Annal: 2006 Saturn Award for Best Horror Film

Results of the Saturn Award in the year 2006.

Film:The Exorcism of Emily Rose

The Exorcism of Emily Rose

Scott Derrickson

A surprise hit when it was released in September 2005, The Exorcism of Emily Rose tells a riveting horror story while tackling substantial issues of religious and spiritual belief. It’s based on the true story of Anneliese Michel, a German student who believed she was possessed by demons, and whose death during an attempted exorcism in 1976 led to the conviction of two priests on charges of negligent manslaughter. As director and cowriter (with Paul Harris Boardman), filmmaker Scott Derrickson adapts this factual case into a riveting courtroom drama in…

Film:Constantine

Constantine

Francis Lawrence

Based on the DC Comics/Vertigo Hellblazer graphic novels and written by Kevin Brodbin and Frank Cappello, Constantine tells the story of John Constantine (Keanu Reeves), a man who has literally been to hell and back. When he teams up with skeptical policewoman Angela Dodson (Rachel Weisz) to solve the mysterious suicide of her twin sister, their investigation takes them through the world of demons and angels that exists just beneath the landscape of contemporary Los Angeles. Caught in a catastrophic series of otherworldly events, the two become inextricably involved and seek to find their own peace at whatever cost.

Film:Land of the Dead

Land of the Dead

George A. Romero

Bolstered by the success of 28 Days Later, Shaun of the Dead, the Resident Evil movies and the hit remake of his own Dawn of the Dead, George A. Romero returns to the horror subgenre he invented with Land of the Dead. The fourth installment in Romero’s zombie cycle (and the first since 1985’s Day of the Dead) presents a logical progression of events since 1968’s horror classic Night of the Living Dead: Zombies (also known as “stenches” for their rotting odor) are the dominant population, and they’ve begun to show…

Film:Saw II

Saw II: Saw series

Darren Lynn Bousman

Saw II brings back many features of the original Saw: elaborate sadistic scenarios designed to “test” the victims’ will to live.

Film:The Skeleton Key

The Skeleton Key

Iain Softley

Steeped in rain, humidity, and eerie bayou atmosphere, The Skeleton Key is an entertaining supernatural thriller that makes excellent use of its Louisiana locations. New Orleans and the rural environs of Terrebonne Parish are crucial in setting up the creepy circumstances that find compassionate caregiver Caroline Ellis (Kate Hudson) newly employed at the backwater plantation home of Violet (Gena Rowlands) and her invalid husband Ben (John Hurt), who’s been rendered mute and seemingly helpless by a recent stroke. The place is rife with mystery, shrouded in…

Film:Wolf Creek

Wolf Creek

Greg McLean

Welcome to Wolf Creek, where the suspense of The Blair Witch Project meets the horror of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Inspired by Australia’s “Backpacker Killer” who murdered seven backpackers in the ‘90s, Wolf Creek won wide acclaim from critics, filmmakers and audience members alike at the Sundance Film Festival.

Three unsuspecting hikers take off for a drive across Australia. When the trio returns from a four-hour hike to Wolf Creek National Park, they find their car is dead. Help comes in the form of big, back-slapping bushman Mick (John Jarratt). Since Mick appears to be more Crocodile Dundee than Freddy Krueger, the trio trusts him…which proves to be a grave mistake.

Quentin Tarantino said, “Jarratt delivers a performance that’s destined to go down as one of the greatest film heavies of the last 25 years. “Not since the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre has terror felt so real.” Ken Fox, TV Guide

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