2009 Winners include Rob Zombie, Tobin Bell, and Rick Baker
Every October, on the night they launch their theme park’s Halloween Horror Nights, Universal Studios conducts the Eyegore Awards, honoring filmmakers in the horror genre. For 2009, the awards presentation was re-named “Chiller-Eyegore Awards,” a bit of corporate synergy between the movie studio and NBC (both owned by GE) – the network’s new “Chiller” channel will air the awards sometime in October.
2009’s winners included director Rob Zombie (filmmaker of the year for HALLOWEEN II), Tobin Bell (for starring as Jigsaw in the SAW franchise), Noah Segan (Best Villain), and Drew Daywalt, who took home a statutte for his short film “Bedfellows,” which won Chiller’s Scary Good Film Competition.
Rick Baker (a six-time Oscar winner for his makeup work) received a Jack Pierce Lifetime Achievement for his contribution to the horror genre; the award is named after the artist who created Universal’s classic movies monsters: Frankenstein, the Mummy, and the Wolf Man. Appropriately enough, Baker’s latest work is on a remake of THE WOLF MAN, starring Benicio Del Toro in the role made famous by Lon Chaney in the 1941 original.
The Chiller-Eyegores are a pretty much a press event – designed to get coverage for the opening of Halloween Horror Nights, which took place on October 2 this year. During weekends in October, Universal’s theme park features walk-through mazes based on SAW and HALLOWEEN, so it makes sense to have Tobin Bell and Rob Zombie appear in person, drawing representatives from websites like Bloody Disgusting and Dread Central who are likely to write favorable notices of the Halloween attraction.
Lest we sound cynical, we will point out that we were pleased with several of the awards this year. Young Noah Segan was excellent in the wonderful cult horror film DEAD GIRL, and deserves recognition. And it was wonderful to see Rick Baker receive an award named after a man whose work inspired him to get into the movie makeup profession.
Before the awards presentation, winners and other guests paraded down the red carpet, answering question from the press. Cinefantastique Online was there to grab video interviews with Baker, Daywalt, Tenedra Howard (on hand to present an award to her SAW VI co-star Tobin Bell), and Gadi Harel and Marcel Sarmiento, who co-directed DEAD GIRL.
See a larger version of the video below. Read a review of Halloween Horror Nights at Hollywood Gothique.