later….there it appears in his attic. So powerful with memories and something even more special. A reminder of our youth…when we were a kid and this item is now a psychological time machine.

He’s going to glue and rebuild it, but not make the paint job on it any better. He said it would be an affront to eight-year-old him. Exactly…it’s part of him…at eight years old. It’s magic.

I have a variety of things that have re-appeared over the years to give me those feelings. Sometimes it’s something so small, or seemingly insignificant. A magazine ad that showed monsters, in a women’s magazine my mom had given me to draw on! But those monsters were what got me. Seeing that ad again brought that excitement of seeing those monsters through six year old eyes all over again.

My dad had bought me coloring books when I had my tonsils out…no monsters, but coloring books of dinosaurs, army men and cowboys. Those are what meant the world to me at that time and take me back. MPC plastic little monsters, zombie, witch, executioner, mummy with snake, skeleton…Marx plastic dinosaurs. All this stuff.

And, me too, those Aurora model kits. The scary black plastic of those gnarled trees on the Dracula model. Foam glider airplanes you put together that had Marvel super heroes on them like The Hulk and Ben Grimm (The Thing). If they didn’t survive the years, we search for them.

These things of our childhood are the magic pieces of time that take us back to a simpler place…where there’s adventure, excitement and imagination that was so bright. These intangibles are real magic to the kid in us. It’s rekindled by these old toys and simple items. The child in us can live again, even for a fleeting moment, a glimpse back. The friendly ghosts of our past.

-Ron Adams, February 2020.

On with the show, now let’s check out the new cool stuff and classic monster news…

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Make Sure You’re Caught Up On Your MONSTER BASH Magazine Collection!

Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Mummy, Creature From the Black Lagoon, King Kong, The Phantom of the Opera, Mr. Hyde…they’re all here, at home in MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE.

…and so is our TV Horror Host legend from Ohio, Son of Ghoul (pictured left)!

Collect them all….Click Here to get them right from the publisher (us!), new glossy mags shipped bagged and boarded for protection to you!

All at Creepy Classics, right now!

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MONSTER BASH BELA LUGOSI FILM FEST Advance Admission Membership NOW Available!

Everything is now set and in place…for another wild adventure…a Bela Lugosi film marathon at the grand Palace Theatre in Canton, Ohio. It’s August 14 and 15, 2020. A Lugosi extravaganza with some of his best and most fun films ever, plus a bonus film to wrap-out Saturday night…Tim Burton’s ED WOOD. Get your advance VIP admission, CLICK HERE.

All the details on the show, CLICK HERE!

See the trailer preview by Kevin Slick, CLICK HERE.

View your Lugosi favorites in a real grand movie palace. We’ll also feature the popular prize-toss late Saturday night! Free Blu-Rays, DVDs, Monster Magazines and Monster Toys will be pitched into the audience.

If you haven’t been to one of our summer marathons at The Palace yet….you really need to do it. A gorgeous restored grand theatre from the 1920s. A real pipe organ with music between showings.

And author/film historian Frank Dello Stritto will give two power-point presentations on Bela Lugosi…on the giant screen. One of the biggest screens in the state of Ohio.

Who let the bats out??? Why, MONSTER BASH! Sign-up for this August fear fest now…it will be a once in a lifetime event.

Secure your VIP admission membership for all films, talks, prize toss, CLICK HERE!

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New! It’s Here! The Restored Official Release of THE LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK: Blu-Ray & DVD Combo Pack

The family of the director gave the film elements to The George Eastman House for the best restoration of this cult classic. The results are stunning. Beautiful HD and this is a set that includes two discs, one DVD and one Blu-Ray. Finally see the film the way it was first run back in 1972. The brilliant quality is just what our beloved Fouke monster needed:

THE LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK (1972/Restored!) – Blu-Ray & DVD Combo
Stars many people from the town of Fouke, Arkansas. This is THE iconic Bigfoot movie. An ape-like hairy giant is said to roam the swamps and forest near a small town in Arkansas. The film is a series of re-created actual events and interviews from the people who have claimed to encountered the beast. Semi-documentary, semi-drama of an unknown monster. A very nostalgic feel; especially the opening with a kid in the early 1970s running across fields.

Restored by The George Eastman House. A double disc set, both Blu-Ray and DVD are included. Finally, the official release.

Get your copy right now at Creepy Classics in our New Blu-Ray & DVD Department.

See the director’s daughter, actress and CEO of Boggy Creek Productions Pamula Pierce at MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST this year!

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New! X THE UNKNOWN from Hammer on Blu-Ray

One of the most thoughtful and exciting science fiction monster movies from the 1950s! It’s the British “Blob” movie. Now available on Blu-Ray:

X THE UNKNOWN (1957) – Blu-Ray
Stars Leo McKearn, Anthony Newley and Edward Judd. A radioactive creature from the inner depths of the earth’s crust rises to feed. It needs power and nothing can stop it! A great Hammer sci-fi similar to the Quatermass films. Exciting and frightening! Loaded with extras.

Get it in our underground containment area for radioactive monsters…also known as our New Blu-Ray & DVD Department here at Creepy Classics.

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New! Ray Harryhausen Ultimate Collection on Blu-Ray

Now in stock….Ray Harryhausen great films all in one set:

RAY HARRYHAUSEN ULTIMATE COLLECTION (7 Movies) – Blu-Ray Set
The great Ray Harryhausen films, plus loads of extras! Region 0, plays in USA players. Movies: SINBAD AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER, 7th VOYAGE OF SINBAD, THE 3 WORLDS OF GULLIVER, GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD, JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS and IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA.

Get it right now in our New Blu-Ray Department…here at the Creepy Classics mad laboratory.

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New! Obscure, Subtle Ghost Movie From 1965

I had never heard of this feature called FORTRESS OF THE DEAD from 1965. Shot in black and white, it’s well-acted, thoughtful and mighty creepy with subtle sounds of footsteps, digging sounds and shadows. The photography and the setting in a real bombed out island fortress really elevate this small, obscure feature to a very interesting level. It feels quite a bit like a story that could have been written by Rod Serling. Here are more details on its new DVD release:

FORTRESS OF THE DEAD (1965) – DVD
Stars John Hackett. An obscure, ghostly post-war intimate horror film. A private during World War II returns to Corregidor Island in the Philippines. His fear of enemy fire kept him from saving his unit that was trapped in a tunnel beneath a fortress. In Twilight Zone style it seems the ghosts of his unit have called him back for otherworldly revenge. Filmed on location at a bombed out fortress, creepy!

Get it in our New DVD Department…deep in an abandoned tunnel below the Creepy Classics fortress. Don’t mind those scrapping sounds and distant voices. Heh.

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A Peek At Charlie Arrigo’s Workshop

Sculptor, make-up artist Charlie Arrigo shared the above photo with us. It’s his Creature bust (beautiful!).

Charlie’s a good friend who has appeared at MONSTER BASH many times…sometimes as various monsters in make-up.

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New! More Used DVDs in Shock Stock

It’s now in the hundreds of great DVDs available in our Used DVD Graveyard. Super deals on great titles. If you haven’t stepped into that section of our catacombs, well, now’s the time.

We are stocked on titles like THE VANISHING SHADOW (1934), FAMOUS MONSTER – FORREST J ACKERMAN, THE FACELESS MONSTER (Barbara Steele), MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH/PREMATURE BURIAL (Vincent Price), METROPOLIS (Classic Silent), THEM (Giant Ants), ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE MUMMY, THE ALLIGATOR PEOPLE (Lon Chaney, Jr.), THE GREEN SLIME and hundreds more!

Creep on over to the Used DVD Department now at Creepy Classics and check them out!

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New! Jack Kirby Comic Fans Face Front…

If, like me, you grew up loving comic books in the 1960s-1970s…you probably know all about one off the greatest comic artist ever, Jack Kirby! We now are stock great Kirby magazines that reprint the comics, unpublished rare work, interviews with Kirby and associates.

If you love those Jack Kirby monsters and super-heroes, you’ll love magazines like The Jack Kirby CollectorJack Kirby Quarterly and The Jack Kirby Treasury! Find them all in our Creepy Magazine Newsstand here at Creepy Classics.

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Happy Birthday To Tami Mizikar, Monster Bash Staffer

Well, a happy birthday (February 20) to my sister, Tami Mizikar. She’s been helping with the MONSTER BASH shows since the beginning in 1997.

She and her husband are frequently the food runners, bringing in the giant sheet cakes for the attendees and loading their car with hundreds of tacos and burritos for our Mexican Monster feature Friday nights.

That’s her, pictured on the left, with Nosferatu (Kevin Slick).

Happy birthday from the monsters, Tami!

….and now, photos of fun from past MONSTER BASH shows! Stay up-to-date with MONSTER BASH Shows:

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Monster Bash….good times, good monsters and great times!

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The Giant Claw (1957) – Movie Review

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(Originally posted on Feb. 5th, 2015)

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane!! No… wait… it’s a bird.

In some ways, producer Sam Katzman was an early-day version of Roger Corman. His forte, like Corman’s, was producing low-budget genre films and finding a way to turn a profit with them. His career spanned from the early 1930’s up until shortly before his passing in 1973. During his prolific career, he not only produced many well-known B-grade sci-fi and horror films (Earth Vs The Flying Saucers, The Corpse Vanishes), but also westerns, 50’s “Rock N’ Roll” musicals (including Elvis’s Rock Around The Clock, and the Roy Orbison starring The Fastest Guitar Alive), and even the Kirk Alyn-starring Superman serials of the late 1940’s.

For this review, we will be taking a look at 1957’s The Giant Claw, a film that’s better remembered for………

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Robot Monster (1953) – A Look At One of the Worst Movies Ever Made!

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Numerous films dealing with alien invasion were produced during science fiction’s heyday of the 1950’s. Some, such as producer George Pal’s The War of the Worlds or 1951’s The Day the Earth Stood Still, are considered legitimate classics of the genre and among the best sci-fi films of their era. Others, such as producer Edward L. Alperson Jr.’s Invaders From Mars or the Ray Bradbury-penned It Came from Outer Space, while widely respected, are remembered as prime examples of the “pulp” entertainment these films were generally meant to provide. Others still, such as Invasion of the Saucer Men or (arguably) 1959’s Teenagers From Outer Space are now considered “cult classics” to a growing legion of cinematic cheese gourmand.

And then there’s 1953’s Robot Monster.

Shot almost entirely in Los Angeles’ Bronson Canyon, which has been featured in countless classic (and not-so-classic) sci-fi films, Robot Monster tells the story…

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Happy Valentine’s Day From Creepy Classics!

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Creepy Classics & Monster Bash News!

