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.

Exclusive Concept Art: FINNS HÄR NÅGRA SNÄLLA BARN, Pippi Longstocking With Zombies

Here in the U.S., we are about to suffer the full onslaught of "the holiday movie season," which means we are stuck with picking between populist blockbusters, family comedies, and award-seeking dramas, with genre fare generally relegated to the sidelines.... More »
By Peter Martin   

Review: BURNT, In Search Of Excellence (And A Story, And Authentic Characters, And...)

Bradley Cooper is not content with two stars. Oh no, no, no, he wants three stars, dang it, because that is what leading men always want: more, more, more! In Burnt, a new film by pedestrian director John Wells (The... More »
By Peter Martin   

Exclusive Clip From UNCANNY: "I Made Him"

Robots are all the rage right now, with multiple television shows exploring a near-future in which mechanical men and women are indistinguishable from flesh and blood human beings. Personally, as a long-time lover of all things robotic -- thank you,... More »
By Peter Martin   

Review: OUR BRAND IS CRISIS, Politics In A Familiar Nutshell

What an odd little beast! Neither fish nor fowl, the highly-fictionalized Our Brand Is Crisis acknowledges that it was "suggested" by Rachel Boynton's same-titled 2005 documentary. That film, which I have not seen, revolved around two male political strategists --... More »
By Peter Martin   

DRAGON'S LAIR: THE MOVIE Starts Crowdfunding Campaign

The budget for a modern animated movie starts in the neighborhood of $75 million, so the crowdfunding campaign for a movie version of video arcade game Dragon's Lair is not intended to raise that kind of money. No, the intention... More »
By Peter Martin   

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 »
By Peter Martin   


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 »
By Peter Martin   

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 »
By Peter Martin   

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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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 »
By Peter Martin   

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 »
By Peter Martin   

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 »
By Peter Martin   

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 »
By Peter Martin   

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 »
By Peter Martin   

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 »
By Peter Martin   

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 »
By Peter Martin   

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 »
By Peter Martin   

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 »
By Peter Martin   
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