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Universal Studios is daring the public to live their worst nightmare at its annual Halloween Haunt. As always, to kick off their month of horror, the Eyegore Awards were held celebrating the best of the genre. The eclectic honorees at the ‘scaremony’ in the Globe Theatre were Julie Benz, star of the upcoming Saw V; Tobe Hooper, director of Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist; Bill Moseley, Choptop from Texas Chainsaw Massacre II and Gunnar Hansen, Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre.Eyegore Award winners - Roger Corman, Gunnar Hansen, Bill Moseley, Julie Benz, Tobe Hooper and emcee Corey Feldman

COREY FELDMAN (Master of Ceremonies)
“What makes a great Horror movie? The same elements that are common in any great film – great stories and great performances, but a really great horror picture has to do something else, something very special, it has to give us the feeling of dread, terror and ultimate creepiness. The people we are honoring tonight are distinguished for bringing these special qualities to the screen.”

ROGER CORMAN (Presenter, and winner of an Eyegore last year)
“I’m delighted to be here this year to accept last year’s award. Last year I was in Bulgaria shooting Cyclops, the big Greek one-eyed monster. I think what we’re doing, my compatriots and I, we’re working in the most creative genre in film. Our films are not what so many other films are, dependent on stars. They are dependent purely on the ability of the film maker to use the tools of the cinema, the camera, sound and particularly lighting, and of course the actors, to achieve his goals. I’m delighted to be working in this genre both for the creative work that one can do and, according to Variety, the money you can make.”

“Most of what I was going to say, Roger already said. I used to love to see the lobby cards for a Roger Corman movie, because I couldn’t wait for the next one. Roger’s movies are my all time favorites. And it’s just great to be part of his family, in this genre. And it’s great to be standing here next to my hero.”

Gunnar Hansen, Bill Moseley - Photo: Margie Barron“Nine years ago I actually was the emcee of the Eyegore Awards back when there was no food and we were outdoors, and I gave the Eyegore award to Rob Zombie. It was an amazing evening because a month later his manager called up and asked if I wanted to be in a movie that had just been green lighted called House of a 1,000 Corpses. It didn’t take me long to say yes. There’s nothing worse than a bad monster, so I appreciate it so much to have the opportunity to work hard and be a good monster.”

Julie Benz - Photo: Margie Barron“For me the Horror genre represents a voyage into the imagination, not just for the creators, but also for the audience, and I’m so thankful to the fans for being so supportive of the genre of Horror films. I know exactly where I’m going to put this; it’s going to go between my Darla action figure [her character in the TV series Angel] and my Dexter bobblehead [her current TV series]".

Tour horrors - Photos: Betty Glaser
Following the ceremony I boarded the terror tram, which mysteriously stopped when we reached the studio’s back lot. Our guide, Greg, warned us that the road ahead was blocked because the tram in front of us had been attacked and everyone was dead. Yeah, I knew that, they all died last year too. But as I disembarked the tram to walk through the carnage, I wasn’t prepared for a journey that was twice as long and three times as intense as last year’s adventure. We were forced to walk through mazes, by the horrific airplane crash from War of the Worlds, through the back woods and up a road leading to the Bates Motel. Attacked by zombies, ghouls and a maniac with a chainsaw, I began to wonder where Greg’s tram was and how long it would be before we were back in the sanity of the main park.

This year, in keeping with the theme of nightmares, there’s a bloodcurdling Nightmare on Elm Street maze – I skipped that attraction along with Slaughter World, deciding to leave the safety of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal to go back into the dangerous streets of Los Angeles!

Halloween Horror Nights are held on Friday and Saturday nights until November 1st, with the event starting at 7pm.Tram tour terror - Photos: Judy Sloane, Margie Barron

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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