Peter Martin
Managing Editor; Dallas, Texas, USA

Peter began contributing to the site in October 2005 and became Managing Editor in December 2011. He also contributes daily to Movies.com and weekly to Fandango's House of Screams. In addition, he serves as editor and writer for Dallas Film Now. His work has also appeared in Famous Monsters of Filmland; Fright Fest UK's online magazine; Cinematical; Big Fanboy; Red Carpet Crash; several film festival catalogs; and other online and print publications. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he lived in New York for more than a decade and has traveled extensively throughout the United States. Currently he lives in Dallas, Texas, which allows him to rail on Twitter against both the West and East Coasts while occasionally visiting Austin and other exotic foreign locales. He is a proud member of the Dallas-Ft. Worth Film Critics Association.

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 »
By Peter Martin   
  

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 »
By Peter Martin   
  

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 »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

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 »
By Peter Martin   
  

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 »
By Peter Martin   
  

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 »
By Peter Martin   
  

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 »
By Peter Martin   
  

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 »
By Peter Martin   
  

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 »
By Peter Martin   
  

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 »
By Peter Martin   
  

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 »
By Peter Martin   
  

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 »
By Peter Martin   
  

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 »
By Peter Martin   
  

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 »
By Peter Martin   
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: THE TREATMENT Flays A Serial Killer And His Victims

A murderous meal prepared with familiar ingredients, The Treatment (originally titled De Behandeling) should, by all rights, be little more than a standard potboiler. The film follows the sensational case of a serial killer who first kidnaps mother, father, and... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: THE MAN IN THE ORANGE JACKET Screams, Quietly

He's a rich old business executive who has just laid off one hundred workers. He's troubled as he returns home to his beautiful, isolated mansion with his lovely young wife. He needs a good night's sleep before heading to Italy... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: TOMBVILLE Plunges Into Nasty Nightmare Territory

A young boy is handed a gun by his mother. It is night, the boy's mother is panicked, and an armed man is about to invade their home. The anxieties quickly mount in Tombville, Nikolas Last's feature directorial debut, even... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: WYRMWOOD, A Wild, Wild Apocalypse

Wildly apocalyptic with dollops of silliness, Wyrmwood proves to be a splendidly gritty affair, a tale that feels like it's being told from the back of a jeep as it races away from doomsday on a very bumpy road in... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: WHISPERS BEHIND THE WALL, For Those Who Listen Closely

'Stand over by the window, it's better light. Good. Now why don't you take off your sweater? Good. Now why don't you take off your shirt?' Martin (Vincent Redetzki) is desperate, so he does what he's asked by Horn, the... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Fantastic Fest 2014: JOHN WICK Quickly Runs Out Of Body Bags

When you're an elite assassin, you don't need to clean up the bloody scenes of carnage you create. Thus, hit man John Wick (Keanu Reeves), retired for four years, can draw upon his ample financial resources to hire an ultra-discreet... More »
By Peter Martin   
  
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