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

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The Shape of Water resurfaces as a ’50s monster-horror flick

  By Steve Newton Long-suffering horror fans are finally getting their due. It's been 27 years since The Silence of the Lambs was chosen as Best Picture at the Oscars, but this Sunday both Get Out and The Shape of Water are in the running for the grand prize. What's that? You don't think The Shape of Water is a horror movie? But … Continue reading The Shape of Water resurfaces as a ’50s monster-horror flick

F**k the Oscars, here’s the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards nominees

The 2015 Academy Award nominations were announced today and, as expected, the horror genre got left out in the winter cold to die a slow, painful death. When was the last time those geeks at the Academy even recognized the value of a fright flick? Sure, we all know that Kathy Bates won a Best Actress Oscar for … Continue reading F**k the Oscars, here’s the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards nominees

Horror review: The Rite

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JAN. 26, 2011 By Steve Newton The Rite is a horror movie about a seminary student who teams up with a seasoned exorcist to vanquish demons in Rome. Its plot hinges on the doubts that both the novice and the expert have about demonic possession, and by the time it’s over, you’ll … Continue reading Horror review: The Rite

The Rite’s Anthony Hopkins betters the devil you know

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JAN. 21, 2011 By Steve Newton LOS ANGELES—Anthony Hopkins is one scary guy. He can be, at least. Just ask anyone who has seen him play cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter in 1991’s The Silence of the Lambs. Forget Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees—Hopkins took cinematic evil to ghastly new heights … Continue reading The Rite’s Anthony Hopkins betters the devil you know

Horror review: The Silence of the Lambs

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, FEB. 21, 1991 By Steve Newton In Richard Attenborough's superb 1978 thriller, Magic, British actor Anthony Hopkins played a struggling ventriloquist who loses touch with reality and transfers the murderous side of his personality into his wooden dummy. Hopkins portrayed the doomed performer as so pitiable that–even while he … Continue reading Horror review: The Silence of the Lambs