Actor Danny Trejo. (Photo/Getty Images)

Danny Trejo receives award for scaring audiences

Danny Trejo knows out to majorly scare audiences with just one glance, and the Mexican American actor has just been honored for his one-of-a-kind talent, earning an award for adding diversity to the horror film genre.

The 69-year-old Los Angeles native was given the Eyegore Award by Universal Studios on Friday during its annual ceremony which honors “exemplary work” in horror and sci-fi entertainment genres. Trejo – who will next be seen in next month’s “Machete Kills” – was one of four award recipients, including Bruce Campbell (“Evil Deal”), Greg Nicotero (“The Walking Dead”) and Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath.

Friday’s ceremony helped kick off Hollywood Horror Nights at Universal Studios, an annual event which features a variety of frightening, hair-raising mazes and attractions meant to scare visitors to the theme park’s Hollywood and Orlando locations. And one of this year’s mazes in Hollywood showcases the classic Mexican tale of El Cucuy, the goblin with an insatiable appetite for naughty children. The maze – named “El Cucuy: The Boogeyman” – features a narration by Trejo.

Both NBC Latino and Universal Studios are subsidiaries of NBC Universal.

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