Author Archives: Todd Martin

Film Review: The Maze (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: Five friends break into a closed corn maze in the middle of the night and decide to play a harmless game of tag. Little do they know that a psychopathic killer has decided to play along. As they wander aimlessly through the maze the murderer follows closely behind, taunting them and watching their every move. The game turns deadly when the kids decide to separate and weaken their chances of survival. When the mutilated … Continue reading

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Film Review: Cannibal Campout (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: Four college friends head out to the woods for a nice camping trip (apparently without a tent, sleeping bags, or any other supplies that are crucial to camping). Once they arrive they are immediately involved in an altercation with a pair of local rednecks (one of whom has the most annoying voice ever caught on film in the history of cinema). Little do our heroes know, the rednecks are actually vicious killers who get … Continue reading

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Interview: Joel D. Wynkoop (Twisted Illusions, The Uh-Oh Show)

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Joel D Wynkoop is probably the hardest- working man in the film business today. Not only is he an actor, but he is also a writer, editor, producer, and director among many other things when it comes to film making. The guy has a career that spans over several decades and has worked on a huge number of films. He has worked with such awesome people as Tim Ritter and H.G. Lewis, and is highly … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Forest (1982)

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SYNOPSIS: When two couples go camping they are terrorized by a crazy old bastard that lives in a cave and enjoys killing and eating people. REVIEW: As most of you know by now, I really, really love slasher flicks. I especially love the slasher flicks from the 1980’s as this was the golden age of the slasher film in my opinion. When I picked up a copy of The Forest I was pretty excited because … Continue reading

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Film Review: Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (1987)

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SYNOPSIS: Ricky is a mentally unstable young man who decides to follow in his psychotic brother’s footsteps and go on a killing spree dressed as Santa Claus. REVIEW: It’s Christmas, and one of the Martin family’s long-standing holiday traditions is to watch Silent Night, Deadly Night (and the original Black Christmas) the Saturday night before X-mas. This year we were lucky enough to watch Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 as well, and while it … Continue reading

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Film Review: Scream for Help (1984)

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SYNOPSIS: High school student Christie suspects that her stepfather is trying to kill her and her mother. Unfortunately no one believes her, even when people start dying around her in a series of mysterious accidents. Is her stepfather behind these deaths or is Christie just out of her mind? REVIEW: I remember watching this movie one Sunday night with my mom back in 1987 (if memory serves me correctly we also watched Creepshow 2 the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Under the Dome – Author Stephen King

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UNDER THE DOME (HARDCOVER) Author Stephen King Published by Scribner Publication Date: 2009 Format: Color – 1088 pages Price: $35.00 Stephen King. Some people love him and some people hate him. Some people claim he is one of the greatest writers of all time and read every single thing he writes. Others argue that he has very little talent and has never written anything remotely significant during his lengthy writing career. I personally have mixed … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Devil Within (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: Sirena decides to celebrate her eighteenth birthday by having her friends over at her place for a pool party. Everything goes great and everyone is having a wonderful time until a knife-welding killer decides to crash the party and starts butchering the guests. Is the killer just some random psycho or is it someone that Sirena knows? REVIEW: Being a huge slasher fan I couldn’t wait to check out “The Devil Within” after I … Continue reading

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Film Review: Road Games (1981)

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SYNOPSIS: A truck driver finds himself involved in a deadly game of cat and mouse with a brutal serial killer who enjoys butchering young female hitchhikers. REVIEW: Road Games is an entertaining little suspense/thriller that has a nice Hitchcock-like feel to it (which is no surprise considering that director Richard Franklin was a huge fan of Alfred Hitchcock). It has an interesting premise, tons of suspense, some light comedy (that works), and a great cast … Continue reading

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Film Review: Houseboat Horror (1989)

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SYNOPSIS: A horrible rock band and a camera crew filming a cheesy music video in the backwoods of Australia are stalked and killed by a hulking maniac who thinks he’s Jason Voorhees. REVIEW: I had never heard of Houseboat Horror and after watching it recently I know why. If you have every wondered what the Friday the 13th movies would have been like if someone with pretty much no talent when it came to filmmaking … Continue reading

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Film Review: High Lane (Vertige) (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of young adults go on a trip to the Balkan Mountains hoping to have a nice relaxing time. At the urgings of Fred, the risk taker of the group, they decide to explore an area of the mountains that is closed off from the rest of the area. Unfortunately, they soon discover that they are not alone and they find themselves in a fight for survival against an insane mountain man who … Continue reading

