Joseph Perry fell in love with horror films as a preschooler when he first saw the Gill-Man swim across the TV screen in "The Creature from The Black Lagoon" and Mothra battle Godzilla in "Godzilla Vs. The Thing.” His education in fright fare continued with TV series such as "The Twilight Zone" and "Outer Limits," along with legendary northern California horror host Bob Wilkins’ "Creature Features." His love for silver age and golden age comic books, including horror titles from Gold Key, Dell, and Marvel started around age 5. He is a contributing writer for "Phantom of the Movies VideoScope" print magazine and the websites Gruesome Magazine, Diabolique Magazine, Ghastly Grinning, The Scariest Things, Horror Fuel, and When It Was Cool. He is a co-host of the "Decades of Horror: The Classic Era" and "Uphill Both Ways" podcasts. Joseph has also written for “Scream” magazine, "Filmfax" magazine, “SQ Horror” magazine, and the websites That's Not Current an HorrorNews.net. He occasionally proudly co-writes articles with his son Cohen Perry, who is a film critic in his own right. A former northern Californian and Oregonian, Joseph has been teaching, writing, and living in South Korea since 2008.
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[Review] Terror Road (Buried Alive Film Festival 2019): Never Trust a Lone Kid on a Deserted Road

Writer/director Brian Shephard delivers good old-fashioned creepiness in his debut short film, Terror Road. Recalling 1980s horror movies and such television favorites as Monsters and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, the short is both a fun throwback film for adults and a fine “introduction to horror” work for younger audiences. This two-hander sees wife […]

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Dark Fantasy Short “Kiss the Devil in the Dark” Arrives for Online Viewing

When I reviewed the gothic dark fantasy Kiss the Devil in the Dark for Gruesome Magazine‘s Super Scary Shorts Saturday last year during the film’s award-winning film festival run, I called it “an eye-popping visual feast that blends a dark Faustian fantasy with shades of classic Hammer Film Productions and Eurohorror vibes.” Now fright-fare fans […]

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U.K.’s 2020 Horror-on-Sea Film Festival Boasts Vampires, Witches, Cannibals, and Other Terrors

Horror-on-Sea celebrates its eighth year in 2020 as it returns to Southend once again, with its biggest blood-soaked line up of independent films yet. One of the U.K.’s biggest independent film festivals, Horror-on-Sea was originally formed to promote independent horror films, giving an opportunity to fright-fare features and shorts that are not normally played on […]

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[Review] The Cunning Man (Morbido Film Festival): Welsh Folk Horror Short Captivates

Director Zoe Dobson’s U.K. horror short The Cunning Man is an eerie folk horror outing. Though animal cadavers are part of the story, which may potentially disturb some viewers, they are ultimaely used for a positive reason and toward charming effect. Afran Harries (Simon Armstrong) collects dead animals in the Welsh countryside. A knackerman (Ali […]

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[Review] Black Moon (Morbido Film Festival): Good Samaritan Finds Herself Trapped in a Tunnel of Terror

Few things in horror films beat that cathartic moment of a good comeuppance to a villain, and few are more disturbing than an innocent person falling into a dangerous situation when they merely tried to help someone. The latter of these cases is the situation for the protagonist in director Ryan Gaff’s short film Black […]

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Australian Gothic Thriller Short “Little Lamb” Launches Online

Right in time for Halloween, writer/director/editor Heidi Lee Douglas’ Australian gothic thriller short Little Lamb has just been launched via Omeleto, the home of award winning shorts. You can watch it here! I reviewed Little Lamb for Gruesome Magazine‘s Super Scary Shorts Saturday during the film’s festival run, giving it the highest possible rating of five […]

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Canada’s Blood in the Snow Film Festival Announces Its Knockout 2019 Lineup

Blood in the Snow (BITS) film festival, the biggest celebration of Canadian horror, is back with a fresh slate of northern chills! BITS 2019 takes placefrom November 21 to 26 at the Royal Cinema in Toronto.  With six nights of the best horror fare in the nation — including feature films, shorts, webseries, and the […]

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[Review] Together (Nightmares Film Festival): Unnerving Horror Short Offers Plenty of Food for Thought

Writer/director Ryan Oksenberg balances the macabre and the meditative, the ghoulish and the gorgeous, and the pensive and the putrid in his beautifully shot horror short Together. Characters suffering from damaged souls and physical sickness find themselves in close quarters with one another, and the result is an intriguing, contemplative work. Arielle Hader (of Recovery […]

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Duérmete Niño (Rock-a-bye Baby) – Short Horror Film Debuts This Week

Director Freddy Chávez Olmos’ new Canadian fear-fare short film Duérmete Niño makes its online debut this week, just in time for Halloween. I have had the pleasure to watch it in advance, and can recommend it as a bizarre, beautifully shot chiller with skin-crawling moments. Read more from the official press release following, watch the […]

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Horror Short Luna Arrives as an Online Horror Treat

Oregon-based indepenedent filmmaker Ross Williams has announced that his latest short, Luna, will have its online premiere on October 25 after an award-winning festival run. “Luna is a unique twist on the ghost girl genre; you know, the films about creepy girls, with white faces, long dark hair, and old dresses,” said Williams. “I’ve taken […]

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Buried Alive Film Festival’s 2019 Edition Features Five Terrific Juried Features

The schedule is all set and tickets are now on sale for Buried Alive Film Festival 2019! The fest runs November 13-17 at 7 Stages Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, and the lineup looks to be stellar. I have been fortunate enough to see three of the five features submitted to the jury for Buried Alive, and can give high recommendations for […]

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[Review] Glass Cabin (Screamfest): Isolation Leads to Unsettling Thoughts and Actions

Seclusion in snowy climes is often a fine springboard for horror movies, with The Abominable Snowman (1957), The Shining (1980), and this year’s The Lodge springing to mind. Writer/director Can Türedi places the protagonist of his new short film Glass Cabin in just such an environment, and the result is a fine slice of psychological […]

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[Review] Red Moon (H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival): Celestial Phenomenon Sets Off a Night of Terror

If you subscribe to the notion that full moons can affect human behavior, just wait until you see what happens when the titular phenomenon occurs in eerie Canadian short film Red Moon (2019). The film, which won the Best Short award at this month’s H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, stretches beyond what are usually considered common […]

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Cannibals and Aliens Come Calling in ‘Sister Tempest’ Trailer

Writer/director Joe Badon’s surreal arthouse-meets-grindhouse debut feature The God Inside My Ear made my Gruesome Magazine top 10 films of 2018 list, and now the Louisiana filmmaker has released the trailer for his follow-up feature Sister Tempest, which promises to be at least as outré as its predecessor.  The film’s description states: “Anne Hutchinson’s troubled […]

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Nightmares Film Festival Reveals Its 2019 “Better Horror” Program

Nightmares Film Festival is one of the most highly regarded horror film fests in the United States, and here’s proof: It has been called one of the world’s best horror film festivals by virtually every major genre outlet, and has maintained its position as the world’s top-rated genre festival on the submission platform FilmFreeway for […]