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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[Review] Killer Date (Another Hole in the Head Film Fest): Can a Serial Murderer Find True Romance?

The dating world has never been easy, but Ed Larson is making it even tougher on some people: his murder victims. He is obsessed with serial killers — photos of whom adorn his bedroom walls — and with serial killing. Director Colton Tran’s horror–comedy short Killer Date takes a look at Ed’s methods and at […]

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Joseph Perry’s Top 10 Horror Films of 2019

The year 2019 continued this decade’s trend of providing top-notch fare for fear-fare and genre cinema fans. From supernatural shockers to arthouse horror to truly hilarious horror comedies and beyond, 2019 offered a wealth of riches, and narrowing my favorites down to 10 was no easy feat, but here we go! (10) Tie: The Lighthouse […]

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[Review] Burn (AHITHFF): First-rate Performances Drive Disturbing British Horror Short

Meet the Vaubarns, husband Peter (Max Cavenham) and expectant wife Louise (Emma Kelly), a British suburban couple at the center of the U.K. horror short Burn. They quibble over watching some gruesome news on the television and joke about washing the dishes. They seem to have a happy relationship and are thrilled at the prospect […]

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[Review] Get Gone (AHITHFF): A Fresh Spin On the Urban Legend Horror Subgenre

A group of internet hoax busters goes on a team-building retreat to Whiskey Flats, Oregon, and winds up finding out the hard way that not all urban legends — or in this case, a very rural one — are ruses in the new horror outing Get Gone. Writer/director Michael Thomas Daniel’s first narrative feature is […]

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[Review] Devil Woman: Australian Horror Short Combines Terror with Endangered Wildlife Message

Writer/director Heidi Lee Douglas blends virus horror with an ecological message in her latest Australian short film, Devil Woman. The result is an engaging effort that both educates and entertains. Eddy (Marigold Pazar) is a university science student helping fellow ecology researchers Possum (Leith Alexander) and Alice (Flame Kimball) find proof that endangered Tasmanian devils […]

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[Review] 8 (Another Hole in the Head Film Fest): Grief-Stricken Father Becomes a Faustian Pawn in Atmospheric South African Offering

One of the main draws about foreign horror films is that they often introduce viewers to new or unfamiliar mythologies, or unusual takes on familiar stories. This is certainly the case with the South African film 8, and viewers looking for something out of the ordinary in the supernatural vein should be quite pleased with […]

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[Review] New Woman (Blood in the Snow Film Festival): Canadian Gothic Horror Short Boasts an Entrancing Allure

The first film from Newfoundland selected in the history of Canada’s Blood in the Snow Film Festival, New Woman is a remarkable gothic horror short. It is absolutely drenched in atmosphere. The gorgeous exterior shots and wonderfully detailed interior shots belie the film’s modest budget, and the horror is of the classic, slow-reveal kind. In […]

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[Review] The Remnant (Blood in the Snow Film Festival): Crime and Creepiness Collide in Canadian Horror Short

Caper movie meets horror story in the Canadian short film The Remnant when a group of con artists try to pull one over on an elderly lady. Director Navin Ramaswaran serves up a thrilling supernatural tale that is an absolute blast to watch unfold. Sheila Hargrave (Jill Frappier) lives alone in a large, well-appointed home. […]

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Another Hole in the Head Film Fest Serves Up a Smorgasbord of Horror

SF IndieFest’s Another Hole in the Head Film Fest celebrates its 16th anniversary this year with a December 1st –15th run at New People Cinema in San Francisco’s Japantown. According to the festival’s website, this will be “a two week cinematic excursion into the realms of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and other assorted genres . […]

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[Review] The Loop (Buried Alive Film Festival 2019): Throwback is Done Right in Eighties-set Slasher Short

Horror shorts and feature films that hearken back to the 1980s heyday of theater releases and straight-to-video in the fright fare genre have been plentiful for the past few years, with the quality ranging from incredible to practically unwatchable, and the nods ranging from homage to pastiche to unoriginal aping. Writer/director Rich Ragsdale’s new short […]

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[Review] Terror Road (Buried Alive Film Festival 2019): Never Trust a Lone Kid on a Deserted Road

Writer/director Brian Shephard delivers good old-fashioned creepiness in his debut short film, Terror Road. Recalling 1980s horror movies and such television favorites as Monsters and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, the short is both a fun throwback film for adults and a fine “introduction to horror” work for younger audiences. This two-hander sees wife […]

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Dark Fantasy Short “Kiss the Devil in the Dark” Arrives for Online Viewing

When I reviewed the gothic dark fantasy Kiss the Devil in the Dark for Gruesome Magazine‘s Super Scary Shorts Saturday last year during the film’s award-winning film festival run, I called it “an eye-popping visual feast that blends a dark Faustian fantasy with shades of classic Hammer Film Productions and Eurohorror vibes.” Now fright-fare fans […]

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U.K.’s 2020 Horror-on-Sea Film Festival Boasts Vampires, Witches, Cannibals, and Other Terrors

Horror-on-Sea celebrates its eighth year in 2020 as it returns to Southend once again, with its biggest blood-soaked line up of independent films yet. One of the U.K.’s biggest independent film festivals, Horror-on-Sea was originally formed to promote independent horror films, giving an opportunity to fright-fare features and shorts that are not normally played on […]

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[Review] The Cunning Man (Morbido Film Festival): Welsh Folk Horror Short Captivates

Director Zoe Dobson’s U.K. horror short The Cunning Man is an eerie folk horror outing. Though animal cadavers are part of the story, which may potentially disturb some viewers, they are ultimaely used for a positive reason and toward charming effect. Afran Harries (Simon Armstrong) collects dead animals in the Welsh countryside. A knackerman (Ali […]

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[Review] Black Moon (Morbido Film Festival): Good Samaritan Finds Herself Trapped in a Tunnel of Terror

Few things in horror films beat that cathartic moment of a good comeuppance to a villain, and few are more disturbing than an innocent person falling into a dangerous situation when they merely tried to help someone. The latter of these cases is the situation for the protagonist in director Ryan Gaff’s short film Black […]