Annal: 1992 Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film

Results of the Saturn Award in the year 1992.

Film:Edward Scissorhands

Edward Scissorhands

Tim Burton

Edward Scissorhands achieves the nearly impossible feat of capturing the delicate flavor of a fable or fairy tale in a live-action movie. The story follows a young man named Edward (Johnny Depp), who was created by an inventor (Vincent Price, in one of his last roles) who died before he could give the poor creature a pair of human hands. Edward lives alone in a ruined Gothic castle that just happens to be perched above a pastel-colored suburb inhabited by breadwinning husbands and frustrated housewives straight out of the 1950s. One day, Peg (Dianne…

Film:Defending Your Life

Defending Your Life

Albert Brooks

Albert Brooks proves there’s laughs after death with this almost heavenly comedy—almost heaven as in Judgment City, where recently perished Daniel Miller (Brooks) learns whether he is worthy of advancing to a higher plane of existence or will be sent back to earth for another incarnation.

His fate will be determined in a very special trial, during which scenes from his life are replayed on a giant screen. “Isn’t it realistic?” a judge asks. “It makes some people nauseous.” While the steely prosecutor (Lee Grant) will try to prove that Daniel failed in life to…

Film:The Fisher King

The Fisher King

Terry Gilliam

Arthurian mythology and modern day decay seem perfect complements to each other in this Terry Gilliam drama/comedy/fantasy. Shock jock Jack Lucas (Jeff Bridges) makes an off-handed radio remark that causes a man to go on a killing spree, leaving Lucas unhinged with guilt. Lucas’s later, chance meeting with Parry (Robin Williams), a homeless man suffering from dementia, gets him involved in the unlikely quest for the Holy Grail. The rickety, and patently unrealistic stand that insanity is just a wonderful place to be, and that the homeless are all errant knights,…

Film:If Looks Could Kill

If Looks Could Kill

William Dear

In a case of mistaken identity, a young man from Detroit becomes entangled in a web of European espionage, adventure and romance.

Film:Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Kevin Reynolds

Kevin Costner’s lousy English accent is a small obstacle in this often exciting version of the Robin Hood fable. That aside, it’s refreshing to have a preface to the old story in which we meet the robber hero of Sherwood Forest as a soldier in King Richard’s Crusades, coming home to find his people under siege from the cruelties of the Sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Rickman). After Robin and his community of outcasts and fighters take to the trees, director Kevin Reynolds (Fandango, 187) is on more familiar narrative ground, and he goes for the gusto…

Film:Warlock

Warlock

Steve Miner

Clever and original, this horror film directed by Steve Miner (Forever Young) stars Julian Sands as a 17th century warlock who escapes the gallows and is transported—along with the witch hunter who brought him to trial (Richard E. Grant)—300 years into the future. Running loose in contemporary Los Angeles, Sands’s supernatural monster sets about reuniting the scattered portions of a Devil’s Book that will reveal the true name of God and thus destroy mankind. In a great twist, the last bit of the book is in a very interesting place: the grave of Grant’s…

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