The 13th Floor

Films TV 

The Goriest, Wildest Teaser You’ve Ever Seen: The WYRMWOOD TV Series

Back in 2014, a low-budget Australian horror film named WYRMWOOD: ROAD OF THE DEAD journeyed over to the US and shocked audiences with its gore and ingenuity. The movie focused on a zombie outbreak, but there is much more than that, creating a zombie environment that feels fresh, original, and gory. The zombies breath and […]

Image Credit: iStock/Elisanth

Real Life Scares Scary Fun 

The Transcript of This Frantic Police Call Hints at Unspeakable Horrors

Today’s nightmarish report allegedly comes from Australia (possibly a first for this column), and was posted online just recently. But the Reddit account from which it originated — identified only by the Australian phone number 61-795-280-942 — has been mysteriously removed. That same phone number corresponds to the transcript of a strange and frightening emergency […]

Real Life Scares 

This Literal EXPLOSION of Huntsman Spiders Shocked an Experienced Pest-Controller

Seriously, Australia? Is this really how you wanted the rest of the world to start their week? Once again your venomous arachnids are swarming all over our news feeds. Of course, I kid you fine folks Down Under; this site is, after all, devoted to all things scary, creepy, gross and bizarre… and this story certainly […]

Real Life Scares 

This Zoo Wants YOU to Collect Venom From One of the World’s Deadliest Spiders

Did you read our story yesterday about the massive spider plague that’s about to overrun Australia? (I know what you’re thinking… in Australia, “spider plague” is probably just another term for “Tuesday”). Well, it seems a few fearless and/or possibly insane spider-wranglers might benefit from this doomsday scenario — because a zoo in New South […]

Real Life Scares 

Spiders, Sharks, Scorpions and More Horrors from the Headlines

Face it, folks: the world we live in is getting weirder by the minute. Seriously, at this point, the urge to retreat into a world of fictional monsters is nearly impossible to resist. But journalists still have a job to do (even if we’re just writing about demon sightings, botched exorcisms and… uh, Florida?). Honest, well-researched […]

Real Life Scares 

Gruesome Footage Shows a Giant Wasp Preying on a Huntsman Spider

Yay Australia! You never, ever disappoint us when it comes to giant, horrific creepy-crawly creatures that bite, sting, squeeze, leap on and generally terrorize other species… including Homo sapiens, of course. Infamous among that continent’s local fauna is the huntsman spider — one of the most aggressive and venomous arachnids in the world — which […]

Real Life Scares 

Giant Spider Drags a Lizard Up a Living Room Window… and Horrifies the Entire World

Remember that story we ran back in October showing a Huntsman spider dragging a mouse up the side of a refrigerator? If you’re still having nightmares from that one, then turn back now, and read no further. Still with me? Okay, then let’s go back to Australia — that magical land where all your animal-based […]

Real Life Scares 

Flashlight Test in an Abandoned Mine Suddenly Turns to Terror

As one might expect from a YouTube channel called Exploring Abandoned Mines, there’s a whole lot of nightmare fodder available there… and the channel’s creator, who delves into these crumbling, often century-old mine shafts and tunnels on the regular seems to be rolling the dice of death every time he switches on the camera. But […]

Real Life Scares 

The Bizarre, Unsolved Mystery of the Somerton Corpse

Somerton is a seaside suburb located in South Australia. It’s an unassuming community located off the St. Vincent Gulf. It’s also the site of what police call “one of Australia’s most profound mysteries”. On December 1, 1948, police were alerted to a dead body on the beach. When they arrived, they found an unidentified male […]

Real Life Scares Scary Fun 

Arach-NOPE-Phobia: The World Freaks Out Over This Enormous Huntsman Spider

The quaintly-named “Barnyard Betty’s Rescue” sounds like a wonderful place to visit for animal lovers. But I should warn you that it’s located in Queensland, Australia… and if you’ve been following our news feed, you probably know Australia is home to some of the most horrifying creatures on the planet (or any other planet, as […]

Real Life Scares 

We Warn You Not to Watch This Spider Eat a Mouse… But You’re Gonna Do it Anyway

What’s got into you, Australia? We’ve already given you all the love in the world for supplying us with endless tales of man-eating sharks and crocodiles, huge venomous spiders, gargantuan snakes and other horrifying creatures that populate the continent. But you don’t have to do stuff like this. Really. Nevertheless, a new clip from Down Under making […]

TV 

On the Inside — The Cult of PRISONER: CELL BLOCK H

It has been decades now since the cell doors of Wentworth Detention Centre shut up shop (er, prison), but the Australian drama still attracts an international cult following. The inaugural season of the violent female-dominated soap opera PRISONER (or PRISONER: CELL BLOCK H abroad) — broadcast on Australian television from 1979 to 1986 — started […]

Real Life Scares 

His Name is “Graham,” and He’s the Most Horrifying Safety Mascot of All Time

Usually, when we post a story about something terrifying and/or deadly in Australia, it concerns some kind of monstrous snake or spider that just tried to eat someone’s face. But the latest scream-worthy horror to emerge from Down Under was specifically created to raise awareness for a totally human-caused hazard. Still, despite the good intentions […]