Horror review: Pitch Black

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, FEB. 4, 2000 At one point in writer-director David Twohy’s gory sci-fi/horror flick Pitch Black, futuristic lawman Johns (Cole Hauser) states: “My life is a steaming, meaningless pile of shit.” Now, I probably wouldn’t even have remembered that prime example of Twohy’s screenwriting prowess if it hadn’t been so … Continue reading Horror review: Pitch Black

Horror review: Riddick

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, SEPT. 5, 2013 The owners of the Riddick franchise definitely had the right idea with this third film in the Vin Diesel–driven series—for the first 20 minutes, at least. After that, everything goes to Diesel-powered shit. But for the first few scenes, David Twohy—who also directed 2000’s Pitch Black and its follow-up, The Chronicles … Continue reading Horror review: Riddick

Radha Mitchell tapped inner angst for The Crazies

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, FEB. 24, 2010 By Steve Newton Radha Mitchell is no Hollywood scream queen, but the 36-year-old Aussie—noted for her leading role in Woody Allen’s 2004 comedy-drama Melinda and Melinda—has taken on her fair share of fierce monsters and supernatural forces. She had her first genre role in 2000’s Pitch Black, playing a downed … Continue reading Radha Mitchell tapped inner angst for The Crazies

Horror review: The Chronicles of Riddick

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JUNE 17, 2004 Though hardly more than a mediocre Aliens knockoff, director David Twohy's 2000 sci-fi horror flick, Pitch Black, managed to develop something of a cult following when it was released on video. It was about a musclebound convict named Riddick (Vin Diesel) who crash-lands with his captors on a desolate planet where … Continue reading Horror review: The Chronicles of Riddick