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] Welcome to Helltown (MidWest WeirdFest): Bizzaro Horror Comedy Short Is Well Worth the Trip

With Welcome to Helltown, cowriters/codirectors Maxwell Frey and Dominic Reno have created an endearingly oddball portmanteau short film. The vibe is offbeat and the humor is quirky in this outing set in Helltown, Ohio, “Population . . . You!”. Toby Radloff — star of Killer Nerd (1991), Bride of Killer Nerd (1992), and Spirit Animal […]

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[Review] Fused: A Suffering Woman Can’t Trust Herself in Engrossing Psychological Horror Short

Prolific filmmaker Patrick Rea, whose features include Nailbiter and Arbor Demon, is a master of the short horror film craft. His latest short, Fused, combines body and psychological horror with mystery, and is another winning effort for the director. Sarah (Sarah McGuire, House of Forbidden Secrets) visits her doctor (Jennifer Femiano, who also appeared in […]

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[Review] Prefigured (MidWest WeirdFest): Bound by a Mutual Mystery, a Group Seeks Answers from the Cosmos

Winner of MidWest WeirdFest’s Best Horror Short award, Zeshaan Younus’ Prefigured combines elements of both alien abduction and Lovecraftian cosmic horror. It weaves its spell slowly without a drop of blood or sensational special effects, nevertheless leaving viewers with a highly disquieting sense of eeriness. Scarlett Redmond (of the series My Haunted House and True […]

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[Review] Return to Wildcat Mountain: Wisconsin’s Black Panther Nexus (MidWest WeirdFest): Do Large Black Undiscovered Felines Roam Wisconsin?

The United Kingdom has been home to eye-witness reports of alien big cats (ABCs) — large, wild felines not native to the region — since the 1700s. The United States is no stranger to such sightings, as shown in renowned author Linda S. Godfrey’s debut as a film director, Return to Wildcat Mountain: Wisconsin’s Black […]

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[Review] The Mortuary Collection (Arrow Video FrightFest Glasgow): Exceptional Horror Anthology Boasts Solid Stories, Captivating Performances, and Striking Effects

Several recent horror anthology films comprise short films already completed and sometimes screened, with a new wraparound filmed to try and give them some sort of common theme. Other fright-fare portmanteau films are composed of new segments from different directors. Although many of these types of movies work, some feel disjointed because they lack a […]

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Boston Underground Film Festival Preview: Obsession, Dysfunction, and the Supernatural Highlight This Year’s Selections

Horror hounds and lovers of offbeat cinema have plenty to drool over regarding the films selected for the 22nd annual Boston Underground Film Festival. The fest returns to Harvard Square, bringing with it five days of mind-blowing cinema to the Brattle Theatre from March 25th through the 29th. This year’s program features, according to BUFF’s […]

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Cryptids, UFOs, and the Paranormal: MIDWEST WEIRDFEST Announces Its Full Festival Lineup

MidWest WeirdFest — the cinematic celebration of all things fantastic, frightening, paranormal, and just plain weird — returns to the Micon Downtown Cinema in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, from March 6-8. Aficionados of supernatural horror films, paranormal documentaries, and offbeat, unusual film fare will find plenty to love in this fourth edition of the festival, which […]

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[Review] Dolls (Women in Horror Film Festival): A Man’s Obsession Leads to Horror and Humor

Australian dark comedy Dolls involves a man’s unhealthy obsession with his doll collection. It’s a fun short film that also features some heavier moments as it addresses possessiveness and other perilous relationship issues. A man (Cameron Hurry) and a woman (Caitlin Hill) are in the middle of a heavy makeout session when, after entering his […]

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[Review] Tingle Monsters (Final Girls Berlin Film Fest): No Safe Spaces, Online or Otherwise, for a Video Personality

Aficionados of the ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) trend  feel that they get a pleasant feeling, often a somewhat tickling or tingling sensation that runs from their scalps down the back of their necks, from listening to and watching videos on platforms such as YouTube in which people whisper or make noises such as chewing […]

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[Review] The Picture in the House (Das Bild im Haus; H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival): No Escape for a Hunted Man in Terrific Lovecraft Adaptation

The German film The Picture in the House (Das Bild im Haus) is director David Lapuch’s loose adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s short story of the same title. The dread sets in from the opening scene and never lets up, fittingly appropriate to the source material, adapted here by Lapuch and his screenplay cowriter Alexandra Rollett. […]

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MidWest WeirdFest First Wave Announcement Features Cryptids and Creepiness Galore

MidWest WeirdFest— a cinematic celebration of all things fantastic, frightening, paranormal, and just plain weird — has announced its first programming wave for 2020. The fourth annual installment of the festival takes place March 6–8, 2020 at the Micon Downtown Cinema in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. “MidWest WeirdFest is back with the type of cutting edge […]

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[Review] The Dead Ones (Horror-on-Sea Film Festival): A Driver Who Killed a Pedestrian Is Haunted by More than Just Guilt

Most seasoned fright-fare fans have usually seen their fair share of films about the dead haunting those who killed them, but director Stefan Georgiou’s U.K. supernatural horror short The Dead Ones adds a new spin on things. This unique approach and fine performances by its four cast members help make this short film a rousing […]

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Final Girls Berlin Film Festival Announces Its Marvelous 2020 Lineup

The fifth edition of Final Girls Berlin Film Festival takes place February 6–9, 2020 at City Kino Wedding, showcasing horror movies written, directed, and/or produced by women and nonbinary filmmakers. Festival codirector Eli Lewy calls this year’s festival edition the “most expansive and international yet, presenting a wide array of films by visionary filmmakers that represent […]

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[Review] Dead Air (Horror-on-Sea Film Festival): Comical Creature-Filled Nightmare at 20,000 Feet

Director Geoff Harmer’s U.K. horror comedy short Dead Air is a colorful, playful blast featuring evil creatures sensationally brought to cinematic life by puppetry and practical effects. Monster movie fans are sure to have a super time with this offering.  Female punk band Monster Kitten and their manager are onboard a plane to the final […]

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[Review] Furube (Another Hole in the Head Film Fest): Can Ancient Gods Protect When Aliens Invade Japan?

The Japanese short film Furube is a contemplative meditation on not forgetting old traditions and beliefs as modern “progress” marches on. It invokes different forms of the otherworldy: aliens from outer space and traditional gods of Japan who are believed to protect the Earth and humans.  Shibata (Yujiro Taguchi) is spending a peaceful day in […]