Goodnight Mommy’s quiet horror screams dread

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 9, 2015 By Steve Newton Goodnight Mommy opens with a gentle lullaby--Brahms' "Cradle Song", to be exact--but that's it for sweetness and light in this unnerving portrait of familial distrust and paranoia. We first meet twin brothers Lukas and Elias (identical twins Lukas and Elias Schwarz) as they're playing hide-and-seek in … Continue reading Goodnight Mommy’s quiet horror screams dread

Backcountry will scare you out of the woods

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, AUG. 24, 2015 By Steve Newton If you’re thinking about going camping anywhere bears might be, Backcountry is definitely not for you. It’s Stephen Colbert’s worst nightmare come to life, basically. Surrey escapee Missy Peregrym, from TV’s Rookie Blue, and Montreal’s Jeff Roop star as Jenn and Alex, a young couple embarking on a … Continue reading Backcountry will scare you out of the woods

If you thought Stephen King’s Pennywise was creepy, get a loada this Clown!

Some people are really creeped out by clowns. The one that Tim Curry portrayed in the Stephen King mini-series IT freaked a few folks out, no doubt. Now here to give Pennywise a run for his kid-menacing money is the bozo in Clown, a new horror flick produced by Eli Roth, the frightmeister behind such gruesome efforts as Hostel and Cabin Fever. Here's … Continue reading If you thought Stephen King’s Pennywise was creepy, get a loada this Clown!

Tusk goes off the rails as a crazed body-horror trainwreck

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 1, 2014 Kevin Smith’s podcast-spawned Tusk has to be one of the most insane horror-comedies I’ve ever seen. Considering how supergonzo it is, I’m surprised I didn’t like it more. The movie opens with self-absorbed L.A. podcaster Wallace (Justin Long) and his best friend, Teddy (Haley Joel Osment), in the midst of … Continue reading Tusk goes off the rails as a crazed body-horror trainwreck

Horror review: Oculus

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, APRIL 9, 2014 My 12-year-old son saw the trailer for Oculus recently and wasn’t impressed. “A haunted mirror?” snarked the pint-size critic. “Really? Why don’t they just smash it?” When I explained to him that this particular mirror wasn’t smashable—and that repeated poundings on its surface don’t even cause a crack—he countered sensibly that … Continue reading Horror review: Oculus