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] Backward Creep (Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest): Cosplayers Run Over a Woman and Find Themselves in Paranormal Trouble

Filmmaker Christopher G. Moore’s latest short film Backward Creep is his strongest outing yet, building on an admirable filmography that includes Gut Punched and Knob Goblins. Moore’s latest takes a more serious tone than those two fine darkly comic efforts, weaving a tale of terror that is making an award-winning run on the film festival […]

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[Review] Uncle Otto’s Truck (Crimson Screen Horror Film FestFest): A Man’s Obsession with a Derelict Truck Leads to Terror

Writer/Director Dan Sellers and his Wreak Havoc Productions cast and crew deliver a stellar Stephen King adaptation with their latest short film, Uncle Otto’s Truck. The short story of the same name — part of King’s Dollar Baby Program — was published in the author’s Skeleton Crew collection, and Sellers has done the tale great […]

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Curses, Killers, and Cryptids Topline Chattanooga Film Festival’s Superb Sounding 2020 Virtual Edition

Grue-Believers, mark your calendars now for May 22–25 because the Chattanooga Film Festival — revered by horror and genre cinema fans for its eclectic movie fare and incredible special events — has announced a mind-blowing virtual edition for this year, and you only have to wait until next week! The May 22–25 event boasts fear-fare […]

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[Review] Dear Guest: Classic Elements and Gripping Performances Drive Hitchcockian Thriller Short

Maria (Ashley Bell of The Last Exorcism and Carnage Park, and who was absolutely outstanding in Psychopaths) just wants to have a relaxing vacation in an elegant Airbnb-style rental with her work-obsessed girlfriend Jules (Noreen DeWulf). What the couple winds up with instead is a terrifying game ruled over by their unseen, sadistic host in […]

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[Review] The Dark Room: Psychic Party Leads to Unnerving Revelations

Director Adrienne Lovette and screenwriter/actor John Rice team up again after their 2016 horror short Hidden Daylight (reviewed here) and craft another winner with The Dark Room, a supernatural chiller starring Rice as the host of what was supposed to be a fun psychic party. Naturally for a scare-fare short, things turn out differently.  Five […]

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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. […]