The 13th Floor

Films Music 

Lost on VHS: MAKING MICHAEL JACKSON’S THRILLER

I have a confession to make: When I was a kid, I was a huge Michael Jackson fan — so much so that I took a little heat from it from other kids. Despite this, I was scared to death of the THRILLER music video. I grew up in a time when my Dad would […]

Films TV 

Exploring the Legacy of MTV’s LIQUID TELEVISION

During the pre-internet days, if you wanted to watch something strange, unusual, and fringe you had to stay up pretty late. Back in the late-80s and early-90s, the best television usually happened around midnight, and it aired on MTV of all places. Back then MTV at midnight was the best teacher I could have ever had, regularly […]

Films TV 

Techno Terror: Examining the Anime Horror SERIAL EXPERIMENTS LAIN

“People only have substance within the memories of others. That’s why there were all kinds of me’s. There weren’t a lot of me’s. It was just inside all sorts of people, that’s all.”   —Lain Chisa, a uniformed high school student, commits suicide by jumping off a building in the middle of a busy night. […]

Films 

A Defense of 1992 Virtual-Reality Thriller THE LAWNMOWER MAN

We were all foolish when we were young. We liked dumb stuff, said dumb things, and espoused dumb philosophies. We took our life lessons from weird places, and often only grew by exchanging one form of immaturity for another. For many of us, it takes a while to follow the advice of 1: Corinthians and […]

Music 

Radiohead’s “Burn the Witch” Reimagines THE WICKER MAN as a Creepy Kids’ Show

It’s been a long time since we heard new sounds from legendary UK gloom-rockers Radiohead, but their return to the musical arena doesn’t disappoint — and neither does the whimsically macabre stop-motion puppet video for their new single “Burn the Witch,” which puts a whimsical spin on a chilling classic of the occult. Taking a […]

Films 

Biting the Big Apple: THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS and Q, THE WINGED SERPENT!

The island of Manhattan has endured its fair share of monstrous destruction through the years. Starting with a certain giant ape who made a big hit on the streets of New York in 1933, the city has weathered attacks from all manner of celluloid beasties. Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers, wolf people, gremlins and giant marshmallow […]

Films Scary Fun 

Watch This Spooky, Poe-Inspired Short MY ART IS NOT DEAD!

This creepy stop-motion horror short from filmmaker Savannah Steiner proves how one can summon a sense of terror, suspense and doom with the simplest of materials — as long as there’s a wickedly creative eye behind the camera. In a surreal, blackly comic cross between the gloomy gothic tales of Edgar Allan Poe and low-budget […]

Films 

Ray’s Rodeos! Roping MIGHTY JOE YOUNG and THE VALLEY OF GWANGI

Ray Harryhausen created so many spectacular effects over his forty-plus years as a stop-motion master, it’s difficult to even begin to narrow down the most impressive scenes. From dinosaurs to centaurs to sword-­wielding skeletons, Ray infused his creatures with thoughts and souls. The kind of innovation and imagination that defined Ray’s work is demonstrated in […]

Films Scary Fun Toys 

Glass Eye Pix Presents: THE ART OF BECK UNDERWOOD

Last month, we celebrated the long-awaited premiere of a brand-new season of TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE — the intensely scary, sometimes hilarious and always entertaining audio drama series from indie horror icon Larry Fessenden, writer-director Glenn McQuaid, and production company Glass Eye Pix — by revealing a wickedly whimsical stop-motion animated promo sequence from […]