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Valentines and Monsters in 1965 (Above photo courtesy of Cortlandt Hull at The Witch’s Dungeon)

It was the big day in Central School on Main Street in Grove City, PA back in 1965. Valentines Day. It really wasn’t about girlfriends, boyfriends or romance. It was about a school party. Cupcakes brought in by parents, colorful cards and just a day of excitement. And….the decorating of the shoebox you brought in from home! The Valentines day box for cards from fellow students.

There was white gelatinous paste (the weird kid in the back was tasting it, yeach), the construction paper, the small rounded end metal scissors. Our teacher passed out catalogs so we could cut out pictures to glue to the sides of our boxes. Plus, there was colored pencils and markers (still a new novelty then!). The teacher helped us all cover it with red construction paper and cutting a haphazard slot opening on the lid.

I went at it with drawing on my shoebox. I drew the obligatory hearts with arrows through them. Some of the arrows were through people’s heads too. And, I drew people on my box…well, if you want to call them people. They were men and women with scraggly hair, scars, missing teeth, bug-bloodshot eyes. They had either big lips or were screaming.

There were a lot of “ewwws” from the girls that came by to drop a little mini-Valentine card in my box. I don’t remember any comments from the teacher on my box…I can only imagine. But, she may have not noticed with all the party day chaos.

Then it was those cupcakes and cookies. In those days the desserts were not from a local grocery…but, all homemade by the moms. Valentines was a fun day at school. I got to draw monsters.

-Ron Adams, February 2020.

On with the show, now let’s check out the new cool stuff and classic monster news…

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Valentines In the Creepy Office

Some nice Valentines coming in here at the Creepy Classics/Monster Bash HQ (Thanks to my sister!).

Make sure not to forget YOUR Valentines this year!

Or you may find yourself being walled-up in the basement. And, it’s dark down there.

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New! The CLASSIC MONSTERS SPECIAL Magazine

Here it is, the new guide book special from CLASSIC MONSTERS OF THE MOVIES magazine:

CLASSIC MONSTERS SPECIAL: A & C MEET THE MONSTERS – Magazine
The comedy team of Abbott and Costello as they met the monsters in a series of films is looked at closely! Detailed look at each film in the series. Painstakingly researched, packed with articles, stills and posters. Gloss, laminate cover, high quality, perfect bound!

Get it in our CLASSIC MONSTERS OF THE MOVIES Department here in our on-line Creepy Magazine Newsstand at Creepy Classics. Plus….we’ve re-stocked on back issues too! We have almost every issue they have put out – this is a premium gloss, quality magazine imported from the UK.

Run to your mouse and click to get them all in our CLASSIC MONSTERS OF THE MOVIES Department today!

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Get Your Hotel Room Booked Now for MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST 2020

This year’s MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST will be at the Marriott Pittsburgh North. Guests line-up has begun….Victoria Vetri (WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH), Elizabeth Shepherd (TOMB OF LIGEIA), Ann Robinson from THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, Pam Pierce from THE LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK, Son of Ghoul (Ohio TV Horror Host Legend), Bill Diamond (Monster Muppeteer)….and MANY more to come.

It’s October 16-18, 2020. Get your hotel room now…on-site rooms for BASH now discounted to $109 a night. CLICK HERE to book now.

Or, call and ask for the MONSTER BASH rate: (724) 772-3700.

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New! Expanded, Re-Mastered Documentary on Bela Lugosi

It’s in stock now! The documentary BELA LUGOSI – THE FORGOTTEN KING…hosted by the founding editor of FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND magazine, Forrest J Ackerman. It’s been updated with additional first hand information on Lugosi from even more people that worked with the man!

Here’s the details:

LUGOSI – THE FORGOTTEN KING (1984-2017 Expanded!) – DVD
Officially licensed by Lugosi Enterprises Edition. First ever documentary about iconic actor, Bela Lugosi. Originally produced in 1984 and hosted by horror legend Forrest J Ackerman, the film has been digitally remastered with over an hour’s worth of new material added. This edition is fully authorized by The Lugosi Family. You’ll see interviews with Bela Lugosi, John Carradine, Carroll Borland, Alex Gordon, Ralph Bellamy, Sara Karloff, Bela G. Lugosi, Donnie Dunagan, Janet Anne Gallow, Terry Castle, Carla Laemmle, Louise Currie, Ann Jeffreys, Bob Burns and more.

Get you copy now in our New DVD Department here at Creepy Classics!

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Hey! The Winter Issue Still Available…MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE #38

Get your copy of the latest MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE right now! Don’t miss out on getting it right away from Creepy Classics…home of MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE.

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MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE #38 – Magazine
The horror-day issue for good monster boys and ghouls everywhere! THE MUMMY’S HAND lurks, Snow Monsters, Spooky Things in Haunted Houses, Agnes Moorehead’s Manor House, Fan Flashbacks and more, more more! Tales of The Moleman, Your Chance to Win a Blu-Ray, Monsters at Christmas, Rondo Hatton . Writers include Frank Dello Stritto, Tom Weaver, Leonard Hayhurst, Rich Scrivani, Ron Adams and Joseph Cole.

Order before midnight, so you don’t forget!, CLICK HERE, or call (724) 238-4317.

It’s in our “Monster Bash Magazine Department” now at Creepy Classics!

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Outta This World…

Now here, classic vintage pulp magazine digests. Great ones like AMAZING SCIENCE FICTION STORIES, GALAXY NOVELS, SCIENCE FICTION STORIES, SUPER SCIENCE FICTION and more.

Collectible mags with gorgeous cover art and great stories from the masters!

Select the ones you’d like from our Vintage Digest Department before the coolest ones sell! They’re here at Creepy Classics…all come bagged and boarded for protection.

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10,000 Villagers With Torches!

We want to thank everyone that has been participating at our official Creepy Classics/Monster Bash Conference Facebook Page. This past weekend we crashed through the 10,000 followers mark.

If you haven’t been joining us there, please check it out. We are the place on Facebook that holds the torches high in honor of classic monster movies, events, new releases and flashback memories.

CLICK HERE to check out the page.

Or, go to Facebook and search for “Monster Bash Conference

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A Happy Belated Birthday…Basher!

A couple days late…but Happy Birthday to MONSTER BASHER Shawn Israel!

He’s been on the Bash staff since the very beginning…1997. From drive-ins, to obscure film references…he’s the guy.

A sincere Happy Birthday to Shawn.

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Get Ready….Big News From Universal!

My daughter, Paisley, came running down the stairs last night to where I was, watching MAN MADE MONSTER in honor of Lon Chaney, Jr.’s recent birthday. She said enthusiastically “Dad, have you see this?! What’s coming to Universal Studios in Florida?”

She showed me this article on her laptop and played the video. Zounds! A new theme park area at Universal Florida and a CLASSIC MONSTERS section planned with blue prints filed publicly. I can’t wait for 2023! Here’s the web site with all the details:

https://orlandoparkstop.com/news/theme-park-news/site-plan-for-universal-classic-monsters-at-epic-universe-revealed/

Here’s the video, CLICK HERE!

Universal classic monster fans rejoice!

-Ron

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New! Personal Checks Autographed by FAMOUS MONSTERS’ Founding Editor…Forrest J Ackerman

Now, here at Creepy Classics you can get and own a real bank certified check that was written and signed by Forrest J Ackerman. Ackerman was the founding editor of FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND magazine.

These would be great framed with an issue of FAMOUS MONSTERS! From the estate of Forrest J Ackerman.

Get these and other star signatures in our Creepy Classics Autograph Department.

….and now, photos of fun from past MONSTER BASH shows! Stay up-to-date with MONSTER BASH Shows:

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Monster Bash….good times, good monsters and great times!

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The 2020 Rondo Ballot is out!

We are proud to announce that Monsters After Midnight has been nominated for a Rondo Award! This is awesome stuff because we work hard down here in the dungeon to bring you cool classic monster content! Including monster movies, monster models, classic horror hero’s and more! Thanks for your support and feel free to vote for us in the Rondo’s!

Here’s the OFFICIAL Ballot for the (Gasp!) 18th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards

