Horror review: Machete

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, SEPT. 3, 2010The best thing about Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s ambitious Grindhouse project was the fake horror-exploitation trailers that ran during that 2007 double feature. Celebrated directors Rob Zombie, Eli Roth, and Edgar Wright all contributed hilariously twisted coming attractions, but the trailer helmed by Rodriguez—with craggy-faced character actor Danny Trejo as … Continue reading Horror review: Machete

Horror review: Predators

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JULY 9, 2010 The only role I ever enjoyed Arnold Schwarzenegger in was the one he was born to play: the cyborg assassin in The Terminator. I never bought into any of his other one-note characterizations, including the Rambo-like hero of Die Hard director John McTiernan’s 1987 sci-fi action-horror, Predator. Although that movie introduced a … Continue reading Horror review: Predators

Horror review: The Devil’s Rejects

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JULY 21, 2005 With 2003's House of 1000 Corpses, former White Zombie main man Rob Zombie made a fitting transformation from over-the-top shock rocker to over-the-top shock filmmaker. The demented, evil-guy persona he nurtured on record and on-stage was child's play compared with the bloody horrors of his directorial debut, a … Continue reading Horror review: The Devil’s Rejects