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.

Review: HOLY HELL, Inside A Cult Without Knowing It

From his perspective, Will Allen loved what he was seeing. A filmmaker from childhood, recent college graduate Allen was ordered to leave his family home after he came out to his mother as gay. In 1985, he fell in with... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: THE ONES BELOW, Beware The Kindness Of Neighbors

Properly moody, The Ones Below brews up a strong cup of neighborly paranoia. It's a familiar story. Kate (Clémence Poésy) and Justin (Stephen Campbell Moore) live in a lovely flat in a lovely building in a lovely London suburb. Kate... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, Curiouser And Curiouser

Six years ago, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland caught the early wave of the modern 3D era and became a big financial success, fairly demanding that a sequel would be forthcoming. Now the generally darker sequel has arrived, based on... More »
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Exclusive Clip: THE ONES BELOW - Watch The Baby And I'll Watch You

Never has breastfeeding looked so sinister. In our exclusive clip from The Ones Below, exhausted new mother Clémence Poésy asks her downstairs neighbor Laura Birn to watch her infant son. But it turns out that the new mother is more... More »
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Review: NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING, A Message To Young Women

A fairly wretched and sloppily assembled sequel, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is too lazy to conjure up anything new for its putative heroes to do. Instead, the focus turns to delivering an oddly mixed message: young women can still be... More »
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Criterion In August 2016: MCCABE & MRS. MILLER Leads A Strong Slate

Robert Altman's McCabe & Mrs. Miller marked a turning point in cinema. Arriving after the commercial success of MASH and the bizarre noodling of Brewster McCloud, Altman's 1971 classic elevated muffled dialogue and the dirty authenticity of Vilmos Zsigmond's photography... More »
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Now On Blu-ray: KRAMPUS And THE WITCH, Two Very Different Takes On Folk Horror

Over the last few weeks a pair of very different films that both center around folk stories have arrived on Blu-ray in the US. Michael Dougherty's long awaited follow-up to his suprise cult hit Trick 'R Treat is another holiday... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Exclusive DIVINE ACCESS Clip: Being Replaced Doesn't Feel Too Good

Nobody likes the idea of being replaced, which perhaps explains why Gary Cole is none too happy in our exclusive clip from Divine Access. As it happens, Cole is one of my personal favorite actors, the kind of supporting player... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Cannes 2016: Nordic Genre Cinema Celebrated With Viking Helmets

Sure, the Cannes Film Festival sounds like an ultra-serious consideration of the latest and greatest in world cinema. But who knew it included the wearing of viking helmets? We've been provided with three photos from the (scandalous?) Nordic Genre Party... More »
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Now On DVD/VOD: SCHERZO DIABOLICO, Deviously Disturbing Horror Thrills

An initially intriguing thriller setup leads to something quite honestly disturbing in Adrián García Bogliano's Scherzo Diabolico, now available to watch via various Video On Demand platforms (and on DVD, too!). Opening with helicopter-style overhead shots, following a car as... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

PREY Teaser: People Of Amsterdam, Run! The Lion Is Loose

Dick Maas (Sint, Amsterdamned, The Lift) has released the first teaser for his lion-loose-in-Amsterdam movie, Prey. And it looks super fun! Do you need to know more than that? The teaser teases that the lion has already run 26 miles... More »
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BLACK CIRCLE: Adrian Garcia Bogliano Takes His Horror To Sweden With Christina Lindberg

With his latest, deviously disturbing horror film, Scherzo Diabolico, now infecting VOD platforms everywhere, writer/director Adrian Garcia Bogliano is plotting his next move. And it's taking him to Sweden. Christina Lindberg -- yes, that Christina Lindberg, the one who memorably... More »
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Review: THE DARKNESS Inhabits The Creepy Edge Of Suburbia

For his latest adventure in suspense, director Greg McLean reins in the blood and guts to focus on a family under attack by forces both interior and exterior. McLean established his international reputation with the gruesome Wolf Creek more than... More »
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Review: MONEY MONSTER Takes A Hostage With A Sense Of Humor

Pleasantly surprising, Jodie Foster's Money Monster is better than expected, in large part because it's not as straightforward as it initially appears. The setup, in fact, leads one to believe that the movie will be a deadly serious hostage thriller.... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: WHAT WE BECOME, The Noir-ish Horror Of A Family Being Torn Apart

An extremely well-made horror film from Denmark, What We Become (original title: Sorgenfri) examines the churning emotional dynamics of a nuclear family when they are placed under extreme -- some might even call it apocalyptic -- stress. Mother Pernille (Mille... More »
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Crowdfund This: KAMIKAZE '89 Re-Release For Lost Fassbinder Star Turn

Rainer Werner Fassbinder was a madly prolific filmmaker, completing some 40 features, plus three short films, plus more than one television series, plus two dozen plays and more and more, all in less than 15 years. Fassbinder was also an... More »
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Review: PHANTOM OF THE THEATRE, A Movie Plagued By Ghosts

Elegantly mounted and gorgeously shot, Phantom of the Theatre is a stuffy ghost story from China that fails to be as haunting as its premise. Borrowing elements from Phantom of the Opera, the new film is set in Shanghai in... More »
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Exclusive PHANTOM OF THE THEATRE Clip: Mirrors Can Be Spooky

Creepy! Our exclusive clip from Phantom of the Theatre reminds me of Nietzsche's witticism: "If you gaze long enough into the abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you." Or, perhaps more to the point, the warning in Candyman about... More »
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Exclusive Poster Debut: Michel Gondry's MICROBE & GASOLINE

If you ask me, every road-trip movie should have a poster as gorgeous as this one for Microbe & Gasoline. We're pleased to present its exclusive debut. Here's the brilliantly brief official description: Written and directed by Michel Gondry, this... More »
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Oh Boy, SPACE JAM 2 Coming With Justin Lin At The Helm

With Star Trek Beyond heading for theatrical release on July 22, director Justin Lin is looking ahead, and he's decided that a sequel to Space Jam lies in his future (possibly). It's not a done deal yet, but Lin is... More »
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