The Purge: Election Year strikes the franchise out

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JULY 1, 2016 By Steve Newton Sorry James DeMonaco, writer-director of the Purge movies: that's three strikes now. You're out! In 2013 DeMonaco kickstarted the franchise--based on the shaky premise that one day each year all crime in the U.S.A. is legal--with the home-invasion horrors of The Purge. The next year he ramped up … Continue reading The Purge: Election Year strikes the franchise out

The Year in Fear: 21 horror-flick rankings with zero pandering

Just because the last horror movie I saw (The Babadook, above) was 2014's best doesn't mean it was a great year for horror. All told, I reviewed 21 fright flicks this year—if you count comedy trash like A Haunted House 2, actioners like RoboCop, and sci-fi/monster epics like Godzilla—and recommended just three of 'em. Yep, I'm a tough critic. So here's … Continue reading The Year in Fear: 21 horror-flick rankings with zero pandering

The Purge: Anarchy isn’t worth the numbing ride

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JULY 18, 2014 Last year The Purge introduced viewers to the absurd concept of an annual, government-sanctioned bloodbath in which Americans are encouraged--for the economic good of the country--to either go out and commit whatever heinous crimes they want for a 12-hour period, or hunker down in their barricaded homes with their weapons handy … Continue reading The Purge: Anarchy isn’t worth the numbing ride