Horror Hall of Fame

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The Horror Hall of Fame was an annual Oscars-style award show hosted by Robert Englund which honored the best horror films, television series, actors, producers and special-effects designers. It ran for three years from 1989 to 1991. At the end of Horror Hall of Fame III, the host promised a Horror Hall of Fame IV, but it never happened.

The Horror Hall of Fame[edit]

The first annual program opens with Robert Englund approaching the Bates Motel and house, a parody of a scene from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.

Inductees for this year are:

Film - Psycho (1960)

Film - The Exorcist (1973)

Film - Alien (1979)

Actor - Boris Karloff Presented by unknown, accepted by Sara Karloff (daughter of Boris Karloff).

Actor - Vincent Price Presented by Roddy McDowell, accepted by Vincent Price in pre-taped video presentation.

Publisher - Famous Monsters of Filmland Presented by Rick Baker, John Landis, & Joe Dante, accepted by Forrest J Ackerman

The winner for best horror film was Arachnophobia. The award was accepted by Arachnophobia director Frank Marshall and spider 'Big Bob' who descended from the ceiling and carried the statuette up the ceiling.

This program also included:

An examination of foreign language horror films presented by Chucky the Killer Doll (in white tuxedo) voiced by Brad Dourif.

Awards presented by Elvira, Janet Leigh—accepted by Pat Hitchcock (daughter of Alfred Hitchcock), Anthony Perkins and Jason Voorhees portrayed by Kane Hodder.

Special Effect segments hosted by make-up artist Steve Johnson and scream queen Linnea Quigley

Horror Hall of Fame II[edit]

The second annual program opens with Robert Englund enjoying a relaxing smoke on a playground which slowly begins to fill with birds, a parody of a scene from Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds.

Inductees for this year are:

Film - The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) Presented by Adrienne Barbeau, accepted by Tobe Hooper

Publisher - EC Comics Presented by Carel Struycken & James Martin Workman, Jr., accepted by William Gaines

Actor - Béla Lugosi Presented by Richard Moll, accepted by Jeff Lugosi (Béla's grandson)

Producer/Director - Roger Corman Presented by William Shatner, accepted by Roger Corman

Production Company - Universal Studios Presented by Elvira, accepted by Carla Laemmle (niece of founder Carl Laemmle, Sr.)

Film - The Birds Presented by Dee Wallace & Brad Dourif; accepted by Morgan Brittany & Tippi Hedren

The nominees for best horror film were Misery, Child's Play 2, The Silence of the Lambs, Predator 2 and Jacob's Ladder. The winner, presented by Vincent Price, was Silence of the Lambs. The award was accepted by Lambs executive producer Gary Goetzman.

This program also included:

A sneak peek of the films The Addams Family, Guilty as Charged and Alien 3 presented by Gilbert Gottfried

A tribute to the passing of Freddy Krueger (Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, which was thought to be the final film featuring the Kruger character, would premiere on Sept. 13th, 1991) by stand-up comic Sam Kinison

Special Effect segments hosted by make-up artist Steve Johnson and scream queen Linnea Quigley

Co-hosting segments from The Crypt Keeper.

Horror Hall of Fame III[edit]

Nominees for best film for Horror Hall of fame III were The Addams Family, Child's Play 3, Alien 3, Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, The Lawnmower Man and Pet Sematary Two. The winner was The Addams Family.

See also[edit]

  • Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards

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