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 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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“Between Hell and a Hard Place” (2014): Dumping Ground for Hitmen Holds Dangers from Beyond

The black-and-white short film Between Hell and a Hard Place is a nifty horror throwback reminiscent of the original Twilight Zone television series and the EC horror comics. Writer/director Jason P. Buterin has crafted an intriguing tale of two criminals and an area said to be haunted by the spirits of those who were killed […]

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“Painkiller” (2014): Pleasure and Pain Become Equally Strong Addictions As Experiment Goes Awry

Toying with nature rarely works out successfully for even the most well-meaning of scientists in horror and science fiction films, and this axiom holds true in Action Media Productions’ engrossing short film Painkiller. As the film opens, a young scientist (Thomas Mendolia) tells a mysterious visitor (Jerry Janda, who also wrote the screenplay) about how […]

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“Re-Kill” (2015): Bullets, Bombs, and Bites Galore Give Way to Deja Vu in This Zombie Offering

Horror filmmakers continue to consistently crank out zombie films at a rather rapid pace. These movies usually find at least a core audience that will give them a try but many viewers are burnt out on the subgenre. For every decent offering that comes along, there are several others that fall short. Re-Kill falls between […]

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“The Laughing Mask” (2014): Microbudget Slasher Flick Shows Occasional Flashes of Promise

Seemingly equal parts villain and vigilante, the titular killer known as The Laughing Mask terrorizes a criminal gang while also haunting the waking hours of a man whose wife he had killed and whose young daughter remains missing. Writer/director/executive producer/co-editor Michael Aguiar has crafted an interesting tale with a fair bit of atmosphere on a […]

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“The World of Kanako” (2014): Lurid Mystery Examines the Underbelly of a Teenage Girl’s Secret Life

Director Tetsuya Nakashima’s new suspense thriller The World of Kanako is one the most visually striking films I have seen this year, and it is also one of the most violent, harrowing, and brutal films of 2015. Its characters live in a maelstrom of vices such as drug addiction, prostitution, and murder, or in quieter […]

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“The Conductor” (2015): Masked Force of Malevolence Drives Young Woman to Violence

SUPER SCARY SHORTS SATURDAY Director Jared Bentley’s short film The Conductor is a taut science fiction/horror thriller that brings modern technology to Mabusean machinations. Helen (Jessica Richards) wakes up one morning with a strange electronic device on her back. Suddenly the gadget fires up and she finds her body being controlled by a mysterious force. […]

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“Unnatural” (2015): Genetically Modified Bear Hunts Fashion Models in Alaska-Set Creature Feature

I’m a big fan of both creature features and movies about oversized animals attacking hapless humans. When those two subgenres are combined, it sounds like an instant recipe for a film that will appeal to me. Although I have a few issues with director Hank Braxtan’s Unnatural, it pressed more of my happy buttons than […]

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“Wind Walkers” (2015): Wandering Tale of Terror in the Everglades Lacks Focus and Bite

If the rest of Wind Walkers kicked as much butt as the soundtrack, I could give this “8 Films to Die For” entry a strong recommendation. Unfortunately the power-chord rock and revisionist blues songs were more powerful and exciting to me than the movie’s characters, performances, or perplexing story. There are moments of promise, though. […]