Peter Martin
Managing Editor; Dallas, Texas, USA

Peter began contributing to the site in October 2005 and became Managing Editor in December 2011. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he lived in New York for more than a decade and currently lives in Dallas, Texas, where he is a proud member of the Dallas-Ft. Worth Film Critics Association. He is on Twitter.

Fantasia 2015: HEIR Trailer Teases Something Awfully Horrible

Richard Powell's Heir will screen at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Canada tomorrow, and the first teaser suggests that something awfully horrible will be unfolding. Powell and his team have previously made Worm, Familiar, Remote, and The Last... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

BROKER Trailer: When Your Business Is Selling Organs, Life Looks Like This

It's Monday morning in North America, which is when most everybody grumbles about going back to work and the daily grind. But if you live in The Netherlands, and happen to be an organ broker, there are no weekends, and... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

CrowdFund This: NONA, Strange Fires And A Mysterious Woman In Chile

In one of the more unusual crowdfunding videos I've seen, Josefina Ramirez talks about her method of choosing roles: "I don't have to read scripts ... Just tell me the theme, and from that I make my own deductions." Now,... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

2015 Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival Lineup Includes TALES OF HALLOWEEN, HE NEVER DIED, And More

Residents of Chicagoland, rejoice! (Also, tourists who can make plans to travel there). The program for the second annual Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival presented by Wizard World has been announced, and it is filled with "vampires, psychotic breakdowns, cannibals,... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: SOUTHPAW Fights Itself To A Draw

Movies about boxers enjoyed a revival in the 1970s, marked by the popularity of Rocky, a well-made tale about an underdog getting a shot at the title, and the artistry of Raging Bull, which depicted the savagery of the sport... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

RESTORATION: New Images, Casting News for Stuart Willis Sci-Fi Film

We've been tracking the progress of the science-fiction project Restoration for a while now and the latest word is very positive indeed. Directed by Stuart Willis and produced by Toby Gibson, the film is "set in a near-future world where... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

ONE & TWO Trailer Boldly Declares Its Mysteries

Hmm. As much as I enjoyed watching One & Two when I saw it at SXSW in March, writing the review -- without revealing the film's mysteries -- was quite challenging. And now IFC Midnight has solved that dilemma with... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: A HISTORY OF RADNESS, How Rock And Roll Can Save Your Life

Henry Rollins appears as a cross-country coach in A History of Radness, which stamps the show with a mark of musical authenticity, even though he doesn't play a lick of music. Rollins has been acting for more than 20 years,... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

MISSISSIPPI GRIND: Are You Ready To Gamble With Ryan Reynolds?

By this point of his career, Ryan Reynolds has established his screen persona: a good-looking smart aleck, the type of fella it's hard to take seriously in dramatic performances, where he tends to work far too hard to Look Real. In... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Criterion Gets Scary For October: MULHOLLAND DR., THE BROOD, KWAIDAN And More

It's time to start planning your budget for October, which will deliver more theatrically-released horror titles than we've seen in awhile, along with the usual avalanche of frightening home video releases. Quickly rising to the top of many lists, however... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Latin Beat: Watch KM SIN RETORNO Trailer, Plus THE HELL WITHIN Seeks Funding

We have details -- and trailers -- for two fascinating projects. The first is a sequel to a Mexican horror hit, while the other is a (potential) collaboration between a musician turned producer with more experienced Brazilian behind-the-scenes talent. Check... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: THE GALLOWS, Screaming, Crying, And Dying, Yet Still Recording

The latest offering from the Blumhouse Productions factory, The Gallows comes up with two new angles to explore otherwise familiar found-footage territory. First, a good portion of the footage is presented from the point of view of a very unlikable... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Now On DVD: DOWNTOWN 81 Captures A Lost New York, For Good And For Bad

In its best moments, Downtown 81 achieves a rare state of transcendence, wiping away the mists of time and making the Manhattan that existed in 1981 come alive once again. Too bad those moments are few and far between. Written... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: SELF/LESS Wants To Be Something More, Whatever That Means

No one in sound mind and body wants to die, and that includes Ben Kingsley in the new film by Tarsem Singh. The director made his feature debut with the visually-striking The Cell in 2000, which raised expectations for bizarre... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Now On Home Video: Artsploitation Films Returns With HORSEHEAD, DER SAMURAI, And THE HOUSE WITH 100 EYES

American independent film distributor Artsploitation Films awakens from a 15 month hibernation with three very interesting releases that prove their mettle in terms of championing films that would easily fall by the wayside otherwise. All three are horror films of a... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Review: CLOSER TO GOD, Cloning With A Conscience

Turning a hot-button issue into a dramatic soap opera would be the easy way out. Skipping over the procedures and processes that would be involved, Closer to God goes directly to the creation of a clone and then asks, "What... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Exclusive Clip From THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN: Blood On Their Hands

Have you seen the original version of The Town That Dreaded Sundown? It pretty much hit the sweet spot of Southern horror / low-budget "truthfulness," as director Charles B. Pierce gave the material a faux-documentary look and appeal that helped... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Twitch's Top 10 Movies Of The First Half Of 2015

As mentioned before, the year 2015 is moving on with breakneck speed, it seems. Currently we're already at the halfway point, and can look back at what's been a pretty surprising cinematic six months. So we asked ourselves what we... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: MAGIC MIKE XXL, Like A Classic Hong Kong Action Movie, Only With Strippers

As a delirious musical fantasy, Magic Mike XXL is spectacular. As a movie? Not so much. Writer/producer Reid Carolin, who also penned 2012's Magic Mike, constructs the sequel as pure fan service, dispensing with any possible distractions, such as characterizations... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Opening: CREEP, A Shocking Found-Footage Feat

Films that inspire strong, even if divisive, reactions are much more preferable that those that make viewers toss up their hands or roll their eyes to signify "meh." Case in point: Creep, a found-footage film by Patrick Brice, co-starring Mark... More »
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