Friday, August 25, 2017

Join Me for Looks at Gold Key Comics' "The Twilight Zone," Godzilla Movies, and 1970s-1980s Professional Wrestling!


Hello! Although I am swamped with ongoing film festival coverage (not complaining, mind you; I'm having a blast checking out tons of great new genre films), I have made time for a few other projects.

First up is my When It Was Cool piece about issues five and six of Gold Key Comics' The Twilight Zone series from the early 1960s. If you are a fan of the classic television series, these comics should be an absolute delight. http://www.whenitwascool.com/twilight-zone-comic-review-gold-key-5-and-6

My Uphill Both Ways podcast co-host Mike Imboden and I always have a blast recording our shows, and we hope our listeners have fun listening to them. Episode eight takes a look at some of our favorite Godzilla movies, while  episode nine focuses on our favorite professional wrestling memories from the 1970s and 1980s. Have a listen at http://www.whenitwascool.com/up-hill-both-ways-podcast.

Thanks for checking in! More next week!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Amazing Fear Fare Lands on VOD; Gruesome Magazine Reviews Go Audio


This week is a big one for two reasons: Two films that are destined for many "Best of 2017" lists have just been released on VOD, and Gruesome Magazine has announced a new review format with short audio reviews.

I first saw the indie vampire horror drama The Transfiguration at South Korea's Jeonju International Film Festival in May and really loved its unique approach to vampire cinema. It is now available on VOD and well worth seeking out. Here's my When It Was Cool review: http://www.whenitwascool.com/the-transfiguration-review.

One of the most unique, fun films of 2017 is the sweet, humorous Dave Made a Maze (pictured above). This quirky comedy with a huge heart is filled with loving homages to horror, fantasy, and adventure films and has some of the most intriguing set designs in recent memory. Here's my Scream review: http://www.screamhorrormag.com/dave-made-maze-film-review-popcorn-frights-2017/.

Always seeking to be on the cutting edge, Gruesome Magazine has launched a new audio review format. Feedback has been great so far. It's a cool way to hear about new releases to help decide whether certain films are for you. My first entries include my takes on Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead's incredible The Endless and the outstanding dramatic thriller Super Dark Times, both of which just played at Popcorn Frights Film Festival in Miami.  Here are the links:

http://gruesomemagazine.com/2017/08/11/review-the-endless-bifan-2017-by-joseph-perry/

http://gruesomemagazine.com/2017/08/15/review-super-dark-times-popcorn-frights-2017-joseph-perry/

"Decades of Horror: The Classic Era" Podcast Pays Tribute to George Romero



On our brand-new episode of the Decades of Horror: The Classic Era podcast, my co-hosts Jeff Moore, Erin Miskell, Chad Hunt, and I honor the late, great George Romero with a look at his iconic film Night of the Living Dead. We share our memories of first-time viewings and look at the film's historical and cultural significance. Join us!

http://decadesofhorror.com/night-living-dead-1968-episode-15-decades-horror-classic-era/

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

New Film Reviews and Podcast Episode

On the brand new episode of the Uphill Both Ways podcast, co-host Mike Imboden and I discuss Godzilla --- our introductions to Godzilla, our favorite Toho movies, childhood toys, and more. I also talk about some of my favorite films from both South Korea's Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival and Canada's Fantasia International Film Festival, both held in July.

Speaking of those two festivals, I have written several reviews of films screened there, including one for the fantabulous Italian offering The LaPlace's Demon for When It Was Cool, and reviews for Christmas-themed chiller Better Watch Out and science fiction mind blower Sequence Break for Scream Magazine.

The next two weeks are busy ones for yours truly, so expect more updates soon!



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Join the "Uphill Both Ways" Podcast for a Trip to the Drive-In Theater!


Co-host Mike Imboden and I wax nostalgic about nights at the drive-in theater on the new episode of our Uphill Both Ways podcast. Join us as we talk about films we saw there, snack bar food we ate there, and other fun memories. We also go off on a side trip or two including lake monsters and paranormal interest in the 1970s.

Listen now, exclusively at When It Was Cool! http://www.whenitwascool.com/uphill-both-ways-07

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

New Zealand Science Fiction/Horror Short "REM" is A Terrific Effort



Writer/director/star April Phillips has fashioned a chilling science fiction/horror short that is currently making the film festival rounds. Here's a link to my Gruesome Magazine review of the film: http://gruesomemagazine.com/2017/07/15/rem-2017-woman-tries-help-stranger-terrible-gift-new-zealand-shocker-short/

We Cover "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" on Our Latest "Decades of Horror: The Classic Era" Podcast



My co-hosts Chad Hunt, Erin Miskell, and Jeff Mohr and I take a fun, fact-filled look at the classic silent German film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari on the lucky thirteenth episode of our Decades of Horror: The Classic Era podcast! Please join us!

http://decadesofhorror.com/category/classicera/

"BiFan Daily" Interviews My Son and I About Covering the Korean Film Fest Together

The daily publication for South Korea's Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan) interviewed my son Cohen and I about covering the fest together as a father-and-son film reviewing team. Cohen and I write about BiFan together for Phantom of the Movies' VideoScope magazine, and he has written solo essays about the fest before for propellermag.com. I also do solo BiFan coverage for Gruesome Magazine and have done podcast reports about it for Horror News Radio.

