Texas premiere of documentary about Robert Burns—the genius who created the look of the original TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE—and his obsession with cult actor Rondo Hatton
The Houston Horror Film Festival (HoustonHorrorFilmFest.com), founded by Troy Escamilla, an award-winning independent filmmaker and horror fanatic, recognizes and showcases true independent horror in the Bayou City.
The goal is to bring the best in independent horror to Bayou City and cultivate an objective festival that truly focuses on the films selected and filmmakers who attend. The Houston Horror Film Festival seeks horror films by filmmakers who embrace and have a passion for the genre that is apparent in their films, despite budget constraints.
RONDO AND BOB
Filmmaker Joe O’Connell’s new documentary, RONDO AND BOB will open the Festival on Friday, June 25 at 4 p.m.
“The Houston Horror Film Festival is the perfect place to screen our telling of two icons of horror,” said O’Connell. “It’s a great honor to be chosen to open the fest. It shows our hard work on RONDO AND BOB paying off.”
Burns was obsessed with actor Rondo Hatton (aka the Creeper), an average man whose face was transformed into a distorted mask by acromegaly because of his deformity found his way into films in the 1930s and ‘40s.
Rondo and Bob trailer #2 from Joe O’Connell on Vimeo.
The film reveals both men’s lives/careers through recreations, archival footage and interviews to reveal Burns as a normal-looking man who was brimming with creative weirdness and Hatton as a regular guy cursed with a hideous look. Burns thought himself incapable of love while Hatton found his soulmate.
SPARK OF THE DOCUMENTARY
“The visual genius Bob Burns brought to horror films is enough to rate a documentary, but I was drawn in by his obsession with Rondo Hatton. I was compelled to tell both men’s very human stories,” said O’Connell.
Kent is the subject of O’Connell’s first documentary DANGER GOD about Kent’s B-movie/stuntman career. Kent was partial inspiration for Brad Pitt’s stuntman character in the film, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD.
About filmmaker, Joe O’Connell
O’Connell is a former film industry columnist for The Dallas Morning News, The Austin Chronicle, and Austin American-Statesman. He’s writing a book about the Ross Sisters, three contortionists from West Texas who found fleeting fame in the 1940s.
DETAILS FOR RONDO AND BOB:
When: 4 p.m., Friday, June 25
Where: Houston Horror Film Festival,
Houston Marriott South at Hobby Airport, 9100 Gulf Freeway, Houston, TX 77017
Admission: $ 15-day pass available at HoustonHorrorFilmFest.com
(Limited COVID seating)
Houston Horror Film Festival schedule link
In-Person from Film: Film director/producer, Joe O’Connell and actor/stuntman, Gary Kent