Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights
It’s that time of year again. No, not back to school time or the start of the NFL season. I can’t argue that both of those events do bring a smile to my face, but I’m talking about something rooted much deeper in the darkness. I’m talking about the announcement of the Eyegore Award winners!
The Eyegore Awards are given by Universal Studios Hollywood during the grand opening of their Hollywood Horror Nights to honor winners who have been standouts in the horror field. Let me give you some clues as to a few of this year’s winners…We’ve got a guy named after a witch, a paper salesman and the dude who landed the hottest chick ever while sporting the cheesiest mustache ever. Did you guess Alice Cooper, Rainn Wilson and David Arquette? Give yourself a pat on the back if you did. Huzzah! Joining that threesome are Jamie Kennedy, Bailee Madison and Emma Bell.
Lots of surprises, as well as the winner of the Halloween Horror Nights Short Film Competition will be on hand. Check out the Halloween Horror Nights website for all the info.
From the Press Release
Scream stars David Arquette and Jamie Kennedy will join Rainn Wilson, star of Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark star Bailee Madison, Final Destination 5 actress Emma Bell and legendary rocker Alice Cooper as honorees at the 2011 Eyegore Awards, the opening night ceremony for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Corey Feldman returns as host of the ceremony with presenters that include former Eyegore Award recipient Rob Zombie and Calico Cooper. Filmmaker Eli Roth, one of last year’s Eyegore recipients who helps bring this year’s new maze to life, Eli Roth’s Hostel: Hunting Season and actor / director Diego Luna, who’s serving as creative consultant to the new maze, La Llorona: Villa De Almas Perdidas, will also be in attendance.
The winner of the 2011 Halloween Horror Nights Short Film Competition will also debut at the event.
Recently inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Alice Cooper created the concept of the theatrical rock concert and has thrilled generations of fans with spectacular stagecraft and darkly flamboyant showmanship. His recording career spans six decades, includes over two dozen albums, millions of record sales, countless world tours and appearances in scores of movies and videos, including a brief but memorable appearance in both Nightmare on Elm Street: Freddy’s Dead and Universal Pictures’ Prince of Darkness. The rock icon will also unveil his new maze, Alice Cooper: Welcome to My Nightmare at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights, inspired by his landmark concept album and its long-awaited sequel Welcome 2 My Nightmare, to be released on September 13 through Universal Music Enterprises.
Before catapulting to fame as Dwight Schrute on NBC’s “The Office,” actor Rainn Wilson terrified audiences in 2003 with his star-turning performance as “Fish Boy” in Rob Zombie’s horror cult classic, House of 1000 Corpses. The film was transformed into the popular maze, Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses: In 3D ZombieVision at last year’s event and makes an encore performance at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights.
Filmmaker David Arquette first introduced the character of Deputy Dewey to audiences in Wes Craven’s 1996 enormously successful slasher film Scream. He returned to face the infamous “Ghostface Killer” in all three subsequent sequels, including Scream 4.
Jamie Kennedy, recognized for his role as Eli James on the hauntingly popular television show, “Ghost Whisperer,” reprised his role as Randy Meeks in the first three Scream movies. This year’s Halloween Horror Nights pays homage to the latest installment of the Scream films when “Ghostface Killer” makes an otherworldly appearance to stalk guests on Terror Tram: Scream 4 Your Life, a new experience on the world-famous backlot.
Rising star Bailee Madison starred most recently alongside Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes in Guillermo del Toro’s, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. Her credits span beyond horror films to include Brothers co-starring Natalie Portman, Conviction starring Hilary Swank, the Adam Sandler comedy Just Go With It and “Wizards of Waverly Place,” starring Selena Gomez. She recently made headlines when she was tapped to star alongside Billy Crystal and Bette Midler in Us & Them.
Actress Emma Bell’s stint in horror films include starring roles in Final Destination 5, Frozen and AMC’s zombie series “The Walking Dead.”
Previous Eyegore Award recipients have included Christopher Lloyd, Patricia Arquette, Janet Leigh, Roger Corman, six-time Oscar-winning special effects makeup artist Rick Baker, Karen Black, Tobin Bell, Tobe Hopper and Corey Feldman.
The winner of the 2011 Halloween Horror Nights Short Film Competition will be honored during the ceremony. Brent Bokovoy from El Cajon, California, will have his film premiere at event, receive national broadcast exposure on Chiller and syfy.com and be awarded a $1,000 cash prize.
Halloween Horror Nights will take place on select nights beginning September 23 and continue on September 24, 30; October 1,7, 8,9, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31.
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