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  1. If you have a favorite movie that features african-americans as directors, actors, writers or producers that are not on this list, what would it be?
  2. Tuesday, September 4: 8:00 PM Within Our Gates (1920) 9:30 PM Imitation of Life (1934) 11:30 PM Pinky (1949) 1:30 AM Daughters of the Dust (1991) Thursday, September 6: 8:00 PM A Raisin in the Sun (1961) 10:30 PM To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) 1:00 AM A Soldier's Story (1984) 3:00 AM Intruder in the Dust (1949) Tuesday, September 11: 8:00 PM Cooley High (1975) 10:00 PM Sounder (1972) 12:00 AM Bright Road (1953) 1:30 AM The Learning Tree (1969) Thursday, September 13: 8:00 PM Anna Lucasta (1958) 10:00 PM A Warm December (1972) 12:00 AM A Patch of Blue (1965) 2:00 AM One Potato, Two Potato (1964) Tuesday, September 18: 8:00 PM Carmen Jones (1954) 10:00 PM Cabin in the Sky (1943) 12:00 AM New Orleans (1947) 2:00 AM Hallelujah (1929) Thursday, September 20: 8:00 PM Claudine (1974) 10:00 PM Sparkle (1976) 12:00 AM Losing Ground (1982) 1:45 AM Cleopatra Jones (1973) Tuesday, September 25: 8:00 PM Hollywood Shuffle (1987) 9:30 PM Stir Crazy (1980) 11:30 PM Watermelon Man (1970) 1:30 AM Greased Lightning (1977) Thursday, September 27: 8:00 PM Black Girl (1966) 9:15 PM Cry, the Beloved Country (1952) 11:15 PM Black Orpheus (1959) 1:15 AM Walkabout (1971)

    Guest Programmers and their Films

    A movie that I highly recommend about the making of a movie in a movie is called "American Movie" (1999). A documentary about a young filmmaker making his own independent movie that the main filmmaker had never completed since 1991. The filmmaker is Mark Borchardt who was originally inspired to direct another film for his community in the midwest, but in a sudden turn of events, decides to complete his low-budget horror film "Coven" (2000). But along the way he encounters financial problems, weather issues, and other production issues that start to go haywire. It is a funny film, and an interesting look into independent filmmaking when things don't always go according to plan from the filmmakers vision and mindset.

    Guest Programmers and their Films

    One of the films that I was attracted to when I was in film class at Hillsborough Community College was the film "Miami Connection" (1987). It is a genre bending film directed by Y.K. Kim. It combines martial arts and boy band films of the 1980s decade set in the city of Orlando, Florida as well as the city of Miami. It is an unusual film, but it is a lot of fun, if you get a chance to enjoy the corniness of it all. The film was originally not a commercial or critical success in the Orlando area. The film put Y.K. Kim in debt as he struggled to grapple with the film's failure. Overtime the film was shown at underground theaters across the United States and it was in 2012 that Drafthouse Films restored and re-released the film and it gained critical and commercial reception all throughout the country. This film has been shown in dozens of theaters across the country for its newfound audience of corny 1980s action, martial arts, rock music and over-the-top acting that you have to see to believe. This is a film that is a must-see and one that I would highly recommend.

    Guest Programmers and their Films

    The other film that I watched several days ago from the library was "The Lady From Shanghai" (1948). This film is pretty interesting in that it is one of the few films that was created by Orson Welles with special thanks to William Castle, that the film became an unusual film when it was first released in 1948. I watched this film with audio commentary by Peter Bogdanovich as he provided anecdotes about how he came across this film, his interview with Orson Welles, the debunking of rumors that surrounded Welles' film when it was first shown in theaters, and the cult status that elevated the movie to become a film classic. It is an unusual film from Orson Welles, with his haunting cinematography, score, acting and sequences that were originally planned when Welles wrote meticulous notes about the specifics of how it should be played out throughout the making of the film.

