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PiFan Film Fest, Day 4: Baal’s Flowers, Asmodexia, Whispers Behind the Wall, Housebound

Each year I see at least 36 films at the Pucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, and thankfully only about 2 out of that number are usually clunkers. I don’t enjoy writing negative reviews without discussing some positive aspects, but Baal’s Flowers leaves me with pretty much nothing to recommend. This Italian production is a loosely woven, slow-paced piece that features writer, director, and editor Leonardo Pepi in the starring role as as unnamed university student … Continue reading

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PiFan film fest, Day 3: Blood Glacier (AKA The Station), SPEC: Close, and What We Do in the Shadows

I kicked off my third day at the 18th Pucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) with the most fun creature feature I have seen in quite a while. Make no mistake, Austrian offering Blood Glacier (AKA The Station) is by no means a horror comedy, but it does infuse its intensity with occasional dashes of humor. Four scientists monitoring climate change in the Swiss Alps discover a blood-red substance in a glacier not far from … Continue reading

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Pifan, Day 2: Dead Snow 2, Djinn, Gojira

On my second day of the Pucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) in South Korea, I started my morning off with the movie that would go on to be the only entry to win one more than one award at the fest, Norway’s Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead. The horror comedy nabbed three well-deserved wins: Vigor Hoel for Best Actor, Tommy Wirkola for Best Director, and the NongHyup Citizen’s Choice Award, which is given … Continue reading

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PiFan Film Fest, Day 1 Reviews: Darkness by Day, When Animals Dream, The Zero Theorem

South Korea’s Pucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan), July 18, 2014 Aficionados of art-house horror will find much to like in the brooding Argentinian vampire film Darkness by Day and the Danish werewolf/coming-of-age tale When Animals Dream. Darkness by Day, rich with dreamlike, brooding atmosphere, focuses on Virginia (Mora Recalde), who lives in an old mansion in a remote coastal area of Argentina. When her cousin Julia falls ill during a local rabies outbreak, her … Continue reading

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Preview: The 18th Annual Pucheon International Fantastic Film Festival

South Korea’s 18th annual Pucheon International Film Festival (PiFan) — perhaps the largest film fest in Asia dedicated to horror, science fiction, fantasy, and similar genre films — will be held this year from July 17 through July 27. I will be covering the festival for both Horrornews.net and the Horror News Radio podcast. Each July, PiFan presents more than 200 feature-length and short films from around the world — some of which are so … Continue reading

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Film Reviews: “Under the Skin” and “Upstream Color”

I caught two American science fiction mind benders at South Korea’s Jeonju International Film Festival last month that have been very divisive among viewers and critics. I enjoyed them both and recommend auteur Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color, which is his long-awaited follow-up to his debut film Primer, and director Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin. Both challenging works are unique artistic visions, and have the following things in common: minimal dialogue, beautiful cinematography, enigmatic storylines that … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Wicked (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Office manager LeeSun is at odds with the work performance of the younger, newly hired employee SaeYoung. As LeeSun begins to investigate the young woman’s secretive life and mysterious past, she uncovers things that were better left unknown. REVIEW:

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About Joseph Perry

Joseph Perry’s formative years were spent watching classic monster movies and TV series, Bob Wilkins’ "Creature Features" and Roy Shires’ Big Time Wrestling; reading Gold Key, Dell, and Charlton comics; and writing mimeographed newsletters about the original "Planet of the Apes" film and TV series. More recently, he has written for "Filmfax" magazine and is a regular contributing writer to "Phantom of the Movies’s VideoScope" magazine, occasionally proudly co-writing 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.