Robert A. Burns, art director on the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre, was obsessed with actor Rondo Hatton aka the Creeper. Burns was average looking but brimming with odd creativity. Hatton, who suffered from acromegaly, had a strangely unique appearance, but was a regular guy. In Rondo and Bob their two stories intersect.
The documentary weaves together the stories of Burns and Hatton and delves into their horror filmographies and personal life stories. The Creeper becomes a metaphor for Burns’ lifelong belief in his inner ugliness, a lack that left him unable to feel true love.
The film mixes interviews with archival film footage and rare video of Burns and the people he tried desperately to love. Along the way it examines vital touchstone films of the horror genre and tells the true stories of two of its important players.
To bring the characters of Rondo and Bob fully to life, scenes from Burns’ and Hatton’s lives have been recreated using actors.