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: SAN ANDREAS, Disastrous To A Fault

Look out, earthquakes! Mess with Dwayne Johnson's family and he will punch you in the nose. Completely divorced from reality, San Andreas is a large-scale, family-first action movie that stars Dwayne Johnson and millions, perhaps billions, of pixels, all gathering... More »
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Review: POLTERGEIST, A Remake That Resembles The Original A Little Too Closely

"They're here!" The original Poltergeist looms large in modern popular culture, the 1982 film having grown in stature over the years to the point where it's considered a classic of the haunted house genre. Indeed, the original is a very... More »
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Latin Beat: PERLA And Pablo Larraín's EL CLUB, Watch Trailers For Upcoming Chilean Releases

Two local films will be opening in theaters in Chile over the next couple of weeks, according to Jaime Grijalba Gomez, our Santiago-based correspondent. Are they worthy of your time and attention? Let's take a closer look. ... More »
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Now Playing: POLTERGEIST OST, Music To Fight Ghosts

Marc Streitenfeld's original musical score for Poltergeist made me extremely tense and nervous. Which actually made me feel better, once I realized it was the music I was playing and not my mind playing tricks with me. I have no... More »
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The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Worlds of MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

What will the future look like? In Mad Max: Fury Road, director George Miller and his fabulous team conjure up strikingly distinct landscapes for what is, in essence, a chase movie. Yet it's a chase movie with great empathy for... More »
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EDEN Trailer: A Sprawling, Musical Look Back At The 90s

Ah, the 1990s, when the world turned upside down and nothing would ever be the same again! But enough about me, what about the French electronic dance music scene? Mia Hansen-Løve's Eden is "a sprawling and epic look back" at that... More »
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THE WOLFPACK Trailer: Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction

Debuting at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, The Wolfpack tells the amazing true story of five brothers who grew up while locked in an apartment in New York City. The first trailer, which you can watch below, lays out... More »
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Review: THE D TRAIN, No Direction Home

Dan Landsman is not a thin fellow. Also, none of Dan's old school friends in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, want to hang out with him anymore. Dan embraces the former, but the latter gnaws away at him. He yearns to hang... More »
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Neuchâtel 2015 Welcomes Chris Carter, DEATHGASM, EXCESS FLESH, STUNG, And More

Chris Carter, creator of The X-Files is heading to Switzerland. But it's no mystery why he's going. He will be a guest at the 2015 edition of the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival, which will be held from July 3-11.... More »
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Review: APPARITION, An Angry Ride Leads To Ghostly, Everlasting Loss

Truthfully, I was never scared by anything that happens in Apparition, a film by Quinn Saunders that is now hitting home video. But I was unsettled, at times, and disquieted, occasionally, by the atmosphere of a big empty house and... More »
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THE STRANGER: New Trailer, Poster, US Release Date

"A vampire film that doesn't scream that it's a vampire film," is how our own Michele "Izzy" Galgana began her review of The Stranger, which screened at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, last fall. Poised for release by IFC Midnight... More »
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Night Visions 2015 Review: I AM THOR, From Naked Waiter To Rock Star To Retirement And Back Again

He was a bodybuilder, a naked waiter, and a Las Vegas showman before he became a rock star. Above all else, though, Jon Mikl Thor has always been a modest, 'never say die' entertainer, as made apparent in I Am... More »
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Night Visions 2015: Inaugural 'Nordic Genre Industry Days' - The Nordic Challenge

Held in conjunction with the Night Visions film festival in Helsinki, Finland, the inaugural edition of Nordic Genre Industry Days presented panel discussions and pitch sessions for projects that are currently in development. As might be imagined from the title,... More »
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Night Visions 2015 Review: AMERICAN BURGER Serves Up Cross-Cultural Beef

Watching an English-language splatter comedy, made in Sweden by a married British / Swedish couple, at a film festival in Helsinki, Finland, in a bar converted into a screening room, certainly ranks among my top 10 most unusual cross-cultural experiences... More »
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Night Visions 2015 Review: SERIAL KILLER CULTURE, Why So Fascinating?

What drives ordinary-looking men and women to become obsessed with serial killers? Is it a dark corner of their psyche that makes them feel that they have something in common with horrible people who have caused untold pain and suffering... More »
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Review: UNFRIENDED, When Social Media Becomes Anti-Social

Yikes. "HEY u guyz!!!" "Whazzz happening?!" "Nothing much." "O yuck!" "Hey, I think there's a mean and NASTY serial killer in the video chat room with us." "Get outta here!!!!!!!" "No, I'm serious!" "I am TOO, DUDE!" The above quotations... More »
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Night Visions 2015: THE GUNMAN, Starring Peter Franzen And A Lot Of Sean Penn's Muscles

Peter Franzen is not the star of The Gunman -- that would be the clench-jawed Sean Penn, unbelievably bulked up, muscle groups well defined, as though he were auditioning for an art house version of The Expendables -- yet the... More »
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Dallas 2015 Dispatch: CARTEL LAND, SWEET KANDY, And THUNDER BROKE THE HEAVENS

The ninth edition of the Dallas International Film Festival is well underway here in Texas, and I'm pleased to report that it continues to provide a much-needed boost to the local film culture. I moved to the city in 2006,... More »
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Night Visions Preview: Finland's Biggest Genre Fest Kicks Off

The biggest and oldest genre festival in Finland, Night Visions, will kick off tomorrow, Wednesday, April 15, and run through Sunday, April 19. Because I drew the lucky straw, I will be attending the fest for the first time, and... More »
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New TERMINATOR GENISYS Induces A Different Kind Of Dread

As much as I try to be a positive person, especially about movies that have not yet been released, everything I've seen about Terminator Genisys has induced a sense of dread that it will be truly terrible. Now, maybe I am... More »
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