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

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

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: Dead Ringers

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, OCT. 28, 1988 By Steve Newton Dead Ringers opens with a scene wherein studious young twin boys, Elliot and Beverly Mantle, are seen poring over an anatomically correct model of a woman. The twins are fascinated with female anatomy--internal female anatomy, that is. "They're so different from us," observes … Continue reading Horror review: Dead Ringers

Horror review: Jason X

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, APRIL 25, 2002 I met Jason once. Back in ’89, they were filming Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan at an abandoned high school in Burnaby and I was covering the shoot for American horror mag Fangoria. During a break, stuntman-actor Kane Hodder came lumbering down the … Continue reading Horror review: Jason X

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

Horror review: Nightmare in Canada

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JAN. 19, 2006 Is there a Canadian identity when it comes to horror films? Director Jennifer Adcock ponders that idea in Nightmare in Canada: Canadian Horror on Film, a provocative one-hour documentary that collects snippets of seminal Canadian fright flicks and intersperses them with commentary from a bevy of critics, authors, … Continue reading Horror review: Nightmare in Canada