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Film Review: The Bible Belt Slasher Pt. II: The Holy Terror! (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Jason Fry, the homicidal Bible-quoting psycho is back after escaping from a mental institution and this time he’s targeting the friends and family members of the people he slaughtered in the original short film. Can Dr. Landers stop him once and for all before it’s too late or is he destined to become just another one of his victims? REVIEW: Since I am such a big fan of slasher flicks I was pretty eager … Continue reading

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Film Review: Snapshot (1979)

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SYNOPSIS: A young hairdresser escapes her mundane existence by breaking into the world of modeling. Unfortunately for her she attracts the attention of a mysterious stalker soon after, and the person will stop at nothing to possess her.

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Film Review: Skinned Alive (1990)

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SYNOPSIS: A family of weirdoes travel around looking for victims to skin for the leather company that they run. When their van breaks down in a small town a friendly mechanic lets them stay with him and his wife while he tries to fix their vehicle. Will they be the family’s next victims or will the alcoholic former cop that lives next door be able to save them before it’s too late? REVIEW: I actually … Continue reading

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Film Review: School’s Out (1999)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of seniors decide to have a party in their school on graduation night. Unfortunately an uninvited guest with a pair of scissors crashes the party and it isn’t long before the bodies begin to pile up. REVIEW: It’s a pretty well-known fact that I am a huge fan of slasher flicks. I’ve seen tons of them during my lifetime and while some of them are nothing short of awesome there are others … Continue reading

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Interview: Stephanie Beaton

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Without a doubt Stephanie Beaton is a legend when it comes to horror movies and easily one of the most recognizable “Scream Queens” of all time. She has appeared in many awesome horror flicks such as The Evillmaker, Evil in the Bayou, and several of the Witchcraft movies. In addition she is a writer and director and is responsible for such great films as Tales from the Grave, The Bagman, and others. I had the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Bates Motel (1987)

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SYNOPSIS: After Norman Bates dies in the lunatic asylum following the events of Psycho he leaves his motel to one of his fellow inmates named Alex. When Alex is released from the asylum he attempts to reopen the motel when all sorts of strange and wacky things start to take place. Is the ghost of Norman’s long-dead mother haunting the place or is there something a lot goofier going on? A pilot for a TV … Continue reading

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Film Review: Freeway Maniac (1989)

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SYNOPSIS: An escaped mental patient who is obsessed with an actress stalks a movie set she is working on and kills anyone unlucky enough to get in his way. REVIEW: What do you get when you combine the elements of Halloween, Pieces, and Nightmare in a Damaged Brain? This movie. It isn’t nearly as good as any of those films and in reality it is pretty lousy but at the same time it is one … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hollywood’s New Blood (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of actors on an acting retreat in the middle of the woods are stalked and killed by a trio of homicidal brothers. REVIEW: I’m always going on and on about all the great slasher flicks that came out of the 1980’s but sometimes I forget that there were a lot of terrible ones too. Hollywood’s New Blood definitely belongs in the bad group as it is quite horrible and has almost no … Continue reading

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Film Review: Blood Hook (1986)

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SYNOPSIS: A mysterious killer is going around taking people out with a fishing pole with a huge hook attached to it during a fishing contest. REVIEW: I first saw Blood Hook back in 1987 when my mom and I rented it from our local video store and I thought that it was awesome. I hadn’t seen it since then but always had fond memories of it so I was very excited and happy that I … Continue reading

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Film Review: Dial: Help (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: The spirits of deceased phone operators that worked at a dating hotline haunt a woman and kill those around her. REVIEW: Dial Help is a weird little movie and I’m not entirely sure how I felt about it. On one hand I thought that it had a pretty original premise but at the same time it was just a little too hokey for me at times. It was a little hard to take it … Continue reading

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Film Review: Queens of the Ring (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: A woman-who was recently released from prison-tries to reconnect with her estranged son (who is a huge wrestling fan) by becoming a professional wrestler. REVIEW: Review-I’ve loved professional wrestling for the biggest majority of my life, and as a matter of fact I would put it right up there with horror films, comic books, and video games on my list of things that I am really into. There was a point in my life … Continue reading

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Top 10 Most Painful Horror Movie Death Scenes

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I’ve been watching horror films my entire life and as such I have seen more death scenes than I could every possibly count. Some of them have been quite fun and awesome while others were pretty lame and left a lot to be desired. There are some that really stand out for a number of reasons thanks to the fact that they are interesting or original, but the ones that always had an impact on … Continue reading

