Universal Studios Hollywood celebrated the opening of Halloween Horror Nights with the presentation of the annual Eyegore Awards honoring horror genre’s scariest stars and films.
Stars from the NBC Grimm series Silas Weir Mitchell and Bitsie Tulloch accepted the award on behalf of the cult favorite drama now in its second season. “Grimm’s fans know that fear can be fun, and that’s what we try to do on the show,” Mitchell said. “And it’s the amazing special effects and makeup artists who make it so special.”
Chad Michael Murray was on hand to pick up an award for his role in House of Wax. “I love being part of this genre. Here’s to horror,” he shouted as he waved his award over his head proudly. He also took the opportunity to mention that he has the upcoming film The Haunting of Georgia that he insisted would be worthy enough for an Eyegore next year.
The mother-daughter duo of Angelica Maria and Angelica Vale won for their series Mujeres Asesinas 2 (Female Assassins 2), a cult favorite inLatin America. Vale was happy to be there to accept, while her mom sent her thanks via video.
The evening’s special honoree was Guillermo del Toro, much-loved by genre fans thanks to his Hellboy movies. The filmmaker was in the spotlight for his contribution to creating cinema about things that go bump in the night. Wild rock icon Alice Cooper thrilled del Toro by making the presentation.
“This is certainly the cutest damn trophy I have ever seen,” del Toro said holding up his little gremlin-styled statuette. “I am very happy that I have dedicated my life to monsters. When I was a kid I would be dreaming of monsters and reading about famous monsters in Fangoria, while listening to Mr. Alice Cooper. So this is full circle for me. And I love being among the monster lovers here.”
The enthusiastic filmmaker who gave us the impressive Oscar-nominated Pan’s Labyrinth added, “I love to celebrate horror and dark fantasies, because I believe that we learn as many lessons from the darkness as we do from the light.” Del Toro will continue in the horror vein as executive producer of Universal Pictures’ supernatural thriller Mama, opening Jan. 18, 2013.
McKenzie Westmore, host of the SyFy Channel’s Face Off was the mistress of ceremonies, handling her duties with sharp humor enjoyed by the stars and VIPs in the audience at the Globe Theater at Universal. Among those at the event were producer-actor Wilmer Valderrama of That ‘70s Show fame, Girls Next Door‘s Bridget Marquardt, Alice Cooper’s daughter actress Calico Cooper, Rock of Ages’ Diego Boneta, Pysch’s Corbin Bernsen, The Hills Have Eyes’ Michael Berryman, Halloween III’s Todd Farmer, Saw 3D’s Gina Holden, Glee‘s Josh Sussman, Big Time Rush’s Bella Thorne, General Hospital’s Erik Valdez, and Friday the 13th‘s Derek Mears. Yeah, there were a lot of scary folks there, and also some sports stars, Olympic swimming gold medalist Conor Dwyer, and from the NBA’s Clippers Caron Butler. Of course USH’s president Larry Kurzweil was there, as well as Universal’s creative director John Murdy, and as always the Universal publicity team did a remarkable job making sure everything ran smoothly.
At the end of the ceremony all were invited to enjoy Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, which continues on selected nights until Oct. 31. The night time festivities offer amazing fog-shrouded attractions. There were mazes based on terrifying productions such as The Walking Dead, Silent Hill, Texas Chain Saw Massacre, La Llorona, classic Universal monsters, and one 3D creation “Alice Cooper Goes to Hell 3D” designed by Alice Cooper himself. It was thrilling and fun, but not for the faint of heart.