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] Tale of the Deaf [SLASH Film Festival]: Mesmerizing Russian Black-and-White Short Is a Gorgeous Gothic Horror

Writer/director Philipp Yuryev’s Russian short Tale of the Deaf is one of the most visually extraordinary films of this year. Shot in sumptuous black-and-white by director of photography Mikhail Kasaya, this gothic chiller is a diabolical delight. A deaf man (Russian rapper Husky) tries to entertain a tavern full of paupers with shadow play but […]

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Genre-Cinema Mecca FilmQuest Reveals Its 2021 In-Person Lineup

Provo, Utah’s award-winning FilmQuest film festival has announced its lineup of cinematic genre-film fare— including 14 feature films and dozens of short films from around the world— for its 2021 in-person lineup. The fest takes place from October 29–November 6. Following is the official press announcement. FilmQuest, one of the largest genre festivals in the […]

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Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival Announces Fright-Filled Lineup for Its 7th Annual Edition

http://www.wreakhavochorrorfilmfest.com/ Vampires, ghosts, slashers, and monsters return to North Carolina as Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival kicks off the spooky season October 1st and 2nd, 2021, with award-winning fear-fare features and short films from around the globe. Following is the official press information. While most businesses and services have experienced shortages of both products and […]

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Vampires, Doppelgangers, and Zombies Invade The 2021 Brooklyn Horror Film Festival

The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival returns to indoor cinemas this year with an outstanding lineup of fright fare from October 14–21, 2021. With more than a dozen features and a half-dozen short-film blocks featuring fright fare from around the globe, the fest promises to deliver shudders and shrieks aplenty. Following is the official press announcement. […]

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Beyond Fest Offers Folk Horror, 4K Restorations, and Frights Galore

Los Angeles’ Beyond Fest triumphantly returns to indoor cinemas this year with an incredible lineup of horror, science fiction, and genre-film fare from around the world. From September 29th–October 11th, the festival features world and west coast premieres, 4K restorations of beloved classics and more obscure titles, and much more. Following is the official press […]

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Austin’s Fantastic Fest Announces Its Final Wave for 2021, Including Watch-at-Home Information

Whether you are in the mood for supernatural fright fare, outrageous horror comedies, or arthouse chillers, this year’s Fantastic Fest presents some of the most incredible fear fare of 2021, as well as science fiction, thrillers, action, and other genre film stunners. From a silent classic to restored fare from the 1980s to world premieres, […]

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[Review] THE BRILLIANT TERROR (Arrow Video FrightFest): Documentary Looks at the Ups and Downs of Grassroots Horror Filmmaking

Basically a movie about grassroots horror for filmmakers and fans of grassroots horror, The Brilliant Terror (2021) is an earnest, big-hearted effort that probably won’t convert many viewers into new fans of the subgenre but that shows the dedication and passion of people who live to make horror movies whenever they can find the time […]

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[Review] HIRUKO THE GOBLIN (Japan Cuts): Weird Collides with Wacky in This Mind-Blowing Japanese Demon Romp

Two years after his dark, surreal cult classic Testsuo: The Iron Man was unleashed on an unsuspecting world, director Shin’ya Tsukamoto unveiled his first studio effort, Hiruko the Goblin (1991). Based on two yōkai stories from manga artist Daijiro Morohoshi, the film is a frenetic, madcap tale of demons whose gate from Hell happens to […]

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[Review] TOY TERMINATOR: Man vs. Puppet in Irreverent Horror Short

Director Matt Wisniewski’s puppet horror short Toy Terminator is his follow-up to the 2019 short film Pappy’s World, and somehow it is even more irreverent and mind-boggling than its predecessor.  Pappy the puppet was a maniacal Christmas present in that earlier short, and here he makes a return as the best friend of a human […]

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Austin’s FANTASTIC FEST Goes “Post-Apocalyptic” for Its Amazing 2021 Edition

Austin’s famed Fantastic Fest heads back to the big screen this year with films that shocked audiences and won awards at Cannes, cutting-edge independent fare, and even some old favorites. From chilling horror to heady science fiction to exploitation surprises to kung-fu classics and just about every type of genre film in between, the fest […]

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SLASH Film Festival’s First Wave Announcement Boasts Animated Cryptids, a Vampiric Spouse, and Time Travel Lunacy

Vienna’s SLASH Film Festival, Austria’s premiere event for horror and genre-film fabulousness, has announced its first wave of films and presented its key visual and trailer for this year’s event, scheduled for September 23–October 3, 2021. Gruesome Magazine is pleased to share this news with you, from the fest’s official press announcement. Vienna’s SLASH Film Festival […]

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Creepiness and Creatures Galore Highlight Arrow Video FrightFest 2021’s Short Film Program

Short horror films can range from diabolical delights to monstrous mayhem, creepy comedy to scintillating suspense, and much more, with film-making voices ranging from new talents to old favorites. Arrow Video FrightFest 2021 is proof of this, as its just-announced slate of fear-fare shorts is absolutely astounding. Following is the London-based festival’s official press announcement. […]

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[Review] PEAKING [Portland Horror Film Festival]: Aural Horrors Await a Sound Recordist

Director Daniel Rands’ U.K. horror short Peaking relies heavily on sound design to get its eerie atmosphere across. It does so quite impressively, resulting in a 7-minute shocker fraught with tension. After Sound Recordist Sandy (Louisa Harris) overhears one of her colleagues making a sexist remark about her, she stays behind in the house where […]

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Ghosts, Slashers, and Monsters Galore Are Among the Highlights of Arrow Video FrightFest 2021’s Second Wave of Films

Arrow Video FrightFest 2021 — the U.K.’s premiere event for fear-fare films and the fanatics and cinephiles who love them — has taken things to a new level with its second-wave announcement of features slated for its August 26–30 theatrical run. Following is the official press announcement. It’s Full Scream ahead as Arrow Video FrightFest […]

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Florida’s Popcorn Frights Film Festival Announces Its Virtual Version As Part of Its Second Wave

The seventh annual Popcorn Frights Film Festival will be a hybrid experience offering both in-theater and virtual film offerings from August 12-19, 2021. After previously announcing the first wave of its mouth-watering in-theater line-up, the fest now releases the equally incredible offerings for both more of its in-theater selections and its nationwide virtual version. That’s […]