 Here is the official ballot for the (Gasp!!) EIGHTEENTH ANNUAL
 RONDO HATTON CLASSIC HORROR AWARDS
(NOTE: You can also find a  ballot at the Classic Horror Film Board here: Rondo ballot. )
Since 2002, the Rondos have been fandom’s only classic horror awards — decided by fans, for fans. Every nominee below is being recognized for significant work or achievement in the year 2019  So add your voice and help make a difference.
HOW TO VOTE:
— All voting is by e-mail only.  Simply copy this ballot (cut-and-paste into an email and marking your choices with an X or highlighting works fine). We know that can be awkward so you can also just type out your choices. Send an e-mail with your picks to me, David Colton, at taraco@aol.com by Sunday night at midnight, March 29, 2020.
— No, you do not have to vote in every category. Vote for all, one or a few.
— One vote per person, please. Every e-mail must include your name to be counted.  All votes are kept strictly confidential. No e-mail addresses or personal information will ever be shared with anyone.
— Feel free to spread the word about the Rondo voting — go social on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram; place Rondo banners on websites, urge friends and fans to vote.  But please do not mass-produce or duplicate ballots; suspicious ballots will be rejected at the sole discretion of Rondo organizers. Let’s keep this a fun vote!
— Again, TO VOTE e-mail your picks to taraco@aol.com
   Finally, thanks as always to the thousands of fans, pros and friends who have voted year after year. We look forward to hearing from you again. Let’s make RONDO XVIII the best ever.
BELOW IS THE OFFICIAL BALLOT FOR THE
(GASP!) 18TH ANNUAL RONDO HATTON CLASSIC HORROR AWARDS    
This year’s awards are dedicated to Dick Miller, Julie Adams
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 1) BEST FILM OF 2019
— AD ASTRA
— ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE
— ANNABELLE COMES HOME
— AVENGERS: ENDGAME
— BLACK CHRISTMAS
— BRIGHTBURN
— CHILD’S PLAY
— CRAWL
— THE DEAD DON’T DIE
— DOCTOR SLEEP
— GLASS
— GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS
— HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U
— IT: CHAPTER TWO
— JOKER
— THE LIGHTHOUSE
— MIDSOMMAR
— PARASITE
— READY OR NOT
— SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK
— SHAZAM!
— SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME
— STAR WARS: RISE OF SKYWALKER
— US
— ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP
— Or write in another choice:
2) BEST TV PRESENTATION
— AMERICAN HORROR STORY: 1984, ‘Camp Redwood,’ 9.18.19, FX.  Season nine kicks off with homages to the 80s. ‘This is the site of the greatest summer camp massacre of all time.’
— ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK, ‘Submitted for Approval,’ 10.11.19, Nickelodeon. A new member joins the Midnight Society. ‘Nothing bad is gonna happen on this ride. Just relax.’
— BLACK MIRROR, ‘Smithereens,’ 6.5.19, Netflix. An Uber driver has another destination in mind. ‘Do you mind if I follow an alternate route?’
— THE CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA, ‘An Exorcism in Greendale,’ 10.26.19, Netflix. A demon inhabits Uncle Jesse. ‘Mephistopheles, save us from the dramatics of a teenage witch.’
— CREEPSHOW, ‘The Man in the Suitcase,’ 10/10/19, Shudder. An unexpected visitor has magical powers. ‘An unfortunate condition causes me to produce gold when I am in pain.’
— DOCTOR WHO, ‘Resolution,’ 12.31.19, BBC. The 13th Doctor confronts the Daleks. ‘Don’t take that with alcohol, you’ll grow an extra head.’
— EVIL, ‘October 31,’ 10.24.19, CBS.  Halloween and an exorcism are a deadly combination. ‘Kindness is hypocrisy.’
— INTO THE DARK, ‘All That We Destroy,’ 5.3.19, Hulu. For Mother’s Day, an experiment with clones and family. ‘How many times has he killed me?’
— THE MANDALORIAN, ‘Chapter Two: The Child,’ 11.15.19, DIsney+. Baby Yoda uses the Force to save his protector. ‘May it survive and bring you a handsome reward.’
— MARIANNE. ‘You Left Her’  9.13.19, Netflix. Friends return to an old school for a ritual.  ‘She’s a witch. I wrote these books to fight against her.’
— NOS4A2, ‘The Gas Mask Man,’ 6.2.19, AMC. A sinister Christmas is coming at the school. ‘He’s hunting you.’
 — STAR TREK DISCOVERY, ‘Such Sweet Sorrow’ 4.11.19, CBS Access. The saga of Captain Pike ends where it began. ‘There’s a whole galaxy out there full of people who will reach for you.’
— STRANGER THINGS 3: ‘The Battle of Starcourt,’ 7.4.19, Netflix. The Mind Flayer comes for El. ‘The hurt is good. It means you’re out of that cave..’
— SUPERNATURAL, ;Atomic Monsters,’ 11.7.19. Final season finds Sam and Dean on the road again. ‘You’ve got to stop calling yourself “The Meat Man”. It doesn’t mean what you think it means.’
— THE TWILIGHT ZONE, ‘Replay,’ 4/1/19, CBS Access. A camcorder rewinds time on a racist cop. ‘Only by embracing her past could she protect her son’s future.’
— THE WALKING DEAD, ‘We Are the End of the World,’ 10.13.19, AMC. The origins of Alpha and Beta.  ‘There is clarity in the chaos. Do you doubt me?’
— WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, ‘The Trial, 5.8.19, FX. Vampires stand accused by a tribunal of their peers. ‘We might have floated the idea of murdering him, but we didn’t do it. Did we??’
 — Or write in another choice:
3) BEST CLASSIC DVD/BLU-RAY
— THE BODY SNATCHER (1945; Shout)
— A BUCKET OF BLOOD (1959; Olive)
— DEAD OF NIGHT (1945; Kino)
— THE DEVIL RIDES OUT (1968; Shout)
— DRACULA (1979; Shout)
— THE FIFTH CORD (1971; Arrow)
— 4D MAN (1959; Kino)
— FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN (1967; Shout)
— FRANKENSTEIN 1970 (1958; Warners)
— HERCULES IN THE HAUNTED WORLD (1961; Kino)
— THE HUMAN MONSTER (1939; VCI)
— MAN OF A THOUSAND FACES (1957; Arrow)
— THE MAN WHO LAUGHS (1928; Flicker Alley)
— THE MUMMY’S REVENGE (1973; Scorpion; Naschy)
— MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE (1932; Shout)
— PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES (1966; Shout)
— SILVER BULLET COLLECTOR’S EDITION (1985; Shout)
— THIS ISLAND EARTH (1955; Shout)
— TO THE DEVIL A DAUGHTER (1976; Shout)
— VIY (1967; Severin; Russian horror)
— Or write in another choice:
4) BEST COLLECTION
— ALL THE COLORS OF GIALLO (Severin): Three-disc set includes rare trailers, soundtracks, documentaries and interviews.
— AMERICAN HORROR PROJECT Vol. 2 (Arrow): Dark August, Dream No Evil, The Child,
— BLOODY TERROR: The Shocking Cinema of Norman J. Warren, 1976-1987 (Indicator): Satan’s Slaves, Prey, Terror, Inseminoid, Bloody New Year.
— FANTOMAS THREE-FILM COLLECTION (Kino): Fantomas, Fantomas Unleashed, Fantomas vs. Scotland Yard (all from 1960s)
— THE FLY COLLECTION (Shout): The Fly (1958), Return of the Fly, Curse of the Fly, The Fly (1986), The Fly II.
— GODZILLA: The Showa-Era Films, 1954-1975 (Criterion): All 15 films on eight discs.
— HAMMER VOLUME 4: Faces of Fear  (Indicator): Revenge of Frankenstein, Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll, Taste of Fear, The Damned.
— THE OMEN COLLECTION (Shout): The Omen, Omen II, The Final Conflict, and Omen IV: The Awakening.
— RINGU COLLECTION (Arrow): Ringu, Ringu 2, Ringu O, and Spiral.
— SPACE: 1999, The Complete Series (Shout): 48 episodes on 13 discs, numerous special features.
— UNIVERSAL HORROR COLLECTION, Vol. 1 (Universal): The Black Cat, The Raven, Invisible Ray, Black Friday.
— ULTRA Q: The Complete Series (Mill Creek): All 28 episodes of landmark Japanese TV series by creators of Godzilla.
— Or write in another choice:
 5) BEST RESTORATION OR UPGRADE
— ASSIGNMENT TERROR (1970; Scorpion): Pan-and-scan replaced by 2.35 widescreen.
— THE BLACK CAT (1934; Shout): Improved image reveals new details.
— CIRCUS OF HORRORS (1960; Shout): Far superior to streaming version; first release on disc.
— DEAD OF NIGHT (1945; Kino): Restored from original materials; uncut UK version.
— THE DEVIL RIDES OUT (1968; Shout): Original theatrical effects restored.
— HERCULES IN THE HAUNTED WORLD (1961′; Kino):Original Italian version, English export of Bava’s film, plus restored U.S. version.
— THE MAN WHO LAUGHS (1928; Flicker Alley): 4K transfer; extensive alternate footage.
— MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH (1964; festival screenings), restored with added footage by Academy Film Foundation, Film Foundation and George Lucas Foundation.
— THIS ISLAND EARTH (1955; Shout): Two aspect ratios, 1.85 and 1.37; restored Perspecta stereo sound.
— TRAIL OF THE SCREAMING FOREHEAD (2007; Hydraulic Entertainment) Director Larry Blamire’s original cut.
— TRILOGY OF TERROR II (1976; Kino). TV movie restored from original negatives.
— ULTRA Q (1966; Shout): Restored from original 35mm camera negatives.
— WHIRLPOOL (1950; Twilight Time): Improved image adds to film’s tensions.
— Or write in another choice:
6) BEST DVD EXTRA
— ALPHAVILLE Special Edition (1965; Kino):  English soundtrack included.
— BLOODY TERROR: The Shocking Cinema of Norman J. Warren, 1976-1987 (Indicator): Three new interviews with Warren.
— CUJO (1983; Eureka) Interviews with Dee Wallace and other cast and crew.
— DON’T LOOK NOW (1973; Studiocanal): ‘Pass the Warning: Taking A Look Back at Nic Roeg’s Masterpiece,’ 42-minute feature.
— FRANKENSTEIN 1970 (1958; Warners): Repurposed discussion with Tom Weaver, collector Bob Burns and star Charlotte Austin.
— HILLS HAVE EYES Part 2 (1985; Arrow): ‘Blood, Sand & Fire’ featurette.
— IKARIE XB 1 (1963; Second Run): Kim Newman explains the influence of 1963 Czech science fiction film.
— HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN (1970; Shout): Interviews with Jimmy Sangster, Veronica Carlson. (Shout)
— LEGEND OF THE 7 GOLDEN VAMPIRES (1974; Shout): Alternate U.S. version, The 7 Brothers Meet Dracula.
— THE MAN OF A THOUSAND FACES (1957; Arrow): Kim Newman examines Lom Chaney’s legacy.
— THE MAN WHO LAUGHS (1928; Flicker Alley): ‘Paul Leni and the Man Who Laughs,’ visual essay by John Soister.
— THE MOLE PEOPLE (1956; Shout): ‘Of Mushrooms and Madmen: Making the Mole People,’ directed by Daniel Griffith.
— SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN (1970; Kino): Alternate UK version, never released in America.
— SPOOKIES (1986; Vinegar Syndrome): ‘Twisted Tale — Unmaking Of Spookies’ documentary by Michael Gingold and Glen Baisley.
— THIS ISLAND EARTH: 1958 Castle Films ‘War of the Planets’ (50-foot silent, 300-foot sound)
— VIY (1967; Severin): ‘The Woods to the Cosmos,’ with Russian film expert John Leman Riley, produced by Kier-La Janisse.
— Or write in another choice:
7) BEST COMMENTARY
    (Note: Almost all of the experts below provided numerous commentaries in 2019. Your vote can also represent their body of work).
— Josephine Botting, Jonathan Rigby: TWO FACES OF DR. JEKYLL (1960; Indicator)
— Heather Drain, Kat Ellinger: TOYS ARE NOT FOR CHILDREN (1972; Arrow)
— David Del Valle, David DeCocteau, Jeff Nelson: THE FAN (1981; Shout)
