Jeff York

“Hell Fest” Can’t Mask Its Genre Clichés

“Hell Fest” Can’t Mask Its Genre Clichés

The new film “Hell Fest” isn’t very scary, but it does make for a fairly enjoyable riff on all those middle-of-the-road frighteners that dominated the horror genre in the 80’s. In this one, three couples venture to a traveling theme park dubbed “Hell Fest.” Even a casual horror fan will recognize most of its tropes. […]

 Brock Swinson

Summer of 84 Screenwriters Breathe Fresh Life Into A Serial Killer Movie

Summer of 84 Screenwriters Breathe Fresh Life Into A Serial Killer Movie

In keeping with the current spate of eighties-themed films and TV shows, Summer of 84 is slow-burning thriller film starring Rich Sommer, best known as Harry Crane from Mad Men. Creative Screenwriting stepped out to chat with the screenwriters Matt Leslie and Stephen Smith about their writing process from script to screen. Screenwriter Matt Leslie […]

 Jeff York

“Hereditary” is Unsettling Horror That Struggles to Settle on an Ending

“Hereditary” is Unsettling Horror That Struggles to Settle on an Ending

Your enjoyment of “Hereditary” may depend on how many horror movies you’ve seen. If you haven’t seen a lot, most of it will shock the ever-loving bejesus out of you. If you have seen quite a few, you might get a kick out of counting all the bits that you’ve seen in other films from […]

 Jeff York

“Ghost Stories” is an Ambitious Tale of That Which Haunts

“Ghost Stories” is an Ambitious Tale of That Which Haunts

Are ghosts real?  That question seems to be the central premise of the new movie “GHOST STORIES” as it starts. Written and directed by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman, and available in the US on VOD, it tees up its premise with a character named Professor Phillip Goodman (Nyman, yet again) who does not believe […]

 Jeff York

“The Terror” chills to the bone in setting and style

“The Terror” chills to the bone in setting and style

On paper, the adaptation of Dan Simmons’ 2007 novel “The Terror” would seem to be a tough sell. It is a period piece that takes place in the mid-nineteenth century. Its setting is the brutal Arctic. And its stoic British naval characters are a hard lot to like. Yet, even with all those barriers, the […]