The Shallows is harrowing and ridiculous, just like Jaws

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JUNE 23, 2016 By Steve Newton As a horror director, Jaume Collet-Serra has had his ups and downs. He impressed with his feverishly twisted 2005 debut House of Wax, then lost all credibility with the godawful Orphan four years later. It seems like the third time is the charm, though, as Collet-Serra totally … Continue reading The Shallows is harrowing and ridiculous, just like Jaws

Horror review: Orphan

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JULY 24, 2009 By Steve Newton When you’re filming a killer-orphan flick, it makes sense to have the killer orphan taken in by a secure, happy family, so that the new addition’s sinister intent contrasts starkly with the underlying vibe of domestic well-being. Try telling that to the makers of Orphan. The … Continue reading Horror review: Orphan

Horror review: House of Wax

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MAY 12, 2005 By Steve Newton I didn't have high hopes for House of Wax, an extremely loose adaptation of the 1953 Vincent Price horror classic. For starters, Paris Hilton is in it. Then there's the fact that it's a product of Dark Castle Entertainment, the company behind crappy "reimaginings" of … Continue reading Horror review: House of Wax