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Eyegore Awards honors horror genre at Universal

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It's what makes the industry fun. Every year horror film aficionados gather at the Globe Theater at Universal Studios Hollywood for the Eyegore Awards which honors the genre and its filmmakers. A highlight of the event was seeing shocker-rocker filmmaker Rob Zombie present Rainn Wilson an Eyegore Award. Wilson didn't get his trophy for his work as Dwight, the oddball employee on NBC's sitcom The Office. Instead Wilson got it for his odd role as "Fishboy" in Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses. It was a genuine thrill for Wilson, who praised the experience of working with Zombie, and said, "I never thought I'd be standing her with you freaks, getting an Eyegore Award at Universal. I mean, have you guys ever seen a movie where a cheerleader isn't getting shot in the face? I get recognized for a lot of things now, but the thing that always gets me the most excited is when someone comes up to me and yells, 'Fishboy!'" On hand to cheer for Wilson were his 1000 Corpses castmates Sherri Moon, Karen Black and past Eyegore winner Sid Haig.

Other Eyegore winners were David Arquette, for his Deputy Dewey role in Wes Craven's Scream film franchise. Also Jamie Kennedy got an award for his fanboy Randy Meeks role in a couple of the Scream movies. It was presented by director James Gunn to helmed the film Slither. Bailee Madison, 11, played the tormented little girl in Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, and gave a very mature Oscar-worthy acceptance speech thanking her producer Guillermo del Toro. Emma Bell (The Walking Dead) got her Eyegore presented by her Frozen director Adam Green.

Alice Cooper was honored with an Eyegore, but he was on a concert tour so his daughter Calico accepted, and also praised the maze her dad created for Universal's Halloween Horror Nights. Rob Zombie also designed a 3-D maze, and Eli Roth did a maze based on his Hostel films to frighten the visitors to the studio. Universal's creative director John Murdy helped announce the winner of the short horror film contest. Brent Bokovoy of El Cajon won, showing a flair for filmmaking with his Monsters in My Swimming Pool scary story. He was encouraged and thrilled to be surrounded by his fun-loving horror film heroes at Universal.

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