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Universal Studios Hollywood Hosts "Halloween Horror Nights"
"Eyegore Awards" ceremony kicks off all-new horror attractions.
By Matthew F. Saunders
October 16, 2000
Universal Studios Hollywood kicked off the Halloween season early this weekend with its Friday the 13th horror fest, 'Halloween Horror Nights.' To celebrate, the annual fright-fest began in style with the fourth annual 'Eyegore Awards' ceremony, in which several Hollywood horror stars and legends were honored with the Eyegore Award for Achievements in Horror.
This year's special honoree was Gloria Stuart, the Academy Award-nominated star of Universal Pictures' The Invisible Man
and The Old Dark House
, as well as the more recent Titanic
. She was presented with the award, appropriately enough, by the Sci-Fi Channel's Invisible Man
star Vincent Ventresca.
Other recipients included Karen Black, the star of Alfred Hitchcock's Family Plot
and the upcoming House of 1000 Corpses
, who received it from 1000 Corpses
screenwriter-director and rock artist Rob Zombie; World Wrestling Federation star The Undertaker; and the TV series' Buffy the Vampire Slayer
, for which creator Joss Whedon and several of the cast, including Anthony Stewert Head (Giles) and Alyson Hannigan (Willow) accepted the award.
The awards ceremony was only part of the fun, though. Lurking amidst the parks' smoke-filled walkways and hidden corners were dozens of monsters, killer clowns and chainsaw-wielding fiends, waiting to pounce on innocent passersby. If you made it past the ghouls, there were also several all-new, star-sponsored mazes to navigate. The featured attractions included The Undertaker: No Mercy
, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel: Hellmouth Haunt
, Rob Zombie's American Nightmare
and Clive Barker's Harvest
, as well as the Theatre of Blood
Those weary of the scare-filled mazes could attend special shows, which included Chucky's Insult Emporium
, the Carnival of Carnage
, the Animal House of Horrors
and Bill and Ted's Halloween Adventure
. For the less faint of heart, several of the parks regular attractions were also open, including Terminator 2: 3D
, Jurassic ParkThe Ride
and Back to the FutureThe Ride
Don't worry if you missed out on this weekend's fun. If you live in, or are visiting, the L.A. area, you have several more chances to join in the macabre fun. The special event, which runs from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., will continue for six additional, terror-filled nights, on Oct. 20-21, 27-29 and 31. Same-day tickets are $39. Advance tickets are $29 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster locations, at Universal Studios Hollywood or Spencer Gifts, or online at the Halloween Horrors Website