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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Nightmares Film Festival Reveals Its Secret Sunday Screenings

Columbus, Ohio’s Nightmares Film Festival has announced what’s in store for its three secret Sunday screenings scheduled for October 24, 2021: The first two episodes of SYFY’s new series Day of the Dead, Bruce Campbell’s new horror comedy Black Friday, and A24’s new feature film The Humans are all now on tap. Full details are […]

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[Review] Colossus [H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival]: A Man’s Quest for What Lies Beyond Damages His Life on Earth

A young fighter pilot’s encounter with an unidentified craft sets him on a life-altering quest in Colossus (2021), an outstanding science fiction/cosmic horror short from writer/director James Roe. The short film opens with an unnamed man (John Neisler) armed with a rifle protecting himself in his home from something outside — something that sounds large […]

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[Review] LAKE OF THE DEAD [NIGHTSTREAM]: 1950s Norwegian Chiller Is Old-School, Thinking Person’s Cabin in the Woods Fare

Writer/director Kåre Bergstrøm’s Lake of the Dead (De dødes tjern, 1958), stated by some sources as being Norway’s first horror film and voted by critics in 2001 as one of the country’s top five films of all time, is a superb folk horror film filled with haunting black-and-white imagery. It boasts top-notch acting and intelligent […]

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SCI-FI-London Film Festival 2021 Offers Dystopias, Dream Archives, and Parallel Dimensions

SCI-FI-London Film Festival 2021 has announced its full line-up, with speculative narrative films and intriguing documentaries. Following is the official press announcement. Today the SCI-FI-LONDON FILM FESTIVAL 2021 launches its cosmic 21st annual programme, which will run from the 19 OCTOBER until 26 OCTOBER 2021 with seven days of fabulous film. It will showcase a […]

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Arrow Video FrightFest Halloween Event Presents Pennywise, Possessed People, and Other Perils

Arrow Video FrightFest celebrates Halloween with nine cinematic shockers from around the globe, from Pennywise: The Story of It, a behind-the-scenes documentary chronicling the making of the 1990 miniseries, to Australian supernatural chiller The Possessed, and far beyond. Following is the official press announcement. Following on from its hugely successful August five-day event, Arrow Video […]

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NIGHTSTREAM Offers an At-Home Virtual Film Festival with Genre-Film Goodness Galore

After banding together last year to present the inaugural NIGHTSTREAM online-only film festival, the four film festivals behind NIGHTSTREAM — Boston Underground, Brooklyn Horror, North Bend, and Overlook — have joined together again to present a second edition from October 7th-13th. With 31 feature films and 4 blocks of short films on tap, the virtual […]

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[Review] Tale of the Deaf [SLASH Film Festival]: Mesmerizing Russian Black-and-White Short Is a Gorgeous Gothic Horror

Writer/director Philipp Yuryev’s Russian short Tale of the Deaf is one of the most visually extraordinary films of this year. Shot in sumptuous black-and-white by director of photography Mikhail Kasaya, this gothic chiller is a diabolical delight. A deaf man (Russian rapper Husky) tries to entertain a tavern full of paupers with shadow play but […]

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Genre-Cinema Mecca FilmQuest Reveals Its 2021 In-Person Lineup

Provo, Utah’s award-winning FilmQuest film festival has announced its lineup of cinematic genre-film fare— including 14 feature films and dozens of short films from around the world— for its 2021 in-person lineup. The fest takes place from October 29–November 6. Following is the official press announcement. FilmQuest, one of the largest genre festivals in the […]

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Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival Announces Fright-Filled Lineup for Its 7th Annual Edition Vampires, ghosts, slashers, and monsters return to North Carolina as Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival kicks off the spooky season October 1st and 2nd, 2021, with award-winning fear-fare features and short films from around the globe. Following is the official press information. While most businesses and services have experienced shortages of both products and […]

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Vampires, Doppelgangers, and Zombies Invade The 2021 Brooklyn Horror Film Festival

The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival returns to indoor cinemas this year with an outstanding lineup of fright fare from October 14–21, 2021. With more than a dozen features and a half-dozen short-film blocks featuring fright fare from around the globe, the fest promises to deliver shudders and shrieks aplenty. Following is the official press announcement. […]

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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 […]