The Void has tons of gore and not much more

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, APRIL 5, 2017 By Steve Newton The Void is like a cosmic cross between the original Hellraiser, John Carpenter's The Thing, some freaky Lovecraft shit, and that skinless-human Body Worlds exhibition Science World had running a few years back. But I still didn't like it that much. The Sault Ste Marie-shot horror flick … Continue reading The Void has tons of gore and not much more

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse earns a single merit badge for gore

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 30, 2015 By Steve Newton These days you can barely swing a chainsaw without hitting a zombie-based movie or TV show, but Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse doesn't further the undead cause one iota. It's a horror-comedy that fails to elicit chuckle one. The prospect of laughs looks good when the … Continue reading Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse earns a single merit badge for gore

The Green Inferno is a weak homage to cannibal horror

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, SEPT. 25, 2015 By Steve Newton If you were a horror fan in the eighties you were no doubt aware of the cannibal exploitation genre, which was best exemplified by Italian director Ruggero Deodata's Cannibal Holocaust. That 1980 gore epic was extremely graphic for its time, so realistically graphic, in fact, that at one … Continue reading The Green Inferno is a weak homage to cannibal horror

Splatter king Tom Savini brings “dead things” to life remaking Romero

By Steve Newton When Tom Savini's remake of George Romero's zombie classic The Night of the Living Dead came out in 1990 I did a phone interview with the gore-FX guru. That was cool. Blood and guts aren’t pretty. Neither is brain matter. But when it comes to the horror genre, those type of bodily components … Continue reading Splatter king Tom Savini brings “dead things” to life remaking Romero

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: Texas Chainsaw 3D

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JAN. 4, 2013 Everything is relative, which is why I'm not going to rip Texas Chainsaw 3D the new one that it may well deserve. After all, it is way more entertaining (i.e. sicker) than the last entry in the franchise, 2007's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. And it deserves a modicum … Continue reading Horror review: Texas Chainsaw 3D

Horror review: Final Destination 5

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, AUG. 11, 2011 By Steve Newton Those Final Destination flicks are hit-and-miss affairs. The ones that take themselves too seriously, like the 2000 original, are a drag, while others, like Final Destination 2 and the new FD5, earn a severed thumbs-up because they cut to the chase and give today’s thrill-seeking horror fans exactly what they … Continue reading Horror review: Final Destination 5

Horror review: Machete

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, SEPT. 3, 2010The best thing about Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s ambitious Grindhouse project was the fake horror-exploitation trailers that ran during that 2007 double feature. Celebrated directors Rob Zombie, Eli Roth, and Edgar Wright all contributed hilariously twisted coming attractions, but the trailer helmed by Rodriguez—with craggy-faced character actor Danny Trejo as … Continue reading Horror review: Machete

Horror review: Piranha 3D

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, AUG. 21, 2010 Sometimes when I’ve had nothing better to do I’ve pondered the worst way to die. Getting hacked to death is right up there—glad I don’t live in Somalia—but being eaten alive by wild animals usually wins out. It helps when you remember hearing, as a kid in school, … Continue reading Horror review: Piranha 3D

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