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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“Tritch” (2011): Memories and Regret Haunt a Mother in Shanghai-Set Ghost Drama

Writer/director Natalie James’s Tritch is a meditative, slow-burn ghost drama that goes for a more reflective, haunting feeling than for sheer dread and fright. The result is an impressive debut short that offers equal parts pathos and eeriness. This Australian short film, set in Shanghai and presented in the Mandarin language, tells the tale of […]

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“The Ashes of Isadora Ivan” (2015): The Shadow of a Deceased Spouse Hangs Over Her Young Replacement

Australian supernatural chiller The Ashes of Isadora Ivan manages to squeeze many tried-and-true ghost movie tropes into its running time of just under nine minutes, but it does this so effectively, and with enough original ideas as well as heart behind the story, that the short film feels like it is paying respect to its […]

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“Prey” (2014): Not Everyone Is What They First Seem in This Nail-Biter Horror Short

When Ellie (Simone Sullivan) bumps into seemingly nebbish Leonard (Kale Arndt) in his driveway one day, it seems like a simple accident at first. There are no accidents in art, as they saying goes, and that adage certainly holds true for horror movies. Ellie may think she has the upper hand, but the short film […]

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“The Love Witch” (2016): Serial Killing Meets Sexual Politics in Occult Thriller

Writer/director Anna Biller’s films are equal parts labors of love, valentines to both classic and cult cinema, celluloid discourses on sexual politics, and visual eye candy that feeds viewers’ minds at the same time — along with so much more. Her second feature-length film, The Love Witch, draws from vintage 1960s thrillers, occult shockers, and […]

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“Pink” (2014): Is It Reality, Reverie, or a Wraith That Haunts This Man?

Australian short chiller Pink does a splendid job of providing viewers with a thought-provoking, well-told, and wonderfully acted tale that leaves much open to interpretation, in the best sense of the term. This is certainly no easy feat, but writer/director Lynne Vincent McCarthy handles the task splendidly. A young man named Leon (Brendan Donoghue) wakes […]

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“Substance” (2014): Alien Substance and Alcohol Make for a Deadly Mixture

Horror films are often morality tales with timeless or current messages, and Barbara Stepansky’s thrilling science fiction/horror short Substance provides a few life lessons, including (1) always check the labels on medication bottles, (2) always answer the phone when your mother calls, and (3) if you spike someone’s drink, karma can come back to bite […]

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“Fish Out of Water” (2015): Postnuclear Winter Wasteland Holds Mysteries and Mutations

  Writer/director Kirsten Carthew’s science fiction/horror hybrid Fish Out of Water is a head-scratcher in the best sense of the term. It presents some mysteries and leaves our imaginations to fill in the gaps as it introduces viewers to a snowy, postapocalyptic wasteland and two of its facially scarred inhabitants. Soon after the film opens […]

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“Little Lamb” (2014): A Different Kind of Devil Preys on Women Prisoners in Historical Tasmania

Australian short film Little Lamb is a gothic thriller that takes place in a world that is bleak, both in the landscapes in which its protagonist Louisa is trapped and in her chances of improving her life – or even continuing it beyond her young age. Writer/director/editor Heidi Lee Douglas’s film is set in 1829 […]

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“Don’t Let the Light In” (2015): Babysitter Finds the Truth Behind Young Boy’s Monstrous Claims

As babysitter Sarah (Rebecca Larken) chats over dinner with her young charge Jack (Will Garrett Davis), viewers of the short film Don’t Let the Light In get a sense from the get-go that things aren’t right with this gig: She was hired by text messaging and supposedly his parents left just before she arrived. When […]

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“Knob Goblins” (2015): Crotch-Seeking Creature Inhabits This Horror Short with Bite

“It’s wince-inducing, crotch-covering, creature-feature fun!” There, Grue Believers, you have my blatant attempt at a Blu-ray cover blurb for Christopher G. Moore’s latest horror comedy short, Knob Goblins. That sentence also sums up my true feelings about the short; take it as a strong recommendation for those who love to chuckle uncomfortably with their fright […]

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“Serpent’s Lullaby” (2014): Elegantly Macabre Horror Short Probes the Anguish Behind a Monster

  Director’s Patricia Chica’s short horror film Serpent’s Lullaby is – like its main character – elegant, lovely, macabre, and filled with mystique. Like the great monster films of yesteryear, it shows the humanity within its tragic lead character and the anguish that even a soulless creature can harbor. Jenimay Walker stars as a mysterious […]

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“The Substitute” (2015): Fear Grips Females at a British School in Multilayered Thriller Short

Schools around the world are already tough enough places to teach at and attend, but imagine a British private school where classroom doors are locked from the outside during lesson time, girls are treated as nameless second-class citizens who endure abuse and live in fear, and boys are encouraged to run roughshod over females. That […]