The Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award, often called the Rondo Award, is an annual award founded in 2002 that honors journalism, scholarship and film preservation in the horror genre, particularly of classic horror film and their modern-day counterparts.
Named in honor of actor Rondo Hatton, it originated at the Classic Horror Film Board and subsequently moved to a dedicated website. Nominees are chosen by a committee that takes suggestions on the website, with the awards selected via an open vote by generally thousands of participants. The Rondo Award was created by journalist David Colton and artist/illustrator Kerry Gammill, and since its inception has been coordinated by Colton, who serves as their presenter annually at the fantasy/horror convention WonderFest.
The Rondo Awards began in 2002, after members of the online Classic Horror Film Board, moderated by journalist David Colton, became aware of a growing body of under-recognized journalism covering the horror genre. The awards took their name from the character actor Rondo Hatton, a cult-classic figure in low-budget horror films who also has been paid homage to in media including the 1991 Disney film The Rocketeer, with the character Lothar, and the comic book series 2000 AD in which the character Judge Dredd uses "face-changing technology" to make himself look like Hatton in issue #52 (18 February 1978). Noted comic book artist and illustrator Kerry Gammill designed the sculpt for the award, a bust of Hatton's murderous character the Creeper from the movie House of Horrors (1946).
The initial year attracted 168 voters. The following year brought 600, and the third year 2,000. As of 2018, the number of voters is generally between 3,000 and 3,700. Co-founder Colton presents the awards annually at the fantasy/horror convention WonderFest.
As Colton describes, "We don't have Best Actor, we don't have Best Actress, we don't even have Best Director. It's more about the magazines and the books and the independent films and the documentaries.... It's a little highbrow in that way."
Every year, as the Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award spotlights shine on the brightest in their respective fields, the Rondo Awards honor achievements in the darker corners of entertainment, the world of classic horror movies. People working for monster magazines, spooky DVD releases and scary movie soundtracks are the types who win the internationally-known Rondo Award.
The awards have been mentioned in such outlets as The Hollywood Reporter, The Austin Chronicle, Famous Monsters of Filmland, Movieweb, MeTV, the UK's Horror Channel, and the Tampa Bay Times, as well as scholarly journals including Psychology and Education and Cinematic Codes Review, textbooks including Recovering 1940s Horror Cinema: Traces of a Lost Decade, and such entities as The Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation.
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