    Guest Programmers and their Films

    I watched the film "I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang" (1932) several days ago. It was a heartfelt and compelling film that I notice is relevant in today's climate regarding social and political injustice in the United States today. The main character played by Paul Muni is a war veteran who came back home from the war and is struggling to look for work all across the United States, but he finds himself in trouble when he is part of a shooting that he is not a part of. It's message of social injustice and unrest is a good reason of why films of that subject matter ring true in today's culture.

    Guest Programmers and their Films

    What I have found fascinating about the film Monsieur Verdoux (1947) is that this underrated Charlie Chaplin comedy was meant to move away from the light-hearted comedies Chaplin was known for creating when it comes to writing, acting and directing; as well as producing his own films. This bravura performance that he displays throughout the entire film showcases his willingness of going into dark subject matter while keeping his liberal agenda intact on film. It was Chaplin's biggest flop of the post-war era, but it is an important reminder that even great artists like Chaplin can create artistic films without going against the nth degree of what is distasteful to the audience and what is considered art. It was the film that Bill Cosby introduced in January 2005. But the consequence of this comedian and the film that he selected are not similar to the crime that he was accused of in 2014 by dozens, if not multiple women who threw allegations of sexual criminal activity over the years.

    Rondo Hatton Awards

    BEST WEBSITE birth.movies.death (WINNER) Runners-up: Bloody Disgusting, Dread Central Honorable mentions: Collinsport Historical Society; Video Watchblog; Daily Dead; Dr. Gangrene's Mad Blog BEST MULTI-MEDIA SITE TWILIGHT ZONE PODCAST (WINNER) Runners-up: Blumhouse Shock Waves; Bloodbath and Beyond; Monster Kid Radio; Ray Harryhausen Podcast Honorable mentions: Trailers From Hell; Damn Dirty Geeks; Count Gore De Vol's Creature Features; Homicidal Homemaker BEST CONVENTION MONSTER BASH (WINNER) Runners-up: Monsterpalooza; HorrorHound Weekend Honorable mention: Texas Frightmare BEST LIVE EVENT RAY HARRYHAUSEN'S MYTHICAL MENAGERIE, Science Museum Oklahoma (WINNER) Runners-up: Blob Panic Re-Enactment (BlobFest); MST3K tour Honorable mentions: Women in Horror Month; Frankenstein the True Story event (Creature Features, Burbank) FAVORITE HORROR HOST SVENGOOLIE (WINNER) Runners-up: Elvira, Joe Bob Briggs Honorable mentions: Dr. Gangrene, Penny Dreadful, Count Gore De Vol, Karlos Borloff, Bone Jangler, Lord Blood-Rah, Son of Ghoul BEST HORROR COMIC BOOK MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS, by Emil Ferris (WINNER) Runners-up: American Gods; Walking Dead; Haunted Horror; Lucio Fulci's Zombie BEST CD HAMMER HORROR: CLASSIC THEMES 1958-1974 (WINNER) Runners-up: Bram Stoker's Dracula; Long Live the King; Audio Adventures of Big Dan Frater; Vault of Horror INDIVIDUAL AWARDS WRITER OF THE YEAR Patrick McCray Few people know the secrets of Collinsport more than Patrick McCray, a Dark Shadows expert whose contributions to the Dark Shadows Daybook keep horror's enduring scare opera alive for new generations. A writer who viewed 1,225 episodes in 45 days, he shares his obsession with Collinsport fans daily. Runners-up: Jonathan Rigby, Gary Rhodes, Tom Weaver, Tim Lucas, Kit Ellinger, **** Coangelo, Frank Dello Stritto, Kim Newman ARTIST OF THE YEAR Mark Maddox The dazzling artwork of Mark Maddox has become as familiar as the logos of our favorite monster magazines. Whether giving a vibrant vibe to Ghidrah or a somber take on Dracula, the Maddox touch is sure and steady. No wonder his work is nominated