Covering Xtro II for Fangoria offshoot Gorezone and interviewing a director who’d rather be playing piano

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN GOREZONE #16, WINTER 1990 By Steve Newton Four years ago, Vancouver’s Expo '86 opened its doors to visitors from far and wide, who came to take in the World’s Fair and revel in its fancy displays on the theme of transportation. But lately the old Expo site has seen visitations of a … Continue reading Covering Xtro II for Fangoria offshoot Gorezone and interviewing a director who’d rather be playing piano

Tim Curry, the original Pennywise, on the physical violence and mental cruelty in Stephen King’s It

By Steve Newton Now that I've seen the new version of It--and declared that Tim Curry is the Pennywise of choice--it's time to unleash another previously unheard audio excerpts from my exclusive interview with Curry on the Vancouver set of the 1990 TV movie. At one point in our conversation--which took place in Stanley Park, … Continue reading Tim Curry, the original Pennywise, on the physical violence and mental cruelty in Stephen King’s It

Original Pennywise makeup-FX artist Bart Mixon talks Tim Curry’s look on the 1990 set of Stephen King’s It

By Steve Newton Life is full of surprises--and sometimes they're good. Like what happened today, for instance. I was playing that old cassette tape I used to record my exclusive Fangoria interview with Tim Curry on the Vancouver set of Stephen King's It back in 1990. I thought that all I had on there was my … Continue reading Original Pennywise makeup-FX artist Bart Mixon talks Tim Curry’s look on the 1990 set of Stephen King’s It

Fears of a Clown: talking horror with Tim Curry (Pennywise) on the set of Stephen King’s It

By Steve Newton Who knew that when I stepped onto the lush green grounds of Vancouver's Stanley Park in the summer of 1990 that I'd be writing about it 27 years later. I sure the hell didn't. I'd been assigned to write two 3,000-word set-visit stories for then-thriving horror mag Fangoria on the filming of a two-part ABC-TV miniseries … Continue reading Fears of a Clown: talking horror with Tim Curry (Pennywise) on the set of Stephen King’s It

That time Tim Curry told me that he thought Rocky Horror Picture Show was a “one-shot deal”

By Steve Newton It was pretty cool being the only journalist in the world invited onto the Vancouver set of Stephen King‘s It back in 1990. At least I think I was the only one, because I haven’t seen any other articles from that time, or interviews with the cast and crew, apart fromthe ones … Continue reading That time Tim Curry told me that he thought Rocky Horror Picture Show was a “one-shot deal”

That time I interviewed character actor Brion James, the guy you love to hate

By Steve Newton Back in 1991 I covered the Vancouver filming of a B-movie called Silhouette for Fangoria, and the best thing about that, by far, was that I got to interview character actor Brion James. If you don’t recognize the name Brion James, you’re not alone, but if you’re a fan of genre films … Continue reading That time I interviewed character actor Brion James, the guy you love to hate

That time I asked Tim Curry if he was a Stephen King fan and he said he liked The Shining

By Steve Newton There's been a lot of buzz lately about the new two-part film adaptation of Stephen King's It, much of it due to the recent release of a trailer that spooked cyberspace big-time. Everybody's curious about how Bill Skarsgård's portrayal of Pennywise the Dancing Clown will compare to that of Tim Curry's from the … Continue reading That time I asked Tim Curry if he was a Stephen King fan and he said he liked The Shining

New audio: Tim Curry, aka Pennywise, talks about “finding your clown face” on the 1990 set of Stephen King’s It

By Steve Newton The most popular story I ever posted on Ear of Newt was the interview I did with Tim Curry on the set of Stephen King’s It, when it was filming in my stomping grounds of Vancouver in the summer of 1990. On assignment for New York-based horror mag Fangoria, I got to … Continue reading New audio: Tim Curry, aka Pennywise, talks about “finding your clown face” on the 1990 set of Stephen King’s It

On the Vancouver set of Peter Benchley’s Creature with a shark that can walk

By Steve Newton Back in 1997 I did a set-visit piece for Fangoria on the local filming of Peter Benchley's Creature, a TV-movie based on theJaws author's 1994 novel, White Shark.  The sea-beast in question was not content just taking out swimmers in the ocean; it actually walked on land too. Yeah, sounded pretty hokey to me too—even with the … Continue reading On the Vancouver set of Peter Benchley’s Creature with a shark that can walk

