Sinister 2 is a groan-inducing cash grab

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, AUG. 19, 2015 By Steve Newton Blumhouse Productions’ 2012 sleeper Sinister was an impressively creepy fright flick that drew much of its strength from Ethan Hawke’s convincing portrayal of Ellison Oswalt, a struggling true-crime writer who seeks inspiration by moving his unknowing family into a home where an unsolved mass murder occurred. For Sinister … Continue reading Sinister 2 is a groan-inducing cash grab

Horror review: The Order

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, SEPT. 11, 2003 Writer-director-producer Brian Helgeland attempted to turn the medieval action film on its ear with 2001’s A Knight’s Tale, which was best known for incorporating ’70s rock music into its 17th-century tale of an underdog jouster (Heath Ledger) out for love and glory. With The Order, Helgeland … Continue reading Horror review: The Order

Horror review: One Missed Call

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JAN. 9, 2008 While exiting the theatre after a screening of One Missed Call, I overheard a barrage of extremely negative viewer comments. The derisive chatter was enough to renew my faith in today’s mainstream horror crowd. The latest Americanization of a Japanese fright flick (renegade director Takashi Miike’s Chakushin ari), … Continue reading Horror review: One Missed Call