for several covers each year. Runners-up: Daniel Horne, Chantal Handley, Scott Jackson, Gary Pullin, Frank Dietz, Jason Edmiston, L.J. Dopp, Peter Von Sholly, George Chastain LINDA MILLER AWARD FOR FAN ARTIST OF THE YEAR (In Memory of the late Linda Miller) David G. Hardy The art of David G. Hardy flows naturally, capturing the hearts and torments of our favorite monsters and supporting players. Whether casual sketches or full-throated portraits, Hardy's work is in the grand tradition of classic fantasy, propelled by an exuberance of spirit that keeps his horrors...alive. Runners-up: John Sargent, Malcolm Gittins, Jeff Carlson, Jerrod Brown, Rob Costello. SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Sonny Vento of the Haunted Barn Movie Museum Sonny Vento, now 87, appeared very briefly in 1953 as a longshoreman in THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS, just before the Rhedosaur attacks. Vento helped his son, Joey, start the Haunted Barn Movie Museum in New York, which since 1968 has displayed monster props and shown movies to kids young and old. Says Joey: "When we do our Monstrous Movie Memories Show displays, we always do a tribute to dad." We at the Rondos are delighted to honor a Greatest Generation Monster Kid! MONSTER KID OF THE YEAR TIM LANZA A vice president at the Cohen Media Group, Tim was the driving force behind the restoration of James Whale's OLD DARK HOUSE on Blu-Ray. Working his industry contacts for years, he finally got access to a Library of Congress copy for a 4K restoration. Classic horror fans now have the 1932 film as it was meant to have been seen. The Rondos are honored to select Tim Lanza as our Monster Kid of the Year. THE MONSTER KID HALL OF FAME JUNE FORAY June Foray was quite literally the voice of several generations, the voice artist behind Rocky and Bullwinkle, Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbera, Disney and scores of commercials and films. Passing away last year at the age of 99, her legacy lives on to the delight of our children and grandchildren. CASSANDRA PETERSON Taking the tradition of horror hosts to sexy and hilarious heights, Cassandra Peterson's Elvira character never forgot the dignity of the films she lampooned. For 30 years she's kept forgotten horror franchises alive. One of the genre's true pioneers. GREG NICOTERO In a world of suits and balance sheets, it's rare that someone who gets it takes charge of a horror franchise as important as THE WALKING DEAD. A trailblazing makeup and effects artist, Nicotero's deft directing touch keeps the show at the cutting edge of 21st Century storytelling. His work will be a guide for generations of filmmakers to come. ROBERT TAYLOR In a world of collectors, few can compare with Robert Taylor, whose rooms of show business memorabilia from the early 1900s to the fright films of the 50s is a living museum. With access to Forrest J. Ackerman's writings and Vincent Price artwork, Taylor is a master of ephemera that matters. In addition, his years of serving as Sara Karloff's aide de camp at conventions and elsewhere have kept icons available to fans and researchers. HARUO NAKAJIMA For decades he was the anonymous man in the Godzilla suit, walking silently though miniature cities. It was hot in the suit, he said later, sometimes he was injured. But Haruo Nakajima never faltered as he kept Toho's monster franchise on schedule. Late in life fans learned his names and flocked to him at conventions. When he died at age 88, Nakajima knew that in his own way, he was a star. MIKE HILL Mike Hill's lifelike sculpts of famous monsters can take your breath away. Full-size and detailed down to the tear on a teenage werewolf's pants leg, Hill's work reveals the humanity in even the fiercest of creatures. His work on the merman in THE SHAPE OF WATER shows his Hollywood influence has only just began.

