Super-cool Bruce Campbell & Black Sabbath get Eyegore Awards at Universal Studios

Bruce Campbell & McKenzie Westmore,  photo by MargieBarron

Bruce Campbell, “Men want to be him, and women just want to bare his children,” says McKenzie Westmore.  photo by Margie Barron

  Bruce Campbell is usually the coolest dude in the room, but at the annual Eyegore Awards Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler were also in da house, and even they were upstaged by the little gremlin trophy that honored thoes who embrace the horror genre.

 Kicking off Universal Studios Hollywood’s seasonal Halloween Horror Nights, the annual Eyegore Awards 2013 were handed out. The scary-funny event puts the spotlight on fabulous folks in the horror biz, with stars, filmmakers and even musicians on hand to pick up the nasty gremlin-styled Eyegore award.

  Campbell was a superstar there among his peers and fans. He clutched his award and dryly quipped, “I will hold down the finest papers on my desk with this.” Campbell was recognized for his enduring career which started with the original Evil Dead film franchise.

 Black Sabbath’s Ozzy and Geezer added to the way-cool vibe at the ceremony. They took a bow for embracing the dark as Heavy Metal pioneers. Ozzy’s wife Sharon Osbourne gleefully made the presentation with son Jack (taking time out from Dancing With the Stars rehearsals) and daughter Kelly (a DWTS alumna) cheering for their dad.

  The awards also paid homage to zombies and the cast of AMC’s The Walking Dead, with the trophy accepted by series star Melissa McBride. Actor-producer Danny Trejo, best known for Machete and his new Machete Kills films, got an award and bragged he’s been in more than 36 scary movies over his long career “because I have the face for it.” Producer Jason Blum and writer-actor Leigh Whannell got Eyegores for their Insidious: Chapter 2 film that opened number one its first weekend at the box office.

  The gorgeous McKenzie Westmore, host of the Syfy Channel’s Face Off show, emceed the affair with sass and humor. Introducing Bruce Campbell she rightfully noted, “Men want to be him, and women just want to bare his children.” In the genre world he is a legend. He’s the star of more than 50 films, plus the series Burn Notice.

  But Campbell was self-effacing when he joked around about why he was there. “I got a call, they said, ‘Bruce come to the Eyegore Awards and get an award.’ I said, ‘What’s that?’ They said, ‘You never heard of the Eyegores?’ I’m like, ‘No, I don’t know what an award is,’” Campbell insisted. “My last award was for Little League. I was most improved player. So I thank Universal and the Eyegores for giving me the ‘About F’ing Time Award.’”

  Rock royalty Ozzy Osbourne gave a coherent speech. “I don’t know what to say really. It’s been an amazing year. We had a number one record and world tour, and now this. Thank you very much everybody. God bless you,” he said sweetly. Sharon Osbourne was telling everyone that she was thrilled with the “Black Sabbath 13 3D” maze set up for Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights. Sharon said, “It’s based on the band’s latest album ‘13,’ which debuted at number one on the Billboard charts. Not bad for old farts!”

  Among the monster-lovers at the event were Grimm’s Bitsie Tulloch, Kyle Massey of That’s So Raven and DWTS fame, Girls Next Door’s Bridget Marquardt, Rock of Ages’ Diego Boneta, Pysch’s Corbin Bernsen, Machette Kills’ Alexa Vega, Glee’s Josh Sussman, murderous doll from the Chucky films, and Universal’s creative director John Murdy. Yeah, there were a lot of scary folks there.

  At the end of the ceremony all were invited to enjoy Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights 2013, which continues on selected nights until Nov. 2. Highlights among the attractions are scream-inducing mazes based on The Walking Dead, Black Sabbath 13 3D, Insidious, El Cucuy: The Boogeyman and much more. It’s not for the faint of heart. #

Margie Barron has written for a wide variety of outlets including Gannett newspapers, Nickelodeon, Tiger Beat and 16 Magazine, Fresh!, Senior Life, Production Update, airline magazines, etc. Margie is also proud to have been half of the husband & wife writing team Frank & Margie Barron, who had written together for various entertainment and travel publications for more than 38 years.