Wes Craven’s 1991 horror hoot The People Under the Stairs gets collectible Blu-ray release today

By Steve Newton Scream Factory, the horror arm of the Shout! Factory home video and music company, is releasing a collector's edition Blu-ray of terror titan Wes Craven's The People Under the Stairs today.  Bonus features include: Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Wes Craven Audio Commentary With Actors Brandon Adams, A.J. Langer, Sean Whalen And Yan Birch House Mother … Continue reading Wes Craven’s 1991 horror hoot The People Under the Stairs gets collectible Blu-ray release today

The Donnas love horror, wish Freddie Krueger would Spend the Night

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, OCT. 24, 2002 By Steve Newton When yours truly hooks up via cell with Donnas vocalist Brett Anderson, she’s in the band’s bus as it winds through the Colorado mountains en route to Salt Lake City and the first of four shows with New York City hotshots the Strokes. … Continue reading The Donnas love horror, wish Freddie Krueger would Spend the Night

Meeting the men behind Freddy Krueger inside Wes Craven’s Nightmare Cafe

During my 13 years as a correspondent for Fangoria magazine I enthusiastically covered the horror beat in Vancouver, visiting the sets of such destined-to-be-awful films as Halloween: Resurrection and Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan. But it wasn't just big-screen projects that I wrote about. If there was a horror-related TV series (Poltergeist: The … Continue reading Meeting the men behind Freddy Krueger inside Wes Craven’s Nightmare Cafe

Horror review: A Nightmare on Elm Street 5–The Dream Child

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 25, 1989 By Steve Newton In the original Nightmare on Elm Street, Freddy Krueger stole the show. As the new face of evil, Robert Englund's character was mean and menacing, and writer/director Wes Craven played up the unique look and style of Krueger in a film that few … Continue reading Horror review: A Nightmare on Elm Street 5–The Dream Child

Horror review: They

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, DEC. 5, 2002 The makers of They thought that by throwing the name of horror master Wes Craven around—as in “Wes Craven Presents They”—they would garner interest in the film from the millions of moviegoers who made the Craven-created Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream series so successful. But … Continue reading Horror review: They

Horror review: The People Under the Stairs

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 7, 1991 By Steve Newton Since blasting onto the horror scene in 1972 with the crude and shocking Last House on the Left, Wes Craven has had a few hits (A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Hills Have Eyes), a few misses (Deadly Friend, The Hills Have Eyes … Continue reading Horror review: The People Under the Stairs

Horror review: House at the End of the Street

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, SEPT. 21, 2012 At the age of 20, Jennifer Lawrence became the second youngest woman ever nominated for a best-actress Oscar for her work in the bleak 2010 thriller Winter’s Bone. Two years later she starred in The Hunger Games, one of the highest-grossing movies ever. Here’s hoping that the gifted young actress’s … Continue reading Horror review: House at the End of the Street

Horror review: Scream 4

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, APRIL 13, 2011 By Steve Newton Compared to director Wes Craven’s previous horror outing, last year’s unforgivably awful My Soul to Take, Scream 4 is one of the greatest horror movies ever made. Compared to anything halfway decent, it doesn’t come off as quite so special, but it’s still a fun, fast-paced homage … Continue reading Horror review: Scream 4

Horror review: My Soul to Take

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 12, 2010 For his latest horror outing, writer-director Wes Craven tried to inject elements from his two best slasher flicks, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, but something went terribly wrong along the way. What he wound up with was a witless stab-the-teen time-waster that could be his worst film ever. And … Continue reading Horror review: My Soul to Take

Horror review: A Nightmare on Elm Street

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, APRIL 30, 2010 I remember seeing the original A Nightmare on Elm Street when it was released in 1984 and thinking it was pretty decent as far as slasher flicks go. Its FX–heavy death scenes were a lot more inventive than the stalk ’n’ stab routine that defined most ’80s body-count films, and … Continue reading Horror review: A Nightmare on Elm Street

Horror review: The Hills Have Eyes 2

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MARCH 28, 2007 By Steve Newton The Hills Have Eyes--High Tension director Alexandre Aja's kinetic remake of Wes Craven's 1977 mutants-versus-tourists shocker--was one of the top two horror flicks of 2006, right up there with the humanoids-versus-cavers epic The Descent . So I was hoping to not miss any of Martin Weisz's sequel as … Continue reading Horror review: The Hills Have Eyes 2

Horror review: The Hills Have Eyes

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MARCH 9, 2006 Wes Craven must be the most inconsistent horror director of all time. He created Freddy Krueger, who ruled the genre in the '80s, then Craven reinvigorated the '90s slasher scene with the whip-smart and stylish Scream. But he's also responsible for his fair share of turkeys, Deadly Friend … Continue reading Horror review: The Hills Have Eyes

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: Cursed

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MARCH 10, 2005 The day after Cursed was released, high-profile movie critics Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper gave the werewolf flick a "thumbs sideways" rating on their TV show. They couldn't give it a regular thumbs-up or thumbs-down because Dimension Films had refused to allow them an advance viewing of Scream … Continue reading Horror review: Cursed

Horror review: Wes Craven’s New Nightmare

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 20, 1994 By Steve Newton In the last scene of the ninth Friday the 13th instalment, Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, the famed goalie mask of recently destroyed Jason Vorhees is pictured resting serenely on a leaf-strewn forest floor. Just before the scene fades to black, the unmistakable … Continue reading Horror review: Wes Craven’s New Nightmare