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.

70s Rewind: FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE, In Praise Of Modest Frights

As a huge fan of 1970s cinema, it's always tempting to overpraise modestly entertaining movies. For comparison's sake to another decade, witness last week's effusive nostalgia for 1985's Back to the Future II, surely one of the most ghastly, sour... More »
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Review: PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE GHOST DIMENSION, A Test Of Patience

Returning to the scene of the original crime, the sixth installment in the Paranormal Activity series is the weakest yet, lacking a compelling reason to exist, beyond a desire to extend the franchise. The previous edition, Paranormal Activity: The Marked... More »
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Review: THE LAST WITCH HUNTER, A Brightly Burning Candle

A good, fun ride for what it is, The Last Witch Hunter is the kind of movie that starts to fall apart as soon as the credits roll. Perhaps the closest, easiest comparison is to Tommy Wirkola's Hansel & Gretel:... More »
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Exclusive: SLEEPLESS Teases Drugs, Guns, And Naked Backs

We're happy to present the exclusive first look at a teaser and a gallery of stills for Sleepless. "An entrepreneur invents a new kind of drug, only to attract the attention of the Chinese triads who kidnap his girlfriend after... More »
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Criterion Starts 2016 Right: INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, LADY SNOWBLOOD, THE AMERICAN FRIEND, And More

The Criterion Collection will begin the new year by welcoming the Coen Brothers into the fold. Inside Llewyn Davis dove into the less glamorous side of the folk music scene, and showcased a sterling performance by Oscar Isaac. The Criterion... More »
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Now On Blu-ray: ALLELUIA, The Jealousy That Kills

Gloria is sad and lonely. But she has a sprightly young daughter, as well as a friend who knows what she needs: a blind date, arranged through the internet. Reluctantly, Gloria goes on the date and is pleasantly surprised to... More »
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Fantastic Fest 2015 Wrap - All Our Reviews & TwitchFilm Awards

Wow. Fantastic Fest ended last Thursday but we are all still recovering from 8 (8!) days of magical mayhem. There were a ton of good movies and very few stinkers (not counting some of us on day 8). But it's... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

Review: GOOSEBUMPS, A Fleet-Footed Easy Read

A frightfully fun fright flick for families, Goosebumps is witty and dark, never descending into terribly distressing territory, but neither thumbing its nose entirely at the idea that nothing scary ever happens in the real world. Jack Black stars as... More »
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Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: WHAT WE BECOME, Quiet Horror Invades The Nuclear Family

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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Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: ZINZANA, Thrills, Chills, And Kills In A Police Station

Two men in a police station. One is locked up, the other should be. The first genre film from United Arab Emirates, Zinzana (aka Rattle the Cage) is a refreshingly potent, teasingly intense drama. It begins with Talal (Saleh Bakri)... More »
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Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: KLOWN FOREVER, Still Funny, Still Raunchy

Tragedy is easy. Comedy is hard. And making a comedy sequel is impossible Four years ago, Klown (original Danish title: Klovn) blew into worldwide cinematic consciousness as a wickedly funny, perversely smutty, and utterly original comedy. Born on a television... More »
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Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: MAN VS. SNAKE, Cheering For The Champion Of An Unknown Game

What the heck is Nibbler? The opening scene of Man Vs. Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler, a new documentary by Andy Seklir and Tim Kinzy, asks that question, which is pertinent because the movie is about several... More »
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KLOWN FOREVER Picked Up For U.S. By Drafthouse Films

As announced by Tim League at Fantastic Fest last night, Drafthouse Films has acquired the Danish comedy Klown Forever for U.S. distribution. The company also distributed the original Klown several years ago as well as the Danish television series of... More »
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Festival Diary: Sundance Hong Kong 2015 Brings The Best Of Park City To Asia

Sundance is without doubt one of the best film festivals in the US right now, but for us over here in far-flung Asia, it is also one of the most frustrating. Due to the overwhelming number of smaller indie films... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD, Stirring, Fantastical Entertainment

April is an extraordinary character in an extraordinary world. As voiced by Marion Cotillard in the animated film April and the Extraordinary world (original title: Avril et le monde truque), she is the offspring of scientists who have gone missing.... More »
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Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: LA GRANJA Refuses To Be Friendly To Tourists

Nothing fantastic happens in La Granja, a relentlessly dour feature debut by writer/director Angel Manual Soto that should have the official Puerto Rico Tourism Company up in arms. Set in Puerto Rican neighborhoods that are far off the beaten path... More »
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Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: SPEED, A Youth Melodrama That Remains Perverse

Those who've seen the South Korean indie films I Am Trash and/or Dirty Romance might not recognize that the same director, Lee Sang-woo, is behind a new movie that begins like a very traditional, very conventional Korean melodrama. Oh, what... More »
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Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: LOVEMILLA Gently Unfolds In A Wonderfully Bizarre Comic Universe

Unfolding in a (slightly) alternate universe where people can turn into zombies after a single drink of alcohol, babies can be possessed by the Devil, and people can fly, Teemu Nikki's feature adaptation of a television series he created with... More »
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Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: THE GLORIOUS WORKS OF G.F. ZWAEN, Wrought With Tension, Suspense, And Complexity

We all know that crime doesn't pay, but who among us would be able to walk away from a big bag of money that's just sitting there, begging for attention? Sure, that bag of money is surrounded by three dead... More »
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Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: DER BUNKER Is Smarter Than It Looks

A student needs a quiet place to live while he writes a scientific paper, and so he tramps out into the deep, snowy woods to a small, isolated house and takes a look at a small, dank basement room without... More »
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