Author Archives: Todd Martin

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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Film Review: Victim (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: A young man is abducted from a night club parking lot by a sinister surgeon and his silent (but brutal) henchman. The duo keeps the man locked up in the basement of their mansion, and the crazed surgeon proceeds to conduct a series of cruel experiments and bizarre surgeries on the poor guy. As the prisoner is tortured mentally and physically on a daily basis for months it appears that he was selected by … Continue reading

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Film Review: Gravestoned (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: Two stoners decide that they want to break into the movie business. They end up cutting the arm off of a real corpse to use in a horror film because the director wants the prop to look realistic and refuses to use a fake one. Unfortunately the reanimated cadaver eventually comes looking for its missing limb and “wackiness” ensues REVIEW: I knew within about five minutes of watching “Gravestoned” that I was going to … Continue reading

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Film Review: Curtains (1983)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of actresses up for a highly-coveted movie role go to the director of the film’s mansion (which is in the middle of nowhere) to audition for the part. It isn’t all fun and games though, as the tensions arise within the group so does the body count. You see, a masked killer has targeted the group and is killing them off one-by-one. Is the killer a complete stranger or is it one … Continue reading

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Film Review: Jack’s Back (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: A copycat Jack the Ripper is stalking the streets murdering prostitutes. The police working the case don’t have a clue as to who is behind the murders but when a young doctor (James Spader) stumbles upon one of the victims he thinks he’s learned the killer’s identity. Unfortunately the killer then murders him to keep him quiet, but isn’t aware that the doctor has a street-wise twin brother who soon shows up and starts … Continue reading

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Film Review: Frightmare (1974)

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SYNOPSIS: Jackie’s father and stepmother have just been released from the insane asylum after a fifteen year stint there. It seems that Dorothy (the stepmother) has the bad habit of killing people and eating them while her husband did his best to hide her actions from others. The asylum claims that they are both “cured” of their mental problems, so why is it Dorothy continues on with her murderous and cannibalistic ways? As the bodies … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Final Terror (1983)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of people on a camping trip gets picked off one-by-one by a mysterious killer who is lurking in the woods. REVIEW: While The Final Terror may not be the most original horror film in the world I still enjoyed it and found it to be quite entertaining. We get all of the usual staples that every good slasher flick must have including people being stalked by a crazed killer in the middle … 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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