Best Horror Movies of 1998

1.

Blade

5.6

When Blade's mother was bitten by a vampire during pregnancy, she did not know that she gave her son a special gift while dying: All the good vampire attributes in combination with the best human skills. Blade and his mentor Whistler battle an evil vampire rebel (Deacon Frost) who plans to take over the outdated vampire council, capture Blade and resurrect voracious blood god La Magra.

Starring: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N'Bushe Wright, Donal Logue
Directed by: Stephen Norrington
Release date: 1998-08-21
2.

The Faculty

4.7

When some very creepy things start happening around school, the kids at Herrington High make a chilling discovery that confirms their worst suspicions: their teachers really are from another planet! As mind-controlling parasites rapidly begin spreading from the faculty to the students' bodies, it's ultimately up to the few who are left – an unlikely collection of loners, leaders, nerds and jocks – to save the world from alien domination.

Starring: Jordana Brewster, Elijah Wood, Clea DuVall, Laura Harris, Josh Hartnett
Directed by: Robert Rodriguez
Release date: 1998-12-25
3.

Deep Rising

4.4

A group of heavily armed hijackers board a luxury ocean liner in the South Pacific Ocean to loot it, only to do battle with a series of large-sized, tentacled, man-eating sea creatures who have taken over the ship first.

Starring: Treat Williams, Famke Janssen, Anthony Heald, Kevin J. O'Connor, Una Damon
Directed by: Stephen Sommers
Release date: 1998-01-30
4.

Vampires

4.4
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The church enlists a team of vampire-hunters to hunt down and destroy a group of vampires searching for an ancient relic that will allow them to exist in sunlight.
Starring: James Woods, Daniel Baldwin, Sheryl Lee, Thomas Ian Griffith, Maximilian Schell
Directed by: John Carpenter
Release date: 1998-04-15
5.

Halloween H20: 20 Years Later

4.3

Two decades after surviving a massacre on October 31, 1978, former baby sitter Laurie Strode finds herself hunted by persistent knife-wielder Michael Myers. Laurie now lives in Northern California under an assumed name, where she works as the headmistress of a private school. But it's not far enough to escape Myers, who soon discovers her whereabouts. As Halloween descends upon Laurie's peaceful community, a feeling of dread weighs upon her -- with good reason.

Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Hartnett, Adam Arkin, Michelle Williams, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Directed by: Steve Miner
Release date: 1998-08-05
6.

Urban Legend

4.1

There's a campus killer on the loose who's making urban legends, like the one about eating pop rocks and soda at the same time will make your stomach explode and the one about a psycho with an axe stepping into the backseat of your car at the gas station when not looking, into reality.

Starring: Alicia Witt, Jared Leto, Rebecca Gayheart, Michael Rosenbaum, Loretta Devine
Directed by: Jamie Blanks
Release date: 1998-09-25
7.

Disturbing Behavior

4.1

Steve Clark is a newcomer in the town of Cradle Bay, and he quickly realizes that there's something odd about his high school classmates. The clique known as the "Blue Ribbons" are the eerie embodiment of academic excellence and clean living. But, like the rest of the town, they're a little too perfect. When Steve's rebellious friend Gavin mysteriously joins their ranks, Steve searches for the truth with fellow misfit Rachel.

Starring: James Marsden, Katie Holmes, Nick Stahl, Steve Railsback, Bruce Greenwood
Directed by: David Nutter
Release date: 1998-07-24
8.

Bride of Chucky

4.0

Chucky hooks up with another murderous doll, the bridal gown-clad Tiffany, for a Route 66 murder spree with their unwitting hosts.

Starring: Ed Gale, Jennifer Tilly, Brad Dourif, Katherine Heigl, Nick Stabile
Directed by: Ronny Yu
Release date: 1998-10-16
9.

Phantoms

4.0

In the peaceful town of Snowfield, Colorado something evil has wiped out the community. And now, its up to a group of people to stop it, or at least get out of Snowfield alive.

Starring: Ben Affleck, Peter O'Toole, Rose McGowan, Joanna Going, Liev Schreiber
Directed by: Joe Chappelle
Release date: 1998-01-23
10.

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

3.7

Unfinished business with coed Julie James brings the murderer to the Bahamas to terrorize her and her friends, Karla, Tyrell and Will, during a vacation. Can Ray Bronson who survived a bloody attack alongside Julie two summers ago, get to the island in time to save everyone?

Starring: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr., Mekhi Phifer, Brandy Norwood, Muse Watson
Directed by: Danny Cannon
Release date: 1998-11-13
11.

