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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“Candy Skin” (2016): Science Fiction Body Horror Short Delivers Gore and Suspense

  Boasting elements of both science fiction and flat-out horror, writer/director/editor Kyle Martellacci’s Canadian short film Candy Skin is a gripping exercise that assaults viewers’ eardrums almost as much as their eyeballs. For those wondering, I mean that as a solid compliment, as the short immerses us in the chaotic world of a man whose […]

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“Pigskin” (2015): Horrors of the Mind and Body Haunt a Troubled Cheerleader

Demons of the mind can drive people to unspeakably horrific acts, as high school cheerleader Laurie Vernon (Isadora Leiva) finds out in director Jake Hammond’s riveting short film Pigskin. He and cowriter Nicola Newton examine the psychology behind body image while delivering a memorable horror experience. As the short opens, we see Laurie forcing herself […]

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“They Will All Die in Space” (BIFAN 2016):  Drifting  Spaceship Crew Turns to Desperate Measures in Science Fiction Short

 Writer/director/producer Javier Chillon offers up helpings of both tension and dread in his science fiction/horror short film They Will All Die in Space (Spain, 2015). Although the short’s title gives viewers a pretty good idea about what is in store for the crew of the ill-fated Starship Tantalus, the reward of the film is finding […]

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“Thorn” (BIFAN 2016): Unnerving Practical Effects and First-Rate Acting Highlight Psychic-Horror Short

Body and psychic horror abound in the Japanese horror short Thorn (2015) as a cactus with supernatural powers brings tragedy to a family. Writer/director/editor/special makeup effects artist Soichi Umezawa has crafted a film that shocks and touches, while also serving as a showcase for his amazing practical effects work. Asuka Kurosawa stars as Keiko Takizawa, […]

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“The Master Cleanse” (BIFAN 2016): Retreat Goers Let Out the Monsters Inside Them

Often the things that frighten us most are creations of our own making, yet when given the opportunity to rid ourselves of these fears and frustrations, many of us are reluctant to eliminate the negativity, as evidenced in writer/director Bobby Miller’s The Master Cleanse (Canada/USA, 2016). Combining elements of body horror, new-age-philosophy satire, and wry […]

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“Don’t Breathe” (BIFAN 2016): Home Robbery Goes Haywire in Pulse-Pounding Thriller

American horror thriller Don’t Breathe is a fast-paced, nerve-wracking ride filled with suspense. I hadn’t felt as tense watching a film on the big screen in too long a time as I did seeing this one. The basic plot from director/cowriter Fede Alvarez and cowriter Rodo Sayagues (both of whom performed the same duties on […]

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“The Similars” (BIFAN 2016): Love Letter to Classic Science Fiction Boasts Plenty of Suspense and Absurdist Humor

Writer/director Isaac Ezban’s The Similars (AKA Los Parecidos; Mexico, 2015) is a valentine to science fiction television and cinema of the 1950s and 1960s, with special emphasis on The Twilight Zone, and it pressed all of the right buttons for me when I saw it at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN) in July. […]

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“Demon” (BIFAN 2016): Eldritch Tone and Captivating Performances Inhabit Wholly Unique Possession Tale

Polish-Israeli chiller Demon  (2015) is a refreshing take on the possession subgenre and one of the most remarkable pieces of cinema I have had the pleasure of watching this year. If, like me, you find possession films to usually be either underwhelming or more of the same-old, same-old, I highly recommend that you make an […]

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“The Phoenix Incident” (BIFAN 2016): By-the-Numbers Story and One-Dimensional Characters Hamper Found-Footage Science Fiction Effort

Video game  director Keith Arem makes his feature film writing and directing debut with the faux documentary/found footage science fiction film The Phoenix Incident; unfortunately, the film doesn’t offer much more than playing a video game for the same amount of time. Though the final act boasts lots of chase scenes and action, the characters […]

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“Hank Boyd Is Dead” (2015): Abhorrent Family Secrets Come to Light in Offbeat Independent Horror Film

Writer/director Sean Melia’s debut feature-length film Hank Boyd Is Dead caught me quite pleasantly by surprise with its fantastic cast and its engrossing, quirky horror tale. The film belies its modest budget and rewards viewers with an offbeat slice of independent cinema. Sarah Walsh (Stefanie E. Frame) is seemingly turning things around after the recent […]

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“Robin’s Egg Blue” (2013): Guilt Haunts a Troubled Man in Psychological Thriller Short

A birdwatcher is tortured by guilt when he accidentally crushes two blue robin’s eggs, and no amount of consolation seems to help him in the psychological thriller short Robin’s Egg Blue. His despair worsens when he begins to be stalked by a mysterious creature. Director Gorby Mu Fan Shih – working from a complex, effective […]

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“Creswick” (2016): Melancholy Tenor Inhabits Chilling Australian Supernatural Short

Natalie Erika James’s latest short film Creswick is a meditative, moody story of a haunted family. The supernatural goings-on here are not of the scream-in-your-face variety; they are of the chilling, shudder-inducing kind that stay with viewers long after the final frame. Australian production Creswick follows Sam (Dana Miltins), who has returned to her childhood […]

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“Conventional” (2015): Fading Scream Queen Faces the Horrors of Reality

Addictions of many different varieties have long been an important theme in horror cinema, including addictions to blood, money, sex, murder, and the like. Writer/director Karen Gillan’s short horror film Conventional examines addiction to celebrity and fame, boasting powerful emotion and an engrossing performance by Gillan, who also stars. Karen Gillan – well known to […]

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“Postpartum” (2015): A Friendly Gesture Is Met with Madness in Surprise-Filled Horror Short

One of my favorite approaches to horror films is when you, the viewer, see exactly what’s happening but you don’t know exactly what is going on, thanks to, for example, a clue that isn’t fully flushed out or a mystery that goes unresolved. Prolific horror-short filmmaker Izzy Lee uses this technique in her dizzying effort […]