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Film Review: Way of the Wicked (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: Five years ago young Robbie was involved in an altercation with some classmates that were bullying him and his friend Heather that resulted in one of them dying under mysterious and possibly supernatural circumstances. Now he’s back and anyone who pisses him off ends up being involved in an accident or dying in some horrible fashion. Is he really the Antichrist like an obsessed priest believes him to be sent here to destroy the … Continue reading

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Film Review: House of Dust (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of college students decide to check out an old abandoned insane asylum where a number of horrible events took place many years ago. Unfortunately while they are there a few of them get possessed after accidentally inhaling the ashes of some the patients who were cremated there and it isn’t long before one of them starts picking off members of the student body around campus. REVIEW: Over the last couple of years … Continue reading

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Film Review: Sleepaway Camp (1983)

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SYNOPSIS: Angela, the only survivor of a horrible boating accident that claimed the lives of her father and brother years ago is now a teenager and is about to go to summer camp for the first time. Once she arrives at Camp Arawak with her cousin Ricky she becomes the target of ridicule and cruel pranks at the hands of her fellow campers. Everyone picks on her including her bitchy fellow camper Judy (the popular … Continue reading

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Film Review: Final Exam (1981)

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SYNOPSIS: A killer goes on a killing spree at a small college in North Carolina during finals week. By the time he is done hacking and slashing his way across campus will there be any students left alive to actually take their final exams? REVIEW: I know a lot of people who don’t like Final Exam, and I just think that it is a shame because I really like it a lot. Yes, it is … Continue reading

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Film Review: Death Do Us Part (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of friends head out to a cabin in the woods for a bachelor/bachelorette party to celebrate the upcoming nuptials of Kennedy and Ryan. Unfortunately an uninvited guest crashes the party and starts killing off members of the wedding party left and right. Is the creepy guy they rented the cabin from responsible for the murders or is it someone a little more familiar? REVIEW: I hadn’t heard much about Death Do Us … Continue reading

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Interview: P.J. Starks (Unscripted: An Indie Film Xperience, The To Die List)

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There are tons of independent filmmakers in the world today. Some of them are extremely talented while some of them quite frankly are not. P.J. Starks, based out of Owensboro, Kentucky, is one of the talented ones. In addition to making movies such as Hallows Eve: Slaughter on Second Street and others he also is the brainchild behind the “Unscripted: An Indie Film Xperience” film project and the River City Festival of Films convention. Needless … Continue reading

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Film Review: War of the Worlds: Goliath (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: An animated film that takes place 15 years after the events of H.G. Well’s classic tale of Martians invading Earth.  The Martians return but this time around mankind is ready thanks to a special military unit known as ARES that uses advanced technology and weaponry that rivals that of the alien invaders. The war is on, but who is going to be on the winning side?  REVIEW: When I was younger there was nothing … Continue reading

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Film Review: Camp Dread (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: A has-been horror director gathers a group of troubled young adults together at an old summer camp to film a reality show called Dead.TV in hopes of reviving his career. Unfortunately a mysterious killer shows up and goes around knocking off the members of the cast and crew in a number of brutal and painful ways. Will anyone survive or will the reality show end up really living up to its name? REVIEW: It’s … Continue reading

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Film Review: Flu (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: The citizens of Bundang, South Korea struggle to survive when a deadly flu outbreak takes place in their city. REVIEW: I didn’t know a whole lot about Flu before I saw it and to be honest I really wasn’t expecting much. I just assumed that it was going to be yet another movie about a killer virus running rampant and killing off hordes of people along the same lines as Outbreak or Contagion. To … Continue reading

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Film Review: New Blood Rising (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: Jade and her two siblings are the last vampires in the world. In order to remedy the situation they target a young woman named Brie whose pure blood will allow the vampire race to flourish once again (and help Jade take over the world). Unfortunately for them a group of vampire slayers have moved in next door to Brie and are determined to keep her safe. Will Jade’s plan come to fruition or will … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Bad Samaritan Must Die! (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: The Bad Samaritan is a vicious vigilante (of sorts) who hands out his own form of justice on those who break the law (which is just a fancy way of saying he beats them to a bloody pulp). When his number one fan meets him and finds out he isn’t what she thought he was she decides that he needs to die. REVIEW: I’ve always been a huge comic book geek (I am the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Do You Like My Basement? (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: A psychopath named Stanley (who believes that he is a filmmaker) grabs a video camera, subdues a couple and takes over their house, and then proceeds to invite wannabe actors to the house to audition for a movie he is making. What they don’t know is that the movie is a snuff film and they are the stars. REVIEW: I had never heard of Do You Like My Basement? Before I received my copy … Continue reading

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Film Review: Holy Ghost People (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: When her sister falls in with a group of religious fanatics known as The Church of One Accord Charlotte gets help from a troubled ex-Marine named Wayne to infiltrate the community to find her. REVIEW: In my opinion there is nothing creepier than scary religious people who are willing to do anything (including torture and murder) in the name of God. Some of these people are sincere in their beliefs and some aren’t, but … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Redeemer: Son of Satan! (1978)

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SYNOPSIS: Six people are invited to their high school reunion but when they get there they realize that they are the only ones there. It isn’t long before they realize that something isn’t right and before you know it a stranger (who is awful fond of disguises) locks them in the building and starts picking them off one by one. Will anyone manage to get out alive or are they all doomed? REVIEW: I have … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Black Water Vampire (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: A film crew heads out to the woods to film a documentary about a series of grisly murders that have taken place in the area over the years in hopes of clearing the man who has been found guilty of committing the vile acts. Unfortunately for them they aren’t alone in the woods and soon find themselves being stalked and eventually picked off by an unknown enemy. What is the real truth behind the … Continue reading

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Unscripted 3 Indie Film Series in Owensboro Kentucky

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Independent filmmaker P.J. Starks (who directed on co-wrote Hallows Eve: Slaughter on Second Street) presents the third annual Unscripted Indie Film Festival on January 4, 2014. On this date 2 teams will compete to make short films that will then be voted on by audience members on February 22. Horrornews.net’s very own Todd Martin was one of the two winners (with his short script “Lucky”) along with writer/actress Meadow Kristine Farley’s short script. These two films … 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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