Victor Frankenstein breathes new life into Mary Shelley’s classic monster tale

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, NOV. 25, 2015 By Steve Newton Horror fans who suffered through last year’s abysmal I, Frankenstein—not to mention Dracula Untold, Godzilla, and WolfCop—could be forgiven for giving up on old-school movie monsters. But Victor Frankenstein makes up for all of those, breathing new life into Mary Shelley’s classic tale of mortal man overreaching his bounds. Daniel … Continue reading Victor Frankenstein breathes new life into Mary Shelley’s classic monster tale

F**k the Oscars, here’s the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards nominees

The 2015 Academy Award nominations were announced today and, as expected, the horror genre got left out in the winter cold to die a slow, painful death. When was the last time those geeks at the Academy even recognized the value of a fright flick? Sure, we all know that Kathy Bates won a Best Actress Oscar for … Continue reading F**k the Oscars, here’s the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards nominees

The Year in Fear: 21 horror-flick rankings with zero pandering

Just because the last horror movie I saw (The Babadook, above) was 2014's best doesn't mean it was a great year for horror. All told, I reviewed 21 fright flicks this year—if you count comedy trash like A Haunted House 2, actioners like RoboCop, and sci-fi/monster epics like Godzilla—and recommended just three of 'em. Yep, I'm a tough critic. So here's … Continue reading The Year in Fear: 21 horror-flick rankings with zero pandering

Dracula Untold is patently ridiculous, and not in a good way

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 10, 2014 Dracula Untold is so patently ridiculous that it’s hard to even fathom how it came to be. Did some billionaire producer on meth sit through a Lord of the Rings marathon and declare: “That would be so much better with vampires!”? After a rambling prologue describing how 15th century … Continue reading Dracula Untold is patently ridiculous, and not in a good way