35th anniversary Halloween Blu-ray brings classic horror back in HD

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, SEPT. 26, 2013 By Steve Newton The last Halloween movie to be released—Rob Zombie's Halloween 2 in 2009—was one nasty, gruesome bit of business. But unlike John Carpenter's 1978 original, it wasn't particularly scary. "Relentlessly disturbing though it is, the movie is not particularly frightening," opined one of the world's most esteemed and insightful horror-movie … Continue reading 35th anniversary Halloween Blu-ray brings classic horror back in HD

Horror review: Halloween–Resurrection

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 18, 2002 Two of the most memorable attributes of the original 1978 Halloween movie—director John Carpenter’s unsettling score and the realistic performance by scream-queen-to-be Jamie Lee Curtis—are revived for this eighth entry in executive-producer Moustapha Akkad’s undying slasher series. Unfortunately, neither of them lasts long enough to make … Continue reading Horror review: Halloween–Resurrection

Horror review: Virus

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JAN. 21, 1999 By Steve Newton There’s a scene near the beginning of Virus in which oceangoing-tug engineer Steve Baker (William Baldwin) and his supposedly hip Cuban sidekick, Squeaky (Julio Oscar Mechoso), have just boarded an evidently abandoned Russian research ship. The salvage tug they’ve transferred from has just … Continue reading Horror review: Virus

Horror review: Halloween H20

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 6, 1998 By Steve Newton Hollywood surely is the land of make-believe—especially for people like the producers of Halloween: H20. Why, they only had to close their eyes and click their heels three times and all those pesky Halloween sequels—including 1995’s nonsensical Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers—vanished … Continue reading Horror review: Halloween H20

Horror review: Prom Night

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, APRIL 16, 2008 Prom Night is an in-name-only remake of the Canadian slasher flick from 1980, in which Jamie Lee Curtis built on the scream-queen title she’d begun to establish two years earlier in Halloween. The original Prom Night was best forgotten for its re-creation of a dance scene from Saturday … Continue reading Horror review: Prom Night