30 great horror flicks from the last 30 years

By Steve Newton I've been reviewing horror movies professionally since 1988. Here's 30 of my faves: Hereditary (2018) "The wrath of Satan seems pretty tame compared to the suffering that damaged family members can inflict on one another." A Quiet Place (2018) "...ultimately A Quiet Place emerges as an effective nightmare-maker for parents that is … Continue reading 30 great horror flicks from the last 30 years

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: 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

Horror review: The Orphanage

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, DEC. 20, 2007 Somebody ought to kidnap the directors of the Saw and Hostel films, strap them into those torture chairs they're so fond of, attach some eyelid clamps from A Clockwork Orange, and make them watch The Orphanage for a week straight. Maybe then they'd understand that unrelenting sadism and … Continue reading Horror review: The Orphanage

The Orphanage’s Juan Antonio Bayona drawn to the dark side

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, DEC. 20, 2007 By Steve Newton Most people have a keen recollection of the first film that scared the crap out of them. For Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona, it wasn't anything as fright-worthy as The Exorcist; he got creeped out by seeing Frank Langella go batty in a justifiably overlooked … Continue reading The Orphanage’s Juan Antonio Bayona drawn to the dark side

The 21 Best Horror Flicks of the 21st Century (so far)

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 30, 2012 Last week I posted a blog called The 40 Worst Horror Flicks of the 21st Century (so far), in which I listed 40 of the crappiest fright flicks I've had the displeasure of seeing since Y2K (which was a pretty crappy fright flick itself, if you think about it). … Continue reading The 21 Best Horror Flicks of the 21st Century (so far)