Universal Studios Hollywood will celebrate the work of filmmakers Robert Rodriguez and John Landis, makeup effects artist Greg Nicotero and rock guitarist Slash at the Eyegore Awards, which kicks off the theme park’s annual “Halloween Horror Nights” event.
The awards show recognizes influential entertainment professionals for bringing the horror genre to life within the film, television and music industries.
Nerdist Industries chief Chris Hardwick and host of AMC’s “Talking Dead,” along with “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman, will present the Eyegore to Nicotero, a filmmaker and special effects make-up supervisor on “Walking Dead.”
Rodriguez, who recently directed “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” and has the “From Dusk Till Dawn” TV series airing on the El Rey Network, will be feted by actor Danny Trejo, who took home a trophy at last year’s Eyegore Awards.
Meanwhile, iconic special effects makeup artist and previous Eyegore winner Rick Baker will present the trophy to Landis, with whom he worked with on “An American Werewolf in London.”
The awards will be handed out Sept. 19, the same evening that “Halloween Horror Nights” starts at Universal’s theme parks in Hollywood and Orlando. Event runs through Nov. 2.
Universal is giving the event a refresh this year, moving the show from the park’s Globe Theater to the larger Special Effects Stage, located within the park.
After the event, Slash, who also is receiving an Eyegore, will perform with Myles Kennedy the title song from “Nothing Left to Fear,” the first horror film he produced through his Slasher Films banner. Slash also composed an original score for the “Clowns 3D Music by Slash” maze.
Event will also enable 500 horror fans to attend the show for the first time by purchasing an add-on ticket on the “Halloween Horror Nights” website.
“Face Off” host McKenzie Westmore will emcee the Eyegores for a third consecutive year.
The Hollywood theme park will feature mazes and attractions based on “The Walking Dead,” “From Dusk Till Dawn,” “Dracula Untold,” “Alien vs. Predator,” “An American Werewolf in London,” “The Purge: Anarchy,” and Syfy’s TV series “Face Off.”