The Rondos

Forget the Oscars, man. This is the award I want to win someday, a Rondo. Named after actor Rondo Hatton, “an obscure B-movie villain of the 1940s”, each award bears his distinctive mug and is meant to “honor the best in classic horror research, creativity and also film preservation.” Let’s take a gander at a few of the winners for this past year.

BEST FILM OF 2020

THE INVISIBLE MAN, directed by Leigh Whannell

BEST TV PRESENTATION

THE MANDALORIAN

BEST BLU-RAY/DVD

WAR OF THE WORLDS (1953; Criterion)

(This one also won for Best restoration)

BEST BLU-RAY COLLECTION

FRIDAY THE 13TH DELUXE COLLECTION (Shout Factory)

BEST INDEPENDENT FILM

SEEDS, directed by Skip Shea

BEST SHORT FILM

THE THOUSAND AND ONE LIVES OF DR. MABUSE,

directed by Ansel Faraj

BEST DOCUMENTARY

CURSED FILMS, directed by Jay Cheel

BOOK OF THE YEAR

RAY HARRYHAUSEN: Titan of Cinema, by Vanessa Harryhausen

BEST MAGAZINE (Classic)

SCARY MONSTERS

BEST MAGAZINE (modern)

FANGORIA

Annnnnnnnd…

BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL OR COLLECTION

BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA by El Garing, Kerry Gammill, Richard Starkings, Robert Napton

(This is the one featuring the likeness of Bela Lugosi!)

By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless. Denn die totden reiten schnell!

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