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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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 […]

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[Review] Laura Hasn’t Slept [FilmQuest]: The Face of Fear Awaits a Young Woman’s Slumber

Writer/director Parker Finn’s terrific short film Laura Hasn’t Slept combines the concept from the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise (along with other horror properties) of avoiding sleep so as not to confront a horrific entity with the theme of mental illness. The result is a stirring effort led by an incredible performance from Caitlin […]

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Arrow Video FrightFest 2021 Releases Mind-Boggling First Wave Announcement

Arrow Video FrightFest 2021 roars back into the cinema with a vengeance! The following official press release details the mind-blowing first-wave lineup for this year’s edition of the United Kingdom’s largest horror and fantasy film festival. With 25 films slated for the main screen presentations, there’s plenty for fear-fare fans to drool over. Arrow Video […]

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[Review] Hungry Joe [FilmQuest]: People and Systems Fail a Distraught Mother Whose Son Has a Voracious Appetite

I strongly recommend watching U.K. horror short Hungry Joe on an empty stomach. Codirectors/cowriters Samuel Dawe and Paul Holbrook pull no punches in their 23-minute meeting of body horror and family drama, a tale of a child’s insatiable appetite and the trouble it brings to his family. As the short film begins, Craig (Joe Sims) […]

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Arrow Video FrightFest’s Monster Rises Again in 2021 Poster Reveal

Arrow Video FrightFest is the United Kingdom’s outstanding destination for scare-fare fans, and the fest has just presented its stunning poster for this year, designed by Graham Humphreys. Following is the official press announcement. Arrow Video FrightFest is proud to present Graham Humphreys’ stand-out poster design for 2021, which marks the 13th appearance for his iconic […]

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Fantasia’s Second Wave Announcement Brings Supernatural Shudders, Slashing Swords, and The Suicide Squad

The Fantasia International Film Festival’s first wave announcement was loaded with mouth-watering cinematic fare, but today’s second wave announcement somehow tops even that! Horror titles such as #BLUE_WHALE, Hellbender, and Martyr’s Lane (to name but a few) in the mix along with science fiction, dark comedy, thriller, and other genres, Montreal’s premiere genre-film fest promises […]

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[Review] Big Wheels [Twisted Dreams Film Festival]: Long-Festering Secrets Surface in This Fine Stephen King Adaptation

Alcohol, insults, and dredging up the past rarely mix well together, and they certainly don’t in the Canadian short film Big Wheels, director Andrew Simpson’s take on a Stephen King short story. This taut thriller is a nail-biter throughout thanks to nerve-wracking atmosphere and acting-clinic–level performances. Bob (Andrew Bee) is a mechanic who is about […]

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[Review] Face of the Devil: Supernatural Legend Comes to Slasher-like Life in This Peruvian Chiller

Peruvian horror film Face of the Devil (La Cara del Diablo; 2014) combines the beats of a slasher film with supernatural goings-on. The result is a fun, eerie watch bolstered by solid characterization. In a familiar set-up, seven college-age friends, including two couples, go on a weekend vacation to a remote area. After some topless […]

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North Bend Film Festival Announces 2021 Hybrid Edition Lineup

After joining other film festivals in presenting Nightstream online last year, The North Bend Film Festival has announced that this year’s edition will be a hybrid version, taking place in person in cinemas with a virtual version, as well. Highlights for horror fans include the much-buzzed-about We’re All Going to the World’s Fair, the animated […]

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[Review] The Unvisited: Short Fantasy Film Takes a Lighthearted Approach to Issues with the Elderly and Their Families

Writer/director Rebekah Fieschi’s latest short film The Unvisited is a playful fantasy exploration of growing older and being separated from immediate family. Though the short has supernatural and horror overtones, the emphasis is on the messages the film delivers rather than shudders and shocks. An aging couple (Cathy Washburn and Kathi Bairnes) live with their […]

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[Review] Seek [FilmQuest]: Outstanding Design and Effects Highlight This Excellent Creature Feature Short

Director Aaron Morgan wrings the maximum creepy atmosphere possible in five minutes in his short film Seek.  This tale of a rest stop break gone terrifyingly wrong is also bolstered by convincing performances, terrific set design, and super creature effects. Argumentative sisters Heidi (Allisyn Snider) and Jordan (Clare Grant) are obviously on a road trip […]

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Twisted Dreams Film Festival Presents Another Virtual Version with Vicious Visions

Milwaukee’s Twisted Dreams Film Festival is going virtual for the second year in a row for its sixth edition, and the lineup includes human monsters, weird creatures, supernatural terror, and horror of all kinds! Following you will find film descriptions, ticket information, and other important info, gathered from the fest’s official announcement and website. Twisted […]

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Slash 1/2 Announces 11 Shockers for Its June Film Festival

Austrian film festival Slash ½, presented by the minds behind Slash Filmfestival, returns to cinemas after an absence in 2020, and its slate of 11 incredible films is nothing less than mouth-watering. The fest, which runs June 17–20, 2021 at Filmcasino in Vienna, Austria, features the paranoid trappings of Knocking, the topical shocker Bad Hair, […]

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[Review] Changeling [FilmQuest]: A Fatigued Mother Is Plagued by an Otherworldly Terror

The cries of a baby and the slow but caring response of the child’s weary mother kick off a sense of dread in Scottish writer/director Faye Jackson’s U.K. short horror film Changeling. That sense builds ever more relentlessly during the film’s 10-minute running time, leading to a gut-wrenching climax featuring a novel approach to the […]