Author Archives: Todd Martin

Film Review: A Blade in the Dark (1983)

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SYNOPSIS: A musician composing the score for a horror film finds himself stalked by a mysterious killer that has some sort of connection to the movie he is working on.  REVIEW: Some people really like giallo films and some don’t. For the most part I really like them because I think that they are interesting, have some sort of mystery to solve, and are usually gory as hell. Lamberto Bava’s A Blade in the Dark … Continue reading

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Film Review: To All a Goodnight (1980)

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SYNOPSIS: A mysterious killer in a Santa Claus suit terrorizes a group of students at an all girls’ school during Christmas break.

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Film Review: The Ripper (1985)

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SYNOPSIS: hen a college professor buys a ring from an antique shop it turns out that it once belonged to the infamous Jack the Ripper and whoever wears it is possessed by his spirit, turning them into a homicidal maniac.

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Top 10 Grossest Horror Movie Scenes

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Todd Martin’s List of the Top Ten Grossest Horror Movie Scenes As a hardcore horror fan I’ve always taken pride in the fact that I’ve got a pretty strong stomach and can watch things that make most normal people feel sick. I’m a gore hound at heart and love to see an ample amount of blood and guts in my horror films. While it may take quite a bit to gross me out there are … Continue reading

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Film Review: Digging Up the Marrow (2014) – Review 2

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SYNOPSIS: An odd guy named William Dekker contacts filmmaker Adam Green with claims that monsters really do exist. Despite the urgings of others Green agrees to investigate and document these claims, but when everything is said and done he may just end up regretting his decision. REVIEW: Review- I’ve always been a huge fan of Adam Green and his work. I think that the Hatchet series is one of the best horror trilogies of all … Continue reading

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Interview: Adam Green – Director (Digging Up the Marrow)

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Adam Green has made one hell of an impact on the world of horror thanks to awesome films such as the Hatchet trilogy, Spiral, Frozen, and Holliston. He is without a doubt one of the most talented filmmakers in the business today and he never fails to deliver. I have always been a huge fan of him and his work, so I was absolutely honored to get to talk to him recently about his new … Continue reading

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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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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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