Clive Barker on making movies, writing books, and the state of horror in 1988

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, DEC. 23, 1988 By Steve Newton Horror is big stuff nowadays. Why, just flick your TV on any night and chances are you'll come across War of the Worlds, Monsters, Tales from the Dark Side, or Freddy's Nightmares. Walk into most any video store and you just might find … Continue reading Clive Barker on making movies, writing books, and the state of horror in 1988

Horror superstar Clive Barker on having the world by the balls at 35

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 13, 1987 By Steve Newton What scares you? Spiders? Sharp knives? The dentist? The threat of nuclear holocaust? Count me in on all the above, and add another: Clive Barker's writing. Like Count Floyd used to say: "It's scary stuff, kids!" At 35, Clive Barker is being touted … Continue reading Horror superstar Clive Barker on having the world by the balls at 35

Terror titan Wes Craven on the horrors of family and being cast in the role of the scary guy

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 7, 1991 By Steve Newton “Where do you get your ideas from?” Horror director Wes Craven must have heard that question a thousand times. It seems that everybody wants to know how he came up with the character of Freddy Kreuger, or how he was able to withstand … Continue reading Terror titan Wes Craven on the horrors of family and being cast in the role of the scary guy

BTO founder Bachman once tried paying a surprise visit to Stephen King

By Steve Newton Hardcore fans of Stephen King are aware that he used the pen name Richard Bachman for a number of his early novels because he was a huge fan of Bachman-Turner Overdrive. But not many BTO fans know that the band's founding guitarist, Randy Bachman, once went looking for King in the horror … Continue reading BTO founder Bachman once tried paying a surprise visit to Stephen King

Spider dreams and the new American Horror Story Season 6 poster

By Steve Newton I've got an intense fear of spiders. Not small ones--or even bigger ones as long as they're of the "daddylonglegs" variety. No, it's the dark, hairy, menacing ones, the ones we used to call "wolf spiders", that would hang out in our Chilliwack basement when I was a kid. "They're a lot … Continue reading Spider dreams and the new American Horror Story Season 6 poster

Tim Curry talks Pennywise on the set of Stephen King’s It: an Ear of Newt audio exclusive

By Steve Newton Tim Curry's performance as Pennywise, the evil clown in Stephen King's It, has long been hailed as a major achievement in the realm of horror. Curry nailed it, most would agree. As the Vancouver correspondent for Fangoria magazine back in 1990, when the TV miniseries was shot, I got to go on … Continue reading Tim Curry talks Pennywise on the set of Stephen King’s It: an Ear of Newt audio exclusive

Koontz on King: Dean Koontz on his fave Stephen King film and the Maine-man’s contribution to horror

By Steve Newton Way back in 1988 I did a phone interview with Dean Koontz for a story I was writing on the film adaptation of his novel Watchers for Fangoria magazine. Watchers was an awesome book--especially if you like golden retrievers--but the movie, starring Corey Haim, turned out to be a piece of doggie … Continue reading Koontz on King: Dean Koontz on his fave Stephen King film and the Maine-man’s contribution to horror

Stephen King compares Donald Trump to his demagogue villain from The Dead Zone

By Steve Newton Stephen King is not only one of my fave alltime writers--right up there with Richard Matheson, Robert Bloch, and Joe R. Lansdale--he's also a fun guy to follow on Twitter. And lately he's been cleverly putting the boots to Republican frontrunner Donald  Trump--who King currently refers to as He Who Must Not Be … Continue reading Stephen King compares Donald Trump to his demagogue villain from The Dead Zone

Joe R. Lansdale’s Hap Collins and Leonard Pine headed to TV

Just heard some great news in a tweet from one of my fave authors, hardboiled Texas mystery/suspense ace Joe R. Lansdale. He's the guy who wrote the story that became one of my fave all-time horror flicks, Bubba Ho-Tep. Turns out two of my fave characters of his--Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, from the Hap and Leonard … Continue reading Joe R. Lansdale’s Hap Collins and Leonard Pine headed to TV

