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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“Before I Wake” (2016): Psychological Drama Explores Loss and Grief as Nightmares Come to Life

Viewers seeking outright horror in cowriter/director Mike Flanagan’s third feature film Before I Wake will be disappointed but those who go in realizing that the filmmaker was aiming for something quite different than crowd-pleasing scare fare should find much to appreciate. Shot between Oculus (2013) and Hush (2016), Before I Wake (originally titled Somnia, which […]

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“Innsmouth” (2015): Female-Fueled Horror Short Tackles Striking New Ground in Its Approach to Lovecraft

  Director/cowriter/actor Izzy Lee offers a fresh, bold, intriguing take on H.P. Lovecraft’s works with her horror short Innsmouth. Whereas the famous author usually peopled his stories with male characters and shied away from sexual content, Lee gives a strong feminist approach to the proceedings and adds a striking erotic spin, as well.   Diana […]

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“Night of the Slasher” (2015): Single-Take Horror Comedy Short Sets Its Sight on Eighties Masked Slashers

Fans of the classic 1980s masked slasher icons and those who love laughs with their horror will get a huge kick out of writer/director Shant Hamassian’s short film Night of the Slasher, which plays with well-worn tropes and stands the subgenre on its severed head. As the film opens, Jenelle (Lily Berlina) takes off her […]

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“Crushed” (2015): Murder and Mystery Plague an Australian Family’s Vineyard

Australian thriller Crushed combines a murder mystery with family politics and some conspiracy theory elements, as well. The result is an ambitious effort that aims high and succeeds rather well, thanks to solid performances and writer/director Megan Riakos’ deft direction of her own compelling screenplay. Ellia (Sarah Bishop) has alienated herself from her family for […]

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“Evolution” (2015): Mesmerizing French Chiller Is as Beautiful as It Is Enigmatic

I’m a big proponent of the current wave of “But is it horror?” films – movies that don’t neatly play by the numbers regarding what some fans feel horror cinema “should be,” whatever that is – and writer/director Lucile Hadžihalilović’s French offering Evolution (2015) is a mesmerizing entry into that category. Totally bereft of big […]

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“Vintage Blood” (2015): Shop Owner Faces Ouija Board Terror in Delightful, Devilish Horror-Comedy Short

  UK horror comedy short Vintage Blood absolutely crackles with verve, energy, and originality. Writer/director/star Abigail Blackmore has created a film that is equally amusing and chilling. Black humor is in strong supply here, as are engaging characters. Liv (Abigail Blackmore) takes her sarcastic, wisecracking friend Charlotte (Ruth Syrrat) on a tour through the former’s […]

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“Midnight Macabre” (2015): Non-Human Star Performs Inhuman Acts in Intriguing Horror Short

Writer/director John Johnson’s short horror film Midnight Macabre is a mesmerizing piece of cinema that makes its mannequin star feel human and sympathetic – until some despicable acts are committed. Yes, you read that correctly: a mannequin takes the lead role in this short. Johnson imbues his film and, indeed, this character with enough emotion […]

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“Nasty” (2015): Home Video Horrors Lead a Boy Down a Terrifying Path

Director Prano Bailey-Bond’s thrilling horror short Nasty  recalls the heady days when many direct-to-video horror videocassettes delivered nasty shocks and startling gore, thrilling certain demographics of horror hounds while outraging the uninitiated. This latter attitude plays a “What if?” part in Nasty, a stylish, gripping short that packs a lot of impact into its 15-minute […]

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“A Tricky Treat” (2015): Halloween-Themed Horror Comedy Offers Grins with Its Grisliness

Director Patricia Chica’s latest short A Tricky Treat is a horror comedy that manages to pack in a great deal of gooey gore along with some dark humor in its brief running time. As a mother (Andrea Fletcher) works busily in the kitchen, her husband (Steve Brewster) tells her he needs to “go finish that […]

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“Mauvaises Têtes (Bad Heads)” (2015): Lonely Heart Seeks Love in the Gravest of Places

  Fans of vintage horror such as Murders in the Zoo (1933),  Mad Love (1935), The Cat and the Canary (1927), and other classics from Universal and MGM will find much to like in writer/director/producer Rebekah Fieschi’s new short horror-comedy film Mauvaises Têtes (Bad Heads). From its black-and-white cinematography to its use of practical special […]

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“They Look Like People” (2015): Horrors of the Mind Test the Bonds of a Friendship

Two long-time friends are haunted by voices with quite different messages in writer/director/editor/cinematographer/production designer Perry Blackshear’s mesmerizing psychological chiller They Look Like People. Christian (Evan Dumouchel) listens to motivational recordings from someone important to his past, while Wyatt (MacLeod Andrews) is plagued by late-night phone calls instructing him how to protect himself against monsters that […]

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“Grillz” (2015): Nocturnal Predator Seeks Love and Dental Work in the Big City

  You can speculate about what to expect from Australian director Lucy Gouldthorpe’s short film Grillz from its title and its tagline “Online dating sucks, literally.” If you guessed a horror comedy with a main character who is a certain type of creature of the night, you would be correct. The film offers some clever […]