The 13th Floor

Films 

Remembering Tobe Hooper: Much More Than the MASSACRE

I don’t need to tell you how much influential filmmaker William Tobe Hooper changed the entire landscape of horror cinema with his 1974 feature THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE… nor do I need to tell you how much we’re all feeling the pain of this devastating loss to movie history. It’s bad enough we’re still […]

Films Music 

John Carpenter Announces ANTHOLOGY Album and Tour Dates!

I’m not wasting any time recapping the cinematic and musical legacy of genre icon John Carpenter, because if you’re reading this, you already know about that. I’m gonna skip straight to the awesome news recently posted by the man himself. Since Carpenter launched essentially his second career as a rock star a couple of years […]

Films 

Celebrating 40 Years of Wes Craven’s THE HILLS HAVE EYES

It’s a bit tough wrapping one’s head around it, but it’s actually been four decades since Wes Craven’s censorship-defying chiller THE HILLS HAVE EYES arrived and left viewers sitting in stunned silence. While the enthusiastically gritty LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT differed significantly in premise, it did serve as a bit of a precursor of […]

TV 

The Five Most Brilliant Episodes From Season 3 of THE TWILIGHT ZONE

While the third season of Rod Serling’s magnum opus THE TWILIGHT ZONE feels just a tad uneven, the brightest moments shine so brightly they just about leave us forgetting about the amazing episodes from the other four seasons of this classic series. So prepare yourself to see some of the most recognizable episodes of the […]

Films 

The Awesomeness of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s VAMPYR

The best horror films resemble dreams, and the best dream-like horror films come from the 1920s and 1930s. One can’t get through a screening of ISLAND OF LOST SOULS, THE MAN WHO LAUGHS or NOSFERATU without being marked. Tod Browning’s DRACULA remains powerful to this very day for its stagey qualities, which deeply infuse it […]

Films 

Escape From Development Hell: The Lost Adventures of Snake Plissken

Despite Snake Plissken’s status as one of the most iconic anti-heroes in genre cinema, he hasn’t had that many outings. Since arriving in 1981’s ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK he’s fronted two movies and some comic spin-offs, but little else. It says a lot about Kurt Russell’s performance and the world John Carpenter crafted around him […]

Films 

A Tribute to George A. Romero: Father of Modern Horror

The grief you and I are feeling today is beyond measure, as the passing of legendary filmmaker George Andrew Romero impacts each of us uniquely — just as his iconic works have changed our lives and careers in so many different ways. Whether you’re a horror fan who grew up on Romero’s classics, a filmmaker […]

Films 

THE THING Super-Fans Planning a Trip to the Actual Filming Locations!

John Carpenter’s 1982 classic THE THING — which occupies a place of honor on just about every horror and science fiction fan’s Top 10 list — turned 35 years old last month, and people are marking the occasion in all kinds of ways, including original 35mm and digitally-remastered theatrical screenings around the world, and watch […]

Films 

Ten Arrow Video Genre Titles Not (Yet) Available in the US

Despite Arrow Video carving out a niche for themselves in the US home video marketplace, their titles were only available in the UK for many years. This was a real drag for many stateside consumers, as the company had access to titles that US companies had not managed to acquire for one reason or another […]

Films 

How JACOB’S LADDER Explores Buddhist Concepts Through Cinematic Horror

WARNING: This essay will discuss the ending of the 1990 film JACOB’S LADDER. If you haven’t seen the film, and wish for its conclusion to remain a surprise, do not read this essay. If you do know the ending — or are righteously flippant about endings — then read on, adventurer. “And he dreamed that […]

Films Scary Fun 

Ten of the Most Terrifying Horror Trailers Ever Made

Word of mouth will ultimately separate the great from the average, but strong promotional points are a necessity in getting the initial word out. When it comes to film, that key marketing launches when a well-cut trailer hits the web. You could call the trailer the appetizer… and if you choose to do so, you […]

Films 

R.I.P. Simon Sayce, Designer of the Original HELLRAISER Puzzle Box

It’s one of the most iconic and beautiful works of art in the history of horror cinema: The Lament Configuration — also known as “Lemarchand’s Box” — originally crafted for Clive Barker’s 1987 classic HELLRAISER by phenomenal artist, designer and effects expert Simon Sayce. Regrettably, we must share the announcement that Sayce passed away earlier this […]

Films 

How THE BABADOOK Became a Gay Icon — Practically Overnight!

Jennifer Kent’s 2014 film THE BABADOOK is one of the best in modern horror. It’s an achingly sad tale of a single mother’s struggle to cope with the loss of a partner, the erratic tantrums of her now fatherless child, and subsequent damages to her psyche — all of which manifest in the towering boogeyman […]