Author Archives: Todd Martin

Film Review: Deathrow Gameshow (1987)

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SYNOPSIS: The host of a controversial TV game show that features the deaths of its death row inmate contestants deals with hate mail, protestors, and an angry mob family who have put a hit out on him for killing one of their own on national television. REVIEW: There are a ton of idiotic reality shows on TV these days (why are they called reality shows when 99.9% of them are obviously badly scripted?) and many … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Clown Murders (1976)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of annoying friends play a prank on one of their equally unlikable pals by all dressing up like clowns and kidnapping his wife on Halloween. The joke’s soon on them though as old wounds within the group resurface and the harmless prank spirals out of control. To make matters worse a stranger in a clown costume eventually starts stalking the group, and it’s obvious that he isn’t playing around. Will any of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Boardinghouse (1982)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of young women rent a boarding house from an oddball named Jim who has telekinetic powers. It turns out that a number of brutal slayings took place in the house over the years, and it isn’t long before its current occupants start turning up dead as well. Is the house haunted by an evil spirit or is there something more sinister responsible for the murders? REVIEW: I saw the trailer for Boardinghouse … Continue reading

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Film Review: Skinner (1993)

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SYNOPSIS: An unhappily married woman who needs extra money rents a room in her house to a seemingly friendly and likable guy named Dennis (who she soon finds herself falling for due to the fact that her husband treats her like garbage). What she doesn’t know is that he is actually a deranged killer who enjoys skinning his victims and wearing their skin for shits and giggles. Will she figure out his secret before it’s … Continue reading

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Film Review: RatMan (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: For some unknown reason a mad scientist creates a nasty little creature that is part rat and part monkey. One night the little fellow escapes from his cage and goes on a vicious killing spree. REVIEW: It’s a well-known fact that I’m completely and utterly terrified of monkeys, and to be honest I’m not too fond of rats either (I think it was because I saw films like Willard, Of Unknown Origin, and Deadly … Continue reading

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Film Review: A Night to Dismember (1983)

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SYNOPSIS: After being released from a mental hospital where she was committed for killing a couple of people Vicki returns to home to her family. It isn’t long after her return that the bodies start piling up, but is Vicki responsible for the murders or is someone else behind them?

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Film Review: Paranoia (1998)

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SYNOPSIS: Years after seeing her entire family brutally murdered in front of her Jana leans that the psychopath responsible is getting out of prison. Of course he sets his sights on her as soon as he is released and makes it his mission to finish what he started decades earlier by killing her as well. REVIEW: Every once in a while I like to take a break from the hardcore horror films that I love … Continue reading

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Film Review: Don’t Open Till Christmas (1984)

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SYNOPSIS: A deranged killer is stalking the streets of London around Christmas killing off anyone dressed up like Santa Claus. Will the police be able to find out who is behind the murders and stop the person before every Saint Nick in town is brutally murdered? REVIEW: There definitely isn’t a shortage of Christmas-themed horror flicks for viewers (like me) who don’t prefer more traditional fare such as Miracle on 34th Street and the sickening … Continue reading

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Film Review: Fatal Exposure (1989)

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SYNOPSIS: A seemingly friendly photographer in a small town is actually Jack the Ripper’s great grandson. When he isn’t busy killing his victims (and drinking their blood because he believes it keeps him virile) and snapping pictures of them in the process he is on the lookout for his soul mate so she can produce an offspring for him to carry on the family tradition. REVIEW: Fatal Exposure is without a doubt an odd little … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Carpenter (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: A charming (and slightly psychotic) carpenter working on a house starts killing off anyone who messes with the unhappily married woman (who is recovering from a nervous breakdown) who lives there that he has become smitten with. REVIEW: At first sight this movie would appear to be a slasher flick about a crazy carpenter dispatching his victims in a number of brutal ways with all of the tools of his trade at his disposal. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Psycho Cop 2 (1993)

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SYNOPSIS: A demented, Satan-worshipping cop crashes a bachelor party that is taking place in a high-rise office building after hours and goes about killing anyone unfortunate enough to cross his path. REVIEW: I’ll admit it, I was wrong about Psycho Cop 2 (aka Psycho Cop Returns). I used to see it at the video store all the time when I was younger but never checked it out because I was certain that it was just … Continue reading

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Top Ten Most Disturbing Movies of All Time – A Todd Martin List

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What movies bother you? If you are like most people you can name several films that you’ve seen that are so disturbing that they stayed with you for days after you watched them. I have seen quite a few movies that made me feel more than just a little uneasy, but there are some that stand out more than others. Some of them are horror films and some are not (one in particular is aimed … Continue reading

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Film Review: 6 Souls (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: Cara (Julianne Moore) is a forensic psychiatrist who doesn’t believe that Multiple Personality Syndrome exists. Her father (who is also a psychiatrist) then introduces her to his newest patient, a young man who has a split personality (a few of them, actually). Cara soon learns that all of the personalities that supposedly lurk inside him are were once real people who are murder victims, so she goes on an investigation to the bottom of … Continue reading

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Top Ten Movies that Should Have Scared Me…But Didn’t – A Todd Martin List

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Let’s face it, not everybody is afraid of the same things. What scares some people may not faze others, and this is particularly true when it comes to horror films. I am a huge horror fan and I have seen a ton of horror films in my lifetime (I got started early thanks to my mom and favorite uncle who both got me into the genre at a very young age). I’ll admit that some … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Art of the Film World War Z – Author Titan Books

This book includes the entire screenplay for the film version of World War Z as well as a look at how the zombies were designed and brought to life (or I guess that should be brought to unlife) for the big screen.   REVIEW: I have to be honest and say that I don’t care anything about World War Z. I don’t want to read the novel and I really don’t want to see the … 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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