Rondo Awards administrator David Colton presided over the “19th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards Virtual Behind the Mask Stay Away From Me Don’t Touch Ceremony!” on May 3.
The Rondo Awards, named after Rondo Hatton, an obscure B-movie villain of the 1940s, honor the best in classic horror research, creativity and film preservation.
Colton says this year’s e-mail vote, conducted by the Classic Horror Film Board, a 25-year old online community, drew more than 6,000 ballots, a 27% increase from last year’s vote and the largest survey of classic horror fans and pros in history.
On Saturday, June 5 in Louisville, with Covid protocols in place, Colton will hold a two-years-in-one Rondo Awards Ceremony at WonderFest in Louisville.
Below is a photo of Hatton in the 1946 film, House Of Horrors, an inspiration for the distinctive bust given to winners.
BEST FILM OF 2020
Due to the pandemic, includes wide release, video-on-demand and streaming
- THE INVISIBLE MAN, directed by Leigh Whannell (wide)
BEST TV PRESENTATION
- THE MANDALORIAN, ‘The Rescue,’ 12.18.20, Disney+. Baby Yoda finds a master. ‘I’ll see you again. I promise.’
BEST DVD/BLU-RAY OF 2020
- WAR OF THE WORLDS (1953; Criterion)
BEST DVD/BLU-RAY COLLECTION
- FRIDAY THE 13TH DELUXE COLLECTION (Shout!) 12 movies and extras on 16 discs.
BEST RESTORATION OR UPGRADE
- WAR OF THE WORLDS (1953; Criterion). Saucer wires gone; extensive visual and audio improvements throughout.
- Sam Irvin (Frankenstein: The True Story)
BEST DVD EXTRAS
- DAWN OF THE DEAD SPECIAL EDITON (1978; Second Sight). Four feature length documentaries; new interviews.
BEST INDEPENDENT FILM OF 2020
- SEEDS, directed by Skip Shea. A pagan cult takes hold in New England. See trailer here
BEST SHORT FILM
- THE THOUSAND AND ONE LIVES OF DR. MABUSE, directed by Ansel Faraj (17:23 mins). Third installment of modern take on Mabuse. See film here.
- CURSED FILMS, five-part Shudder documentary on mishaps and deaths surrounding Exorcist, Omen, Poltergeist, Crow, Twilight Zone. See trailer here.
BOOK OF THE YEAR
- RAY HARRYHAUSEN, Titan of Cinema, by Vanessa Harryhausen (National Galleries of Scotland, softcover, 208 pages, $37.50). Stories behind models and effects in a planned exhibition.
BEST HORROR ART BOOKS
- ROD SERLING’S NIGHT GALLERY: THE ART OF DARKNESS, by Scott Skelton and Jim Benson (Creature Features, hardcover/softcover, 316 pages, $75/$95). Commentary and reproductions of every painting used in the series.
BEST MAGAZINE OF 2020
- Scary Monsters
- ‘Black Horror; History on the Big Screen,’ by Ernie Rockelman, HORRORHOUND #84. Tracking black horror milestones.
- Bruce Campbell by Dr. Gangrene, Scary Presents Monster Memories (#116)
- Scene Queen, by Barbara Crampton, FANGORIA
BEST MAGAZINE COVER
- Scary Monsters #118 (Glow in the Dark) by Scott Jackson
- Classic Monsters of the Movies #21 by Daniel Horne
BEST WEBSITE OF 2020
- Bloody Disgusting Tracking horror across all platforms.
BEST MULTI-MEDIA SITE
- The Evolution of Horror Podcasts trace roots of horror.
BEST VIRTUAL EVENTS OF 2020
- BLOBFEST: Virtual events included Best Theatre Runouts of the past, Blob screenings, Miss Blobfest contest, online vendors.
FAVORITE HORROR HOSTS OF 2020
- Svengoolie (Me-TV)
BEST GRAPHIC NOVELS OR COLLECTIONS
- BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA STARRING BELA LUGOSI, by El Garing, Kerry Gammill, Richard Starkings, Robert Napton (Legendary Comics hardcover). Authorized by the Lugosi estate, he stars in a retelling of the classic tale.
WRITER OF THE YEAR
- Kelly Robinson
BEST ARTIST OF 2020
- Mark Spears
BEST FAN ARTIST OF 2020 (The Linda Miller Award)
- Noufaux – Adele Veness
MONSTER KID OF THE YEAR — Rondo’s highest honor: Who did the most in 2020 to advance the cause of classic horror scholarship, film preservation or genre creativity?
- From UCLA, the magic-making Scott MacQueen, who cajoled, pushed and insisted on Mystery Of The Wax Museum and this year’s Doctor X
SPECIAL RECOGNITION — for achievements that may have been overlooked or don’t fit into other categories
- George Feltenstein, the longtime Warner Bros. executive who not only pushed Wax and Doctor X but Curse Of Frankenstein and a lifetime of DVDs and restorations. He left WB last month.
- Monsters Holding B—–S, a very unique Instagram Site based on monsters and their victims. It not only features thousands of stills and paprodies, but also is a lab for young aspiring artists. And maybe the name will change someday!
- Dick Klemensen for his work not only on Little Shoppe but his recent min-documentaries on ‘The Men Who Made Hammer.’
THE MONSTER KID HALL OF FAME (See full list of Hall of Famers here.)
- Stacie Ponder, whose Final Girl blog was among the first to show women have a rich stake in horror and horror appreciation.
- Derek M. Koch, whose Monster Kids Radio was one of the first podcasts to be devoted entirely to classic monsters, and the kids who love them.
- Joe Kane – posthumously — an original Monster Times editor, who became The Phantom of the Movies…
- Robert ‘Bobb’ Cotter