Voting for Rondo 18 begins Feb. 2, 2020

Hello everyone!

Voting for the (Gasp!) 18th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards will begin in February 2020.

Now is the time to suggest nominees. Not everything suggested will make the ballot, but you can let us know what you think is deserving of a look. The actual ballot will be drawn from what is posted or emailed to us, and what is the best of genre work in 2019.

Reminder: Despite the explosion in horror as an industry, the Rondo’s remain, at heart, about classic horror content. We do recognize contemporary horror and Sci-Fi in our Best Films, Best TV and a few other categories.

To recap:

— What is eligible for a Rondo?
Any work released in 2019. In some cases, work released very late in 2018 can be considered. Remember that except for Best Film and Best TV,  ‘classic horror’ is the guiding principle in most of the categories.

— What are the categories?
The categories sometimes change depending on the year, but they include Best Film, Best TV, Best DVD/BluRay, Best Restoration, Best Commentaries, Best Special Features, Best Independent Film, Best Short Film, Best Documentary, Best Book (non-fiction, although fiction that centers on classic monsters can be considered), Best Magazine, Best Article, Best Interview, Best Column, Best Magazine Cover, Best Website, Best Multi-Media site (podcasts etc),  Best Event, Best Convention, Favorite Horror Host, Best Horror Comic, Best CD, Best Toy/Collectible.

There are also write-in categories: Best Fan Artist, Best Artist, Best Writer, maybe others depending on input.
Several other write-in categories — Monster Kid of the Year and Monster Kid Hall of Fame — are awarded based on votes and judgment of Rondo organizers.

— How do I suggest that something be nominated for a Rondo?
Two ways. You can:

1) Post about it at the Classic Horror Film Board , the message board which sponsors the Rondos. Posting there also brings your potential nominee to the attention of thousands of potential voters.

2) Or you can send an email about it to me, David Colton, at

The final ballot will be drawn from the best and most popular suggestions.

— When will actual voting begin?
After reviewing all suggestions and other input, we are aiming for releasing the final ballot and starting email voting the night of February 2 (after the Super Bowl). The vote will run through Sunday night March 29.

That’s it. Again, post at the Classic Horror Film Board here or  send an email to about worthy nominees. And thanks as always!

david colton