Overlord is a gift to gorehounds

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 8, 2018 By Steve Newton I’m not sure horror and war go together that well in movies. War is already horrifying enough, and goring it up just seems kinda pointless. But that didn’t stop the makers of Overlord—including hotshot producer J.J. Abrams—from trying their darnedest to find some … Continue reading Overlord is a gift to gorehounds

That time I asked Tim Curry if he was a Stephen King fan and he said he liked The Shining

By Steve Newton There's been a lot of buzz lately about the new two-part film adaptation of Stephen King's It, much of it due to the recent release of a trailer that spooked cyberspace big-time. Everybody's curious about how Bill Skarsgård's portrayal of Pennywise the Dancing Clown will compare to that of Tim Curry's from the … Continue reading That time I asked Tim Curry if he was a Stephen King fan and he said he liked The Shining

New audio: Tim Curry, aka Pennywise, talks about “finding your clown face” on the 1990 set of Stephen King’s It

By Steve Newton The most popular story I ever posted on Ear of Newt was the interview I did with Tim Curry on the set of Stephen King’s It, when it was filming in my stomping grounds of Vancouver in the summer of 1990. On assignment for New York-based horror mag Fangoria, I got to … Continue reading New audio: Tim Curry, aka Pennywise, talks about “finding your clown face” on the 1990 set of Stephen King’s It

Tim Curry talks Pennywise on the set of Stephen King’s It: an Ear of Newt audio exclusive

By Steve Newton Tim Curry's performance as Pennywise, the evil clown in Stephen King's It, has long been hailed as a major achievement in the realm of horror. Curry nailed it, most would agree. As the Vancouver correspondent for Fangoria magazine back in 1990, when the TV miniseries was shot, I got to go on … Continue reading Tim Curry talks Pennywise on the set of Stephen King’s It: an Ear of Newt audio exclusive

Analyzing psycho-killer Edgler Vess’s spider-eating ways on the B.C. set of Dean Koontz’s Intensity

By Steve Newton Back in '97 I got assigned by Fangoria magazine to cover the filming of a FOX-TV miniseries called Intensity. Normally I wouldn't give a rat's ass about a FOX-TV miniseries, but this one was based on a novel I really loved by Dean Koontz, so I was in. Here's a shortened version of the story … Continue reading Analyzing psycho-killer Edgler Vess’s spider-eating ways on the B.C. set of Dean Koontz’s Intensity

Omen IV set visit for Fangoria leads to Satanic 666 sighting in Vancouver

By Steve Newton The Omen was a great horror flick. You remember it, right? It starred Gregory Peck as am ambitious American diplomat on the way up with a young son named Damien who was the devil's spawn. That 1976 movie was jam-packed with shocking scenes: the rottweiler attack in the graveyard, the nanny hanging herself … Continue reading Omen IV set visit for Fangoria leads to Satanic 666 sighting in Vancouver

Attending Kits High in 1993 to study the wicked ways of The Substitute

  By Steve Newton If somebody asked you what Mark Wahlberg's first film was, I bet you wouldn't know it's The Substitute. I doubt many folks have seen The Substitute. Heck, I haven't even seen it--and I spent hours on a Vancouver set doing interviews for a Fangoria story when it was shot here back in 1993. It was a … Continue reading Attending Kits High in 1993 to study the wicked ways of The Substitute

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

Interviewing kickass screen legend Pam Grier for the Snoop Dogg horror flick Bones

By Steve Newton One of the many fine memories from my 13-year stint as Vancouver correspondent for New York horror mag Fangoria involved interviewing screen legend Pam Grier when I was covering the Snoop Dogg flick Bones. I was expecting good things from Bones because I loved director Ernest Dickerson's previous fright flick, Demon Knight, but … Continue reading Interviewing kickass screen legend Pam Grier for the Snoop Dogg horror flick Bones

Halloween Blu-ray box sets on the way from Anchor Bay

By Steve Newton For those horror freaks out there who just can't get enough of a masked guy in overalls stabbin' folks, here's some good news. Anchor Bay Entertainment announced today that on September 23 it will release 10- and 15-disc editions of Halloween The Complete Collection, which gathers up all the Halloweens together on Blu-ray … Continue reading Halloween Blu-ray box sets on the way from Anchor Bay

Interviewing Jeff Goldblum and Alicia Silverstone on the set of Dean Koontz’s Hideaway

  By Steve Newton Vancouver has not been kind to Dean Koontz. First you had his awesome 1987 suspense novel, Watchers, being turned into a godawful Corey Haim vehicle up here in 1988. Then seven years later you had his fine 1982 supernatural thriller, Hideaway, becoming the type of B.C.-shot trainwreck he tried to sue to … Continue reading Interviewing Jeff Goldblum and Alicia Silverstone on the set of Dean Koontz’s Hideaway

H.R. Giger rocked my world with the Alien monster and the Brain Salad Surgery cover

I was shocked and saddened to hear that revered Swiss artist H.R. Giger passed away yesterday at the age of 74, apparently after a fall. I got my first look at his work in 1973 when, as a teenager perusing new albums at a record store, I came across Brain Salad Surgery, the latest release by British prog-rockers Emerson, Lake … Continue reading H.R. Giger rocked my world with the Alien monster and the Brain Salad Surgery cover