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Film Review: Blood Voyage (1976)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of people set sail on a psychiatrist’s boat to celebrate his upcoming nuptials. Unfortunately, one of the people on board turns out to be a deranged killer who enjoys butchering the other passengers. Will the remaining survivors be able to stop the murderer or are they all destined to be buried at sea? REVIEW: I wasn’t very familiar with Blood Voyage (which is weird because I thought that I had seen-or at … Continue reading

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Film Review: Unhinged (1982)

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SYNOPSIS: After three female friends are involved in a car accident in the middle of nowhere they are rescued by the oddball Penrose family who live in a creepy old mansion miles away from civilization. The family takes them in and allows them to stay with them until the only friend who was seriously hurt in the accident is well enough to leave. It is pretty obvious from the start that there is something not … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Initiation (1984)

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SYNOPSIS: Kelly (who has the same disturbing nightmare night after night) decides to join a college sorority. Of course, there is an initiation involved in order to be a member of the sorority and Kelly and her fellow pledges are tasked with breaking into a mall after hours to steal an item. Unfortunately for them, a mysterious killer has trapped them all in the mall and is killing them off one-by-one in a variety of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jaws – Memories from Martha’s Vineyard – Author Matt Taylor

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Jaws-Memories from Martha’s Vineyard (Expanded Second Edition) This impressive coffee table book is essentially the definitive guide to the making of the blockbuster film Jaws. Loaded with stories, pictures, and priceless memories from the people who worked on the film, this is one book that no Jaws fan can do without. When I was a little kid I was totally and utterly fascinated with Jaws. I didn’t get to see the original film when it … Continue reading

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Interview: Mackenzie Knight (Unearthly Encounters Live! Radio)

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I have always been pretty interested in the paranormal, and since there are so many fans of shows like Ghost Hunters, Haunted Collector, and many others it is obvious that I am not alone. Mackenzie Knight is a paranormal researcher/investigator, host of her own celebrity paranormal radio show called “Unearthly Encounters Live!” on Blog Talk Radio, and an author. Needless to say she is a pretty busy woman these days so I felt very fortunate … Continue reading

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Book Review: Last Days – Author Adam Nevill

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An independent film maker named Kyle is drowning in debt and is desperate for any paying job that will help his dire financial situation. A bizarre old man soon offers him a staggering amount of money to shoot a documentary on a sinister apocalyptic cult called The Temple of the Last Days (which met a grisly end back in 1975). Against his better judgment-and because he really, really needs the money-Kyle agrees to shoot the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Biophage (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: Thanks to the release of a biochemical agent that has ravaged the world zombies (or biophages, hence the title of the film) are roaming around devouring every living thing in sight. The very few human survivors that remain have gone into hiding to avoid becoming the zombies’ next meal. Cain, a soldier, and Bell, a doctor, are on a mission to locate survivors and gather supplies to take back to a research hospital. During … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Hitcher (1986)

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SYNOPSIS: Jim is in the process of driving a car across the country when he decides to pick up a hitchhiker named John. John seems like a nice guy at first but it soon becomes apparent that he is a psychotic murderer who likes to kill people for sh*ts and giggles. Jim manages to escape but his nightmare is just beginning as John begins stalking him, leaving a trail of dead bodies everywhere he goes. … Continue reading

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Interview: Jeffrey Reddick – Writer (Final Destination franchise)

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Several years ago horror fans started to complain that good horror films weren’t being made anymore. They also argued that the ones that were being released were pretty horrible and unoriginal. Jeffrey reddick came to the rescue and gave the fans Final Destination, which was an instant hit. It was original, fun, and just an awesome movie in general that has spawned a number of sequels that keep moviegoers coming back for more. Jeffrey is … Continue reading

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Film Review: Venom (2005)

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SYNOPSIS: A weird tow truck driver is possessed by evil spirits after being bitten by a bunch of cursed snakes. He then goes on a killing spree, butchering anyone unfortunate enough to come into contact with him. REVIEW: Not to be confused with the superior 1981 film of the same name (or the awesome Spider-Man villain)Venom is a pretty hokey flick that wants desperately to be like an ‘80’s slasher flick. It fails miserably in … 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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