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Film Review: Schizoid (1980)

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SYNOPSIS: Someone is killing off the members of a therapy group that advice columnist Julie is a part of. Is it the weird psychiatrist that is leading the group, his mentally unstable daughter, or someone entirely different? Julie better find out as fast as she can because it looks like she’s the next to die. REVIEW: Schizoid is one of those movies that sort of flew in under the radar and never really got a … Continue reading

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Film Review: A Night of the Living Dead (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of people hide out in a house and try to survive the night against an ever-growing army of zombies. A reimagining of George Romero’s classic horror film. REVIEW: I was a little torn when I heard that this movie was being made. On the one hand I’m not a fan of remakes/reimaginings and think that the biggest majority of the suck out loud, but on the other I have always liked director/co-writer … Continue reading

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Film Review: Don’t Panic (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of teens are stalked and killed by an evil spirit (named Virgil no less) after messing around with an Ouija board.

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Film Review: Demons 2 (1986)

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SYNOPSIS: Residents of a high rise apartment building struggle to survive an outbreak of murderous demons. REVIEW: I absolutely love Demons. I saw it when I was in the 7th grade and it scared the living shit out of me (though not as much as it did a neighborhood kid who was so freaked out by it his mother had to take him to the doctor because he wouldn’t eat or sleep after he saw … Continue reading

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Film Review: Fatal Games (1984)

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SYNOPSIS: Someone is using a javelin to kill off a group of Olympic hopefuls at the Falcon Academy of Athletics. Will anyone survive to win a gold medal or all they all destined to die? REVIEW: Fatal Games was one of those rare 80’s slasher flicks that somehow managed to elude me for years. I always wanted to see it because I thought that it sounded awesome but didn’t get my hands on a copy … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Dead and the Damned 2 (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: After the zombie apocalypse decimates most of the world a solider helps out any survivors he runs across as he makes his way to the ocean to spread the ashes of his dead wife and daughter.  REVIEW: I never saw The Dead and the Damned but thought that it sounded interesting due to the fact that it was set in the old west (sort of like Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare). The sequel however … Continue reading

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Film Review: Don’t Blink (2014) – Review 2

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SYNOPSIS: A group of friends head to an out of the way resort for a weekend of fun and relaxation. When they get there no one is around and it isn’t long before members of the group start to literally disappear. Will anyone survive and figure out what is going on or all of them destined to vanish into thin air? REVIEW: I really enjoyed Don’t Blink and thought that it was one of the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night 2 (1987)

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SYNOPSIS: Back in the 50’s prom queen Mary Lou Maloney died during the prom after a prank went horribly wrong. Now she’s back and she isn’t happy. REVIEW: Even though it doesn’t really have anything to do with the original Prom Night (other than the fact that it takes place at the same high school) I have always been a big fan of Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night 2. As a matter of fact I … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dark Frequencies – Author Timothy Lee Frasier

SYNOPSIS: This short horror story collection includes stories about a demonic little girl, the spirit of an evil clown, a zombie apocalypse, a malevolent radio that sends its users to different dimensions, and many others. REVIEW: I recently met Timothy Lee Frasier at the Providence Literary Festival in Kentucky where we were both guests and thought that he was an all around awesome person. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy … Continue reading

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About Todd Martin

Todd Martin grew up in Irvington, a small town in Kentucky. Thanks to his mother, father, and favorite uncle he started watching horror films at a very young age and has been a horror geek ever since. He is basically a walking encyclopedia of horror flicks (especially the 80’s slashers), comic books, and pro wrestling, and has been writing for the biggest majority of his life.

His first book, Nightmare Tales was published in 2006 and he has had several short stories published in several collections. He and his wife Trish published their book “The Gardener,” a horror novel that is a throwback to the slasher films of the 80’s in 2011 and he is working on a collection of short horror stories When he isn’t reviewing movies and books or doing interviews for Horrornews.net he has been known to act from time to time as he has appeared in a handful of low budget horror films. He also enjoys writing screenplays and enjoys making movies as well. He wrote the segment “Angel” which appeared in the 2004 film “Tales from the Grave 2: Happy Holidays!” which was produced and directed by Stephanie Beaton, and recently appeared in Tim Ritter’s film “Deadly Dares: Truth or Dare 4.”. He resides in Kentucky with his wife Trish, their cat Buffy, and their wiener dog, Cujo

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