Canadian Horror Show in Vancouver features icky Michael Ironside

The last time the Georgia Straight chatted with Vince D'Amato, back in the fall of 2003, he was busy overseeing the gruesome torture of his fiancée at his mom’s house in Burnaby. D’Amato was directing an extremely low-budget ($3,000) horror flick called Human Nature, and his bride-to-be, Nicole Hancock, portrayed an unfortunate victim. That set visit turned into … Continue reading Canadian Horror Show in Vancouver features icky Michael Ironside

Oculus director to adapt Stephen King’s kinky psych-horror Gerald’s Game

Word out of the Cannes Film Festival is that Oculus director Mike Flanagan will helm an adaptation of Stephen King's 1992 novel, Gerald's Game, about a woman who fights to survive after a bondage game with her husband goes horribly wrong. Gerald's Game was the followup to King's 1991 behemoth, Needful Things, which--at 690 pages--was nearly … Continue reading Oculus director to adapt Stephen King’s kinky psych-horror Gerald’s Game

That time Martin Sheen charmed the f*** out of everyone on the Spawn junket

By Steve Newton Working for a newspaper for over 30 years does have it perks. Like that time in 1997 when I got got flown to Beverly Hills so I could hang out with a bunch of other entertainment journalists and listen to Martin Sheen talk about being in Spawn. Man that guy was cool.  … Continue reading That time Martin Sheen charmed the f*** out of everyone on the Spawn junket

Max von Sydow’s “odd upbringing” led to roles as Jesus and the devil

By Steve Newton Back in 1993 I covered the Vancouver-area filming of the Stephen King-based horror flick Needful Things for Fangoria. The movie ended up being crap, but I did get to interview everybody's favourite exorcist, Max von Sydow, so that was cool.  Not many actors have the wide-ranging talent it takes to play both … Continue reading Max von Sydow’s “odd upbringing” led to roles as Jesus and the devil

Rob Zombie reopens the ’70s drive-in with the twisted House of 1000 Corpses

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT ON APRIL 10, 2003 As a first-time writer-director, shock-rocker Rob Zombie delivered just the type of movie you’d expect from a guy who writes tunes like “Scum of the Earth” and “Demonoid Phenomenon”, then performs them while looking like Charlie Manson’s homeless brother. His film, House of 1000 Corpses—which … Continue reading Rob Zombie reopens the ’70s drive-in with the twisted House of 1000 Corpses

Splatter king Tom Savini brings “dead things” to life remaking Romero

By Steve Newton When Tom Savini's remake of George Romero's zombie classic The Night of the Living Dead came out in 1990 I did a phone interview with the gore-FX guru. That was cool. Blood and guts aren’t pretty. Neither is brain matter. But when it comes to the horror genre, those type of bodily components … Continue reading Splatter king Tom Savini brings “dead things” to life remaking Romero

Stephen King dedicates Doctor Sleep to underrated rock genius Warren Zevon

I scored a copy of the new Stephen King novel Doctor Sleep for Christmas, which was great as it continues the story of The Shining, one of my fave works--next to Carrie, The Dead Zone, and The Stand--from King's '70s heyday. But before I even got into the further supernatural torments befalling the telepathic Danny Torrance … Continue reading Stephen King dedicates Doctor Sleep to underrated rock genius Warren Zevon

Drew Goddard’s The Cabin in the Woods isn’t typical scare fare

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, APRIL 11, 2012 By Steve Newton When you ask Drew Goddard to name the best horror flicks he’s seen in the past 10 years and he comes up with High Tension and The Descent, it’s obvious he knows his stuff. Both films were distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment, a company that was formed right … Continue reading Drew Goddard’s The Cabin in the Woods isn’t typical scare fare

Classic horror inspires Drive Angry director Patrick Lussier

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, FEB. 23, 2011 By Steve Newton Vancouver native Patrick Lussier has made quite a name for himself in the Hollywood horror scene, having edited all three of Wes Craven’s Scream films before taking on the slasher genre himself with the 2009 remake of My Bloody Valentine. He also helped kick-start the past decade’s … Continue reading Classic horror inspires Drive Angry director Patrick Lussier