— Kat Ellinger, ALL THE COLORS OF GIALLO (Severin)
— Lee Gambin: CUJO (1983; Eureka)
— Steve Haberman: THE RAVEN (1935; Universal)
— Bruce G. Hallenbeck: DR. JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE (1971; Shout)
— Marcus Hearn, Jonathan Rigby: REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1958; Indicator)
— Alexandra Heller-Nicholas. John Edmond: LET THE CORPSES TAN (Kino)
— Troy Howarth: ASSIGNMENT TERROR (1969; Scorpion)
— Stephen Jones, Kim Newman: REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1958; Indicator)
— Tim Lucas: DEAD OF NIGHT (1945; Kino)
— Gregory William Mank: THE BLACK CAT (1934; Universal)
— Constantine Nasr: DRACULA (1979; Shout)
— Ted Newsom: QUATERMASS II (1957; Shout)
— Amanda Reyes, DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK (1973; Warners)
— Gary D. Rhodes: MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE (1932; Shout)
— Robert Skotak: THIS ISLAND EARTH (1955; Shout)
— Richard Harland Smith, ALICE SWEET ALICE  (1976; Arrow)
— Tom Weaver, Dr. Robert J. Kiss, David Schecter TARANTULA (1955; Shout)
— Or write in another choice:
8) BEST PACKAGE OF DVD EXTRAS
— A BUCKET OF BLOOD (1959; Olive): Interviews with Roger Corman, Dick Miller, Charles Griffith, list of scenes dropped from screenplay.
— DRACULA (1979; Shout): Eight new interviews including John Badham and writer W.D. Richter.
— THE FLY (1986): Five new interviews including executive producer Mel Brooks.
— GODZILLA: THE SHOWA ERA FILMS (Criterion): Interview with Ishiro Honda;  cast and crew interviews, unused special effects footage’
— LUST FOR A VAMPIRE (1971; Shout): Commentaries, two aspect ratios, interviews.
— RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE (1943; Shout). Three new commentaries.
— SCARS OF DRACULA (1970; Shout) Two aspect ratios, vintage Christopher Lee commentary.
— Or write in another choice:
9) BEST INDEPENDENT FILM (limited release, direct to video, festivals, streaming services)
— ALIVE, directed by Rob Grant. Terrors for patients awakening in a sanitarium. See trailer here.
— ANOTHER PLAN FROM OUTER SPACE, directed by Lance Polland  Five stranded astronauts crash land on Earth. See trailer here.
— ANTRUM: The Deadliest Film Ever Made, directed by David Amito and Michael Laicini. Resurrecting a 1970s film said to be cursed. See trailer here.
— ASSASSINAUT, directed by Drew Bolduc. Teen astronauts must save the president.   See trailer here.
— CARMILLA, directed by Emily Harris. A love story inspired by the gothic novel. See trailer here.
— CURSE OF LA LLARONA, directed by Michael Chaves. A legendary ghost stalks 1970s Los Angeles. See trailer here.
— CUTTERHEAD, directed by Rasmus Kloster Bro. Terror at a subway construction site. See trailer here.
— DANIEL ISN’T REAL, directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer. An imaginary friend deepens a family trauma. See trailer here.
— DEPRAVED, directed by Larry Fessenden. A modern-day Frankenstein, with nods to other versions. See trailer here.
— GIRL ON THE THIRD FLOOR, directed by Travis Stevens. Remodeling as house holds surprises for star CM Punk. See trailer here.
— HARPOON, directed by Rob Grant. Tension and horror for friends stranded on a yacht. See trailer here.
— HE DRIVES AT NIGHT, directed by Chuck Chapman. A writer is stalked by a killer who wants him to write his story.  See trailer here.
— HOUSE OF THE GORGON, directed by Joshua Kennedy. Gothic tale includes Caroline Munro, Martine Beswicke, Veronica Carlson and Christopher Neame. See trailer here.
— LOON LAKE, directed by Ansel Faraj. With David Selby, things go wrong when a witch’s grave is disturbed.  See trailer here.
— NIGHTMARE CINEMA, directed by Mick Garris, Joe Dante, David Slade, Ryuhel Kitamura, Alejandro Bruhjes. Anthology of five horror tales. See trailer here.
— THE NIGHTSHIFTER (MORTO NAO FALA), directed by Dennison Ramalho. Morgue worker talks to the cadavers. See trailer here.
— ONE CUT OF THE DEAD, directed by Shin’ichirô Ueda. A fierce send-up of the zombie apocalypse genre. See trailer here.
— RABID, directed by Jan and Sylvia Soska. Repairing a fashion designer’s face comes with unexpected side effects. See trailer here.
— THE SIREN (RUSULKA), directed by Perry Blackshear. A Slavic folk monster shows love for a pursuer.  See trailer here.
— TO YOUR LAST DEATH, directed by Jason Axinn. Animated death traps voiced by William Shatner, Morena Baccarin, others. See trailer here.
— WEREWOLF (WILKOLAK), directed by Adrian Panek. Children freed from the Nazis find new terrors in forest. See trailer here.
–Or write in another choice:
10) BEST SHORT FILM
— AS THE EARTH TURNS, directed by Richard Lyford. (46 mins.) It’s 1938 and a silent film foresees doom for planet Earth. See trailer here.
— BLACK MOON, directed by Ryan Graff (8 mins.). A walk home turns deadly. See trailer here.
— BLOOD RUNS DOWN, directed by Zandashe Brown (18 mins.). A young girl must decide how to save her demonic mother. See trailer here.
— THE EMPTY HOUSE, directed by Jeremy Waltman and Adam Lucas (14 mins).  A vampire in Blairsville? See trailer here.
— FILTH, directed by Adam Ciolfi (15 mins.). Stop-motion tale of outrage and revenge. See trailer here.
— FRANKENSTEIN’S MONSTER’S MONSTER, FRANKENSTEIN, directed by Daniel Gray Longino (32 mins.)  David Harbour stars in dark Netflix comedy. See trailer here.
— GLASS CABIN, directed by Can Turedi (16 mins.). Terror on the tennis court. See trailer here.
— THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN, directed by Kevin McTurk (15 mins.). A lone samurai seeks vengeance. See trailer here.
— INSEYED, directed by Jessica Hudak (2 mins.). Dangers look back from a reflection. See video here.
— MISS UNDERSTOOD MONSTER, directed by Lindsay Serrano (15 mins.). Confronting the monthly demon, with Heather Drew and Heather Buckley.   See trailer here.
— SKYWATCH, directed by Colin Levy (10 mins.). Hacking a drone leads to unexpected danger. With Jude Law. See trailer here.
— THE THING ABOUT BEECHER’S GATE, directed by Jeremy Herbert (26 mins.). A new deputy is forced to spend the night in a barn. See trailer here.
— WHAT DAPHNE SAW, directed by Lizz Marshall (19 mins.) An unsettling vision of sex trafficking in the future. See trailer here.
— Or write in another choice:
11) BEST DOCUMENTARY
— ALL THE COLORS OF GIALLO, directed by Frederico Caddeo. Examining the Italian filmmakers behind the giallo genre. See trailer here.
— BLOOD & FLESH: The Reel Life & Ghastly Death of Al Adamson, directed by David Gregory. The desperate career of an exploitation legend. See trailer here.
— CARL LAEMMLE, directed by James L. Freedman.  Tracing the life and times of the founder of Universal Pictures. See trailer here.
— A GOOD GAME: KARLOFF AND LUGOSI AT UNIVERSAL, directed by Constantine Nasr. Examining their team-up films on the Universal Horror Collection, Vol. 1.
— GROWING UP WITH I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, directed by Terry Zarchi. Children of the original; director revisit the 1978 revenge fantasy. See trailer here.
— HORROR NOIRE: A History of Black Horror, directed by Xavier Burgin. From villains to heroes, the untold story of African-Americans and Hollywood horror. See trailer here.
— IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS, directed by David A. Weiner. Going deep into the wild world of 1980s horror. See trailer here.
— THE MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION OF MICHAEL REEVES, directed by Dima Ballin. Exploring the short but influential career of the folk horror film pioneer. See trailer here.
— MAKING APES: The Artists Who Changed Movies, directed by William Conlin. Behind the scenes with Rick Baker, John Chambers and others. See trailer here.
— MARK OF THE BEAST: The Legacy of the Universal Werewolf, directed by Daniel Griffith. A supplement to Arrow’s American Werewolf in London. See trailer here.
— SCREAM, QUEEN: MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, directed by Roman Chimienti and Tyler Jensen. How reaction to the gay subtext of Elm Street 2 took a toll on a young actor.  See trailer here.
— SMOKE AND MIRRORS: THE STORY OF TOM SAVINI, directed by Jason Baker. The impact of a master monster maker.  See trailer here.
— Or write in another choice:
12) BOOK OF THE YEAR
— AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL PICTURES: A Comprehensive Filmography, by Rob Craig (McFarland; softcover, 451 pages, $75). Complete output of the B-movie factory, including TV shows.
— bare•bones: The Best Of …  by Peter Enfantino and John Scoleri (softcover, 239 pages, $16.95). Collected articles from bare•bones magazine (1997-2001), their follow up to The Scream Factory.’
— BELA LUGOSI AND THE MONOGRAM NINE, by Gary D. Rhodes and Robert Guffey (BearManor Media, softcover, 256 pages, $29.95). A look at the nine cheap but distinctive Poverty Row films Lugosi made between 1941-1944.
— BELA LUGOSI: The Monogramthology, by Brad A. Braddock (Arcane Shadows, softcover, 245 pages, $15). Anthology and background all based on Lugosi’s 1940s films.
— THE BIZARRO ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FILM, Vol. 1, by John Skipp and Heather Drain (Fungasm Press, softcover, 416 pages, $25.73). More than 1,600 cult favorites and obscurities, from the silents to YouTube. Essays, too.
— THE BRUTE MAN (Scripts from the Crypt #10); also available as RONDO HATTON: Beauty Within the Brute (without the script)Both books by Scott Gallinghouse, Tom Weaver, Dr. Robert J. Kiss and George Chastain. (BearManor Media, softcovers, 310 pages, $29.95/206 pages, $25). Two versions of a definitive Hatton biography, along with a look at his final film.
— CARL DENHAM’S GIANT MONSTERS, by Frank J. Dello Stritto (Cult Movies, hardcover, 507 pages, $30). A fantastic voyage encounters movie monsters of the South Seas and beyond.
— DISCOVER THE HORROR: One Man’s 50-Year Quest for Monsters, Maniacs, and the Meaning of it All, by Jon Kitley (Kiltley’s Krypt, softcover, 271 pages, $20). The fulfillment of a lifetime devoted to horror in all its forms.
— DON’T GO UPSTAIRS: A Room-by-Room Tour of the House in Horror Movies, by Cleaver Patterson (McFarland, softcover, 240 pages, $29.95). Creaks, shadows and closed doors examined in 60 horror films.
— THE GOLDEN AGE OF SCIENCE FICTION: A Journey into Space with 1950s Radio, TV, Films, Comics and Books, by John Wade (Pen & Sword History, softcover, 240 pages, $29.95).
— HARRYHAUSEN: The Lost Movies, by John Walsh (Titan Books, hardcover, 192 pages, $39.95). A look at the projects by the special-effects master that never came to pass.
— HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE HER: The Making of Christine, by Lee Gambin (BearManor Media, softcover, 320 pages, $24.95). Under the hood of the Stephen King film.
— INTO THE VELVET DARKNESS: A Celebration of Vincent Price, by Eric McNaughton, Peter Fuller & Darrell Buxton (We Belong Dead, softcover, 352 pages, $69.95). Exploring the many aspects of the legendary horror star.
