The 5th Wave takes alien-attack flicks to a new low

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JAN. 21, 2016 By Steve Newton Sci-fi action flicks about alien invasions are pretty hit-and-miss. For every kickass Edge of Tomorrow you’ll find a crappy Independence Day. And then there’s The 5th Wave, based on Rick Yancey's 2013 young-adult novel. It took three whole screenwriters to turn that book into a laughable pile of juvenile hokum.  Chloë Grace Moretz stars as … Continue reading The 5th Wave takes alien-attack flicks to a new low

Horror review: Warm Bodies

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JAN. 31, 2013 Warm Bodies is a whoppingly insignificant zombie rom-com clearly aimed at scraping up any cash the horror-lite crowd hasn’t already blown on Twilight. The movie opens with Nicholas Hoult’s zombie character—later named just R because zombies make a lot of growling “arrrr” sounds—shuffling through a post-apocalypse airport while his voice-over … Continue reading Horror review: Warm Bodies

Horror review: The Moth Diaries

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, APRIL 4, 2012 If you thought the Twilight films were hard to sit through, wait until you get a load of this toothless attempt to cash in on today’s hormone-fuelled vampire craze. Based on a young-adult novel by Rachel Klein, The Moth Diaries focuses on the mysterious Ernessa (Lily Cole), a moon-faced teen with outta-control … Continue reading Horror review: The Moth Diaries

Horror review: Red Riding Hood

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MARCH 11, 2011 By Steve Newton You may have seen the recent episode of Conan where Conan O’Brien proposed that the U.S.’s color-coded “terror alert” system be replaced by one that uses varying degrees of Nicolas Cage’s overacting to show Americans when to panic. If this new system ever got to the stage … Continue reading Horror review: Red Riding Hood

Horror review: Twilight

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, NOV. 21, 2008 Stephenie Meyer’s series of four romantic vampire novels—of which 2005’s Twilight was the first—have proven incredibly popular among teens. But unless you’re a 14-year-old girl who gets all giddy at the thought of cute boys and first love, steer clear of Thirteen director Catherine Hardwicke’s anemic adaptation. Kristen … Continue reading Horror review: Twilight

Horror review: The Messengers

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, FEB. 7, 2007 Kristen Stewart is only 16, yet she’s already getting typecast as the sullen teen who moves with her big-city parents to spooky, dilapidated old homes in the country. She did it in 2003’s clunky Cold Creek Manor, and she’s doin’ it again as The Messengers’ Jess, a Chicagoan … Continue reading Horror review: The Messengers