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Dustin Putman

April 4, 2014

Dustin Putman is an alumnus of American University with a BA in Film & Visual Media. A member of the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), he has been reviewing movies professionally since 1997 and has been quoted in print ads, magazine articles and television commercials.

His website,, was created in 2001 under original moniker His debut book, The Fright File: 150 Films to See Before Halloween, was published in September 2013 and is available both in paperback and Kindle editions. Dustin loves all things Halloween and lives in Ashburn, Virginia.

Do you recall the first film that truly ignited your love of movies?

As a kid growing up in the ‘80s, I would rent movies from a mom-and-pop store called Video Villa in my hometown of Frederick, MD, and would get everything from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory to The Care Bears Movie to The Goonies to any of the Friday the 13th installments. The workers there always got a charge out of my eclectic tastes at the age of five and six years old. My parents were fairly liberal about what I was able to watch as long as I understood it was make-believe and not real. It is because of this that I was able to really expand my own education on film (it also helped that my older brother, Rudy, who was ten years older than me, was already heavily into movies). READ MORE