 ITALIAN GOTHIC HORROR FILMS, 1980-1989, by Roberto Curti (McFarland, softcover, 232 pages, $45). Exploring a new generation of filmmakers.
— JAMES WARREN: Empire of Monsters, by Bill Schelly (Fantagraphics, hardcover, 272 pages, $29.99). Tracing the career of the eccentric publisher behind Famous Monsters, Creepy and other magazine horrors.
— THE LADY FROM THE BLACK LAGOON: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick, by Mallory O’Meara (Hanover, softcover, 336 pages, $16.99). The little-known female makeup artist who helped design the 1954 Creature.
— MASKS IN HORROR CINEMA: Eyes Without Faces, by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, (University of Wales, softcover, 288 pages, $60).  Why the mask, and the mysteries behind, are such enduring engines of horror.
— METAMORPHOSIS: THE ART OF RICK BAKER, by J.W. Rinzler (Cameron, hardcover, two volumes, 736 pages, $250). The life and makeups of Hollywood’s master monster maker.
— MONSTER JUKEBOX: A History of Spooky Music, by Jim Magus (Magus Enterprises, softcover, 412 pages, $40). The roots and rhythms of horror, haunt, psychobilly and more.
— MONSTER, SHE WROTE, The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction, by Lisa Kroger and Melanie ER. Anderson (Quirk, hardcover, 385 pages, $19.99) From Shelley and Radcliffe to Anne Rice.
— MR. MURDER: The Life and Times of Tod Slaughter, by Denis Meikle, Kip Xool, and Doug Young (Hemlock, hardcover, 280 pages, $40).  Biography of Britain’s king of mid-century melodrama.
THE NOSFERATU STORY: The Seminal Film, Its Predecessors and Its Enduring Legacy, by Rolf Giesen (McFarland, softcover, 253 pages, $49.95). The complete history of the 1921 film that skirted copyright laws to bring Dracula to the screen.
— MY FAVORITE HORROR MOVIES Vol. 2 and 3, by Christian Ackerman  (Black Vortex, softcovers, 260 pages, $15.99 each). One hundred essays in two volumes by filmmakers, horror pros and fans.
 THE REAL WOMAN BEHIND HALLOWEEN: Pioneering Filmmaker Debra Hill, by Brian McFadden (Kohner, Madison & Danforth, softcover, 113 pages, $9.99). A look at the producer of genre films who shattered horror’s glass ceiling.
— SON OF DRACULA (SCRIPTS FROM THE CRYPT NO. 9), by Tom Weaver, Gary D. Rhodes, Dr. Robert J. Kiss, (BearManor Media, softcover, 296 pages, $29.95). Was he the offspring, and much more.
— TAKING SHAPE: Developing Halloween from Script to Scream, by Dustin McNeill and Travis Mullins (Harker, softcover, 440 pages, $23.99). Behind the scenes secret from every installment of one of Hollywood’s most reliable fright franchises.
— TWICE THE THRILLS! TWICE THE CHILLS! Horror and Science Fiction Double Features, 1955-1974, by Bryan Senn (McFarland, softcover, 433 pages, $59.95). Examining 147 official double features that filled movie houses for decades.,
— Or write in another choice:
13) BEST MAGAZINE OF 2019
— Cinema Retro (UK)
— Classic Monsters of the Movies (UK)
— The Dark Side (UK)
— Delirium
— Famous Monsters of Filmland
— Fangoria
— Filmfax
— Freaky Monsters
— G-Fan
— HorrorHound
— Little Shoppe of Horrors
— Monster!
— Monster Bash
— Monster Maniacs
— Phantom of the Movies’ Videoscope
— Rue Morgue
— Scary Monsters
— Scream (UK)
— Screem
— Shock
— We Belong Dead (UK)
— Or write in another choice:
 14) BEST ARTICLE (Please select two)
— ‘Battle for the Bride,’ by Jon Towlson, THE DARK SIDE #198.  How James Whale fought the Hollywood censors in 1935.
— ‘Beware the Stare: The Making of Village of the Damned,’ by Anthony McKay, LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #42, Everything you want to know about the 1960 classic.
— ‘Doctor Sleep: The World Will Shine Again,’ by Bev Vincent, SCREEM #38. How the sequel to The Shining compares to Stephen King’s original concepts.
— ‘Dracula’s Daughter: Re-Examining a Horror Classic, Part 1 and 2,’ by Matthew E. Banks, SCARY MONSTERS #113, 115. The tortured trail of the sequel from concept to screen.
— ‘Facts of Drac: Lugosi and Dracula, the Early Years,’ by Frank Dello Stritto, MONSTER BASH #35. Before the film, Lugosi on Broadway.
— ‘Film’s First Lycanthrope: 1913’s The Werewolf,’ by Kelly Robinson, SCARY MONSTERS #114. Horror archaeology uncovers an early transformation.
— ‘Four Color Memories of a Monster Kid,’ by Rod Labbe, Scary Monsters’ MONSTER MEMORIES #27. The role of comic books in shaping a fan.
— ‘Four Forgotten Women Who Built the Horror Genre,’ by Natasha Tidd, Sara Westrop, and  Helen Antrobus, BUST Online Magazine.
— ‘George Zucco: The Man Behind the Dead Eyes,’ by Alex Hopkins, CLASSIC MONSTERS OF THE MOVIES #14. The recurring villain.
— ‘Ghosts of Collinwood,’ by Wallace McBride and Dana Gould, FANGORIA #4. An author and a comedian probe the dark roots of their love of Dark Shadows.
— ‘Godzilla and War,’ by Andrew Nguyen, G-FAN #126. How the Japanese creators of kaiju were shaped by WWII and the Cold War.
— ‘Going Ape,’ by Brian J. Robb, THE DARK SIDE #202. The surprising career of Charles Gemora, Hollywood’s greatest gorilla man.
— ‘Grand Guignol, Early Cinema and Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse,’ by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, DIABOLIQUE online. The isolation of a lighthouse has a long and recurring  film history.
— ‘Haxan,’ by Chris Herzog, SCREEM #38. The influence of this silent exploration of devils and witchcraft.
— ‘A History of Horror Film Fanzines: The Monster Times,’ by Richard Klemensen, LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #43. Behind-the-scenes at the influential monster movie newspaper.
— ‘Lord Byron’s Whipping Boy: Polidori and the 200th Anniversary of The Vampyr,’ by Valerie E. Weich, FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND #291. That other poet at Lake Geneva.
— ‘Memories of a Monster Kid,’ by George ‘Egor’ Chastain, in four parts (English and Spanish) at Dario Lavia’s TERROR UNIVERSAL online site. The autobiography of a monster artist and fan.
— “My Introduction To The Oldest Surviving Werewolf Film,’ by Joe Pavlansky, SCARY MONSTERS #114. Finding a 1922 rarity.
— ‘Rise of the Supermonsters/Monsters from the Closet,’ by Carly Maga/Matthew Hays, RUE MORGUE #189. The long history of gay themes in horror.
— ‘The Search for London After Midnight,’ by Gene Stevens, MONSTERS AFTER MIDNIGHT website. Chasing down dead ends, theories real and debunked.
— ‘The Mystery of A. Louise Downe,’ by Tim Lucas, VIDEO WATCHBLOG. Researching the unsung collaborator on many of H.G. Lewis’ gorefests.
— ‘The Not-So-Secret (but collected) History of GODZILLA 1985,’ by John LeMay, G-FAN #126. The return of Godzilla to America was once planned as a parody.
— ‘Requiem for the Vampire: The Art of Jean Rollin’s Vampire Cinema,’ by Kat Ellinger, SCREAM #52. How the French director’s mix of Gothic and free love transformed the genre.
— ‘Slaughter By Name ‘ by Denis Meikle, THE DARK SIDE #205. The too-often overlooked master of British horror.
— ‘Son of Skeletons in the Closet,’ by Michael Gingold. FANGORIA #4. Busting the myth that early horror roles ruin careers. George Clooney anyone?
— ‘A Super Walk Down the Street of Steel,’ by Nicholas Cara, MONSTER MEMORIES #27. The not-so-mean streets of Metropolis, Illinois.
— ‘A Tale of Two Dummies,’ by Neil Pettigrew, THE DARK SIDE #200. A forensic examination of what happened to the stand-in dummy used in Bride of Frankenstein.
— ‘Terminator: 35 Years of Time-Alternating Chaos,’ by Nathan Hanneman, HORRORHOUND #80. He’ll be back to conquer all media (movies, TV, games, toys, comics.)
— ‘They Won’t Stay Dead,’ by Mike Bogue, Scary Monsters’ MONSTER MEMORIES #27. An unsettling account of racism in the audience during a 1981 showing of Night of the Living Dead in Arkansas.
–‘Three Evil Masters: Romero, Argento, Poe and Two Evil Eyes,’ by Troy Howarth, SCREEM #38. The tortured history of Argento’s anthology film.
— ‘Werewolf of London: To the Laemmles, a Wolf Man,’ by Nige Burton, CLASSIC MONSTERS OF THE MOVIES #15.  Universal’s first lycanthrope.
— ‘When a Man of Genius Is Denied…The Boris Karloff/Bela Lugosi Collection,’ by John-Paul Checkett, SCREEM #37. Exploring four collaborations of the masters of horror.
— ‘When Curt Siodmak Walked with a Zombie,’ by Clive Dawson, SCARY MONSTERS #112.
— ‘Yo! Your Blu-Ray Collection Is Problematic AF,’ by Jacob Knight, FANGORIA #5. How the ‘cancel culture’ is questioning the sexism, violence and phobias of horror classics.
— ‘You’re All Going to Hell: Pentecostal Perversion on Parade,’ by Darryl Mayeski, SCREEM #37. How a monster magazine editor survived and a ‘no monsters’ childhood.
— Or write in another choice:
(Feel free to select two articles from above list)
15) BEST INTERVIEW (award goes to interviewer)
— Belinda Balaski (Gremlins), by Terry & Tiffany DuFoe, VIDEOSCOPE #111.
— Pamula Pierce Barcelou (daughter of  Boggy Creek director), by Laura Beerman, for joebobbriggs.com.
 Norman Cabrera (musician and makeup man), by Dr. Gangrene, SCARY MONSTERS #112.
— Denise Crosby (Star Trek) by Calum Waddell, INFINITY #16.
— Mike Dougherty (Godzilla director), by Jessica Dwyer, HORRORHOUND #77.
— David Frankham (actor), by Lawrence Fultz Jr., FILMFAX #154
— William Friedkin (Exorcist director) by Andrea Subissati. RUE MORGUE #190.
— Bear McCreary (composer), by Trevor Collins and Nathan Hanneman, HORRORHOUND #80.
— Dick Miller (from 2014), by Calum Waddell, THE DARK SIDE #200.
— Ted Nicolaou (director of Sub-Species) by Byron C. Miller, DELIRIUM #20.
 Mark Patton (Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge), by Rocco Thompson, RUE MORGUE #189.
— Jordan Peele (Us), interviewed by director Paul Thomas Anderson, FANGORIA #3.
— John Richardson (One Million Years B.C.), by Mark Mawston, CINEMA RETRO #45-46.
— Tom Savini, by Tony Earnshaw, THE DARK SIDE #201-202.
— Kathryn Leigh Scott (Dark Shadows), by Rod Labbe, SCARY MONSTERS #111.
— Pete Walker (director), by Andrew J. Rausch, SCREEM #37.
— Or write in another choice:
16) BEST COLUMN
— Art-House Video by Nancy Naglin, VIDEOSCOPE
— Dr. Gangrene’s Mad Interviews, SCARY MONSTERS
— Elegies, by Tony Timpone, FANGORIA,
— Exordium, by Michael Gingold, FANGORIA,
— Files from the Black Museum: A Cultural Autopsy of Classic Horror, by Paul Corupe, RUE MORGUE
— Grey Matters, by Richard Schellbach, MONDO CULT ONLINE
— The Homicidal Homemaker, by Kaci, RUE MORGUE
— It Came from Bowen’s Basement, John Bowen, RUE MORGUE
— Kaiju Korner by Mike Bogue, SCARY MONSTERS
— Monsters! Monsters! Everywhere! Behind-the scenes photos with Al Pictori. FILMFAX.
— Overlooked in Hollywood, by Laura Wagner, FILMS OF THE GOLDEN AGE
— Ralph’s One and Only Traveling Reviews, Richard Klemensen, LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS
— Rondo Remembers, by Ron Adams, MONSTER BASH
— Scene Queen, by Barbara Crampton, FANGORIA
— Strange Days by Jason Strangis, SCARY MONSTERS
— They Came from the Crypt, Jon Kitley, HORRORHOUND
— Or write in another choice:
17) BEST MAGAZINE COVER

