The 13th Floor

Films 

Reflecting on Wes Craven’s THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS, 25 Years Later

It was 1991, I was 11 years old and anxious, even sitting next to my father. Thanks to the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET films, I was familiar with Wes Craven’s work to a certain extent, and that familiarity was precisely what had me on edge. In a matter of moments Craven’s new film, THE PEOPLE […]

Films TV 

Animation Aberration, Part 2: Ten More of Japan’s Goriest Anime

Japanese anime has proven to be a very flexible medium — especially when it comes to animated violence and gore. That may explain why the horror genre has found a nice little niche within the anime domain, as opposed to western animation. I previously covered ten bloody and disturbing horror anime [here’s that list, if […]

Real Life Scares 

Monsters Make News: Human Re-Animation, “Real” JURASSIC PARK and More Harrowing Headlines

It’s been quite the intense struggle keeping up with all the bizarre and horrifying things making the news lately (and that’s not counting political news, which is a horror unto itself), but as always, instead of hiding from things that creep me out, I tend to charge headlong into them. This week, of course, is […]

Films 

Feminism and Body Horror in Lars Von Trier’s ANTICHRIST

It takes a rather strong constitution to make it through Lars Von Trier’s rough-hewn horror session ANTICHRIST. Even if one has a taste for extreme gore (and who doesn’t love DEAD ALIVE?), some of the violent images folded into Von Trier’s bleak cinematic tapestry of depression will likely have even the strongest of viewers wincing […]

Nasal Sex: Sigmund Freud’s Most Bizarre Theory Ever?

Are you a Carl Jung person or a Sigmund Freud person? Do you believe that minds all connect to a collective unconsciousness, or do you believe that picking your nose is a sexual act? In a letter dated March 8th, 1895, famed father of psychiatry Sigmund Freud wrote to his friend Wilhelm describing a curious […]

Films 

The Suburban Nightmares of Todd Solondz

Todd Solondz is largely considered an infamous and controversial filmmaker. During his career, the writer-director has enjoyed pulling back the twitching curtain on the quintessential suburban facade, revealing a gallery of the grotesque hidden behind the pristine picket fences, innocuous bake sales, pleasant PTA meetings and seemingly well-adjusted American families. The director has delved into […]

Real Life Scares 

The True Story of “The Town That Banned Halloween”

If you’re familiar with the later sequels in the HALLOWEEN franchise, and I’m sure you are, you know there’s a point where Haddonfield completely bans the holiday. While Oil City, PA may not have experienced a rampant serial killer, they did endure something equally awful: On October 27th, 1992, 11-year-old Shauna Howe went missing two blocks […]

Films 

Quit Your Witching: In Defense of Rob Zombie’s THE LORDS OF SALEM

Following the special preview screening of 31 — Rob Zombie’s latest horror show, about carnies being carved up by killer clowns –criticism once again resurfaced concerning his previous effort, the 2012 experimental witchcraft piece THE LORDS OF SALEM. Zombie himself even acknowledged its status as a film most people don’t seem to care for during […]

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 […]

Films 

Does Anyone Remember COLOR OF NIGHT?

When I was kid, about 8 or 9, I stumbled across a movie on late night television one night. My parents had a “black box” that gave you access to all of the premium channels, including Pay-Per-View, without having to pay for them — which was equally exciting and disturbing for a young girl who […]

Films 

Five Reasons Why INSIDE is the Best Violent Shocker of the Past Decade

One of the great tragedies of modern horror cinema is the confounding ambivalence shown to INSIDE (A L’INTERIEUR) upon its U.S. release. The stunning 2007 French shocker generated some buzz during its award-winning festival run, but never received a proper theatrical release save for France (it was filmed in Paris) and a handful of European […]

Films 

A SERBIAN FILM: Combating the Horror of Fascism With Extreme Cinema

Some films are so disgusting, repellent, ugly, violent, prurient, and awful that audiences are unable to define them. Films like Pier Paolo Pasolini’s SALÒ, OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM, Lars Von Trier’s ANTICHRIST, Gaspar Noë’s IRREVERSIBLE, Ruggero Deodato’s CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, Takashi Miike’s ICHI THE KILLER, Tom Six’s THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE trilogy, or even John […]

Films 

The Perverse Cinematic Legacy of Artist Bruce LaBruce

Like most people, my interest in all-things-forbidden started in my early teens, following a late-night viewing of Russell T. Davies’s (DOCTOR WHO, CUCUMBER) groundbreaking UK TV show QUEER AS FOLK. The first show broadcast in Britain (Europe?) that offered viewers a realistic depiction of gay male lives and sex. Davies had engaged with what the […]