The Donnas love horror, wish Freddie Krueger would Spend the Night

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, OCT. 24, 2002 By Steve Newton When yours truly hooks up via cell with Donnas vocalist Brett Anderson, she’s in the band’s bus as it winds through the Colorado mountains en route to Salt Lake City and the first of four shows with New York City hotshots the Strokes. … Continue reading The Donnas love horror, wish Freddie Krueger would Spend the Night

Meeting the men behind Freddy Krueger inside Wes Craven’s Nightmare Cafe

During my 13 years as a correspondent for Fangoria magazine I enthusiastically covered the horror beat in Vancouver, visiting the sets of such destined-to-be-awful films as Halloween: Resurrection and Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan. But it wasn't just big-screen projects that I wrote about. If there was a horror-related TV series (Poltergeist: The … Continue reading Meeting the men behind Freddy Krueger inside Wes Craven’s Nightmare Cafe

Horror review: A Nightmare on Elm Street 5–The Dream Child

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 25, 1989 By Steve Newton In the original Nightmare on Elm Street, Freddy Krueger stole the show. As the new face of evil, Robert Englund's character was mean and menacing, and writer/director Wes Craven played up the unique look and style of Krueger in a film that few … Continue reading Horror review: A Nightmare on Elm Street 5–The Dream Child

Horror review: Freddy vs. Jason

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 21, 2003 I think I’ve seen every Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street movie ever made. I’m not proud of that; in fact, I’m kind of ashamed. As the Straight’s on-call horror reviewer, I’ve had to view some of these films as part of the job, … Continue reading Horror review: Freddy vs. Jason

Horror review: Jason Goes to Hell–The Final Friday

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 19, 1993 By Steve Newton I’ll never forget the time I saw Friday the 13th: Part 2 at the grand old Paramount Theatre in Chilliwack back in ’81. It was the first low-budget slasher flick I’d seen on the big screen, and, mindless and exploitative as it was, … Continue reading Horror review: Jason Goes to Hell–The Final Friday

Horror review: Freddy’s Dead–The Final Nightmare

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, SEPT. 19, 1991 By Steve Newton The last time I saw a 3-D movie—Friday the 13th Part 3—slasher-king Jason squeezed a teenage victim’s head so hard between his two hands that one of the unfortunate guy’s eyes popped out and came right at you, trailing veins and all. That … Continue reading Horror review: Freddy’s Dead–The Final Nightmare

Horror review: Wes Craven’s New Nightmare

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 20, 1994 By Steve Newton In the last scene of the ninth Friday the 13th instalment, Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, the famed goalie mask of recently destroyed Jason Vorhees is pictured resting serenely on a leaf-strewn forest floor. Just before the scene fades to black, the unmistakable … Continue reading Horror review: Wes Craven’s New Nightmare