Classic Monsters #15
by Daniel Horne

The Dark Side #201
by Rick Melton

Famous Monsters #291
by Sanjulian

Fangoria Vol. 2 #2
Photo by Joshua Hoffine

Filmfax #154
poster art by Giuseppe Soligo

G-Fan #125
by Elden Ardiente

HorrorHound #78
by Jason Edmiston

Little Shoppe of Horrors #42
by Steve Karchin

Monster! #34
by Ian Coleman

Monster Bash #37
by Daniel Horne

Rue Morgue #190
by Rob Birchfield

Screem #37
by Mark Maddox
Videoscope 112
Design by Kevin Hein
We Belong Dead #21
by Brux

Scary Monsters #115 by Scott Jackson
18) BEST WEBSITE
— Anatomy of a Scream  Inclusive horror views and Grim magazine.
— Birth.Movies.Death Where movies are everything.
— Bloody Disgusting  Tracking the latest across all of horror’s platforms.
— The Bloody Pit of Rod  Musings on horror and monsters.
— Collinsport Historical Society  Keeping Barnabas Collins and friends eternal.
— Daily Dead  Breaking news and an all-service horror site.
— Diabolique The magazine alive in a digital world.
— Dread Central  Horror’s front page.
 Dr. Gangrene’s Mad Blog  Nashville’s multilmedia horror host.
 File 770  Long established science fiction fandom and scholarship site.
 Final Girl  Stacey Ponder’s cinema survival guide.
— Graveyard Shift Sisters Women of color embrace horror.
— Haunted Cinema  Articles and interviews of horror.
— Horror and Sons From classics to modern horrors, reviews and more.
— The Horrors of It All  Horror comics of the 50s lurk here.
 It Came From … Musings by David Weiner, nostalgia curator.
— Latarnia Fantastique International Home of Euro and world horror.
— Kindertrauma  The things that scared you as a kid, reborn.
— Mondo Cult Horror is just part of the edgy culture here.
— Monster Kid Clubhouse  A gathering place for classic horrors.
— Monsters After Midnight  Interviews and profiles.
— Ravenous Monster   Devouring all things monstrous.
— Scared Silly  Paul Castiglia’s tribute to classic horror comedies.
— SciFi Japan  Many experts at Earth’s kaiju headquarters.
— Sin Street Sleaze  John Harrison walks the backstreets of horror.
— Terror from Beyond the Dave  A singular version of horror madness.
— Terror Universal  Daria Lavia’s monster site in Argentina (Spanish and English)
— Universal Horror & Classic Creatures A Facebook page with rare photos and more.
— Universal Monster Army  Ultimate destination for models, toys, collectibles.
— Video WatchBlog  Tim Lucas on the magic of cinema, music and life.
— Women in Horror Month  Resources and links reach far beyond February.
— World of Monsters  Formerly Monster Magazine World
— Or write in another choice:
19) BEST MULTIMEDIA SITE (Podcasts, videos…)
— BETWEEN LIGHT AND SHADOW  Twilight Zone episodes dissected.
— BILL WATCHES MOVIES With your guide, William Mize.
— BLOODBATH AND BEYOND  Reviews, interviews, unboxings.
 B-MOVIECAST  Influential podcast remains a genre force.
— CINEDUMP  Interviews, podcasts, reviews.
— COUNT GORE DE VOL’S CREATURE FEATURES Weekly webcast from a founder of digital horror hosting.
— CULT RADIO A GO-GO!   Pioneers of the horror-talk genre.
— DARK CORNERS  Videos, mini-documentaries from a dark corner of YouTube.
— DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS  Kat Ellinger, Heather Drain, Samm Deighan offer Diabolique critiques.
— DINOSAUR DRACULA  A unique take on monsters and mayhem.
— EERIE LATE NIGHT RADIO  Bone Jangler and Halloween Jack hold forth; home of THE MONSTER CHANNEL
 FRANKENSTEIN MINUTE  Podcast now dissecting BRIDE (1935) minute by minute.
 GILBERT GOTTFRIED’S AMAZING COLOSSAL PODCAST Lots of talk about monsters and creepy Hollywood.
 HELLBENT FOR HORROR  Smart podcasts with authors and talent.
 THE HALLOWEEN HALF-HOUR Behind-the-scenes interviews with moviemakers and more.
— HORROR HAPPENS RADIO SHOW  Jay K, the Ghost and horrors.
 HORROR MOVIE PODCAST  Serious talk about horror and film.
— THE HYSTERIA CONTINUES Podcast slashes away at slasher movies.
— KARLOFF: The Man Behind the Monster Audio adaptation of Randy Bowser play.
— THE LITERARY LICENSE PODCAST  From book to screen: Comparing the film to the original book.
 MADE-FOR-TV MAYHEM Amanda Reyes focuses on television horrors.
— MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN  Audio adaptation of the original novel.
— THE MIDNIGHT MOVIE  For 20 years, Cleveland’s home of midnight chillers.
— MONSTER KID RADIO  Derek Koch hosts interviews about classic monsters.
— THE MOVIE CRYPT Adam Green, Joe Lynch offer ‘artist to artist’ interviews.
— MOVIE MELTDOWN  Geeks talk cinema new and old.
— NASCHYCAST  Rod Barnett & Troy Guinn talk all things Naschy.
— NIGHTMARE ON FILM STREET  Podcasts and articles for films old and new.
— NIGHTMARE UNIVERSITY Talking about the history of horror.
— NIGHT OF THE LIVING PODCAST  A legacy of horrors from Cincinnati.
— ONLINE MOVIE SHOW  Phil Hall explores classic films and more.
— OSI74  Homebase for horror hosts from yesterday and tomorrow.
— PLANET 8 PODCAST Lots of sci-fi and fun discussions.
— PODS & MONSTERS  Comfortable talk about monsters we love.
— POST MORTEM WITH MICK GARRIS   Interviews with filmmakers and more.
— THE PROJECTION BOOTH  Horror and film from high above the balcony.
— RAY HARRYHAUSEN PODCAST  Stop-motion talks from the Ray Harryhausen Foundation.
— RAYMOND CASTILE’S BASEMENT OF HORROR  Toys, masks and more with a master archivist.
— REDFIELD ARTS AUDIO  Poe, Lovecraft, Sinbad and more.
— SHOCK WAVES  Blumhouse/Fangoria podcast of Galluzzo, Kane, Turek and McKendry.
— TRAILERS FROM HELL  Joe Dante and gang comment on vintage trailers.
— TWILIGHT ZONE PODCAST  There’s the podcast up ahead.
— THE VORTEXX Home of horror hosts and more.
— Or write in another choice:
20) FAVORITE HORROR HOST OF 2019
— Ivona Cadaver (Macabre Theatre)
— Big Chuck and Lil Jon (Cleveland)
— The Bone Jangler (and Enchantress Nocturna)
— Karlos Borloff (Monster Madhouse)
— Joe Bob Briggs (The Last Drive-In)
— Count Gore De Vol (Creature Feature: The Weekly Web Program)
— Deadwest, animated host at Screaming Soup.
— Drac (Basil Grimsby) and Countess Carita (Transylvania Tonight)
— Dr. Paul Bearer (Tombstone Tales)
— Dr. Gangrene (Nashville)
— Elvira, Mistress of the Dark
— Fritz the Nite-Owl (Nite Owl Theater)
— Bobby Gammonster (Monster Movie Night)
— Gruesome Graves (Haunted Hotel)
— Halloween Jack’s Haunted Theatre
— Keymaster Slasher Poe (Dead Vault Horror Show)
— Nigel Honeybone (The Schlocky Horror Picture Show, Australia)
— Lamia, Queen of the Dark (Horror Hotel)
— Lord Blood-Rah (Nerve Wrackin’ Theatre)
— Marlena Midnite (Midnight Mausoleum)
— The Midnight Movie (Ohio)
— Mr. Lobo (Cinema Insomnia)
— The Mummy and the Monkey (Hairy Scary Hangout)
— Off Beat Cinema (Zelda, Bird, and Theo)
— Penny Dreadful (Shilling Shockers)
— Son of Ghoul (Ohio)
— Svengoolie (Berwyn)
— Vincent Van Dahl (Creature Features, Bay Area)
— Or write in another favorite host
21) BEST CONVENTION
— BLOB FEST (Phoenixville, Pa.)
— CHILLER (Parsippany, NJ)
— CINEMA WASTELAND (Strongsville, Oh.)
— CRYPTICON (Seattle)
— DAYS OF THE DEAD (Indianapolis)
— DRAGONCON (Atlanta)
— FLASHBACK WEEKEND (Rosemont, Il.)
— G-FEST (Rosemont, Il.)
— GHOULARDIFEST (Cleveland)
— HORROR HOTEL (Cleveland)
— HORRORHOUND WEEKEND (Cincinnati)
— HORROR REALM  (Pittsburgh)
— MAD MONSTER PARTY (Arizona, South Carolina)
— MONSTER BASH (Mars, Pa.)
— MONSTERFEST (Chesapeake, Va.)
— MONSTER-MANIA (Cherry Hill, NJ)
— MONSTERPALOOZA (Burbank)
— MONSTERAMA (Atlanta)
— ROCK AND SHOCK (Worcester, Ma.)
— SCAREFEST (Lexington, Ky.)
— SCARES THAT CARE (Williamsburg, Va.)
— SPOOKY EMPIRE (Orlando)
— TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND (Dallas)
— WONDERFEST (Louisville)
— Or write in another choice:
22) TOP EVENT OF 2019
— Aurora model boxes re-created by Jerrod Brown; 25 large paintings put on display in Jacksonville.
— Blob Panic Re-enactment recreates running out of original theater in Phoenixville, Pa.
— Gill-A-Bration in Silver Springs, Fla., celebrates 65th anniversary of Creature from the Black Lagoon with guests Ricou Browning, David J. Skal.
— Gregory Mank lectures on career of Laird Cregar at Monster Bash.
— Legend of Boggy Creek restoration premieres in Texarkana, prior to Blu-Ray release in 2020.
— Natural History of Horror: The Science of Scary exhibit at Natural History Museum, L.A.
— Radio Theatre’s Edgar Allen Poe Festival, radio plays live onstage in NYC.
— Scripts Gone Wild: Monthly table readings in Los Angeles for charity (Zombie Nightmare, Beetlejuice)
— Svengoolie honored by City of Chicago on 40th anniversary.
— Women in Horror Month. Every February films by women, panels and other spotlights on a growing force in horror.
— Or write in another choice:
23) ACHIEVEMENTS IN HORROR STUDIES
— Cine-Excess, an International film festival and symposium on cult films and cinema. Find out more.
— Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation, keeping the stop-motion master’s legacy alive with exhibits and multi-media. Find out more.
— Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, an international education community dedicated to horror’s history and culture. Find out more.
— Outer Symposium of the Greater Weird, studies in weird fiction, films and education. Find out more.
— Sleepy Hollow International Film Festival, live performances, talks and films in Tarrytown, N.Y. Find out more.
— StokerCon, home of the Bram Stoker Awards, and the Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference. Find out more.
— Teenage Werewolves Horror Fiends Film Club, horror education and film marathons. Find out more.
— 3-D Film Archive, dedicated to restoration of 3-D films of the past. Find out more.
— Or write in another choice:
24) BEST COMIC BOOK
— THE CREEPS: Recreating the Warren magazine experience. (Warrant)
— CULT CLASSIC: Creature Feature, by Eliot Rahal, John Bivens. Monsters abound. (Vault)
— EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF TERROR. Parody stories from the master. (Ahoy Comics)
— GIDEON FALLS, by Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino, Dave Stewart. A fallen priest, Lovecraftian horror. (Image)
— ICE CREAM MAN. Anthology by W. Maxwell Prince, Martin Morazzo, Chris O’Halloran. (Image)
— ROAD OF BONES, by Rich Douek, Alex Comack. Prisoners escape a Russian gulag. And then …  (IDW)
— SNOW, GLASS, APPLES. Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran. (Dark Horse).
— TREES, by Warren Ellis, Jason Howard. Mysterious towers appear on earth and stand quietly. (Image)
— THE WRATH OF FANTOMAS by Olivier Bocquet and Julie Rocheleau. The classic master criminal. (Titan)
— Or write in another choice:
WRITE-IN CATEGORIES
25. BEST WRITER OF 2019 (includes reviewers)
26. BEST ARTIST OF 2019 (all formats, including paint, sculpt, photo or design)

