Annal: 1994 Saturn Award for Best Horror Film

Results of the Saturn Award in the year 1994.

Film:Army of Darkness

Army of Darkness

Bruce Campbell

A movie that only true horror buffs could love, Army of Darkness is officially part 3 in the wild and wacky Evil Dead trilogy masterminded by the perversely inventive director Sam Raimi, who would later serve as executive producer of the popular syndicated TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Raimi’s favorite actor, Bruce Campbell, returns as Ash (hero of the first two Evil Dead flicks), a hardware-store clerk who is magically transported—along with his beat-up Oldsmobile and a chainsaw attachment for his severed left forearm—to the brutal…

Film:The Dark Half

The Dark Half

George A. Romero

Although it lacks the creepy subtleties of Stephen King’s celebrated novel, George Romero’s underrated adaptation of The Dark Half ranks among the best films based on King’s fiction, with Romero taking care to honor King’s central theme while serving up some gruesome gore in the film’s much-criticized finale. Inspired by King’s own admission that he wrote several novels under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, The Dark Half explores the duality of a writer’s impulse, ranging from literary respectability to the viscerally cathartic thrills of…

Film:The Good Son

The Good Son

Joseph Ruben

Evil resides in an unexpected place in this gripping, suspense-filled drama. Macaulay Culkin stars as Henry, an angelic-looking boy who seems loving and loyal to his parents, sister and friends. Only his cousin Mark (Elijah Wood) sees what lurks behind Henry’s smile- secret thoughts and a love of deadly games. But when Mark tries to warn Henry’s family, they won’t believe him, leaving the terrified youngster alone to battle his jealous, menacing cousin.

Film:Hard Target

Hard Target

John Woo

Jean-Claude Van Damme, “the Muscles from Brussels,” has sought to revitalize his flagging career by working with the most adrenalized directors from Hong Kong action films. His first such effort was this, the umpteenth remake of The Most Dangerous Game, which teamed him with Hong Kong’s most fluid action poet, John Woo. Woo does what he can but, as much magic as he injects into the action, he can’t turn Van Damme into an actor. Still, this is above-average fare for the wooden Belgian, in which he plays a guy trying to bust a ring of hunters who pay for the…

Film:Kalifornia

Kalifornia

Dominic Sena

David Duchovny is a blocked author with a fascination for outlaw killers who hatches a plan to road trip through America’s mass-murder landmarks to finish his book. He enlists his frustrated photographer girlfriend Michelle Forbes, who desperately wants to leave the East Coast for L.A., to illustrate the tome, and they advertise for riding partners. Luckily for them, they wind up with a veteran killer, the greasy trailer-park ex-con Brad Pitt, who decides to skip parole with his cowering child-woman girlfriend Juliette Lewis. Duchovny is enamored by gun-toting…

Film:Needful Things

Needful Things

Fraser Clarke Heston

Stephen King adaptations are strictly hit-or-miss propositions, and this supernatural thriller from 1993 is definitely a “miss,” based on one of King’s lesser novels and starring Max von Sydow as the evil proprietor of a small-town antique shop named “Needful Things.” That’s the place where anyone can go to find the one thing they cherish the most (the town’s aging jock finds his old, high-school letterman’s jacket there, for example), but of course there’s a price for such priceless keepsakes. Yep, that’s right…von Sydow is Satan, and his customers pay for…

Film:The Vanishing (1993)

The Vanishing

George Sluizer

In this riveting, tension-filled psychological thriller, a young woman (Sandra Bullock) mysteriously disappears, sending her boyfriend Jeff (Kiefer Sutherland) on a years-long quest to find her. Not even a new love (Nancy Travis) can keep him from his obsessive search. All the while, the calculating psychopath (Jeff Bridges) who kidnapped his girlfriend stalks Jeff, ultimately taking him through the exact same steps that led to the crime. In order to find out what happened, Jeff must put his own life in the hands of this devious stranger.

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