That time I asked Tim Curry if he was a Stephen King fan and he said he liked The Shining

By Steve Newton There's been a lot of buzz lately about the new two-part film adaptation of Stephen King's It, much of it due to the recent release of a trailer that spooked cyberspace big-time. Everybody's curious about how Bill Skarsgård's portrayal of Pennywise the Dancing Clown will compare to that of Tim Curry's from the … Continue reading That time I asked Tim Curry if he was a Stephen King fan and he said he liked The Shining

Koontz on King: Dean Koontz on his fave Stephen King film and the Maine-man’s contribution to horror

By Steve Newton Way back in 1988 I did a phone interview with Dean Koontz for a story I was writing on the film adaptation of his novel Watchers for Fangoria magazine. Watchers was an awesome book--especially if you like golden retrievers--but the movie, starring Corey Haim, turned out to be a piece of doggie … Continue reading Koontz on King: Dean Koontz on his fave Stephen King film and the Maine-man’s contribution to horror

Horror review: What Lies Beneath

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 27, 2000 Director-producer Robert Zemeckis has reached the highest highs and plumbed the lowest lows during his career in Hollywood. As a director, he’s hit the mark with the critically acclaimed Contact and Oscar-winning Forrest Gump, yet his producer credits include such lowly horror fare as House on … Continue reading Horror review: What Lies Beneath

Interviewing Tim Curry, aka Pennywise, on the set of Stephen King’s IT

By Steve Newton I just finished reading Stephen King's latest novel, Doctor Sleep, and to be honest--even though it was dedicated to Warren Zevon--I wasn't that crazy about it. Then again, as much as I adore King's early work and appreciate all he's done for the horror genre, I haven't been that crazy about a few of … Continue reading Interviewing Tim Curry, aka Pennywise, on the set of Stephen King’s IT

Stephen King dedicates Doctor Sleep to underrated rock genius Warren Zevon

I scored a copy of the new Stephen King novel Doctor Sleep for Christmas, which was great as it continues the story of The Shining, one of my fave works--next to Carrie, The Dead Zone, and The Stand--from King's '70s heyday. But before I even got into the further supernatural torments befalling the telepathic Danny Torrance … Continue reading Stephen King dedicates Doctor Sleep to underrated rock genius Warren Zevon

Horror review: Carrie

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 18, 2013 Carrie was one of the most impressive film adaptations of a Stephen King horror novel ever, right up there with The Shining, The Dead Zone, and Misery. In director Brian De Palma's capable hands, King's tale of a timid teenaged outsider with telekinetic powers who uses them to strike back against the … Continue reading Horror review: Carrie

High Tension director Alexandre Aja tackles Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MARCH 9, 2006 By Steve Newton The French are famous for a lot of things, but making horror movies isn't one of them. Just try to name one French fright flick that has caught your attention lately-besides Alexandre Aja's terrifying 2003 effort, High Tension. As Aja explains on the line from … Continue reading High Tension director Alexandre Aja tackles Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes

Horror review: The Amityville Horror

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, APRIL 21, 2005 Several times recently, while watching the tube at home, I've had to scramble for the remote and quickly flip the channel whenever the trailer for The Amityville Horror came on. I didn't want the kids going to bed with scary images in their imaginative little minds; neither did … Continue reading Horror review: The Amityville Horror