Best Horror Movies of 1998

1.

The Faculty

4.7
6.5/10

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
2.

Deep Rising

4.4
6.0/10

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
3.

Vampires

4.4
6.1/10

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: 1998-10-30
4.

Urban Legend

4.1
5.5/10

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
5.

Disturbing Behavior

4.1
5.6/10

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
6.

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

3.7
4.6/10

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
7.

Psycho

3.7
4.6/10

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
8.

Genesis

3.7
7.1/10
Genesis
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
9.

Species II

3.3
4.4/10
Species II
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
10.

The Wisdom of Crocodiles

3.3
6.3/10

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
11.

Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County

3.3
6.4/10
Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County
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
12.

I've Been Waiting for You

2.9
5.4/10

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
13.

Strangeland

2.8
5.0/10

A pierced and tattooed sadist, Captain Howdy, trolls the Internet for naive teens, luring them to his home to torture and defile them. When Howdy kidnaps and tortures the daughter of police Detective Mike Gage, he is caught. Deemed insane, he is sent to an asylum but is released soon after, seemingly better. However, Gage knows it is only a matter of time before Howdy strikes again, and he's ready to unleash his own form of retribution when the time comes.

Starring: Kevin Gage, Elizabeth Peña, Brett Harrelson, Robert Englund, Linda Cardellini
Directed by: John Pieplow
Release date: 1998-10-02
14.

Bone Daddy

2.8
5.3/10

Doctor Palmer, a former pathologist, wrote a fictional book based on his real cases. In the book, the madman gets caught, but in reality he is still uncaught. After the book is released, Palmer's editor is kidnapped. Palmer soon is sent a present containing a page of his book, and a bone from his editor. Together with the police, Palmer tries to find his editor, who might still be alive. In addition, his own son becomes one of the main suspects. Written by Julian Reischl

Starring: Rutger Hauer, Barbara Williams, R. H. Thomson, Joseph Kell, Robin Gammell
Directed by: Mario Philip Azzopardi
Release date: 1998-07-19
15.

Progeny

2.7
4.9/10

An unsuspecting woman is impregnated by aliens who are experimenting on the human population.

Starring: Arnold Vosloo, Jillian McWhirter, Brad Dourif, Lindsay Crouse, Wilford Brimley
Directed by: Brian Yuzna
Release date: 1998-03-30
16.

Shadow Builder

2.7
5.0/10

A demon is summoned to take the soul of a young boy who has the potential to become a saint. By doing this he will open a doorway to hell and destroy the world.

Starring: Michael Rooker, Leslie Hope, Shawn Alex Thompson, Andrew Jackson, Kevin Zegers
Directed by: Jamie Dixon
Release date: 1998-11-01
17.

Satyr

2.7
6.3/10
Satyr
A flickering fire in a pit casts shadows on a cave wall of a couple, half-human, half-animal, engaged in sex. The shadows have tails and small horns. There's a sense of something strangely primitive, almost mythological... Director Michael Zen takes you on a journey into the netherworld. A mystical place where angels fear to tread & debauchery runs rampant.
Starring: Asia Carrera, Chloe, Jenna Jameson, Missy, Stacy Valentine
Directed by: Michael Zen
Release date: 1998-08-16
18.

Modern Vampires

2.6
4.5/10

A vampire hunter in southern California discovers that his son has been murdered by a gang of the undead and thus goes on a quest for revenge.

Starring: Casper Van Dien, Rod Steiger, Kim Cattrall, Natasha Lyonne, Natasha Gregson Wagner
Directed by: Richard Elfman
Release date: 1998-10-19
19.

Death Mask

2.5
4.6/10
Death Mask
Wilbur works in an old carnival and shows some gruesome things to the public. He covers his face because he had a sadistic father who burned his face as a child. Everybody makes jokes about his scars and when the new boss fires him, he goes to an old swamp-witch who gives him a peace of wood from a hanging tree. Wilbur makes a mask from this piece of wood and puts all his anger in this mask. When he puts the mask on, everybody who looks at him commits suicide.
Starring: James Best, Linnea Quigley, John Nutten, Brigitte Hill, Diane Cantrell
Directed by: Steve Latshaw
Release date: 1998-01-01
20.

Auton 2: Sentinel

2.5
6.9/10
Auton 2: Sentinel
Two years have passed since the Nestene creature vanished from UNIT's top secret Warehouse... Suddenly and without warning the Nestene strikes, once again using Autons as its deadly foot soldiers. As mysterious UNIT operative Lockwood struggles to unearth the Nestene plan, he finds himself drawn to remote Sentinel Island. There, the population have been caught up in a bizarre frenzy of religious activity. Lockwood is joined by Natasha Alexander, a new scientific advisor with her own, sinister agenda. To defeat the Nestene menace they must both face the terrifying power of a creature from before the dawn of Mankind...
Directed by: Nicholas Briggs
Release date: 1998-01-01

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