Annal: 1996 Saturn Award for Best Horror Film

Results of the Saturn Award in the year 1996.

Film:From Dusk Till Dawn

From Dusk Till Dawn

Robert Rodriguez

From a match made in heaven comes a movie spawned in hell! Young hotshot director Robert Rodriquez (El Mariachi, Desperado) teamed up with Pulp Fiction auteur Quentin Tarantino (offering his services as writer and co-star) to make this outrageous, no-holds-barred hybrid of high-octane crime and gruesome horror. QT plays Richard Gecko, a borderline psychopath who breaks his career-criminal brother, Seth (George Clooney), out of prison, after which they rob a bank and leave a trail of dead and wounded in their bloody wake. Then they hijack a…

Film:The City of Lost Children

The City of Lost Children

Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet

The fantastic visions of Belgian filmmakers Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet find full fruition in this fairy tale for adults. Evoking utopias and dystopias from Brazil to Peter Pan, Caro and Jeunet create a vivid but menacing fantasy city in a perpetually twilight world. In this rough port town lives circus strongman One (Ron Perlman), who wanders the alleys and waterfront dives looking for his baby brother, snatched from him by a mysterious gang preying upon the children of the town. Rising from the harbor is an enigmatic castle where lives the…

Film:Demon Knight

Demon Knight

Ernest R. Dickerson, Gilbert Adler

Ernest Dickerson, one-time cinematographer for Spike Lee and director of Demon Knight, said during the initial release of this film that he chose the project because he was a lifelong fan of the horror genre. Other horror fans should be thankful, because without Dickerson’s enthusiasm and visual sense, this derivative gorefest wouldn’t come close to the entertainment level that it ultimately achieves. The film was the first big- screen adaptation of HBO’s Tales from the Crypt series, a show based on the EC comic books of the ‘50s. Like…

Film:In the Mouth of Madness

In the Mouth of Madness

John Carpenter

The mind-bending worlds of author H.P. Lovecraft have long interested horror directors, but the films have rarely successfully captured his nightmarish mix of madness and mythology. John Carpenter’s In the Mouth of Madness is not directly based on Lovecraft’s work, but screenwriter Michael De Luca draws his inspiration from Lovecraft’s Cthulu mythology and then adds his own ingenious twists. John Trent (Sam Neill), an insurance investigator recently fitted for a straightjacket, tells his story to a psychiatrist. Hired to track down the missing pop-horror…

Film:Lord of Illusions

Lord of Illusions

Clive Barker

Scott Bakula stars as a detective who gets more than he bargained for in this shocking supernatural thriller that rips apart the boundaries between the art of illusion and the terrifying forces of magic.

Film:Mute Witness

Mute Witness

Anthony Waller

A mute makeup artist working on a slasher film in Moscow is locked in the studio after hours. While trying to get out the building she witnesses a brutal murder as a snuff film is being made, and she must run for her life. She struggles to stay alive so she can convince authorities of what she’s seen. Alec Guiness is the surprise guest star!

Film:The Prophecy

The Prophecy

Gregory Widen

Big-screen favorite Christopher Walken heads an all-star cast in this chilling and suspenseful thriller!

At the scene of a bizarre murder, L.A. homicide detective Thomas Dagget (Elias Koteas) discovers a lethal heavenly prophecy now being fulfilled on earth! Yet in his fight to stop the forces of evil—led by the powerful angel Gabriel (Walken)—Dagget finds an unlikely ally in an elementary school teacher (Virginia Madsen). Together they race against time and terror to save the world as we know it! Also starring Eric Stoltz.

Critics everywhere praised The Prophecy for its high-powered thrills and knockout performances—don’t miss it!

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