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: 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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Tribeca 2015 Exclusive: BETTER TO LIVE Trailer, College Kids Sing And Dance To Save Lives

I've never been the type to sing and dance, but the first trailer for Better to Live makes me wish that I could -- and for a good cause. Set to debut shortly at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, the... More »
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ABOMINATION Trailer: Creep Out With Yam Laranas' New Fright Flick

The new trailer for Abomination from director Yam Laranas feels like a machine-gun assault of creepiness. I've watched it twice now and, frankly, still don't know what it's about, but I want to watch it again. Laranas (The Echo) is... More »
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AN ACT OF WAR: Strike A Blow Against Pirates And Watch It For Free

Do you like pirates? I like pirates on the big screen, but not when they steal movies that do not belong to them. And especially when the movie is available to watch legally -- and, if money's tight, for free!... More »
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Latin Beat: First Details On Brazil's Fantaspoa, Chile's MAR Opens Theatrically

We have two items of interest in our biweekly feature, highlighting films from Latin America. First up, Eric Ortiz Garcia tells us about Fantaspoa, Brazil's upcoming genre festival. Then as Mar opens theatrically in Chile, we revisit a review by... More »
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THE INVITATION Picked Up By Drafthouse Films

Karyn Kusama's The Invitation, which debuted last month at SXSW, has been acquired for worldwide distribution by Drafthouse Films, according to Variety. Logan Marshall-Green stars as a man who accepts an invitation to a reunion of old friends at the... More »
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Old School Kung Fu Fest 2015: Enter The Ninjas! (Plus A Trailer!)

Returning for its fifth edition, Old School Kung Fu Fest 2015 will celebrate martial arts and action cinema by turning its focus on "the deadliest fighter of them all...the ninja!" I'm quoting the official announcement, although I'm not convinced the... More »
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70s Rewind: THE CARS THAT ATE PARIS, Peter Weir's Mysterious, Motorized Movie

With Furious 7 hitting theaters over the weekend and excitement building about the release of Mad Max: Fury Road next month, I was in the mood for an Australian car movie. Director James Wan, by the way, was schooled in... More »
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