Annal: 2001 Saturn Award for Best Horror Film

Results of the Saturn Award in the year 2001.

Film:Final Destination

Final Destination

James Wong

Alex and a group of high school students take a flight to Paris for a French class trip. Alex has a premonition of the plane crashing and prevents his schoolmates from taking off. The plane bursts into flames shortly after takeoff, and Alex must deal with suspicious FBI agents as well as his freaked-out friends. Unfortunately, Alex continues to foresee the gruesome, dramatic deaths of those that should have died on the plane.

Film:Dracula 2000

Dracula 2000

Patrick Lussier

As a director, Wes Craven has been able to infuse his horror movies with humor and some smart, often genuinely creepy, thrills, even on his lowest-budgeted films. As a producer of horror movies, well, his record has been spotty at best. Craven tapped his longtime editor Patrick Lussier to direct Dracula 2000, and the movie ends up with all the good and bad of “a Wes Craven production.” A modern-day update of the Dracula legend, the script has some genuinely good ideas. Christopher Plummer (The Insider) takes a relatively juicy role as Van Helsing,…

Film:The Gift (2000)

The Gift

Sam Raimi

No one was better suited than Sam Raimi to fulfil co-writer Billy Bob Thornton’s vision of The Gift. This supernatural whodunnit is set in the wooded and swampy Southern US town of Brixton, Georgia, which is altogether familiar territory for the director of the Evil Dead movies and producer of the TV series American Gothic. Raimi skilfully builds a sense of tension and unease, using his camera initially with pleasing restraint before letting rip with skewed angles and unpredictable editing effects in a series of disturbing dreams. These belong to local “Fortune Teller” Annie (a mesmerising Cate Blanchett), who “witnesses” the murder of a local good-time girl in her nightmares. As clues and red herrings pile up, it should become obvious that this is a tale more about people and place than plotting and the paranormal.…

Film:Requiem for a Dream

Requiem for a Dream

Darren Aronofsky

Employing shock techniques and sound design in a relentless sensory assault, Requiem for a Dream is about nothing less than the systematic destruction of hope. Based on the novel by Hubert Selby Jr., and adapted by Selby and director Darren Aronofsky, this is undoubtedly one of the most effective films ever made about the experience of drug addiction (both euphoric and nightmarish), and few would deny that Aronofsky, in following his breakthrough film Pi, has pushed the medium to a disturbing extreme, thrusting conventional narrative into a panic…

Film:Urban Legends: Final Cut

Urban Legends: Final Cut

John Ottman

At the renowned film school Alpine University, one senior student is awarded the esteemed Hitchcock Award for the best thesis film each year. A down-to-earth documentary film student Amy Mayfield wants to take a crack at the Hitchcock. During a chance meeting with the new campus security guard Reese, Amy is inspired by the story of an urban legend at Reese’s former place of employment, Pendleton University. Deciding to break away from documentaries, Amy’s thesis film will be a work of fiction about urban legends. After writing the script, story boarding the shots and casting her actors, Amy and her crew prepare to roll camera. When Amy’s film crew starts falling prey to fatal “accidents,” she questions where fiction ends and truth begins. When all the dots start to connect back to her, she realizes she must unmask the killer before she becomes an urban legend.

Film:What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath

Robert Zemeckis

In this exciting supernatural thriller, Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer play a seemingly happily married couple who uncover a terrible secret…a secret so disturbing it threatens to destroy them.

When Claire Spencer begins seeing ghostly images and hearing mysterious voices in their home, her husband Norman suspects it’s just her imagination—until the images turn real. Now, together they must uncover the truth, confront their worst fears and find “what lies beneath”…with twisting and terrifying results.

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