Universal scared up Halloween a little early this weekend with the 2013 Eyegore Awards, which honors outstanding achievements in horror. After the event, hosted by McKenzie Westmore from Syfy's special effects makeup show Face Off, celebrities and guests alike were set loose in Universal Studios Hollywood for the opening of Halloween Horror Nights and its haunted mazes.
One of the Universal mazes this year is based on Black Sabbath's new album 13, and Ozzy Osbourne was present with his wife, Sharon, and daughter, Kelly, to accept the little demon statuette. “Rock and roll from the very beginning has always been very, very dangerous," said Sharon as she introduced her husband to the crowd. "Critics decried rock music and rock bands as rude, vulgar, rebellious—even the personification of evil. Fabulous!"
The other Eyegore award winners include Machete Kills star and fan favorite Danny Trejo, who narrated and produced the Latino-themed Universal maze El Cucuy: The Boogeyman; the cast of The Walking Dead, the award for which was accepted by cast member Melissa McBride; Insidious producer Jason Blum, whose movie also has a maze based on it in the park for the first time this year; and Bruce Campbell for being, well, the Man. The Evil Dead actor was expectedly tongue in cheek during his acceptance speech. “It ain’t coming from anybody else, so I’ll take it," said Campbell. "My last award was for Little League. I will hold down the finest papers on my desk with this.”
Universal's Halloween Horror Nights is open on select days between now and November 2 at Universal Studios Hollywood. In addition to El Cucuy, Black Sabbath and Insidious mazes, there are ones based on The Walking Dead, The Evil Dead and the classic Universal monsters. After the ceremony, Black Sabbath and the Osbournes got a tour of the 13 maze while thousands chanted "Ozzy! Ozzy! Ozzy!"
If you are visiting or live near Los Angeles, Halloween Horror Nights is a devilish treat you don't want to miss. If you're closer to the other side of the country, Universal Studios Orlando also hosts a Halloween Horror Nights with eight haunted mazes, including ones inspired by Cabin in the Woods and Resident Evil.
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