Marilyn Burns, star of the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre, dies at 65

  Some sad news out of Texas today. Marilyn Burns--star of the groundbreaking fright flick Texas Chain Saw Massacre--died yesterday in her Houston home of undisclosed causes. She was 65. Burns will always be remembered by horror fans for her portrayal of the sole survivor of Leatherface's gruesome rampage in Tobe Hooper's classic 1974 film, which … Continue reading Marilyn Burns, star of the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre, dies at 65

Horror review: Texas Chainsaw Massacre

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, OCT. 16, 2003Let’s face it, Texas Chainsaw Massacre was brilliant. Not the 1974 film itself—although for its time it was quite groundbreaking—but the movie’s title. Has there ever been three words that so powerfully evoked the promise of celluloid carnage? Say it with me, slowly and with feeling: Texas…Chainsaw…Massacre.I … Continue reading Horror review: Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Horror review: Stan Helsing

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 21, 2009 In this low-budget, Vancouver- and Surrey-shot parody of the cornball Scary Movie franchise, Steve Howey from TV’s Reba stars as Stan Helsing, a joint-smoking, slacker video-store clerk (is there any other kind?) who’s just finishing up a shift at Schlockbuster and plans on heading to a Halloween bash. But before getting off … Continue reading Horror review: Stan Helsing

Horror review: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre–The Beginning

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 12, 2006 WX-1130 is a great place to get traffic updates (“every 10 minutes on the ones”), but the local AM station should skip movie criticism. One Friday rush hour, I was tuned in to keep tabs on the time when the morning team decided it should compare a couple … Continue reading Horror review: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre–The Beginning