Joe Barlow is a freelance writer who turned to film criticism after realizing his gross incompetence in everything else. A screenwriter and filmmaker, Joe won a small degree of national attention when his first cinematic offering, a spoof of The Wizard of Oz and The Blair Witch Project entitled The Wicked Witch Project, was featured on television and in newspapers from coast to coast. Since that time he has directed many other short films and television commercials.
Joe is the author of 100 Nights in the Dark: A Collection of Contemporary Film Reviews and Essays, published in early 2001. The book is available at bookstores everywhere, as well as online retailers such as Amazon.Com. Joe has written five screenplays, and even managed to sell one back in 2002… but today that script leads a very rewarding life as a doorstop in that magical place known as Development Hell.
When he’s not laughing his way through Joel Schumacher movies, Joe enjoys reading, playing guitar, surfing the ‘net, collecting cult/horror DVDs, and worrying about all kinds of evil things he can’t change, such as death, taxes, and the frightening success of Lindsay Lohan. Although he’s been known to lord his immense (and complete!) collection of Mystery Science Theater 3000 videotapes over the heads of any drooling fanboys he may chance to meet, Joe is also an avid collector of Hitchcock and Kurosawa laserdiscs. He also enjoys writing about himself in the third person.
Joe lives near Scranton, Pennsylvania, with his wife Amy and their twin sons, Jeffrey and Bryan. He is the wind beneath your wings. He is also the host of the Cinemaslave podcast, a weekly Internet radio show devoted to the passionate celebration of all things film. Check it out!