    Rondo Hatton Awards

    BEST FILM OF 2017 THE SHAPE OF WATER (WINNER) Runner-up: GET OUT Honorable mentions: WONDER WOMAN, IT, BLADE RUNNER 2049 BEST TV PRESENTATION STRANGER THINGS 2 (WINNER) Runners-up: BLACK MIRROR, GAME OF THRONES Honorable mentions: DOCTOR WHO, FEUD BEST BLU-RAY/DVD SUSPIRIA LIMITED EDITION (Synapse) (WINNER) Runner-up: THE OLD DARK HOUSE (Cohen) Honorable mentions: THE LOST WORLD (Flicker Alley); THE LODGER (1927; Criterion); RAWHEAD REX (Kino); CALTIKI: THE IMMORTAL MONSTER (Arrow) BEST COLLECTION THE PHANTASM COLLECTION (Well Go USA) (WINNER) Runner-up: FRITZ LANG: THE SILENT FILMS (Kino) Honorable mentions: GEORGE ROMERO: BETWEEN NIGHT AND DAWN (Arrow); PAUL NASCHY COLLECTION (Scream Factory) BEST RESTORATION SUSPIRIA LIMITED EDITION (Synapse) (WINNER) Runner-up: THE OLD DARK HOUSE (Cohen) Honorable mentions: THE LOST WORLD (Flicker Alley); ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN MARVEL (Kino); CALTIKI (Arrow) BEST COMMENTARY DAVID DEL VALLE, DEREK BOTELHO (Suspiria) (WINNER) Runner-up: TOM WEAVER, GARY RHODES, ROBERT KISS (Invisible Ghost); TIM LUCAS (Caltiki) Honorable mention: ROD BURNETT, TROY GUINN (Naschy Collection) BEST DVD EXTRA A SIGH FROM THE DEPTHS: 40 YEARS OF SUSPIRIA, directed by Daniel Griffith (WINNER) Honorable mentions: THE LOST WORLD (restoration of Ghost Slumber Mountain); THE OLD DARK HOUSE (interview with Sara Karloff); THE LODGER (Hitchcock talks to Truffaut); TALES FROM THE HOOD (Making of) BEST INDEPENDENT FILM THE DEVIL'S CANDY, directed by Sean Byrne (WINNER) Runners-up: A GHOST STORY; Jovanka Vuckovic's XX Honorable mentions: DEMON WITH THE ATOMIC BRAIN; THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM; THESEUS AND THE MINOTAUR; I DON'T FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE; FANTASMA; HG Lewis' BLOODMANIA BEST SHORT FILM KONG: STEEL IN LOVE, directed by Tom Woodruff Jr. Honorable mentions: WHY IS THERE CARDBOARD IN DRACULA?; BURN; THE BLACK CAT; RAKKA; MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH BEST DOCUMENTARY MONSTER KIDS: THE IMPACT OF THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT, directed by James-Michael Roddy (WINNER) Runner-up: BATMAN AND BILL Honorable mentions: YOU'RE SO COOL, BREWSTER: THE STORY OF FRIGHT NIGHT; WHO GOES THERE: IN SEARCH OF THE THING; KING COHEN; TO HELL AND BACK: THE KANE HODDER STORY BOOK OF THE YEAR THE ART OF HORROR MOVIES: An Illustrated History by Stephen Jones (WINNER) Runners-up: RICCARDO FREDA: The Life and Works of a Born Filmmaker, by Roberto Curti; NOPE, NOTHING WRONG HERE: The Making of Cujo, by Lee Gambin; MONSTER SQUAD: Celebrating the Creators Behind Cinema's Most Memorable Creatures, by Heather A. Wixson; A WEREWOLF REMEMBERS, by Frank Dello Strito Honorable mentions: ISHIRO HONDA, by Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski; UNIVERSAL TERRORS, by Tom Weaver, David Schecter, Robert J. Kiss, and Steve Kronenberg; MICHAEL CURTIZ, by Alan K. Rode; ARE YOU IN THE HOUSE ALONE: A TV Movie Compendium, by Amanda Reyes BEST MAGAZINE (Classic) SCARY MONSTERS (WINNER) Runners-up: LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS, FAMOUS MONSTERS Honorable mentions: VIDEO WATCHDOG, CLASSIC MONSTERS OF THE MOVIES, SCREEM, DIABOLIQUE, FILMFAX, MONSTERBASH; G-FAN BEST MAGAZINE (modern) RUE MORGUE (WINNER) Runner-up: HORRORHOUND Honorable mention: SCREAM BEST ARTICLE 'The Epic Untold Saga Behind Frankenstein: The True Story,' by Sam Irvin, LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #38. (WINNER) Runners-up: 'Robert Bloch: The Clown at Midnight,' by Steven Vertlieb,; 'Boris Karloff: Host of NBC's Thriller,' by Robert J. Kiss, CLASSIC IMAGES #507. Honorable mentions: 'Battle of the Monster Makers,' by Mark C. Glassy, SCARY MONSTERS #103; 'The Great and Secret Showman' by Sean Plummer, RUE MORGUE #176; 'The Future of Horror,' by Nathan Hanneman, HORRORHOUND #68; 'Caltiki, the Name Written in Tripe,' by Tim Lucas, SCREEM #33; 'Supernatural Folklore in the Japanese Ghost Film,' by Kat Ellinger, DIABOLIQUE #26; 'Less is More: The Need to Return to Generic Horror,' by Preston Fassel, BEST INTERVIEW (Award goes to interviewer) The W.I.T.C.H. interviews by Andrea Subassati, RUE MORGUE #178 (WINNER) Runners-up: Marie Wallace, by Rod Labbe, SCARY MONSTERS #104; Martin Landau by Mike Stein, FILMFAX #149 Honorable mentions: Adrienne Barbeau by Terry and Tiffany Dufoe, VIDEOSCOPE #103; Sissy Spacek by Lee Gambin, SCREAM #41; John Walsh (Harryhausen friend), by Adrian Smith, SCREEM #33; Kelli Maroney by Preston Fassel, BEST COLUMN The Doctor Is In-Sane, by Dr. Gangrene (SCARY MONSTERS) (WINNER) Runner-up: It Came from Bowen's Basement, by John T. Bowen, RUE MORGUE Honorable mentions: They Came from the Crypt, by Jon Kitley, HORRORHOUND; SHOT IN THE DARK, by Tim Lucas, DIABOLIQUE; Rondo Remembers, by Ron Adams, MONSTER BASH; Overlooked in Hollywood, by Laura Wagner, GOLDEN FILMS OF THE GOLDEN AGE BEST COVER SCARY MONSTERS #105 by Scott Jackson (WINNER) Runners-up: LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #38 by Mark Maddox; CLASSIC MONSTERS OF THE MOVIES #9 by Daniel Horne Honorable mentions: FAMOUS MONSTERS #289 by Terry Wolfinger; RUE MORGUE #178 by Sara Deck and Andrew Wright

