Matt Singer Biography

Matt Singer is the managing editor and film critic of the website For five years, he was the on-air host of IFC News on the Independent Film Channel, hosting coverage of film festivals and red carpets around the world. He’s been a frequent contributor to the television shows CBS This Morning Saturday and Ebert Presents At the Movies, and his writing has also appeared in print and online at The Village Voice, The Dissolve, and Indiewire.

Sam Raimi Says ‘Ash vs. Evil Dead’ Was Originally Going To Be a New ‘Evil Dead’ Movie

by Matt Singer 3 hours ago
For decades, Evil Dead lovers have begged, pleaded, and pestered director Sam Raimi and star Bruce Campbell for another movie. None of the three films were huge box office smashes, and none were critically acclaimed in their initial release. But on home video and cable they methodically built one of the most passionate and loyal fanbases in all of horror moviedom. And that fanbase wanted more.

10 ‘Hellraiser’ Facts That Will Tear Your Soul Apart

by Matt Singer a day ago
Everyone knows the main demon from Hellraiser as “Pinhead.” But did you know that was never he intended name? In Clive Barker’s original Hellraiser screenplay, the character was referred to as “Lead Cenobite.” Pinhead was just a nickname that stuck — and one that Barker himself never really liked. In his later Hellraiser novels he gave him a proper name: “The Hell Priest.” That’s just one of the many facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which will peer inside the puzzle box to bring you fascinating behind-the-scenes trivia about the original Hellraiser.

The 10 Coolest Movie-Inspired Pinball Machines

by Matt Singer 2 days ago
Just a quick 10-minute cab ride from the Alamo Drafthouse off Route 183 in Austin, Texas sits Pinballz, a massive arcade that specializes in — make sure you’re sitting down for this one — pinball. They’ve got old machines dating back decades, and new...

‘Bridge of Spies’ Review: Master Spies From Master Filmmaker Steven Spielberg

by Matt Singer 4 days ago
With Bridge of Spies, Steven Spielberg continues the project he started with Lincoln: Using history to illuminate his vision of modern American values. But where Lincoln was about a “great man,” Bridge of Spies is about an ordinary one — an insurance lawyer from Brooklyn named James B. Donovan. In the late 1950s, Donovan was chosen by his peers to represent a captured Soviet spy, Rudolf Abel. But while most of Donovan’s colleagues (and even the presiding judge on the case) want him involved purely to give Abel’s trial the appearance of due process, Donovan actually mounts a rigorous defense of his client, at considerable risk to his reputation and even his personal safety.

Bestflix: October 2015’s Best New Netflix Instant Titles

by Matt Singer 7 days ago
Focus Features
Bestflix — ScreenCrush’s monthly video series dedicated to finding the best new stuff to watch on Netflix — is back with more recommendations for October 2015. (If you missed July, August, or September’s episodes, it’s not too late to add more great films and TV shows to your MyList.)