Articles by Ray Van Horn, Jr.

Dead Space: Downfall

November 5, 2008 // 0 Comments

The guise of a feature film correlating with a video game is frequently suspect, although if you've been on the ground long enough, you'll recall the "Super Mario Brothers" movie from 1993, much less the Pac Man cartoons series that [...]

Strait Jacket

November 3, 2008 // 0 Comments

No, this isn't the 1964 William Castle axe murder film featuring Joan Crawford; still, if you're looking for some nasty bit of chopping, feel free to drift into this hefty anime film originally written by "Scrapped Princess" novelist [...]

The Beach Boys And The Satan

October 17, 2008 // 0 Comments

No one would dare accuse Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys of occult activities and Satanism. Say what you will about the downward spiral of Wilson and his bandmates during the turbulent sixties, but the devil didn't make them do it. The story of Brian [...]

The Bodguard/The Bodyguard 2

October 14, 2008 // 0 Comments

Petchtai Wongkamlao is reputedly all the rage in Thailand as primarily a comedian with the tags of director, film writer and action hero to boot. As Asian cinema lately continues to impress with boldness, traditional (and often breathtaking) stunt [...]

Clutch: Full Fathom Five

October 3, 2008 // 0 Comments

Maryland is a proud little state with diverse demographics ranging to avaricious yuppies and old money straight down the line to working class swill chuggers who are the backbone of the region. The people here are passionate about crabs, driving [...]

Tori Amos: Live At Montreux

October 2, 2008 // 0 Comments

Alright, I'm just going to come out and say it: I married a redhead because I used to have a serious thing for Tori Amos. Glad I got that off my chest after 16 years. Of course, Tori ended up being a cementing block in our relationship when we were [...]


September 25, 2008 // 0 Comments

Josh Hartnett is a man bearing many acting caps, be it as Jamie Lee Curtis' son in "Halloween: H20," a lovesick GI in "Pearl Harbor" or his memorable Travolta-esque Tripp Fontaine in "The Virgin Suicides." Now that most [...]

Punk's Not Dead

September 22, 2008 // 0 Comments

A large portion of my journalism gigs to this point revolve around heavy metal and punk rock. Sad to see that what was already fought and issued a truce for in the late eighties has resurfaced though not with the same brute ugliness, happy to say. [...]

Steel City

September 11, 2008 // 0 Comments

A really good indie film has the capacity to tap into what's unexpectedly real in life, sometimes bringing you to haunting flashpoint such as "The River's Edge," "Blue Velvet" or last year's unexpected Academy swiper [...]

Witless Protection

August 20, 2008 // 0 Comments

Seems like not long ago the mysterious voice crackling like beer and hominy grits yakked into a moonshine swill, belonging to one Larry the Cable Guy, scoured FM radio stations with his politically inconclusive "commentaries" that always ended [...]
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