    Rondo Hatton Awards

    Hello guys, Sorry for the delay of the recent Rondo Hatton Award Winners, but I will submit the winners and nominees from this year's Rondo Awards in just a moment.


    This Saturday on Svengoolie, Keep watching the skies, because the martians are here to invade earth in the classic 1956 science fiction film "Earth vs. The Flying Saucers" (1956). Saturday at 8/7c on MeTV.


    For the first week of April, Svengoolie aired the science-fiction film classic "Dinosaurus! (1960). The movie aired on April 7, on MeTV at 8/7c. In the second week, he aired "Abbott and Costello Go To Mars" (1953). It aired on April 14, at 8/7c on MeTV. The third week, he aired "Have Rocket, Will Travel" (1959) with the Three Stooges. The movie aired on April 21, at 8/7c on MeTV. Tomorrow, Svengoolie will air the classic William Castle horror film "Mr. Sardonicus" (1961). Be sure to catch the excitement at 8/7c on MeTV.


    The Gill Man is back! Svengoolie is presenting the sequel to the Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954). It's the Revenge of the Creature (1955). Saturday at 8:00/7:00 p.m. central on MeTV.
  14. The film that I have watched from nearly a month ago is a wonderful foreign language horror film from academy award winner Guillermo del Toro entitled Cronos (1993). The film's gore factor ranges from moderate to extreme, but it doesn't shy away from the main story as well as del Toro's themes and motifs that he utilizes in his later work, such as catholicism and his fascination with horror and fantasy.


    Trailers from Hell

    A special treat from the youtube channel Trailers from Hell is a clip from the compilation film that Joe Dante edited from 1968 The Movie ****.

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