Hangin’ out with Billy Zane on the Vancouver set of Dean Koontz’s Sole Survivor

By Steve Newton Back in 2000 I got assigned by Fangoria magazine to cover the Vancouver filming of Sole Survivor, a TV-movie based on a Dean Koontz novel. After covering awful adaptations of great Zoontz books like Watchers and Hideaway, I was doubtful. But hey, us freelancers gotta make a buck somehow. Here's an abbreviated version … Continue reading Hangin’ out with Billy Zane on the Vancouver set of Dean Koontz’s Sole Survivor

Searching for The Surgeon’s gore at Riverview Hospital in Vancouver

By Steve Newton During my 13-year sojourn as Fangoria magazine's Vancouver correspondent I would often cover films that the producers didn't want classified as "horror"; they were much more comfortable with the term "suspense thriller" or "psychological thriller". One such film was called Exquisite Tenderness--at least until its marketing team decided to skip the charade … Continue reading Searching for The Surgeon’s gore at Riverview Hospital in Vancouver

Analyzing psycho-killer Edgler Vess’s spider-eating ways on the B.C. set of Dean Koontz’s Intensity

By Steve Newton Back in '97 I got assigned by Fangoria magazine to cover the filming of a FOX-TV miniseries called Intensity. Normally I wouldn't give a rat's ass about a FOX-TV miniseries, but this one was based on a novel I really loved by Dean Koontz, so I was in. Here's a shortened version of the story … Continue reading Analyzing psycho-killer Edgler Vess’s spider-eating ways on the B.C. set of Dean Koontz’s Intensity

Omen IV set visit for Fangoria leads to Satanic 666 sighting in Vancouver

By Steve Newton The Omen was a great horror flick. You remember it, right? It starred Gregory Peck as am ambitious American diplomat on the way up with a young son named Damien who was the devil's spawn. That 1976 movie was jam-packed with shocking scenes: the rottweiler attack in the graveyard, the nanny hanging herself … Continue reading Omen IV set visit for Fangoria leads to Satanic 666 sighting in Vancouver

Entering the lair of Pennywise the Clown on the set of Stephen King’s It

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN FANGORIA #98, Nov. 1990 By Steve Newton As anyone who's tackled Stephen King's It can tell you, the 1986 novel of a shape-shifting, child-chomping monster is not a quick read--that is, unless you happen to be Evelyn Wood's speadreading coach. Because it's such an enormous tome, it seems apt that the location where … Continue reading Entering the lair of Pennywise the Clown on the set of Stephen King’s It

Attending Kits High in 1993 to study the wicked ways of The Substitute

  By Steve Newton If somebody asked you what Mark Wahlberg's first film was, I bet you wouldn't know it's The Substitute. I doubt many folks have seen The Substitute. Heck, I haven't even seen it--and I spent hours on a Vancouver set doing interviews for a Fangoria story when it was shot here back in 1993. It was a … Continue reading Attending Kits High in 1993 to study the wicked ways of The Substitute

Hangin’ with Alien writer Dan O’Bannon on the Vancouver set of his 1992 Lovecraft flick

By Steve Newton Most of the Vancouver-shot movies I covered during my time as a freelancer for Fangoria magazine actually made it into theatres. One that didn't was The Resurrected, which was based on the H.P. Lovecraft novella, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. The movie--aka Shatterbrain--went directly to video, but that's okay with me. The main reason I wanted … Continue reading Hangin’ with Alien writer Dan O’Bannon on the Vancouver set of his 1992 Lovecraft flick

Meeting the men behind Freddy Krueger inside Wes Craven’s Nightmare Cafe

During my 13 years as a correspondent for Fangoria magazine I enthusiastically covered the horror beat in Vancouver, visiting the sets of such destined-to-be-awful films as Halloween: Resurrection and Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan. But it wasn't just big-screen projects that I wrote about. If there was a horror-related TV series (Poltergeist: The … Continue reading Meeting the men behind Freddy Krueger inside Wes Craven’s Nightmare Cafe

Bordello of Blood sets up shop on Vancouver’s old Expo 86 site

By Steve Newton So I was looking through my collection of old Fangoria magazines last night, searching for a story I wrote to post for Halloween, and came across a set-visit piece from back in '95 on the Tales from the Crypt movie, Bordello of Blood. Now, that vampire movie really sucked, but going on … Continue reading Bordello of Blood sets up shop on Vancouver’s old Expo 86 site

