Born in Los Angeles then transplanted to Waco, Texas, Peter Debruge grew up in a household where TV viewing simply wasn’t allowed. Instead he read the classics, comics and, as his fascination with movies grew, dozens of those crude “based on a screenplay by” novelizations of such not-remotely-literary films as Batman and Dick Tracy.
As a kid, Peter saw more trailers than actual movies, and his play took the form of self-narrated, good-parts-only promos for non-existent spy movies. To say his parents’ plan backfired would be an understatement, but when the floodgates opened, 15 years of limited access to most things Hollywood did encourage a different, more critical way of looking at movies from his peers.
Peter attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied film and served as entertainment editor of The Daily Texan. It is said that Austin has the country’s best live-music scene, but Peter was too busy playing catch-up on the greatest movies ever made to find out. After graduating, he moved to New York, where he worked for Entertainment Weekly and AOL Moviefone before relocating to Los Angeles.
He now serves as a features editor and film critic for Variety, freelancing reviews for the Miami Herald and Fort Worth Star-Telegram. His writing has also appeared in such publications as Life, Premiere and Creative Screenwriting. Though Peter never grew into the booming “In a world where...” voice of a preview narrator, his obsession with film marketing did inspire an undergraduate honors thesis on the subject of movie trailers, including a Psycho-as-romantic-comedy spot that predates similar YouTube spoofs by a good five years.
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