The Saturn Award
Writer-director Scott Spiegel was amongst those honored at the 25th Annual Saturn Awards presented on June 9th, 1999. The Saturn Awards, hosted by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, are devoted to honoring the talent who work in genre filmmaking, video and television. Spiegel received the Saturn Award for Best Home Video Release for FROM DUSK TILL DAWN 2: TEXAS BLOOD MONEY. Special awards were also presented to Ray Bradbury, James Coburn and William Friedkin that same evening.

His long time friend Boaz Yakin was there to enjoy the evening with him. Scott and Boaz share co-story credits on TEXAS BLOOD MONEY, and had previously collaborated on the script for THE ROOKIE, a Clint Eastwood action movie.
Scott says, "It was really cool. It was so much fun and it was packed. When I got there I saw Bruce Campbell. And we were kind of shemping around so to speak. It was so funny because from my table I could see him kind up near the front. And so whenever we'd hear whipped music or cheesy things, he'd be looking at me and I was like 'Will you stop!' He was just cracking me up."

Though not televised, the Saturn Awards are a prestigious event and heavily covered by the media. Scott's impressions of the evening: "Rod Steiger gave a really cool speech. William Friedkin won an award and got up there, and Linda Blair was there. Michael Bay of all people, and Brian Singer - they had a lot of really cool people. I sat like next to KISS' Gene Simmons. Actually at my table was Gary Cole. It was really cool and just a lot of fun. James Woods gave this kick-ass speech, and Bruce was so great. Bruce gave some awards and was up there doing his routines and it was just so refreshing and funny. You can tell he's done this so many times, I mean he was just so polished. And Guillermo Del Toro, who directed MIMIC and CRONOS, a really cool director and a guy I've actually met a few times and hung out with - he and Lin Shaye, who's so hilarious in SOMETHING ABOUT MARY, those two gave me my award. And I was just like 'Oh, this is so cool!' I didn't expect it to be so fancy, plus those awards are way cool."
Hints of this kind of future can be found from the time Scott made his first little horror film - at the age of eleven. "It started out with my friend Bill Ward, and he had this Kodak Brownie Camera - it was one of the first Super-8 cameras - and my friend Matt Dewan. And basically we loved all the monster movies, and we loved Famous Monsters magazine - which actually still exists. And we were going to buy this Lon Chaney movie called Phantom of the Opera…"

Scott & Saturn Award

"Then we went, 'Wait, we've got a camera… so let's buy like 4 rolls of film (or whatever it was) and make our own movie.' So we made this whipped movie called 'Inspector Klutz Saves the Day.' It was very Mad Magazine-ish. It was basically the retelling of the Frankenstein story but he puts the wrong brain in and he's acting very Three Stoogie and picking his nose and doing all this slapsticky stuff. I played like Igor the Assistant, Bill played Dr. Frankenstein and Matt played the monster. We were utilizing all my monster masks - which at that time was like, two. We were all about eleven years old at the time."

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