Alice Cooper on horror, censorship, and battling the PMRC with Raise Your Fist and Yell

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, DEC. 18, 1987 By Steve Newton I bought Alice Cooper's Killer album last month. That's right, I'm 30 years old, and I went out and laid down $8.99 for the record with "Dead Babies" on it. Now some people might think: "How immature. Doesn't the guy have any taste?" … Continue reading Alice Cooper on horror, censorship, and battling the PMRC with Raise Your Fist and Yell

Hellraiser shows rising horror star Clive Barker should, like Stephen King, stick to writing

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, SEPT. 18, 1987 By Steve Newton Some guys just don't know when to leave well enough alone. Stephen King just wasn't satisfied with the work that other directors did with his stories. He had to write and direct last year's Maximum Overdrive. It was one bad movie, and not … Continue reading Hellraiser shows rising horror star Clive Barker should, like Stephen King, stick to writing

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

Horror review: Nightbreed

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MARCH 2, 1990 By Steve Newton Clive Barker told a fib. When the British writer/director came to town on a promotional visit recently, he promised that his new film, Nightbreed, would be a lot "jumpier" than his filmmaking debut, Hellraiser. Well, I dunno. It sure didn't make me jump. And … Continue reading Horror review: Nightbreed

Horror review: Lord of Illusions

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 31, 1995 By Steve Newton Clive Barker is the ultimate lord of self-delusion if he believes that Lord of Illusions—which he wrote, directed, and coproduced—is going to help the film career that took a nosedive five years ago with the nonsensical and inept Nightbreed. That flick, like Barker’s … Continue reading Horror review: Lord of Illusions

Horror review: Hellraiser III–Hell on Earth

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 12, 1992 By Steve Newton In 1987, the mind of multi-talented British horror icon Clive Barker graced the screen with the formidable presence of Pinhead, the refined leader of a gang of sado-masochistic demons from hell. As played by veteran stage actor Doug Bradley, Pinhead was evil personified, … Continue reading Horror review: Hellraiser III–Hell on Earth

Horror review: Candyman

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, OCT. 22, 1992 By Steve Newton On paper, Candyman looked like it had the makings of a fright fan’s wet dream. It was based on a short story from Clive Barker’s Books of Blood, the collection of gut-wrenching, in-your-face horror tales he churned out before getting all artsy and overblown … Continue reading Horror review: Candyman

Horror review: Sleepwalkers

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, APRIL 16, 1992 By Steve Newton There are some people out there who refuse to believe that this year’s big Oscar winner, The Silence of the Lambs, is a horror movie—even though it concerns a face-ripping cannibal with a taste for human liver who helps capture a sicko who … Continue reading Horror review: Sleepwalkers

Horror review: Hardware

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, OCT. 25, 1990 By Steve Newton The advance press on British writer/director Richard Stanley’s futuristic thriller, Hardware, was enough to get any horror/sci-fi fan foaming at the mouth. “Ferocious, stylish, and hallucinatory,” wrote horror auteur Clive Barker. “As terrifying as Alien,” blubbered US magazine. “The best science-fiction horror film … Continue reading Horror review: Hardware

Horror review: Silent Hill–Revelation 3D

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 26, 2012 When I walked into the Vancouver media screening of Silent Hill: Revelation 3D the other day, there was a handful of movie critics sitting around looking like they'd rather be anywhere else. One of the writers, when asked how she was doing, sarcastically replied: "Well, I'm at a horror film." … Continue reading Horror review: Silent Hill–Revelation 3D