April 12, 2015

It’s Rondo Time Again!

Named after 1940s actor Rondo Hatton, whose facial disfigurement by the disease Acromegaly led to a career in Hollywood horror films, the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards are the annual award where ordinary fans of science-fiction, horror, and fantasy vote for their favorites among the categories Movies, TV, DVDs, Restorations, Books, Magazines, Magazine Cover Artwork, Websites, Blogs, Fan Events, and more.

Now in its 13th year, the Rondo will wrap up at midnight on Saturday, April 18, 2015, Eastern Standard Time – but there’s still plenty of time to vote.

In 2006, Stephen D. Youngkin won the Best Book of 2005 Rondo for The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (University Press of Kentucky).

This year, there are a few Lorre items on the ballot for the Best of 2014:

#4 – Best DVD / Blu-Ray Collection – Among the nominees is The Vincent Price Collection Vol. 2, including The Raven (1963) and Comedy of Terrors (1964)

#5 – Best Restoration or Upgrade – Among the nominees is The Red Skelton Show: The Early Years, which includes the 1955 episode in which Peter Lorre plays hearse-driver Ralph Kramden to Red’s Ed Norton

#18 – Best Website – Among the nominees is the Film Noir Foundation, which includes many Lorre noir movies in its annual Noir City film festival and was instrumental in the restoration of Three Strangers (1946)

The official ballot is available on the Rondo Awards website.

Voting is done by eMail. To vote, simply cut and paste the ballot into an eMail, mark your choices, include your name, and send the eMail to David at:


Ballots will be accepted until midnight on Saturday, April 18, Eastern Standard Time.

More information on the Rondos, including the ballot and instructions, the history of the award, and past winners, may be found on the Rondo website.

Winners will be announced on the Rondo website as well as the Classic Horror Film Board, in the folder “Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards”.

Happy voting!

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