It was a scream — the annual Eyegore Awards kicking off Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights. The scary-funny event honored notables in the horror genre, with some stars, filmmakers, and even musicians on hand to pick up the gremlin-styled Eyegore trophy.
Bruce Campbell clutched his award and dryly quipped, “I will hold down the finest papers on my desk with this.” Campbell was recognized for his enduring career which started with the original Evil Dead film franchise. Adding a way-cool vibe to the ceremony, Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler were there to take a bow for embracing the dark as Heavy Metal pioneers. Ozzy’s wife Sharon Osbourne gleefully made the presentation with son Jack and daughter Kelly cheering for their dad.
The awards also paid homage to zombies and the cast of AMC’s The Walking Dead, with the trophy accepted by series star Melissa McBride. Actor-producer Danny Trejo, best known for his Machete film, got an award and proudly noted he’s been in more than 36 scary movies over his long career “because I have the face for it.” Producer Jason Blum and writer-actor Leigh Whannell got Eyegores for their Insidious: Chapter 2 film that opened number one at the box office last weekend.
The gorgeous McKenzie Westmore, host of the Syfy Channel’s Face Off show, emceed the ceremony with sassy humor, which was enjoyed by the genre-loving fans and industry folks at Universal’s Globe Theatre.
A true highlight of the evening was hearing Bruce Campbell joking around about why he was there. “I got a call, they said, ‘Bruce come to the Eyegore Awards and get an award.’ I said, ‘What’s that?’ They said, ‘You never heard of the Eyegores?’ I’m like, ‘No, I don’t know what an award is.’ My last award was for Little League. I was most improved player. So I thank Universal and the Eyegores for giving me the ‘About Time Award.’”
Well, Bruce may not win many (or any) awards, but the star of more than 50 films plus the series Burn Notice is in demand, at least by the mistress of ceremonies McKenzie Westmore who said, “Men want to be him, and women just want to bear his children.” In the genre world he is a legend, and usually the coolest dude in the room.
Also pretty nifty was seeing rock royalty Ozzy on hand giving a coherent speech. “I don’t know what to say really. It’s been an amazing year. We had a number one record and world tour, and now this. Thank you very much everybody. God bless you,” he said sweetly.
Sharon Osbourne was telling everyone that she was thrilled with the debut of the Black Sabbath maze based on “the band’s latest album 13, which debuted at number one on the Billboard charts. Not bad for old farts, eh?”
She also said during her presentation “over the past 45 years, one legendary band has lived up to its reputation with their extreme volume, riff-based songs and dark, demonic subject matters. Black Sabbath have enjoyed their well-deserved stature as the darkest performers in rock and roll. The band literally invented the words heavy metal. Beginning with a song called ‘Wicked World’ in 1969, Black Sabbath has hammered out a dark and twisted legacy. They’ve sold more than 75 million albums worldwide, are members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and influenced generations of musicians.”
Among their fans and monster-lovers at the event were Grimm’s Bitsie Tulloch, Kyle Massey of That’s So Raven and DWTS fame, Girls Next Door’s Bridget Marquardt, Alice Cooper’s daughter actress Calico Cooper, Rock of Ages’ Diego Boneta, Pysch’s Corbin Bernsen, Machette Kills’ Alexa Vega, Glee’s Josh Sussman, and Universal’s creative director John Murdy. Yeah, there were a lot of scary folks there, including the murderous doll from the Chucky films.
At the end of the ceremony all were invited to enjoy Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, which continues on selected nights until Nov. 2. The night time festivities offer amazing fog-shrouded attractions. There are mazes based on terrifying themes such as The Walking Dead, Evil Dead, Black Sabbath 13 3D, Insidious, El Cucuy: The Boogeyman, and much more. It’s not for the faint of heart.