The Rite’s Anthony Hopkins betters the devil you know

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JAN. 21, 2011 By Steve Newton LOS ANGELES—Anthony Hopkins is one scary guy. He can be, at least. Just ask anyone who has seen him play cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter in 1991’s The Silence of the Lambs. Forget Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees—Hopkins took cinematic evil to ghastly new heights … Continue reading The Rite’s Anthony Hopkins betters the devil you know

Radha Mitchell tapped inner angst for The Crazies

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, FEB. 24, 2010 By Steve Newton Radha Mitchell is no Hollywood scream queen, but the 36-year-old Aussie—noted for her leading role in Woody Allen’s 2004 comedy-drama Melinda and Melinda—has taken on her fair share of fierce monsters and supernatural forces. She had her first genre role in 2000’s Pitch Black, playing a downed … Continue reading Radha Mitchell tapped inner angst for The Crazies

Rob Zombie goes for the jugular with Halloween II

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, AUG. 26, 2009 By Steve Newton Rob Zombie likes to fuck with people’s heads. That’s why in his sadistic 2005 shocker The Devil's Rejects, during the scene where two captive men are being driven to a remote location to be butchered by a psycho, the song playing on the van’s radio … Continue reading Rob Zombie goes for the jugular with Halloween II

The Orphanage’s Juan Antonio Bayona drawn to the dark side

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, DEC. 20, 2007 By Steve Newton Most people have a keen recollection of the first film that scared the crap out of them. For Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona, it wasn't anything as fright-worthy as The Exorcist; he got creeped out by seeing Frank Langella go batty in a justifiably overlooked … Continue reading The Orphanage’s Juan Antonio Bayona drawn to the dark side

Slither director James Gunn loves horror movies

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MARCH 30, 2006 By Steve Newton James Gunn had no intention of waiting until he was a Hollywood director to helm his first horror flick. Inspired by George Romero's pioneering zombie opus, the young Gunn made his splatter-film debut at the tender age of 12. "Night of the Living Dead scared … Continue reading Slither director James Gunn loves horror movies

High Tension director Alexandre Aja tackles Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MARCH 9, 2006 By Steve Newton The French are famous for a lot of things, but making horror movies isn't one of them. Just try to name one French fright flick that has caught your attention lately-besides Alexandre Aja's terrifying 2003 effort, High Tension. As Aja explains on the line from … Continue reading High Tension director Alexandre Aja tackles Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes

Fearless demon-killer Bruce Campbell opts for the safety of the sidewalk in Vancouver

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JULY 7, 2005 By Steve Newton Bruce Campbell won the hearts of horror fans everywhere with his role as the comically intense demon killer Ash in Sam Raimi's low-budget 1983 horror hit, The Evil Dead. He went on to portray the manic, blood-soaked hero in the increasingly slapstick follow-ups, Evil Dead … Continue reading Fearless demon-killer Bruce Campbell opts for the safety of the sidewalk in Vancouver

Horror master Joe Dante delivers “a righteous blast of liberal-left fury” with zombie satire Homecoming

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JAN. 12, 2006 By Steve Newton When Showtime titled its Vancouver-shot miniseries Masters of Horror, it wasn't using the phrase lightly. You don't combine the work of directors like Texas Chainsaw Massacre's Tobe Hooper, Halloween's John Carpenter, and Suspiria's Dario Argento, then call it Wusses of Horror. This Friday to Tuesday … Continue reading Horror master Joe Dante delivers “a righteous blast of liberal-left fury” with zombie satire Homecoming

Anything goes for Cinemuerte curator Kier-La Janisse

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 27, 2005 By Steve Newton Standing amidst the rows of horror rentals at Cambie's Black Dog Video, Kier-La Janisse hunts for a title she'd consider watching. It takes a little while-she's already seen a lot of them-but then her eyes fall on the spine of a DVD called Barbed Wire … Continue reading Anything goes for Cinemuerte curator Kier-La Janisse