Horror review: Jonah Hex

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JUNE 18, 2010 Prolific director William “One Shot” Beaudine pretty well invented the horror-western in 1966, with the twin features Billy the Kid vs. Dracula and Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter, but it wasn’t until Kathryn Bigelow helmed the bloodsuckers-in-the-dust epic Near Dark in ’87 that the genre produced a real winner. From what I’ve heard, … Continue reading Horror review: Jonah Hex

Horror review: Daybreakers

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JAN. 6, 2010 When it comes to vampire flicks, I prefer the down ’n’ dirty kind. Screw the refined elegance of Bram Stoker’s Dracula or Interview With the Vampire; give me the gritty backwoods bloodsucking of Near Dark any day. I want to hear undead biker Bill Paxton bellow, “I hate it when they ain’t been … Continue reading Horror review: Daybreakers

Horror on DVD: 10 underrated movies

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 29, 2008 By Steve Newton When horror fans are asked to cite the movie that first got them hooked on the genre, they often offer up titles like Frankenstein, The Exorcist, or maybe The Shining. Not me. The film that turned me into a devotee of scary flicks was a little-known (yet influential) … Continue reading Horror on DVD: 10 underrated movies

Horror review: Skinwalkers

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, AUG. 15, 2007 Skinwalkers is about two gangs of werewolves, one good and one bad. Elias Koteas stars as Joshua, leader of the nice, family-oriented werewolves who, when a full moon approaches, bind themselves up in leather harnesses so they don't harm anyone. Jason Behr from The Grudge and TV's Roswell … Continue reading Horror review: Skinwalkers

Horror review: The Hitcher

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JAN. 24, 2007 Back in 1986, when many Vancouverites were preoccupied with the pricey pomp of Expo, a nasty little horror flick called The Hitcher slithered into town. It quickly vanished off mainstream radar screens, but fright fanatics who happened to catch its split-second theatrical run knew they’d uncovered a gleaming … Continue reading Horror review: The Hitcher