The curse of the old-school horror freak means that Tim Curry is still the Pennywise of choice

By Steve Newton As the only journalist invited to interview Tim Curry on the set of It back in 1990--I was the Vancouver correspondent for fabled New York horror mag Fangoria at the time--I've felt a connection to the two-part TV miniseries. Not that I really liked it much. I thought the acting was pretty weak … Continue reading The curse of the old-school horror freak means that Tim Curry is still the Pennywise of choice

Lights Out ain’t The Babadook, people

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JULY 22, 1016 By Steve Newton Lights Out is a new horror flick about a murderous ghoul that you can only see--and get terrorized by--when the lights are out and its silhouette is visible. Illumination renders the thing harmless, so there's a helluva lot of victims-to-be sprinting for lightswitches and fumbling … Continue reading Lights Out ain’t The Babadook, people

Mike Rutherford looks at his watch and says Genesis will probably make it through tonight’s show

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JAN. 6, 1984 By Steve Newton British supergroup Genesis--lead vocalist-drummer Phil Collins, keyboardist Tony Banks, and guitarist-bassist Mike Rutherford--will be appearing at the Pacific Coliseum this Monday, January 9. They will be joined in concert by touring members Daryl Stuermer on guitar and Chester Thompson on drums.  I spoke … Continue reading Mike Rutherford looks at his watch and says Genesis will probably make it through tonight’s show

The Newt rates Hollywood’s 2013 horror flicks, from killer to crap

I reviewed 18 theatrically released fright flicks this year, and according to my calculations, 2013 was no great shakes in the horror department. 2012 kicked a bit more butt, mainly due to impressive entries like The Woman in Black, Chronicle, and especially the B.C.-shot Cabin in the Woods, which earned 10 out of 10 in last … Continue reading The Newt rates Hollywood’s 2013 horror flicks, from killer to crap

Horror review: The Conjuring

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JULY 18, 2013 Aiming to impress horror freaks, the poster for The Conjuring boasts “from the director of Saw and Insidious”, which was a much wiser choice than “from the writers of The Reaping”. But the fact remains that the team of director James Wan and scripters Chad and Carey Hayes comes up short with this demonic-possession … Continue reading Horror review: The Conjuring

Horror review: Mama

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JAN. 17, 2013 Poor Jessica Chastain. Just one week after the release of the acclaimed Zero Dark Thirty—with its slew of Oscar nominations, including hers for best actress—out comes Mama, a patently ridiculous kids-raised-by-a-ghost flick. There’s one agent in Hollywood who’s got some ’splainin’ to do. Mama starts off strong. One snowy afternoon, a … Continue reading Horror review: Mama