Peter Martin
Managing Editor; Dallas, Texas

After writing about things other than movies for many years, Peter began contributing to Twitch in October 2005 and became Managing Editor in December 2011. He is a contributing writer for Movies.com, Fandango, and other print and online publications. He is a proud member of the Dallas-Ft. Worth Film Critics Association. His current addictions include horror movies, the pre-code era, baseball, and Twitter.

Review: HOUSEBOUND Merrily Chops Its Way Through Horror-Movie Tropes

If looks could kill, Kylie would be on death row. In Gerard Johnstone's deadpan, diabolical, and haunted thriller Housebound, Kylie (Morgana O'Reilly) is an angry, insolent young woman, full of piss and vinegar, so when she's convicted of a crime... More »
  

Latin Beat: Grotesco, New Mexican Horror Exhibition; Chile's PARTIR TO LIVE; Hollywood In Argentina

Producer Guillermo del Toro brings Mexican "Day of the Dead" culture to movie screens in the animated adventure The Book of Life, which opens wide across much of Latin America on Thursday (and North America on Friday). I'm a bit... More »
  

First Proper SKIN TRADE Trailer Teams Dolph Lundgren And Tony Jaa In Thailand

Dolph Lundgren is very much the star in the first official trailer for Skin Trade, directed by Ekachai Uekrongtham (Beautiful Boxer), but Tony Jaa is lurking in the background, ready to strike fear into the hearts of men with his fists... More »
  

Five Questions For HOUSEBOUND Director Gerard Johnstone

Yes. Housebound is that good. No. We will not stop talking about it. When the opportunity came up to fire off some questions to the director, Gerard Johnstone, I went to the rest of the Twitch Film crew and by... More »
  

Exclusive Clip: THE HACKER WARS, Trapwire, Hacktivists, And You

What is "Trapwire," and why does it matter to U.S. residents? In an exclusive clip from The Hacker Wars, a documentary by Vivien Lesnik Weisman that opens in New York on Friday, October 17, we get a glimpse into the world... More »
  

Review: DRACULA UNTOLD Reimagines A Reluctant Vampire Action Hero

Surprisingly effective, the latest iteration of the Dracula legacy seeks to rebuild vampire-movie mythology by going back to the beginning. First published in 1897, Bram Stoker's novel inspired F.W. Murnau's unofficial adaptation Nosferatu in 1922, which then sparked a series... More »
  

Review: LEFT BEHIND, Polite, First-Class Apocalyptic Disaster

So long, suckers! What's most remarkable about Left Behind isn't that Nicolas Cage is starring in a religious-themed movie about the end of the world, nor is it that longtime stunt coordinator extraordinaire Vic Armstrong is finally directing his sophomore... More »
  

Hey Dallas! Win Tickets To See DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD!

The only thing better than a zombie is, of course, a Nazi zombie movie, and the only thing better than a Nazi zombie movie is a Nazi zombie movie sequel. As the only sequel to a Nazi zombie movie that... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Wrap: Over 70 Movies Reviewed + Our Top Picks!

Holy Toledo is that headline correct? Yes Twitch has reviews published for over 70 of the films that played at Fantastic Fest 2014! (There were 76 non-repertory films screened at Fantastic Fest 2014). So why were we slacking? Well... More »
  

Latin Beat: GENESIS NIRVANA, FUERZAS ESPECIALES, LA ENTITAD, THE NAKED ROOM, Plus Fantastic Fest Movie Posters

Three of our correspondents who are based in Latin America have kindly provided updates on what's opening in theaters locally in the next week or two, along with posters and trailers. Chile, Peru, and Mexico are represented in those reports.Those... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Repertory Screenings: THE ASTROLOGER And DEATH WISH 3 Rock With Old-School Insanity

As I mentioned in our Fantastic Fest preview article, my heart belongs to the repertory screenings, the forgotten flicks that deserve a fresh look, presented by extremely knowledgeable and passionate curators. That was certainly the case this year. I only... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: WASTE LAND, For This Detective, To Brood Is To Live

Diffusion is the name of the game in Waste Land, a brooding police procedural from Belgium that depends more on its pervasive ambience than plot twists. Actually, it's probably a disserve to describe the newest film by writer/director Pieter Van... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: SHREW'S NEST Unleashes A Torrent Of Pent-Up Emotions

A maelstrom of highly-charged, dysfunctional family dynamics, Shrew's Nest (Musarañas) unleashes a torrent of pent-up emotions in the form of a bloody suspense thriller. The movie sets up easily as a two-hander about the tense relationship between Montse (Macarena Gómez)... More »
  

Dallas 2015 Announces Dates, Invites Films, Asks Only For Love

My current hometown of Dallas, Texas, plays host to the Dallas International Film Festival annually, and next year those important dates will be April 9-19, 2015. New films may now be submitted to the Dallas Film Society for consideration.This will... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: THE ABSENT ONE Chronicles The Infuriating Power Of Evil

Absolute evil exists in this world, and that is absolutely infuriating. When it's captured in a murder mystery whose premise sounds like a thousand other murder mysteries, that is either a blessing or a curse. When it comes to The... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: MY LIFE DIRECTED BY NICOLAS WINDING REFN Morphs Into A Whole New Thing

Note to filmmakers: If you capture the legendary Alejandro Jodorowsky in conversation with another filmmaker and he turns to the camera to ask you a question, be sure to lead with that. Wisely, that's what first-time filmmaker Liv Corfixen does... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014: Awards Go To IT FOLLOWS, THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA, ALLELUIA, And More

Not to wax too nostalgic, but the awards show for Fantastic Fest 2014 is quite a bit different from the first one I attended back in 2006 for the festival's second edition. For one thing, it's much more elaborate. For another,... More »
  

SPRING Is Sprung For U.S. Distribution By Drafthouse Films And FilmBuff

A mesmerizing picture that played very well in the heart of Texas at Fantastic Fest, Spring has been sprung for U.S. distribution by Drafthouse Films and FilmBuff. Directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead (Resolution), the film follows a young man... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: FUTURE SHOCK! THE STORY OF 2000AD Argues And Excites

A wonderfully exhaustive documentary, Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD argues pointedly that the British comic book deserves more recognition for its influence on modern popular culture. Far better known in its native land than in the rest of the... More »
  

Exclusive Clip: THE PACT 2 - Don't Open The Medicine Cabinet

Heading for release in U.S. theaters on October 10, The Pact 2 picks up where Nicholas McCartney's unsettling horror thriller left off. In the first film, Caity Lopez starred as Annie, a troubled young woman who came home for her mother's... More »
  
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