Written by Patti Pauley
The final installment of this special edition of Retro Rewind looking at the Horror Hall of Fame 3 is brought to you by Butterfinger, Speed Stick, and a grainy VHS recording (but also grateful to have it) of the 1992 ceremony!
It’s so beautifully nostalgic, isn’t it?
In a world where goddamn national treasures of the horror genre like Child’s Play 3 and The Addams Family can’t get an ounce of respect from the cinematic awards world, we had the motherfuckin’ Horror Hall of Fame with Robert Englund hosting, a hilariously gory illusion act from now Vegas staple The Amazing Johnathan in between inductee segments, and pesky Gremlins annoying the audience.
Ok in all seriousness, I think we all know and those that can remember this annual event held at Universal Studios, Hollywood was a complete cheese fest. But, for someone like me, it was the most delicious piece of cheese to this ten-year-old. It wholeheartedly felt like an awards show catered to young horror fans such as myself year after year, and the third chapter of the horror event was no exception. Although this ceremony in particular felt a little less jazzy than the two prior, maybe it was the absence of the co-hosting Crypt Keeper this year, it’s still a fun watch. Especially that damn Monster Mash dance with Beetlejuice that exemplified what the Universal Studios park once was back in the early nineties. Seriously, I have a fantastic recording of that daily Universal Studios Beetlejuice show on a Polaroid VHS somewhere. I really need to dig that bad boy up.
Anyway, the awards show opens up with a ceremonial tribute to Frankenstein’s mate and the James Whale film that was just as great, if not better than its predecessor. Followed by fellow inductees Alien, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Night of the Living Dead. For the third and what would be the final time, we got another fun segment of Scare Tactics from master of effects Steve Johnson with Linnea Quigley serving as his guinea pig showing how to make up some monster teeth and gap wounds for Halloween; and as stated above a fun as hell Monster Mash dance with the original singer of the infamous tune himself performing Bobby “Boris” Pickett!
The inductees and awards for this year were as follows:
- Film- Bride of Frankenstein
- Film- Alien
- Film- Texas Chainsaw Massacre
- Film- Night of the Living Dead
- Publisher- Famous Monsters of Filmland
- Publisher- EC Comics
- Production Company- Universal Studios —- I mean, why not give it to themselves, right?
Nominees for best horror film were Gremlins 2: The New Batch, The Lawnmower Man, Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, Child’s Play 3, Alien 3, Pet Sematary 2, and The Addams Family who took home the win for Horror Film of the Year.
In what had sadly turned out to be the final year of The Horror Hall of Fame, even though host Robert Englund said they would be back for the Horror Hall of Fame 4, it brought with it a bit of a sadness to young horror fans such as myself who had become accustomed to this, albeit short, annual celebration of the best in the genre when we realized it wasn’t making a return as 1993 came and went. As we come to the end Horror Hall of Fame memory lane, let’s grab some Butterfinger BB’s and an Ecto-Cooler, and watch this home recorded version as it had originally aired in 1992, retro commercials and all thanks to YouTube uploader Spoonfed Nation.