I'm extremely proud of my son and am thrilled to have the chance to write with him whenever we can!

You can read the interview by scrolling down to page 13 at http://www.bifan.kr/newsletter/edaily/BIFAN2017_WEB_Daily_170720.pdf.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Film Festival Season is Underway and I'm On the Case!

Although I am no fan of the summer humidity and monsoon season here in South Korea, I do love this time of year because of the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan), Asia's largest genre film fest. I have been attending BiFan since 2008 as a moviegoer and 2011 as a journalist, and the fest is my favorite of the ones that I have attended. Here's my Gruesome Magazine article about the 10 BiFan films to which I'm most looking forward:

http://gruesomemagazine.com/2017/07/12/21st-bucheon-international-fantastic-film-festival-top-10-anticipated-films/

I plan on writing an overview article about BiFan for Phantom of the Movies' VideoScope magazine, along with individual reviews for http://gruesomemagazine.com/, https://diaboliquemagazine.com/, and http://www.screamhorrormag.com/.

I'm also covering the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal for VideoScope in an overview article that will barely scratch the surface of all of the amazing films being screened there.

Another great-looking festival is Florida's Popcorn Frights, which I will cover in VideoScope, too.

Somehow, with all this film watching and writing taking place, I will also squeeze in time to co-host my Decades of Horror: The Classic Era and Uphill Both Ways podcasts. Please give us a listen if you haven't already done so!

Thanks, as always, for reading and listening to my work! I truly appreciate it.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Magazines, Mummies, Movies, and More!



Here's what's new lately in my writing and podcasting ventures. I hope you find lots of things to your liking! 

The debut issue of Gruesome Magazine's quarterly print magazine is now available at gruesomemagazine.com in both digital and hard-copy formats. Be a part of history and grab this collector's edition while you can! My article is the first of two installments in which I interview Mexican auteur Isaac Ezban, whose first two films, The Incident and The Similars, are amazing science fiction/horror hybrids that will twist your mind into knots. My Uphill Both Ways podcast co-host Mike Imboden checks in with a very cool article about the making of Found Footage 3D, and there are several other great features in this issue as well.

Meanwhile, my fellow Grue-Crew members and I are hard at work on putting our second issue together. Here' a sneak peek at the cover:


Speaking of Uphill Both Ways, Mike and I are having a blast recording each episode, and we hope it shows when listeners tune in. You can check out all of our episodes so far at http://www.whenitwascool.com/up-hill-both-ways-podcast/. We want to thank Karl and Tonya Stern of the super-fun retro pop culture website When It Was Cool for exclusively hosting the podcast for us. Take a look at the site for all kinds of interesting articles (some written by yours truly) and podcasts, from professional wrestling to comic books, music to movies, toys to television, incredible recipes, and tons more.

The latest episode of my other podcast, Decades of Horror: The Classic Era, just dropped while I was updating my blog! My co-hosts and I cover the 1932 version of The Mummy with Boris Karloff. You can check it out here, and get caught up with our 10 previous episodes here.

I should have two, if not three, articles in the new issue of Phantom of the Movies' VideoScope magazine (videoscopemag.com) when it hits mailboxes and bookstores next month. I'll update about that once the issue is available.

Please check out another pop culture nostalgia site for which I write, That's Not Current (thatsnotcurrent.com). I also have recent film reviews for two of the United Kingdom's finest horror magazines and websites. You can read my review of the vampire movie Aaron's Blood at Scream (screamhorrormag.com) and, my review of the Italian superhero film They Call me Jeeg (and more) at Diabolique (diaboliquemagazine.com).

Thanks, as always, for reading and listening! I truly appreciate it!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Gruesome Magazine #1 Digital Version Is Available Now!

As the staff behind Gruesome Magazine irons out the final details regarding the hard-copy print version of our debut issue, we are proud to announce that you can order the digital version immediately! Check out the article linked here for more information and some sample pages. You will also find a code to get 50% off your purchase, making a single issue of the digital version only USD $1.99!

http://gruesomemagazine.com/2017/05/26/gruesome-media-llc-releases-gruesome-magazine-spring-2017-edition/

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Catching Up, and What to Look Forward to This Week



Hello, all! The past couple of weeks have been as busy as ever for me. I just submitted overview articles about South Korea's Jeonju International Film Festival and Oregon's inaugural The Overlook Film Festival to Phantom of the Movies' VideoScope magazine; watch for both to appear in the summer issue, due out in July.

The debut issue of the print version of Gruesome Magazine is at the printers; I will post ordering information soon!

I will submit a review of Dell Comics' The Outer Limits comic book issue 5 to When It Was Cool tonight, so keep an eye out for that in the next few days.