27. BEST FAN ARTIST OF 2019 (The Linda Miller Award)

28. Film Most in Need Of Restoration:
29. MONSTER KID OF THE YEAR (Advisory category: Help us decide who did the most to advance the cause of classic horror scholarship, film preservation or genre fun).
30. AND FINALLY, THE MONSTER KID HALL OF FAME
   — Advisory category: Which fans, pros, writers, researchers, horror hosts or others should be inducted into the Rondo Awards Monster Kid Hall of Fame? Suggest up to six names of folks who have helped fandom grow.
Previous inductees are listed alphabetically below.
ALREADY INDUCTED ARE: Forrest J Ackerman, Julie Adams, Ron Adams, Rick Baker, James Bama, Calvin Beck, Martine Beswicke, Stephen Bissette, Paul and Jackie Blaisdell, Ron Borst, Ray Bradbury, Joe Bob Briggs, Ricou Browning, Bob and Kathy Burns, Bill Cardille, Veronica Carlson, Ben Chapman, Frederick S. Clarke, Jim and Marian Clatterbaugh, Roger Corman, Joe Dante, Jack Davis, David Del Valle, Gary Dorst, Dennis Druktenis, William K. Everson, June Foray, Mark Frank, Frank Frazetta, Bob Furmanek, Ghoulardi, Don Glut, Basil Gogos, Archie Goodwin, Alex and Richard Gordon, Count Gore De Vol, Ray Harryhausen, Mike Hill, Del and Sue Howison, Cortlandt Hull, Larry Ivie, Sara Karloff, Ken Kelly, Dick Klemensen, Verne Langdon, JD Lees, Bob Lemon, Jessie Lilley, Lux Interior, Tim and Donna Lucas, Gregory Mank, Jose Mojica Marins (Coffin Joe), Ray Meyers, Mark Miller, Morgus, Caroline Munro, Ted Newsom, Haruo Nakajima, Paul Naschy, Greg Nicotero, Cassandra Peterson (Elvira), Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett, Don Post Studio, Mark Redfield, Gary Don Rhodes, German Robles, George A. Romero, Ed ‘Big Daddy’ Roth, Vince Rotolo, Wes Shank, David J. Skal, Richard Harland Smith, John Stanley, Michael Stein, Bhob Stewart, William Stout, George Stover, Gary and Sue Svehla, Robert Taylor, Sammy Terry, Vampira, Steve Vertlieb, Dennis Vincent, Mike Vraney, Bill Warren, James Warren, Tom Weaver, Michael Weldon,  Bob Wilkins, Lucy Chase Williams, Bernie Wrightson, and, of course, Zacherley
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Whew! That’s it. Remember, you don’t have to vote in every category and write-ins and comments are accepted.
REMEMBER TO INCLUDE YOUR NAME; E-MAIL YOUR 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. We know the ballot is awkward, but a simple cut-and-paste into an email works fine.
Then e-mail your picks to taraco@aol.com by March 29, 2020.
And if you’ve gotten this far, you are a true Monster Kid! Thanks.
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Friday Fright: The Giant Claw (1957)

Classic Horrors

Written by Samuel Newman & Paul Gangelin
Directed by Fred F. Sears
Starring Jeff Morrow, Mara Corday, Morris Ankrum, Louis Merrill
Released June, 1957
RT 75 min.
Home Video Icons of Horror Collection: Sam Katzman (DVD)
Classic Horrors rating = 7 (out of 10)

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Its reputation preceding it, I’ve never been in too big a hurry to see The Giant Claw (1957). However, after doing so recently, it turns out to be one of those movies that I regret not watching sooner. Let’s get this out of the way: yes, the giant bird marionette looks silly. But I never once laughed at it; instead, I smiled with it, as well as with the entire movie. I really enjoyed it.

Who’s to say what this “flying battleship” should look like, anyway? Has anyone ever seen one? The civil aeronautical engineer, Mitch MacAfee (Jeff Morrow) and mathematician, Sally Caldwell (Mara Corday)…

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Movie of the Week: The Beach Girls & the Monster (1965)

Classic Horrors

Written by Joan Gardner
Directed by Jon Hall
Starring Jon Hall, Sue Casey, Walker Edmiston, Elain DuPont, Arnold Lessing
Released September, 1965
RT 70 min.
Home Video Prime Video (streaming)
Classic Horrors rating = 4 (out of 10)

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Ever since I saw Jon Hall in The Invisible Agent (1942), I’ve wanted to watch The Beach Girls & the Monster (1965), in which he not only stars as Dr. Otto Lindsay, but directs, as well. He was handsome and charismatic in the former, but I hardly recognized him 23 years later in the latter. Perhaps older and heavier, he decided to trade his appearance in front of the camera for his talent behind the camera. If so, I’m afraid it was a misguided effort.

The Beach Girls & the Monster (aka Monster from the Surf) is a lackluster production directed with little to no style or suspense. The acting, if…

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Classic Monster Movie Marathon on the Horror Channel: The legendry horrors of cinema still memorising modern film fanatics

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On Sunday 24th November 2019 the Horror Channel ran a Classic Monster Movie Marathon featuring some of the most iconic characters in cinema history. The line-up thrilled horror buffs and those new to the genre alike and the response of viewers on social media was that of pure delight.

Here is the list of the five movies featured; each has its own special allure and as a fan of the genre, I have my own reason for loving them. So give them a watch… if you dare! Mwah ha ha ha ha ha!

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Bela Lugosi’s portrayal of the count is one that stretches it icy cool fingers through the strands of cinema history and the influence of the film can still be seen in popular culture being made today. It is the most celebrated film version of Bram Stoker’s popular literary classic. The mix of Lugosi’s seductive…

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Creepy Classics Remembers Lon Chaney Jr.

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Creepy Classics & Monster Bash News!

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Remembering “The Lonster”

It was 1969 or 1970 and there I was looking in the bathroom mirror….about ten years old. I was squinting my eyes. Squinting and looking angry as I could. What the heck was I doing? Luckily my parents didn’t walk past. I didn’t need to confirm their suspicions that I really was crazy.

It was a commercial break on New York TV’s channel 5 WNEW. They were running INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN (1956) that Saturday night. I was emulating that revenge-filled look of Lon Chaney, Jr. in that film. I was, and am, a fan. Of, course I loved Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Vincent Price, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee…but, I had a special affinity for Chaney, Jr., who I dubbed “The Lonster” a few years later.

I think it started with his Larry Talbot character from the Universal Wolf Man films. That torment he went through in THE WOLF MAN (1941). I had empathy. Here was this nice guy who tried to save a girl he barely knew from a wolf (werewolf) and for his efforts, he’s cursed. No good deed goes unpunished…I learned that adage thanks to Lon’s Larry Talbot character. He spent film after film trying to free himself from this curse. He became a werewolf himself and was, perhaps, the most vicious and frightening of all the Universal monsters. A wild animal that just wanted to rip your throat out. Cover that jugular.

I felt happy for him when he was finally cured in HOUSE OF DRACULA (1945). But, what happened….? It didn’t stick. There he was, The Wolf Man in ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (1948). Again, trying his best to do good and free the earth of Dracula and The Frankenstein Monster. That was the cauterizing of Lon Jr. being my favorite horror actor.

