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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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 […]

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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 […]