Articles by Ray Van Horn, Jr.

Penance

December 7, 2009 // 0 Comments

How far is too far these days? It appears modern horror cinema (at least in the underground) is feeding on a new renaissance of ante-up persecution tactics. Maybe today's would-be horror director is so deeply impacted by the full-on brutality filmed [...]

Thin Lizzy: Are You Ready?

November 19, 2009 // 0 Comments

Funny how one world-famous radio classic gives a certain universal impression about a band versus that which is their authentic identity. Dig it or not, Thin Lizzy will go down in the general scope of rock history mostly for their breezy rock jam [...]

Stan Helsing

November 18, 2009 // 0 Comments

Within the opening minute of Bo Zenga's latest genre-torching provocation Stan Helsing, the phrase "A Parody" flashes up before the film rolls on, not that we needed it coming in. Still, following a generously haunted title score, this [...]

Grace

September 28, 2009 // 0 Comments

This movie gained its reputation practically since birth (if you'll pardon the pun) after premiering on a hot streak at this year's Sundance Festival. In particular, writer/director Paul Solet created a stir with his alarming horror piece [...]

Woodstock: 40th Anniversary Edition

August 18, 2009 // 0 Comments

Two things my wise Baby Boomer mother conveyed to me in life: first, she poignantly explained the reason most of her generation were so radical in thought and daily habit is they were "promised the fifties and ended up with the sixties." The [...]

No Man's Land: Rise Of The Reeker

July 31, 2009 // 0 Comments

After two movies, Blue Oyster Cult might consider re-recording their immortal rock fugue classic for contemporary horror as "Don't Fear the Reeker." More in affiliation with than directly connected to 2005's offbeat gore chiller [...]

Mr. Rock'n Roll: The Alan Freed Story

July 20, 2009 // 0 Comments

Though this film about the life of Alan Freed is already a decade old, his story is a worthy reminder as it seems only the Boomers, the former greasers, the old doo wop, blues and early R&B followers—in addition to serious music aficionados—are [...]

The Moody Blues: Threshold Of A Dream

July 3, 2009 // 0 Comments

Like Jethro Tull, The Moody Blues receive all the critical acclaim they deserve and they quietly maintain a legion of fans ranging from Baby Boomers on down the generation chain. The Moodies organized themselves in the mid-sixties on a common adhesive [...]

Look

May 4, 2009 // 0 Comments

Almost every human being living in modern society has felt the need to tread cautiously at one point or another in fear of the quite-possible reality they're being watched. Rod Serling and George Orwell were masters of manipulation in their times [...]

Iggy Pop: Lust For Life

March 19, 2009 // 0 Comments

It's taken a punk and metal revival to uncork the once-elusive truth that the Ramones (whom this writer adores with his very heart) and the Sex Pistols were not the inventors of punk rock, but rather the MC5 and of course, Iggy and The Stooges. [...]
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