Interviewing kickass screen legend Pam Grier for the Snoop Dogg horror flick Bones

By Steve Newton One of the many fine memories from my 13-year stint as Vancouver correspondent for New York horror mag Fangoria involved interviewing screen legend Pam Grier when I was covering the Snoop Dogg flick Bones. I was expecting good things from Bones because I loved director Ernest Dickerson's previous fright flick, Demon Knight, but … Continue reading Interviewing kickass screen legend Pam Grier for the Snoop Dogg horror flick Bones

Interviewing Jeff Goldblum and Alicia Silverstone on the set of Dean Koontz’s Hideaway

  By Steve Newton Vancouver has not been kind to Dean Koontz. First you had his awesome 1987 suspense novel, Watchers, being turned into a godawful Corey Haim vehicle up here in 1988. Then seven years later you had his fine 1982 supernatural thriller, Hideaway, becoming the type of B.C.-shot trainwreck he tried to sue to … Continue reading Interviewing Jeff Goldblum and Alicia Silverstone on the set of Dean Koontz’s Hideaway

Braving Vancouver’s seedy Granville strip for Midnight Matinee in 1988

By Steve Newton One of the first set-visit stories I did for Fangoria was back in 1988, when I went down to Vancouver's Granville Mall to cover a low-budget flick called Midnight Matinee, which is also known as just Matinee, not to be confused with Joe Dante's Matinee of 1993. The movie--which nobody bothered telling … Continue reading Braving Vancouver’s seedy Granville strip for Midnight Matinee in 1988

Horrific hijinx on the Vancouver set of Stephen King’s Needful Things

By Steve Newton One of the most enjoyable set visits I did during my 13-year tenure with Fangoria was for Needful Things, the adaptation of Stephen King's 1991 novel. In December of '92 I journeyed out to North Vancouver and got the scoop on the movie, with much help from the delightful duo of Canadian comedian-actress … Continue reading Horrific hijinx on the Vancouver set of Stephen King’s Needful Things

On the Vancouver set of the unfathomable sea-beast flick Deep Rising

By Steve Newton Back in 1997 I went on the set of the Vancouver-shot action-horror flick Deep Rising on assignment for Fangoria. I chatted with director Stephen Sommers and actors Treat Williams and Famke Janssen. The movie wound up sucking but, hey, it wasn't my fault. It shouldn't come as any real surprise, when you … Continue reading On the Vancouver set of the unfathomable sea-beast flick Deep Rising

Checking out Katie Holmes’ Disturbing Behavior in Burnaby

By Steve Newton Here's a story I did on the Vancouver-area filming of the 1998 Katie Holmes vehicle Disturbing Behaviour. It wasn't the worst horror flick I ever did a set-visit for. That would probably be Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan. The X-Files recently deserted Vancouver after five seasons of shooting here, but that … Continue reading Checking out Katie Holmes’ Disturbing Behavior in Burnaby

Childhood terrors spark the dark heart of Vancouver’s Michael Slade

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, OCT. 16, 2003 By Steve Newton The first story I ever wrote for Fangoria was a profile of Vancouver criminal lawyer-turned-horror author Jay Clarke (aka Michael Slade), who'd won me over with his 1984 debut novel, Headhunter. Over the years we've become horror-lovin' buds, going to the odd scary … Continue reading Childhood terrors spark the dark heart of Vancouver’s Michael Slade

Vancouver’s indie filmmakers make horror on the cheap

Here's my piece that ran as the cover story in the Georgia Straight's Halloween 2003 issue. By Steve Newton Ten years ago, Robert Rodriguez caused a sizable stir in the movie world when he managed to bring in his first film, El Mariachi, for a purported cost of US$7,000. That was an unheard-of sum for … Continue reading Vancouver’s indie filmmakers make horror on the cheap

The gorehounds of Vancouver make horror special (FX)

Here's my piece that ran as the cover story in the Georgia Straight's Halloween 1999 issue. By Steve Newton The first time I meet TOBY LINDALA, he’s indulging in one of his favourite pastimes, but we’re not talking a round of golf or model-building here: he’s gently dabbing blood on the exposed brain of a … Continue reading The gorehounds of Vancouver make horror special (FX)