Annal: 1990 Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film

Results of the Saturn Award in the year 1990.

Film:Alien Nation

Alien Nation

Graham Baker

They get drunk on sour milk. They have two hearts and bald, spotted heads. They’re highly intelligent, but if you drop them in seawater they’ll melt into a puddle of goop. They’re “Newcomers,” and they arrived as refugees in a massive alien slave-ship, quarantined for three years and then reluctantly accepted as citizens of Earth. To some humans—including seasoned Los Angeles cop Matt Sykes (James Caan)—the Newcomers are unwelcome “slags.” Sykes’s own virulent “speciesism” intensifies when Newcomer thugs kill his partner, but he sees logic in teaming up with Sam…

Film:The Blob

The Blob

Chuck Russell

Film:Cocoon: The Return

Cocoon: The Return

Daniel Petrie

In this charming, funny and very moving sequel to the hit film “Cocoon,” the adventurous old-timers who left Earth for the alien utopia Antarea, return on a rescue mission. Although accustomed to their new peaceful, problem-free planet, they realize the joys they left behind after they are reunited with their stunned families. Yet for all their happiness, they must once again confront the human frailties of their past.

Film:My Stepmother Is an Alien

My Stepmother Is an Alien

Richard Benjamin

The title pretty much says it all, folks: A beauteous E.T. cozies up to an eccentric scientist (a disarmingly straight Dan Ackroyd) in an attempt to save her dying planet and falls in love in the process. Much wackiness ensues. Art it ain’t, but this likably lightweight film does deliver the laughs, with assured leading performances (for once, Kim Basinger’s formica loveliness is utilized as an effective comedic asset), a surprisingly bawdy sense of humor, and a riotous supporting turn by a then dewy-fresh Jon Lovitz. Good, undemanding fun. —Andrew Wright

Film:Short Circuit 2

Short Circuit 2

Kenneth Johnson

Film:They Live

They Live

John Carpenter

An economic crisis brings unemployed Nada (Roddy Piper) to L.A. in search of work. What he finds instead is that the ruling elite of the world are aliens in disguise, their aim being to keep humans in a state of mindless consumerism. His discovery comes when he dons a pair of special sunglasses made by a resistance group and sees for the first time reality unadorned. Billboards, store signs, magazine covers—all bear subliminal messages to OBEY, to CONSUME, to have NO INDEPENDENT THOUGHT. Money itself says THIS IS YOUR GOD. But worst of all, with these glasses you…

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