Genesis

3.7
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A sculptor is traumatized by the death of his wife in a car accident. He builds a sculpture in her memory. As the lifelike sculpture begins to bleed through the cracks of clay, the sculptor's flesh mutates and crumbles away...
Starring: Pep Tosar, Trae Houlihan
Directed by: Nacho Cerdà
Release date: 1998-01-01
12.

Psycho

3.6

A young female embezzler arrives at the Bates Motel, which has terrible secrets of its own. Although this version is in color, features a different cast, and is set in 1998, it is closer to a shot-for-shot remake than most remakes, with director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk, Hanson's Music Video "Weird") often copying Hitchcock's camera movements and editing, and Joseph Stefano's script is mostly carried over. Bernard Herrmann's musical score is reused as well, though with a new arrangement by Danny Elfman and recorded in stereo.

Starring: Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Julianne Moore, Viggo Mortensen, William H. Macy
Directed by: Gus Van Sant
Release date: 1998-12-04
13.

Species II

3.3
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Having just returned from a mission to Mars, Commander Ross isn't exactly himself. He's slowly becoming a terrifying alien entity with one goal -- to procreate with human women! When countless women suffer gruesome deaths after bearing half-alien offspring, scientist Laura Baker and hired assassin Press Lennox use Eve, a more tempered alien clone, to find Ross and his brood. Before long Eve escapes to mate with Ross.
Starring: Michael Madsen, Natasha Henstridge, Marg Helgenberger, Mykelti Williamson, George Dzundza
Directed by: Peter Medak
Release date: 1998-04-10
14.

Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County

3.3
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After a mysterious blackout, a son goes out to investigate and captures footage of actual aliens. When the aliens follow he and his brothers back to their home all hell breaks lose.
Starring: Benz Antoine, Kristian Ayre, Gillian Barber, Michael Buie, Emmanuelle Chriqui
Directed by: Dean Alioto
Release date: 1998-01-20
15.

The Wisdom of Crocodiles

3.3

A vampire in London is searching for the ideal woman to 'redeem' him.

Starring: Jude Law, Elina Löwensohn, Timothy Spall, Jack Davenport, Kerry Fox
Directed by: Po-Chih Leong
Release date: 1998-11-27
16.

The Prophecy II

3.1

Gabriel returns to try to destroy the human race he despises so much, with the help of a suicidal teen and the opposition of the angel Daniel.

Starring: Christopher Walken, Jennifer Beals, Brittany Murphy, Eric Roberts, Glenn Danzig
Directed by: Greg Spence
Release date: 1998-01-20
17.

Dead Man's Curve

3.0

Two roommates plan to kill a third to take advantage of college policy giving a 4.0 grade to a suicide's roommates.

Starring: Michael Vartan, Matthew Lillard, Randall Batinkoff, Keri Russell, Tamara Craig Thomas
Directed by: Dan Rosen
Release date: 1998-01-24
18.

Phantasm IV: Oblivion

2.9

Taking off immediately where the last one ended, in this episode Mike travels across dimensions and time fleeing from the Tall Man, at the same time he tries to find the origins of his enemy, and what really happened the night that his brother died. Meanwhile, Reggie battles the spheres and the undead in a quest to find Mike before the Tall Man can complete his transformation.

Starring: Angus Scrimm, A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Reggie Bannister, Heidi Marnhout
Directed by: Don Coscarelli
Release date: 1998-07-31
19.

I've Been Waiting for You

2.9

When a California teen with an interest in the occult moves to a New England town, she finds that the town teens believe she is a witch sent to seek revenge on the descendants of the people who originally killed another witch a hundred years earlier. Things take a particularly deadly turn when they convince her to play a seer at a Halloween party where they will feed her information over an earphone about those who enter her tent, only she suddenly sees things beyond their knowledge or help.

Starring: Sarah Chalke, Soleil Moon Frye, Ben Foster, Christian Campbell, Maggie Lawson
Directed by: Christopher Leitch
Release date: 1998-03-22
20.

The Last Broadcast

2.8

Bristling with equipment, two enthusiastic local access cable TV producers recruit an assistant and venture into a forest in search of the mythical and horrifying Jersey Devil. Days later, only one of the trio emerges. He becomes the prime suspect in the disappearances of the other two. However, a local filmmaker examines extensive footage found at the scene and arrives at a different conclusion.

Directed by: Stefan Avalos, Lance Weiler
Release date: 1998-10-23

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