Annal: 1998 Saturn Award for Best Horror Film

Results of the Saturn Award in the year 1998.

Film:Devil's Advocate

Devil's Advocate

Taylor Hackford

Too old for Hamlet and too young for Lear—what’s an ambitious actor to do? Play the Devil, of course. Jack Nicholson did it in The Witches of Eastwick; Robert De Niro did it in Angel Heart (as Louis Cyphre—get it?). In The Devil’s Advocate Al Pacino takes his turn as the great Satan, and clearly relishes his chance to raise hell. He’s a New York lawyer, of course, by the name of John Milton, who recruits a hotshot young Florida attorney (Keanu Reeves) to his firm and seduces him with tempting offers of power, sex, and money. Think of the…

Film:Anaconda

Anaconda

Luis Llosa

This giant-man-eating-snake-in-the-jungle thriller definitely scores points as a guilty pleasure, especially with Jon Voight hamming it up as the monster-poacher. He makes life miserable for a team of documentary filmmakers on the Amazon river. Anaconda is one of those movies that exists for no other reason than to give computer animators a chance to strut their stuff with a new digital beastie, and they don’t disappoint. It’s a lot of fun to watch the mega-snake scarf down its victims and—in the case of Voight—regurgitate ‘em right back up again, all…

Film:I Know What You Did Last Summer

I Know What You Did Last Summer

Jim Gillespie

As they celebrate their high school graduation, four friends are involved in a hit-and-run accident when their car hits—and apparently kills—a pedestrian on an isolated roadway. They dispose of the body and vow to keep the incident a secret, but a year later somebody starts sending them letters bearing the warning “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” At that point the panicked foursome becomes the target of an elusive serial killer whose disguise consists of a fisherman’s slicker and a lethal ice hook. Part mystery and part slasher flick, this thriller was heavily…

Film:Mimic

Mimic

Guillermo del Toro

An ultracreepy blend of horror and fantasy (think of it as Beauty and the Bugs) from Mexican director Guillermo del Toro (Cronos) about giant cockroaches in the subway tunnels beneath Manhattan. Like its DNA-altered spawn (the title refers to the way some insects evolve to resemble their predators), Mimic is not your everyday bug picture, but a more poetic (though quite gruesome) sort of film, literally crawling with bizarre, striking images. In this case, the mutant bugs are not the result of evil atomic experiments (as in Them!), but…

Film:Phantoms

Phantoms

Joe Chappelle

A heart-stopping, edge-of-your-seat thriller with a hot cast of rising stars, Phantoms is the latest from master of suspense, Dean Koontz! Five lone survivors in a devastated town must face the unthinkable: a ferocious force of evil lying below the earth for centuries has surfaced with the power to destroy every human being! Left behind are two sisters, the town sheriff (Academy Award(R)-winner Ben Affleck), his deputy (Liev Schreiber), and a noted tabloid journalist (Peter O’Toole). You’re in for a pulse-pounding experience as the survivors race to stop this terrifying threat before it wipes humankind off the face of the earth!

Film:Scream 2

Scream 2

Wes Craven

Fully aware of its status as the sequel to the surprise hit thriller of 1996, this lively follow-up trades freshness for familiarity, playing on our affection for returning characters while obeying—and then subverting—the “rules” of sequels. Once again, movie references are cleverly employed to draw us into the story, which takes place two years after the events of Scream, at a small Ohio college, where the Scream survivors reunite when another series of mysterious killings begins. Capitalizing on the guesswork involving a host of potential…

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