Svengoolie wins Favorite Horror Host in the 2020 Rondo Awards
He was also voted into the Monster Kid Hall of Fame.
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Rondo Hatton was a cult icon in the horror world. Starting as an uncredited extra, his unusual facial features made him a Universal horror legend. Though he passed in 1946, his legacy lives on through the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards, the "Oscars of horror" where the public votes on "the best in classic horror research, creativity and film preservation."
Though 2020 was a strange year for media, the 19th Annual Rondo Awards had a record number of votes with more than 6,000 cast.
Our very own Svengoolie will be taking home his tenth Rondo Award with this win for Favorite Horror Host of 2020. Runners-up included Joe Bob Briggs, Lamia, and Elvira.
"It is pretty amazing to me that I would win the 'favorite horror host' award again — especially when the field of candidates included my friends Joe Bob Briggs and the iconic Elvira!" Svengoolie said. "I'm especially grateful to the fans from all over the country, who have made our show the huge success it has become — not to mention causing the booming nation-wide demand for rubber chickens."
Svengoolie was also voted into the "Monster Kid Hall of Fame", a special honor for "fans, pros, writers, artists, researchers, horror hosts or others who over the years have made a permanent mark on the world of classic horror appreciation," which he said he was "especially flattered" by. You certainly won't get any arguments from us about Svengoolie's impact.
"I think our show has brought many new eyes to the all-time greats of horror — the stories, the actors, and the legendary creatures themselves — as well as many of the people behind the scenes who deserve recognition," Svengoolie said.
"I thank MeTV — the great Sven crew that makes our show happen — and, most of all, our terrific viewers who voted for me! And a tip of the Sven stovepipe to all the horror greats!"