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Horror line-up. Photo Margie Barron

Vampires and zombies and werewolves, oh my!

Universal Studios in Hollywood kicked off their Halloween Horror Nights on October 5th with their Fifth Annual Eyegore Awards, honoring the giants of the genre; the recipients this year included Roger Corman (Supergator, The Haunting of Hell House), Patricia Arquette (Medium, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Stigmata), Sheri Moon Zombie (Halloween, House of 1000 Corpses), Shawnee Smith (Saw), Michael Berryman (The Hills have Eyes, The Devil’s Rejects) Don Mancini (Child’s Play, Bride of Chucky) and Corey Feldman (Lost Boys 2). The award ‘scaremony’ was held in the Globe Theatre, with a myriad of sideshows surrounding the stage, including a bearded lady, Siamese twins and a woman with a very big python.

“I’m always that guy who you can’t remember his name, but you know he has one of those faces you’ve seen before. One of the great devices of the Horror genre is the use of a seemingly innocent object or character or state of being and transforming it into a source of unspeakable terror. Just think of the carnivorous plant in Roger Corman’s Little Shop of Horror, or the family members in Night of the Living Dead, or the stitched-up toy in Child’s Play.”

DON MANCINI (Co-writer of all five Chucky films)
“Chucky sends his regrets that he wasn’t able to be here tonight. It occurs to me that all these Horror characters, however vicious and mean they seem, all have code; Freddy and Jason kill teenagers who engage in pre-marital sex. Jigsaw kills only people who don’t appreciate their lives and Chucky kills the weak-ankled. They don’t kill for profit, they don’t kill merely for power, so I want to close by paraphrasing some recent words by the immortal Sally Field, ‘If Chucky, Freddy and Jason ran the world, there wouldn’t be any goddamn wars.’ The reason for that is, unlike certain governments I could name, these fictitious Horror characters always insist on having plausible motivation for killing people.”

SHAWNEE SMITH (looking at the award):
“This scares me; I can’t bring it home because of the children. I can’t watch my own clips from Saw. The ghouls at the entrance upset me. But thank you to Universal Studios. My mom was a first aid nurse here when I was a kid, so I love this studio. And I love being a part of the Saw movies. It was a lucky stumbling in my career being a part of the Saw family. It’s kind of like a repertory film company. It makes me feel lucky … and very upset!”

“This is lovely; I’m going to put this in my kid’s room. Thank you to Universal Studios in Hollywood for thinking of me for this illustrious award. It’s kind of funny, because I was here eight years ago doing a Halloween special, and I was on the other side doing interviews with people who were getting these awards, so it’s nice to be on the receiving end.”

“Thank you for this Eyegore Award. I actually shot my first film, The House of 1,000 Corpses on the Universal lot, and it was so much fun. I also have to thank my husband and director Rob Zombie for writing great scripts for me. Thanks sweetie.”

DAVID ARQUETTE (who turned up in a Zorro costume to pick up the award for his sister, Patricia)
“Patricia sends her regrets that she couldn’t make it here tonight. Apparently it’s not a costume party! Patricia would like to thank you all for her Eyegore Award, and dedicate it to Bela Lugosi. She also said it was alright if I shamelessly plugged my DVD The Tripper, coming out on October 23rd.”

ROB ZOMBIE (picking up the award for Roger Corman)
“It seems he gave everybody important in this business their start. I want to tell you one of the great Roger Corman stories that I’ve heard. They say he’s notorious for being cheap and thrifty. Roger was so cheap that when they were filming the concert scenes in Rock'‘n’ Roll High School he couldn’t afford to pay for the extras, so he decided to charge them to get in. So everyone who was an extra in Rock 'n' Roll High School actually paid to be in the movie. Corman’s a genius.”

And a good time was had by all…Following the awards presentation, my friends and I took the Terror Tram Tour, which dropped us off at Psycho’s infamous Bates Hotel, where we wandered through the backlot, by the horrific plane crash from War of the Worlds, a camping site that was disrupted by deranged killers and, perhaps by the tram that was in front of us which had been attacked with gory results, as monsters galore jumped out at us from the mist. The park also introduced four new horrifying mazes based on Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, House of Horrors and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. After a visit to the R-rated Chucky’s Insult Emporium it was time to dodge the rest of the monsters and face the scariest creatures of the night – L.A. drivers...!

Halloween Horror Nights are held on Friday and Saturday nights until October 28th, culminating on Halloween, October 31st.

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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