Horrific hijinx on the Vancouver set of Stephen King’s Needful Things

By Steve Newton One of the most enjoyable set visits I did during my 13-year tenure with Fangoria was for Needful Things, the adaptation of Stephen King's 1991 novel. In December of '92 I journeyed out to North Vancouver and got the scoop on the movie, with much help from the delightful duo of Canadian comedian-actress … Continue reading Horrific hijinx on the Vancouver set of Stephen King’s Needful Things

Max von Sydow’s “odd upbringing” led to roles as Jesus and the devil

By Steve Newton Back in 1993 I covered the Vancouver-area filming of the Stephen King-based horror flick Needful Things for Fangoria. The movie ended up being crap, but I did get to interview everybody's favourite exorcist, Max von Sydow, so that was cool.  Not many actors have the wide-ranging talent it takes to play both … Continue reading Max von Sydow’s “odd upbringing” led to roles as Jesus and the devil

Horror review: Needful Things

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 27, 1993 By Steve Newton “Hollywood North” has been quite a hotbed for horror films in the past few years. But whether it’s a direct-to-video gorefest (The Resurrected), theatrically released slasher entry (Friday the 13th Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan), or big-budget TV miniseries (Stephen King’s IT), there … Continue reading Horror review: Needful Things

Horror review: Exorcist–The Beginning

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, AUG. 26, 2004 Few horror franchises have failed as miserably as that of The Exorcist. Sure, William Friedkin's 1973 adaptation of William Peter Blatty's shocking occult novel was a masterwork of terror. Everybody knows that. But John Boorman's Exorcist II: The Heretic ('77) and Blatty's own The Exorcist III ('90) are widely reviled turkeys. No wonder … Continue reading Horror review: Exorcist–The Beginning