Author Archives: Todd Martin

Interview: Karissa and Katie Strain (Carrie, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil)

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There isn’t a shortage of hot young women in the movie business these days. Hot young women with talent though? Well that is another story. Thankfully there are ladies like Karissa and Katie Strain who are both attractive and talented working in the business today. If you are a fan of the awesome show Todd and the Book of Pure Evil like I am then you got to see Karissa and Katie work their magic … Continue reading

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Film Review: Humongous (1982)

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SYNOPSIS: A woman named Ida is raped, and after killing her attacker she decides to go off and live on an abandoned island with only her pet dogs for company. Years later a group of friends find themselves stranded on the island when the yacht they were traveling on sinks. It turns out that Ida actually had a son as a result of being raped and he isn’t too happy that there are trespassers on … Continue reading

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Film Review: Backwoods (1987)

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SYNOPSIS: A couple (who tell someone that they are brother and sister for some unknown reason that is never explained) riding bikes across the country end up camping out in the backwoods of Kentucky. They end up saving a little girl who happens to need medical attention outside their tent and her father takes them to his home where he provides dinner for them to show his appreciation for helping his kid. Once there they … Continue reading

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Film Review: Death Valley (1982)

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SYNOPSIS: While on a trip with his recently divorced mother and her new boyfriend a young boy decides to check out an abandoned RV that he happens upon while exploring the area by himself. He doesn’t see anything that amazing inside but decides to steal a necklace that he finds just for sh*ts and giggles. What he doesn’t realize is that three people were brutally murdered in the RV earlier by a crazed serial killer. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Cutting Class (1989)

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SYNOPSIS: Brian has just been released from a mental hospital (a lot of people think he had something to do with his father’s death) and enrolls in the local high school. He soon falls for one of his classmates, a pretty young lady named Paula. The only problem is that Paula is involved with Dwight, which makes Brian very unhappy. Soon someone starts killing off the students and staff at the high school, and Paula … Continue reading

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Interview: Jack Perez – Director (Some Guy Who Kills People)

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Jack Perez recently directed the film Some Guy Who Kills People which has gotten some pretty great reviews. I recently got a chance to speak with him, and my interview with him follows: Todd Martin: So tell us a little bit about the movie Some Guy Who Kills People. Give us an overview of the plot and where the idea came from. Jack Perez: The story is about a quiet, would-be graphic novelist played by … Continue reading

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Film Review: Mad Mutilator (1983)

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SYNOPSIS: Ogroff is a very odd hermit who lives in the woods in the French countryside. He enjoys wearing a mask, decorating his run-down house with various bones and body parts, and killing anyone who comes anywhere near him or his home. Did I mention that he also keeps a bunch of zombies in his basement for some unknown reason too, because that is kind of important as they eventually get out and go on … Continue reading

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Film Review: The House on Sorority Row (1983)

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SYNOPSIS: Mrs. Slater is a very odd, mean old bitch who acts as house mother to the Theta Pi Sorority. Since she is usually a pain in the ass to the sorority sisters they decide to play a prank on her that goes horribly wrong and leads to her accidental death. The sisters cover it up and continue on with the party they were planning to have that evening, but someone starts killing them off … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Cabin in the Woods Official Novelization – Author Tim Lebbon

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The Cabin in the Woods Official Novelization Author Tim Lebbon The novelization of the film The Cabin in the Woods written by Tim Lebbon. The basic storyline (without giving away any spoilers though I think anyone who would be interested in reading this novel has already seen the movie and knows what happens) revolves around a group of college students heading out to a cabin in the woods to relax and have a good time. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Joss Whedon – The Complete Companion – Author PopMatters

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This book pretty much covers everything that Joss Whedon has ever done in the entertainment industry. From his work on television shows, comic books, and movies, this companion piece is basically the definitive guide to all things Joss Whedon. I have always been a fan of Joss Whedon. Besides being an insanely talented writer and director who has a very creative imagination (a trait that way too many people are lacking in the entertainment business-and … Continue reading

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Interview: Tim Ritter (Truth or Dare)

