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Voting for the third annual Rondo Awards is now underway. The award is fan-based and honors the year's best contributions to classic horror, science fiction and fantasy. Categories include movies, TV, DVDs, CDs, toys, books, magazines, articles, web sites and more. Voting is done by e-mail and ends at midnight February 19, 2005. Winners will be announced the following day at the Rondo Awards web site. So let your voice be heard. Vote for your choices for the best classic horror items of 2004 by going following the link below to the 2004 Rondo Award ballot.
Frankenstein Star Found!
years horror fans have been asking "Whatever happen
to Donnie Dunagan?" The little actor who played Dr.
Frankenstein's son, Peter, in SON OF FRANKENSTEIN
and appeared again with Karloff and Rathbone in TOWER
OF LONDON seemed to vanish soon after providing
the voice for the young BAMBI in Walt Disney's
animated classic. Recently Dunagan (who recently turned 70) was finally
found and soon ace film historian and interviewer Tom Weaver was
on the case obtaining the monster scoop of the decade. Tom
told Monster Kid:
Donnie Dunagan's been near the top of my "find-and-interview"
wish list for years now, but to tell the truth I figured
that if he ever WAS found, he wouldn't have much to say
-- he was, after all, just barely four when SON OF FRANKENSTEIN
was made. So all the time that I -- and, believe me, others!
-- spent calling up every Don, Donnie and Donald Dunagan
in the U.S. that we could find, there was always the nagging
suspicion that all he'd be able to provide would be second-hand
stories told to HIM, by his parents, years after the making
of the movie. Well, I've never been more pleased to be wrong
-- the guy has incredible recall and tells one highly entertaining
story after another. In other words, "He's not like Aunt
Fanny!" And just as marvelous were his stories of his "second
life," as a career Marine. This had to be one of my most
fun and satisfying interview experiences in all my years
of doing this stuff -- and, sad to say, it'll probably also
be the last-ever all-new interview with a veteran of the
Video Watchdog #112 features
the exclusive interview with the long lost child actor relaying
his recollections of filming the classic Frankenstein film.
The special Donnie Dunagan signature edition is now available through the link below. Don't miss it!
to two movie "Ape girls"
Wray (1907 - 2004)
Fay Wray, whose beauty brought down the mighty Kong,
passed away on August 8 at her home in New York. She was
96. She began her film career on the silent screen in
the mid-'20s and made more than 90 movies appearing with
such co-stars as Gary Cooper, Ronald Colman, Paul Lukas,
Frederic March, Claude Rains, Spencer Tracy, Joel McCrea
and Wallace Beery. But her most famous role remained the
girl in the hairy paw in the 1933 fantasy classic KING
KONG. "I used to resent `King Kong,'" she remarked
in a 1963 interview. "But now I don't fight it anymore.
I realize that it is a classic, and I am pleased to be
associated with it." Fay Wray will always be remembered
by horror fans as the reigning scream queen of the 1930s.
Besides the giant monster thriller, she also lent her
lovely presence and her healthy lungs to horror favorites
DOCTOR. X, MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM,
THE VAMPIRE BAT and THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME.
(1921 - 2004)
She was known as"The Venezuelan Volcano" in
her publicity but Burnu Acquanetta was actually born on
an Arapaho Indian reservation in Wyoming. The fashion
model turned B-movie actress is best remembered by Universal
Horror fans as Paula Dupree, the Ape Woman in CAPTIVE
WILD WOMAN (1943) and JUNGLE WOMAN
(1944). Both were part of the SHOCK movie packages released
to local TV stations in the late '50s. She also appeared
in the Inner Sanctum Mystery DEAD MAN'S EYES
(1944) with Lon Chaney, Jr. And at RKO in what was probably
her best role, she heated up the jungle as the shapely
leader of a jungle cat cult in the escapist classic TARZAN
AND THE LEOPARD WOMAN (1946).
Acquanetta died August 16, 2004 at age 83 after a lengthy
battle with Alzheimer's. She wasn't known for her acting
ability but her sultry beauty made a lasting impression
on generations of movie watchers and Monster Kids.
Crazy Hip Groovy Monsters
mad storyboard and photoshop artist Pete Von Sholly
is at it again. The second issue of CRAZY HIP GROOVY
GO-GO WAY-OUT MONSTERS, his irreverent send-up
of monster mags of yesteryear, is coming your way this
fall. It's due Oct. 13 from TwoMorrows. Don't say we didn't
The official hype says:
you like OLD MONSTER MOVIES? Do you like OLD MONSTER MOVIE
MAGAZINES? Do you like to laugh like an HYSTERICAL MANIAC?
Chances are you like one of them things! If so you will
FLIP OUT at the SECOND GREAT ISSUE of CRAZY HIP GROOVY
GO GO WAY OUT MONSTERS, the RETRO MONSTER MOVIE MAGAZINE
that is a laugh riot lampoon of those GREAT (and absolutely
abominable) magazines of the 1950s and '60s! Relive your
(not to mention your misspent allowance) and become the
Blob yourself as you dig the hilarious photos, ads, and
articles skewering OUR FAVORITE THINGS of the past...
all in the MONSTER MAGAZINE that you will have you saying
once again, "Why did I buy that?"
Ask your local comics shop to order it or order your
The team that brought you the recent horror hit THE
BLACK FOREST has a new tale to tell. Get ready to saddle
up and hit the trail for THE WICKED WEST,
a graphic novel written by Todd Livingston and Robert
Tinnell and illustrated by popular comics artist Neil
Vokes. Scheduled for this October from Image Comics.
They say it's the story of How the West was Weird:
the Outlaw Josey Wales riding into Salem's Lot -that'll
get you to the core of THE WICKED WEST. 1870 - The Texas
frontier town of Javer's Tanks. Cotton Coleridge is a man
running from his past. And being new in town, he's the one
locals blame when folks start dyin' mysteriously. By the
time the truth gets out, half the town has died - and come
back. Cotton's quick with a gun - but guns don't work on
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