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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Vienna’s SLASH Filmfestival Announces New 2021 Dates and Opens Submissions

Vienna, Austria’s SLASH Filmfestival showcases horror, science fiction, fantasy, and other genre films from around the world and the fest has planned two exciting events this year. SLASH Filmfestival is currently open for submissions for both features and shorts. Following is the official press announcement.    SLASH Filmfestival, Austria’s leading festival for Fantastic Film and the […]

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Ten Questions with Chris Bell, Director of The Heiress

In the following review for syndication, director Chris Bell talks about familial horror influences, his South London ‘hooligangster’ phase, and learning new lockdown skills, ahead of the U.K. Digital release of THE HEIRESS on March 15, 2021 courtesy of the Movie Partnership, in association with Old Way Film & Television, and its U.S. and Canadian […]

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[Review] Your Monster (Final Girls Berlin Film Festival): An Ailing Woman Finds Support from an Unlikely Place

Writer/director Caroline Lindy’s horror comedy Your Monster is a sharp, sweet short film that explores relationships with lovers and friends — while wryly commenting on social topics such as gender neutrality — through the eyes and mindset of a young woman and the monster that has lived in her bedroom closet since she was a […]

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[Review] Crone Wood: Irish Horror Outing Gives Viewers Another Good Reason to Avoid Camping in the Woods

Writer/director Mark Sheridan’s Irish feature Crone Wood (2016) combines folk horror elements with stuck-in-the-woods fright-fare basics. The result is an interesting effort that doesn’t cover a lot of new ground, but does offer an entertaining 86-minute ride. The film is shot in a cinéma vérité style with multiple handheld cameras. As I have mentioned in […]

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Long-lost Found Footage Film from “The Revenant” Director World Premieres at MidWest WeirdFest

Director Kerry Prior, who helmed the 2009 horror film The Revenant, will see his previously lost 1999 found footage feature The Blare Rabbit Project receive its world premiere screening at Wisconsin’s MidWest WeirdFest this March. Details follow in the festival’s official press announcement. A found footage feature film, thought lost for over 20 years, is […]

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Cryptids, Alien Abductees, and Reimagined Poe Are Among MidWest WeirdFest’s First Wave Highlights

Wisconsin’s MidWest WeirdFest reliably features some of the most unusual, exciting, and entertaining narrative features and documentaries from around the world, and the fest’s first wave announcement for this year shows that the tradition continues. From Lovecraft and Poe to Mokele-Mbembe and far, far beyond, the first seven features announced are something to look forward […]

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MidWest WeirdFest Announces Indiegogo Campaign to Support the Festival’s Fifth Edition

Fans of cinematic delves into the paranormal, UFOs, cryptids, and the like should absolutely love what Wisconsin’s MidWest WeirdFest has to offer. Each year, the fest features top-notch narrative and documentary features and shorts from around the world, and this year, the fest has launched an Indiegogo campaign to help continue its tradition of bringing […]

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Arrow Video FrightFest Glasgow’s 16th Edition Serves Up a Half Dozen of Enticing Chillers and Thrillers

Arrow Video FrightFest Glasgow holds its 16th edition online from March 5–7, 2021, with six scintillating films from the United States, Canada, and France. From the divisive school-shooting thriller Run Hide Fight to the stylish film noir elements of The Woman with Leopard Shoes (La Femme Aux Chaussures Leopard) to the folk horror of The […]

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Naughty Nurses, Savage Stylists, and Unsettling Undead Topline This Year’s Final Girls Berlin Film Festival

The Final Girls Berlin Film Festival has announced for its sixth edition that it plans both a virtual component from February 4-7 2021 and a physical edition for Halloween weekend. Among its  films directed and produced by women and non-binary filmmakers are the horror comedy 12 Hour Shift, the unnerving chiller The Stylist, and the […]

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[Review] Bedtime Story (Another Hole in the Head Film Festival): Spanish Horror Short Sees a Family Haunted by the Possibility of a Witch Neighbor

Two young brothers drive their mother crazy in Bedtime Story (El Cuento), a Spanish horror short from cowriters/codirectors Lucas Paulino and Ángel Torres, but that’s nothing compared with what the night ahead holds for the trio. This atmospheric slice of supernatural fear fare is gripping from the beginning, and boasts an eerie, unsettling atmosphere of […]

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[Review] PARALLEL: Alternate Realities Bring Out the Worst in Four Friends in This Terrific Science Fiction Chiller

I have been a big fan of director Isaac Ezban’s work since seeing his first two features The Incident (2014) and The Similars (2015) during their film festival runs, and have been anticipating his third feature at the helm, Parallel (2018), since first hearing about it. Whereas Ezban wrote and directed those first two Spanish-language […]

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[Review] Circle of Stone (Another Hole in the Head Online Film Festival): Fae Folk Prove Deadly in Riveting Action-Horror Short

Legendary creatures of the distant past clash with modern-day cops in writer/director Mark Andrews’ Circle of Stone, a superb action-horror short. From its eerie premise to its gorgeous look and the terrific job from its cast, the short delivers plenty of thrills and gory goods. Deputy Dan (Vic Mignogna) is on his rural rounds when […]

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Another Hole in the Head Film Festival Closes Out 2020 on a High Note with Nearly 300 Movies Announced

From surreal mind-blowers such as Sister Tempest to spine-tingling chillers like the New Zealand offering The Turn of the Screw to unsettling horror such as An Unquiet Grave, San Francisco’s Another Hole in the Head Film Festival promises to heat up December with its astounding array of more than 40 feature films and more than […]

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[Review] Attack of the Killer Scarecrow (Blood in the Snow Film Festival): Teen-Crafted Terror Finds an Urban Legend to Be True

Attack of the Killer Scarecrow delivers exactly what the title promises. Written, directed, and edited by teenager Octavian Kaul — who also stars as one of the three leads — this Canadian horror short has a nice 1980s vibe that doesn’t overdo that angle.  On Halloween night, Aaron (Kaul) and two of his fellow high […]