Lon Chaney, Jr. always dominated every scene in every movie he was in for me. As soon as he walked into a scene, it was all about this guy. A screen presence to be reckoned with. Whether he was a good guy, a cowboy, Dynamo Dan (MAN MADE MONSTER), an evil Dracula (SON OF DRACULA), a one-handed Cajun (THE ALLIGATOR PEOPLE), a gangster, or dear old Lenny Small (OF MICE AND MEN)….you can’t help but being focused in on this guy!

Speaking of his Lenny in OF MICE AND MEN (1939), I didn’t get to see that until it hit home video in the 1980s. I had always heard about it…and wow. It really is a blockbuster of acting. Chaney is powerful, and heart-breaking.

Lon Jr. has never been in the shadow of his talented father for me.

Flashback to eleven year old me and I’m encouraging all the neighborhood kids to play Universal monsters in a grassy yard. Big Dennis was The Frankenstein Monster, Scott was Count Dracula. Billy was the Creature From the Black Lagoon. Chris, the shambling mummy. Me? I was thrashing about on the ground, wearing a dark collared shirt…as The Wolf Man. What else?

-Ron Adams, February 2020.

On with the show, now let’s check out the new cool stuff and classic monster news…

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TODAY’S MONSTER BASH PHAN FOTO

Above: A great gag photo of Lon Chaney Jr. as The Wolf Man fooling around with director Charles Barton on the set of ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (1948).

Get ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN on Blu-Ray or DVD here at Creepy Classics!

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New! RETRO FAN #8 Magazine

Highly recommended! The new magazine RETRO FAN…all the stuff that we grew up with…monsters, super heroes, TV shows, movies, toys, games and interviews with the stars! Here’s the latest issue (in stock NOW!):

RETRO FAN #8 – Magazine
If you like FILMFAX magazine, this is kind of the TV and pop culture version on all gloss paper. Inside this issue: MARS ATTACKS cards from the 1960s, June Lockhart Interview, THE FLINTSTONES Turn 60, Anne Francis and Honey West, The Cowsills, MAD Magazine’s History, Real Flying Saucers and more!

Hop on your banana seat bicycle and pedal as fast as you can to the Creepy Magazine Newsstand and grab the latest issue in the Retro Fan Department at Creepy Classics.

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New! More Used DVDs at Creepy Classics

Get the DVDs in like new condition in our Used DVD Department here at Creepy Classics. It’s TWO ON A GUILLOTINE (1965) and ULTRA Q (Japanese Monster Show!).

You’ll also find titles like WAR-GODS OF THE DEEP (1964/Vincent Price), CASTLE OF BLOOD (Barbara Steele), THE CAT AND THE CANARY (1927), NOSFERATU (1922), NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968), TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA (Christopher Lee), THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD(1951), THE THIEF OF BAGDAD (1940) and many more.

Put it in high gear and tear down to the catacombs at Creepy Classics and our Used DVD Department now.

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Arch Hall, Racing To MONSTER BASH in June

This June gathering with old friends and meet new ones…all classic monster movie fans at MONSTER BASH (June 19-21, 2020)! It’s at the Double Tree Hotel in Mars, PA (North Pittsburgh). www.monsterbash.us

Arch Hall, Jr.’s on his motorcycle heading to Bash, Ricou Brownings is swimming our way and the two surviving members of The Munsters will be in the house: Pat Priest and Butch Patrick. Plus, leaving Monroeville Mall…it’s zombies John and Denise Kiss from DAWN OF THE DEAD. You’ll also see that little girl from THE BODY SNATCHER, Sharyn Moffett. John Russo’s co writer and zombie from the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and more guests!

Get you membership admission now, click here: https://www.monsterbashnews.com/admission.html

If you’re a vendor, there are only a few vendor spaces left.

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Our New Best Seller! Massive Three Disc DVD Set of Interviews and documentary on 1950s Sci-Fi

It’s in stock now…

HORROR IN THE ATOMIC AGE (Interviews) – 3 DVD Set
Seven years in the making, HORROR IN THE ATOMIC AGE is the definitive oral history of science fiction and horror films of the Atomic Age, from 1950 through the early 60s as told by the actors, directors and others that made the films. Nearly 50 interviews with iconic actors like Julie Adams (Creature From The Black Lagoon), Joyce Meadows (The Brain From Planet Arous), Coleen Gray (The Leech Woman), Jimmy Hunt (Invaders From Mars), William Phipps (Cat Women On The Moon), and many more. A must for any fan of 1950s horror and sci-fi movies. It’s all here from the Red Scare to Mutant Monsters to Science Gone Mad.

Interviews include” Coleen Grey, Julie Adams, In Melchoir, James Karen, Robert Dix, Richard Anderson, William Schallert, Ann Robinson, Brett Halsey, David Hedison, Joyce Meadows, Jimmy Hunt, Kathleen Hughes, Phyllis Coates, Lisa Davis, Scott Morrow, William Phipps, Richard Erdman, Hugh O’Brien, Billy Gray, Pat Boone, Kenny Miller, Terry Moore, Laurie Mitchell, Caroline Munro, David Frankham, Peggy Webber, James Best, Paul Mantee, Paul Lukather, Victoria Price, Terry Castle, Diana Gemora, Laura Sobell, Bob Burns, Ariane Ulmer, Vincent Price, Roger Corman, Samual Z. Arkoff, Russell Johnson, John Agar, John Carradine, Pamela Lincoln, Boris Karloff, Jack Arnold, Bert I. Gordon, Ricou Browning…and Monster Bash’s Ron Adams.

Get it now in our New DVD Department…a must for your collection from Creepy Classics!

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Who Let the Mummy’s Out?!

Now sarcophagus stocked at Creepy Classics…great poster reproductions from classic mummy films! See THE MUMMY (1932), THE MUMMY’S HAND (1940), THE MUMMY’S TOMB (1942), THE MUMMY’S GHOST (1944) and THE MUMMY’S CURSE (1944) in our Poster Reproductions Department now.

You can also click on these poster images to order.

These all are in beautiful color on card stock, heavy paper and in crystal clear acrylic slip sleeves. We just filled the tomb with mummy posters…collect them all. The vertical ones are 11X17 inches and the horizontal lobby cards are 11X14 inches. Perfect to fill a wall in your own movie room.

Get wrapped up in our Posters Department now at Creepy Classics…just don’t read any ancient scrolls if you know what’s good for you!

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New! Classic Books For Your Shelves

Now in our Creepy Bookstore at Creepy Classics

BELA LUGOSI (Midnight Marquee Actors Series) – Softcover Book
From Midnight Marquee…a detailed look at some of Lugosi’s most loved films explored by many noted authors. Illustrated with lots of great photo reproductions. 312 pages.

CREEPSHOW (Graphic Novel, 2017 edition) – Color Graphic Novel
A companion graphic novel to the Stephen King movie CREEPSHOW. It features the art of Berni Wrightson in the classic old EC horror comic style of the 1950s. Gruesome, ghoulish fun. This has become a collector’s item among fans of EC horror comics.

CREATURE FEATURES STRIKES AGAIN (John Stanley) – Guide Book
This is the fourth edition of JOHN STANLEY’S CREATURE FEATURES STRIKES AGAIN MOVIE GUIDE and for everyone how is addicted to horror movies of the past and present this book is a gem. After a lively introduction about he genesis of horror pictures and some sage wisdom about our need for these films, Stanley takes us on an alphabetically arranged tour of the greats in films and the actors and actresses who populated them. The large volume is peppered with photographs of memorable members of his genre – Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Jr, Vincent Price et at as well as cartoons and drawings and ads from these picture shows.

DO YOU WANT IT GOOD OR TUESDAY? (1997 Edition) – Book
1997 first edition. Jimmy Sangster proves the pen is mightier than the stake as he reflects upon his film career from his early apprenticeship in the British film industry to Hammer Films mainstay and then to a stint in Hollywood and television. Autobiography. Behind-the-scenes photos!

Pull these off our shelves in the Creepy Bookstore here at Creepy Classics today!

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Get Your Plans in Order for THIS Year’s MONSTER BASH Shows!

First off, it’s the June MONSTER BASH CONFERENCE (June 19-21, 2020) at the Double Tree Hotel, Mars, PA. Hotel phone: (724) 776-6900. Ask for the Monster Bash block, or they’ll say it’s sold out. A few rooms are left at the time of this writing. Web site: https://www.monsterbashnews.com/bash-June.html

New June 2020 video produced by Kevin Slick: https://www.monsterbashnews.com/bash-June.html

You can get your hotel room for June on-line too, CLICK HERE.

Then it’s the MONSTER BASH BELA LUGOSI FILM FESTIVAL (August 14-15, 2020) at The Palace Theatre, Canton, Ohio. Where most Bashers stay, The Canton Fairfield. Hotel phone: (330) 484-0300 for reservations. Web site for all the details: https://www.monsterbashnews.com/bash-August.html

And to wrap up 2020, it’s MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST (October 16-18, 2020) at the Marriott Pittsburgh North (Mars, PA, Cranberry Township). Web site for October’s show: https://www.monsterbashnews.com/bash-October.html

Hotel reservation block open now at the discounted rate of $109 a night. Hotel phone: (724) 772-3700. Make sure to say you want the “Monster Bash” rate. Order your on-site hotel room for the October Bash now, on-line, CLICK HERE.

Get all your reservations lined up, so you are ready to BASH in 2020!

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Our Best Wishes Go Out To Roberto “Bobb” Cotter

Author of numerous books, including THE MEXICAN MASKED WRESTLER & MONSTER FILMOGRAPHY, Roberto “Bobb” Cotter has suffered a stroke. He’s recovering in Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh now. While he’s doing better, he probably will not be able to make MONSTER BASH in June.

If you’ve been to BASH, you probably know Bobb as he was usually either in his “Kolchak” get-up or a Mexican wrestling mask.

Well wishes can be e-mailed to Bobb at this address: santoscene@hotmail.com

-Ron

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New from Arcane Shadows Press…BELA LUGOSI: THE MONOGRAMTHOLOGY

In stock now, a monumental project from writer/editor/publisher Brad Braddock…a continued history of Bela Lugosi’s Monogram films in fiction…check out the writer in this new soft cover book! What a line-up:

BELA LUGOSI: THE MONOGRAMTHOLOGY – Soft Cover Book
A collection of fiction, each short story based on Bela Lugosi films from Monogram Studios. Stories by Brad Braddock, Greg Mank, Frank Dello Stritto, Todd Shiba, Kurt McCoy, Dwight Kemper, Brian Carney, Robert and Stefanie Kokai. Forward by horror host Drac. 245 pages with photos.

It’s on stock at you home for all things classic horror and science fiction….Creepy Classics. You’ll find this new book on our Book Department in the “B” section for “Bela!”

You can meet Brad at this June, August or October MONSTER BASH shows!

….and now, photos of fun from past MONSTER BASH shows! Stay up-to-date with MONSTER BASH Shows:

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Monster Bash….good times, good monsters and great times!

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