Braving Vancouver’s seedy Granville strip for Midnight Matinee in 1988

By Steve Newton One of the first set-visit stories I did for Fangoria was back in 1988, when I went down to Vancouver's Granville Mall to cover a low-budget flick called Midnight Matinee, which is also known as just Matinee, not to be confused with Joe Dante's Matinee of 1993. The movie--which nobody bothered telling … Continue reading Braving Vancouver’s seedy Granville strip for Midnight Matinee in 1988

Feeling out The Crush with 16-year-old Alicia Silverstone in Vancouver

By Steve Newton Just before she started getting recognized for her appearances in a string of videos for Aerosmith power-ballads, Alicia Silverstone made her feature film debut in the low-budget 1993 thriller The Crush. The film was shot in Vancouver, so naturally I did the set visit for Fangoria magazine. I interviewed Silverstone, who had recently … Continue reading Feeling out The Crush with 16-year-old Alicia Silverstone in Vancouver

Watching Dean Koontz’s beloved Watchers get trashed in Vancouver

By Steve Newton I still remember the major buzz I got when I saw my first full-colour, three-page spread in famed horror mag Fangoria back in '88. It was for a Vancouver-shot movie called Watchers that I'd done a set-visit piece on, interviewing the director, stars, and FX artists--and later on, by phone, even author Dean Koontz … Continue reading Watching Dean Koontz’s beloved Watchers get trashed in Vancouver

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

Horror review: Hollow Man

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 10, 2000 Last month’s issue of Fangoria, America’s top horror magazine, features a story on Hollow Man with a front-cover image of a grimacing human head with all the skin removed, Hellraiser-style, so that you can see all the veins and underlying tissues. As far as makeup effects … Continue reading Horror review: Hollow Man

Horror review: Lake Placid

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 22, 1999 As the Vancouver correspondent for Fangoria, the world’s best-known horror magazine, I usually have access to the sets of whatever scary flicks are being filmed around town. Most horror filmmakers jump at the chance to have their work previewed in the blood-red pages of that esteemed … Continue reading Horror review: Lake Placid

Horror review: Pet Sematary Two

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, SEPT. 3, 1992 By Steve Newton In a recent edition of top horror magazine Fangoria, Pet Sematary author Stephen King explained how he felt about Pet Sematary Two, the sequel to the 1989 horror hit that grossed $84 million worldwide. “I don’t approve of the movie and I didn’t … Continue reading Horror review: Pet Sematary Two

Interviewing Tim Curry, aka Pennywise, on the set of Stephen King’s IT

By Steve Newton I just finished reading Stephen King's latest novel, Doctor Sleep, and to be honest--even though it was dedicated to Warren Zevon--I wasn't that crazy about it. Then again, as much as I adore King's early work and appreciate all he's done for the horror genre, I haven't been that crazy about a few of … Continue reading Interviewing Tim Curry, aka Pennywise, on the set of Stephen King’s IT

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: Underworld–Awakening

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JAN. 22, 2012 It’s been 10 years since British hottie Kate Beckinsale suited up in a skin-tight black-leather jumpsuit to portray Underworld’s Selene, a "death dealer" vampire bent on viciously obliterating any Lycans (werewolves) she can find--unless she falls in love with them first. The actress turns 40 next year, but judging … Continue reading Horror review: Underworld–Awakening

Radha Mitchell tapped inner angst for The Crazies

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, FEB. 24, 2010 By Steve Newton Radha Mitchell is no Hollywood scream queen, but the 36-year-old Aussie—noted for her leading role in Woody Allen’s 2004 comedy-drama Melinda and Melinda—has taken on her fair share of fierce monsters and supernatural forces. She had her first genre role in 2000’s Pitch Black, playing a downed … Continue reading Radha Mitchell tapped inner angst for The Crazies

Horror review: The Ruins

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, APRIL 9, 2008 The Ruins is a horror flick about deadly, creeping vines that attack tourists at a Mayan temple in Mexico. It is based on a novel by Scott B. Smith, who also wrote the screenplay and who previously garnered an Oscar nomination for adapting his first novel, A Simple … Continue reading Horror review: The Ruins

Horror review: Resident Evil–Extinction

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, SEPT. 26, 2007 A couple of months back, a promotional item came into the Georgia Straight office advertising the second sequel to the 2002 video-game spinoff Resident Evil. It was a plastic globe that, when you flipped it over, had sand filter down through letters cut into a surface so the words … Continue reading Horror review: Resident Evil–Extinction

Horror review: The Exorcism of Emily Rose

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, SEPT. 15, 2005 All those shocking images in the TV trailer for The Exorcism of Emily Rose had me thinking: "Cool! Maybe someone's finally made a worthy demonic-possession flick to rival The Exorcist." Then I ran into veteran Georgia Straight movie guy Ian Caddell, and he pooped all over my party. "It's … Continue reading Horror review: The Exorcism of Emily Rose

Horror review: Saw

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, NOV. 4, 2004 Ten years or so ago, I was covering the local shoot of the trashy teen-from-hell flick The Crush for American horror mag Fangoria. It starred then-newcomer Alicia Silverstone as a hot-to-trot underaged babe willing to kill for the affections of a mild-mannered journalist, played by Carey Elwes. At the time, Silverstone … Continue reading Horror review: Saw