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] Maggie May (FilmQuest): Foreboding Atmosphere and the Horrors of Inaction Drive Disquieting Australian Short

Writer/director Mia Kate Russell explores the potential terrors of inaction in her Australian short film Maggie May, which offers up some of the most disturbing horrific images in recent memory, both onscreen and offscreen.  Something is dreadfully wrong with Maggie (Lulu McClatchy of the 2012 features Crawlspace and 6 Plots), and though her relatives and […]

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[Review] She Must Vanish (GenreBlast): A Witch Finds Herself in Terrifying Circumstances

Canadian director Kyle Martellacci is a prolific director of terrific horror shorts that tackle myriad subgenres and nail each one. He turns in what I feel is some of his finest work in his latest effort from Red Razor Pictures, supernatural shocker She Must Vanish. Martellaci wrote, directed, edited, shot, and produced She Must Vanish, […]

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[Review] Dracula’s Coffin (GenreBlast): Naughty Humor and Nasty Gore Raise the Stakes in Cheeky Vampire Short

If you are in the mood for a tongue-in-cheek horror comedy in the fangs-in-neck vein, chock full of corn and camp but also with a respectful approach to classic vampire films and lore, look no further than director Stephen Wolfe’s short film Dracula’s Coffin. From the lighting and special effects to David E. Mitchell’s score […]

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[Review] Clown College (GenreBlast): Grief and Greasepaint Collide in a Mourning Woman’s Mind

It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world for university student Quincy (Bailey Ingersoll), whose day starts off with a dissection lesson from an overenthusiastic professor (David A. McElroy) in her anatomy class, finds her lost in thought about her recently deceased father (Jim Dougherty), and concludes with a surreal trip to the dentist (Chad Newman) […]

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FilmQuest Reveals Terrific 2019 Festival Lineup and Guests

FilmQuest, one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “30 Bloody Best Genre Fests in the World in 2019,” has announced a stellar lineup of more than 190 features and shorts highlighting some of the finest genre film selections in the industry. The Provo, Utah-based fest has quickly grown to become one of the nation’s leading purveyors of genre […]

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[Review] How to Be Alone (Popcorn Frights): Horrors of the Mind Haunt a Woman in Her Empty Home

Fears and anxieties about isolation and loneliness haunt twentysomething Lucy (Maika Monroe of It Follows and Villains, in another fine performance) during a long night in writer/director Kate Trefry’s psychological horror short How to Be Alone. What scares us most is often what we concoct in our minds, and Trefry combines that idea with absolutely […]

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[Review] The Obliteration of the Chickens (Popcorn Frights): Izzy Lee Tackles the Horrors and Humor of an Uncaring Universe

If you are in the mood for a brain-bending dose of existential angst and nihilist musing — and if you are not, what’s holding you back? — you need look no further than prolific filmmaker Izzy Lee’s The Obliteration of the Chickens. It is unlike any of Lee’s other works, tackling the senselessness of it […]

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[Review] The Burden (Fantasia): Meeting the Boyfriend’s Family Brings Startling Revelations

The Dutch short film The Burden (Het Juk) proves that the classic set-ups of a creepy backstory and a flashlight beam slowly moving around a dark attic are still effective horror cinema elements. Writer/director Nico van den Brink’s 15-minute chiller offers up a superb terror tale that keeps viewers guessing. Ciska (Hanna van Vliet) is […]

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[Review] Low Tide (Fantasia): Father-and-Son Boat Trip Turns Terrifying in Irish Short Shocker

Director Ian Hunt Duffy, working from a screenplay by Darach McGarrigle, examines the mysterious, dark relationship between a father and his young son during a rite-of-passage boat excursion in the Irish horror short Low Tide. The result is an eerie, enigmatic effort that offers both visceral sequences as well as a sense of dread. Dad […]

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Residual: French Ghost/Slasher Mash-Up Makes for an Intriguing Short Film

With Residual, French writer/director Damien Kazan has crafted a taut 14-minute chiller that combines a classic slasher film chase sequence with a bit of the supernatural. The result is a nifty short chock full of striking images and nail-biting moments. Sam Cavalier stars as Jay, a young woman preparing for an evening out on Halloween […]

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Fifth Annual Popcorn Frights Film Festival Announces Stellar Second Wave of Programming

Following its jam-packed first wave announcement last week, Popcorn Frights, the Southeast United States’ largest gathering of genre films and fans, announces its jaw-dropping second wave of programming for the 2019 edition of this fright fare film festival. The fest runs from August 8–16 at the historic Savor Cinema in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In its fifth […]

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The Third Hand (Cinepocalypse): A Mysterious Copy Machine Gives a Lone Office Worker Bizarre Ideas

A lone office worker finds himself dealing with mysterious machines in the U.K. horror short The Third Hand. Prolific actor Tom Bonington, who fright fare fans may recognize from such films as The ABCs of Death 2 (2014) and A Haunting at the Rectory (2015), plays the worker, who watches snowy television and buys a […]

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Fifth Annual Popcorn Frights Film Festival Announces Stunning First Wave

Popcorn Frights, the Southeast United States’ largest gathering of genre films and fans, continues its tradition of showcasing outstanding cinema from around the world. The festival has proudly announced the first wave of programming for its fifth annual celebration of the latest and greatest in fright fare, thrillers and chillers, and other genre movies. The […]

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Review of Water Horse (Portland Horror Film Festival): A Mother Finds Herself Caught in a Fever Dream of Terror

My favorite style of horror film is that which deals with an eerie, unsettling atmosphere bordering on — or diving headlong into — the surreal, with the filmmakers never fully or easily explaining what is unfolding. Water Horse, a brilliant short film from co-directors Sean Temple and Sarah Wisner, delivers just such an unsettling experience […]