Annal: 2004 Saturn Award for Best Horror Film

Results of the Saturn Award in the year 2004.

Film:28 Days Later

28 Days Later

Danny Boyle

Hailed as the most frightening film since The Exorcist, acclaimed Director Danny Boyle’s visionary take on zombie horror “isn’t just scary…it’s absolutely terrifying” (Access Hollywood).

An infirmary patient awakens from a coma to an empty room…in a vacant hospital…in a deserted city. A powerful virus, which locks victims into a permanent state of murderous rage, has transformed the world around him into a seemingly desolate wasteland. Now a handful of survivors must fight to stay alive, unaware that the worst is yet to come…

Film:Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever

Eli Roth

A sneaky and surprisingly smart horror flick, Cabin Fever sets up all the cliches of its particular subgenre (what might be called the “sexy young people go into the woods” horror movie, featuring hostile redneck locals, dead animals on hooks, cars that suddenly stop running, etc.) and by the end has played a clever twist on every standard element, often to darkly comic effect. What’s the plot? Well, five sexy young people (Rider Strong, Jordan Ladd, Joey Kern, Cerina Vincent, and James DeBello) go to an isolated cabin where they contract a nasty bacteria…

Film:Final Destination 2

Final Destination 2

David R. Ellis

Kimberly forsees a horrible auto accident and saves herself and a few others by blocking an on-ramp. As in the first Final Destination, Death attempts to balance the books with an entertaining variety of elaborate and gruesome deaths.

Film:Freddy vs. Jason

Freddy vs. Jason

Ronny Yu

After 11 years in development hell and screenplay drafts by 13 different writers, the long-awaited smackdown of Freddy vs. Jason finally arrives. After making their respective debuts in Friday the 13th (1980) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), the hockey-masked killer Jason Voorhees (Ken Kirzinger, replacing long-time Jason performer Kane Hodder) and razor-gloved Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) square off in a slasher-franchise combo-deal that only their most devoted fans will appreciate; turns out this is a lightweight match in which…

Film:Jeepers Creepers 2

Jeepers Creepers 2

Victor Salva

Despite the usual symptoms of sequelitis, Jeepers Creepers 2 delivers the goods for those who enjoyed the 2001 original—a group large enough to propel this sequel to a record-setting opening in August 2003. While establishing the flesh-eating “Creeper” as a new horror icon with frantic action and more elaborate special effects, writer-director Victor Salva follows the traditional formula, dispensing with plot almost altogether and focusing entirely on threat, menace, mayhem, and gore. That’s likely to disappoint horror fans hoping for a more revealing…

Film:The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Marcus Nispel

Inspired by a true story and the classic 1974 film. A group of teenagers take a detour from a road trip and what happens next is beyond anyone’s darkest fears and raw nightmares.

Film:Underworld (2003)

Underworld

Len Wiseman

Blade meets The Crow and The Matrix in Underworld, a hybrid thriller that rewrites the rulebook on werewolves and vampires. It’s a “cuisinart” movie (blend a lot of familiar ideas and hope something interesting happens) in which immortal vampire “death dealers” wage an ancient war against “Lycans” (werewolves), who’ve got centuries of revenge—and some rather ambitious genetic experiments—on their lycanthropic agenda. Given his preoccupation with gloomy architecture (mostly filmed in Budapest, Hungary), frenetic mayhem and gothic…

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