"Rondo and Bob"
A World War I veteran and a journalist by profession, Rondo Hatton found himself cast in many Universal Studios horror films of the 1930s and 1940s as a result of the deformities he endured after contracting as an adult the hormonal disorder acromegaly. One of Austin’s most prominent creative forces of the late 20th century, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Hills Have Eyes art director Robert A. Burns’ fascination with Hatton led him to become the foremost authority on the actor who was affectionately known as "The Creeper" and the namesake of the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards. Directed by the Austin-based Joe O'Connell, the documentary Rondo and Bob draws distinct parallels between Hatton and Burns, from their lives to their careers, to their search for unconditional love, and to their untimely deaths. O'Connell’s tells his documentary through enactments, starring Joseph Middleton as Hondo and Ryan Williams as Burns, as well as through interviews with, among others, cast and crew members of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Howling star Dee Wallace, Re-Animator director Stuart Gordon, and stuntman-turned-actor Gary Kent. Rondo and Bob on May 20 at the Galaxy Theatres Austin and will be available for digital and on-demand viewing beginning June 7. Austin-based author and former film industry newspaper columnist Joe O'Connell previously directed the Gary Kent documentary Danger God (aka Love and Other Stunts).
Aired: May 19, 2022.