This morning, my Decades of Horror: The Classic Era co-hosts and I recorded an episode about the Vincent Price horror film The Last Man on Earth; I'll update when it goes live.

This week I have a couple of current films to review for the Gruesome Magazine website; podcast preparation for Decades of Horror: The Classic Era, for an episode about the film Village of the Damned that I will host; and more.

Thanks, as always, for reading and listening!


Friday, April 28, 2017

My New Retro Pop Culture Podcast "Uphill Both Ways" Is Now Available!

If you are in the mood for some fun, nostalgic listening, please check out my new podcast, "Uphill Both Ways." Co-host Mike Imboden and I are having a blast discussing some of our favorite pop culture memories. Our first two episodes are now available for free at the fun-tastic When It Was Cool website.

In episode zero, Mike and I talk about our backgrounds and some of our favorite music, wrestling, and television memories from the 1970s and 1980s.

http://www.whenitwascool.com/up-hill-both-ways-podcast/

In episode one, we discuss our first concerts, first comic books, and first celebrity crushes.

http://www.whenitwascool.com/up-hill-both-ways-01


Please join us on our journey as we develop our family-friendly podcast into something that we hope listeners will enjoy and look forward to. We plan to release a new episode every two weeks. Thanks for listening!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Celebrating 10 Fantastic Horror Films from 1977 in My Latest When It Was Cool Article



In my most recent article for the retro pop culture website When It Was Cool, I say happy anniversary to 10 fright flicks. Killer cars, possessed houses, and nature run amok are just a few of the themes on tap. Have a look! http://www.whenitwascool.com/40th-anniversary-of-horror-films

Print Horror Magazines Live: Gruesome Magazine Indiegogo Campaign is Underway for Our New Quarterly!



I'm excited to announce that my fellow Grue-Crew members and I from gruesomemagzine.com and the Horror News Radio family of podcasts are launching a print and digital quarterly this spring! We currently have an Indiegogo campaign to help with the launch at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gruesome-magazine#/. Although we have already hit our initial goal, we can still use your support and are starting to unveil some stretch goals. Read all about the focus of our magazine and find out about the cool perks by visiting our Indiegogo page. Thanks so much!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Yours Truly Co-hosts the new "Decades of Horror: The Classic Era" Podcast

I'm pleased as punch to announce that I am part of a new podcast, Decades of Horror: The Classic Era. Every two weeks, my co-hosts Jeff Mohr, Chad Hunt, and Erin Miskell join me to discuss a film from the silent era through 1969. We are three episodes into this newest member of the Horror News Radio/Decades of Horror family, so it is a great time to hop on board with us.

So far, we have released Episode Zero, in which the four of us discuss our fright-fare influences and favorites; Episode 1, in which we tackle Alfred Hitchcock's classic Psycho; and Episode 2, in which we focus on the 1967 rarity Maneater of Hydra (AKA Island of the Doomed).

You can find us on iTunes and your favorite podcast catchers, or watch for future episodes at decadesofhorror.com. We're having a blast and we hope you will join us! Thanks!


Horror Movie Coverage in Print Lives as "Gruesome Magazine" Announces Its Hard-Copy Quarterly



The Grue Crew members behind the Horror News Radio family of podcasts and Gruesome Magazine are proud to announce that we are launching a quarterly print magazine focusing on independent horror movies, the filmmakers behind them, and fright-fare film festivals. We are currently running an Indiegogo campaign to help us get things up and running. Please visit our page at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gruesome-magazine and consider helping us out. Plenty of cool perks await you! Whether or not you contribute, if you could help us spread the word on your sites, podcasts, blogs, social media, and so on, we would greatly appreciate it. Thanks so much for your support!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Catching Up with the Old Year and Welcoming in the New One

I hope 2017 is treating you all well so far!  Here are a few articles and reviews that I have had published lately but didn't post about yet.

First off, I take a look back at 10 of my favorite pop culture memories from 2016 for That's Not Current, along with several other contributing writers. Next up is another collection of favorites; this time Diabolique Magazine writers discuss our favorite films of the past year.

For Gruesome Magazine, I have reviewed, along with other titles, the fantastic eighties supernatural horror homage The Barn, filmmaker Isaac (The Similars) Ezban's debut film The Incident, and the clever horror short Creatures of Whitechapel, in which Victor Frankenstein and Jack the Ripper cross paths.

My recent output for That's Not Current includes an interview with artist and musician Joe Badon and a review of The Giant Spider, Christopher R. Mihm's low-budget valentine to 1950s creature features.

Diabolique Magazine has published two items of mine this month: an article about Brian De Palma's Dressed to Kill and how it influenced me as a teenaged film fan, and a review of the recent Australian chiller Observance.

Finally, I kicked the new year off at When It Was Cool with a review of the classic Gold Key Comics one-shot King Kong.

I wrote well over 100 articles last year these and other sites and publications. Join me in 2017 as I am currently on track to meet or surpass last year's amount. I hope you'll find that the quality exceeds the quantity, as well.