Horror review: Pitch Black

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, FEB. 4, 2000 At one point in writer-director David Twohy’s gory sci-fi/horror flick Pitch Black, futuristic lawman Johns (Cole Hauser) states: “My life is a steaming, meaningless pile of shit.” Now, I probably wouldn’t even have remembered that prime example of Twohy’s screenwriting prowess if it hadn’t been so … Continue reading Horror review: Pitch Black

Horror review: Riddick

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, SEPT. 5, 2013 The owners of the Riddick franchise definitely had the right idea with this third film in the Vin Diesel–driven series—for the first 20 minutes, at least. After that, everything goes to Diesel-powered shit. But for the first few scenes, David Twohy—who also directed 2000’s Pitch Black and its follow-up, The Chronicles … Continue reading Horror review: Riddick

Horror review: A Perfect Getaway

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, AUG. 5, 2009 Watching too many scary tourist-in-peril flicks can make you paranoid. The last time I was in Puerto Vallarta, I hopped in a cab before realizing that the car had neither a meter nor a two-way radio. And why was the driver heading away from the general direction of … Continue reading Horror review: A Perfect Getaway

Horror review: The Chronicles of Riddick

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JUNE 17, 2004 Though hardly more than a mediocre Aliens knockoff, director David Twohy's 2000 sci-fi horror flick, Pitch Black, managed to develop something of a cult following when it was released on video. It was about a musclebound convict named Riddick (Vin Diesel) who crash-lands with his captors on a desolate planet where … Continue reading Horror review: The Chronicles of Riddick