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What were you doing when you were eighteen? If you were like me then you were taking part in underage drinking with friends, going out with girls, staying up late watching horror films, playing video games, reading comic books, and working at a horrible summer job that you hated. What was writer/filmmaker Tim Ritter doing when he was eighteen? Writing and directing his first film, the classic slasher flick that has one hell of a … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Cabin in the Woods Official Visual Companion – Author Joss Whedon

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This book is a companion piece to the film Cabin in the Woods. It contains the original screenplay, interviews with members of the cast and crew, and a section that takes a look at some of the monsters, zombies, and other murderous creatures that appear in the film. When I heard about Cabin in the Woods a little over a year ago I was pretty curious about it. I have always been a fan of … Continue reading

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Interview: Sylvia and Jen Soska (Dead Hooker in a Trunk, American Mary)

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In today’s day and age anyone can pick up a video camera, round up a group of friends and make a movie (Hell, I’ve even done it a handful of times and the results were less than impressive). Unfortunately most of these movies end up sucking out loud due to bad acting, a lack of creativity, a poor script, etc. Every once in a while though a group of filmmakers come along and produces an … Continue reading

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Film Review: Body Count (1987)

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SYNOPSIS: Your typical gang of 80’s stereotypes (unwisely) decide to camp at an old campsite in the middle of nowhere. Unfortunately for them a curse has been placed on the land and as a result a shaman (who isn’t quite human) roams the woods, violently killing anyone who happens to cross his path. Soon the campers are brutally killed off one-by-one, but is the shaman really behind the murders or is someone else the responsible … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Dark Power (1985)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of college students move into a house, unaware that it sits atop the burial ground of an ancient tribe known as the Toltecs. Of course they end up pissing off the spirits of the people buried there and before you know it there are Native American zombies running amok killing everyone in sight. Thankfully for them though, a badass ranger named Girard (who is very skilled in using a whip) comes to … Continue reading

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Interview: Jonathan Tiersten (Sleepaway Camp)

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In my opinion Sleepaway Camp is the best slasher flick from the 80’s (hell, I think it is the best movie ever). I recently had the pleasure of getting to meet Felissa Rose and Jonathan Tiersten, who played the parts of Ricky and Angela. Both of them were class acts and some of the nicest, most approachable people I have ever met. I interviewed Felissa for this website a few weeks ago (which was a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Sherlock Holmes on Screen – Author Alan Barnes

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Sherlock Holmes on Screen This book covers the complete history of how many times Sherlock Holmes has been portrayed in films and on television. It looks at the different time periods, the different actors who have played the role of Holmes, and discusses how the character has had a major influence on pop culture. I have never really been into Sherlock Holmes (I have always preferred Poe’s very underrated detective C. Auguste Dupin personally) but … Continue reading

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Book Review: Plague Town – Author Dana Fredsti

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Plague Town by Dana Fredsti Synopsis-A college town is placed under quarantine by the military after a virus causes a zombie outbreak to occur. After being attacked by a herd of zombies and surviving Ashley finds out that she is a “Wild Card”-the term used by the military for people who are immune to the effects of the virus. She is teamed up with a small group of wild cards and they set out to … Continue reading

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Interview: Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp)

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Anyone that knows me is aware of the fact that Sleepaway Camp is hands down my favorite movie of all time. I was in 7th grade the first time I saw it and instantly loved it. I have seen it more times that I can count since then and I think it gets better every time I watch it. My wife and I watched it (as well as the sequels) on our first date, I … Continue reading

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Book Review: Kincaid – A Paranormal Casebook – Author William F. Nolan

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Kincaid-A Paranormal Casebook Synopsis A collection of three stories chronicling the adventures of David Kindcaid, a paranormal investigator who is very similar to Carl Kolchak from the old television series “Kolchak: The Night Stalker.” The book follows Kincaid as he investigates cases that have supernatural and horror related elements, and he finds himself up against some truly odd things during his adventures. The first story sees him looking into a series of bizarre and brutal … Continue reading

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Film Review: Neighbor (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: The residents of a sleepy suburban neighborhood have a new neighbor in the form of an attractive, friendly, young woman (America Olivo). Unfortunately she isn’t your typical suburbanite as she is a brutal serial killer who gleefully tortures (and boy, does she torture!) her victims before she kills them. Nice guy Don (Christian Campbell) soon becomes her captive and she subjects him to a variety of unspeakable (and incredibly gory) torment. Will Don survive … 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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