The 13th Floor

Lead Your Own Diabolical Death Cult on THE SHROUDED ISLE!

There are tons of mind-bendingly strange and confounding computer games available from the Steam community… but the H.P. Lovecraft-inspired, elegantly nightmarish “cult simulator” THE SHROUDED ISLE stands out as kind of brilliant in its doom-filled weirdness. Designed by Kitfox Games (the team behind MOON HUNTERS and SHATTERED PLANET), the scenario of ISLE is deceptively straightforward: […]

The Strangest, Creepiest YouTube Channels of All Time

YouTube is a bottomless well of the collective unconscious: If you dig around, you’ll discover sad things, wonderful things, and deeply strange things. Even when it’s not trying to be, YouTube is often an unnerving place. The following collection of creepy YouTube channels mixes intentionally spooky content with channels that may have some other purpose, but succeed […]

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Five Conspiracy Theories That Are Actually Fun to Think About

Conspiracy theories used to be fun; they use to be this wacked-out “secret” information, circulated by wild-eyed cranks through Xeroxed ‘zines. Now it’s all cynically crafted political disinformation, weaponized on Facebook. Remember these? “The moon landing was fake!” “We’ve been tuning our musical instruments the EVIL way all these years!!” “Paul is dead!” Those are awesome. […]

Shake, Rattle and Roll: A Second Look at CLUE

CLUE was released on December 13, 1985, underperforming at the box office and receiving mixed reviews. It was the first and pretty much only of its kind: a movie with multiple endings. Depending on which theater you saw it at, the ending might have been different than the one showing at another theater across the […]

Remembering Obscure 1965 Grindhouse Classic WHO KILLED TEDDY BEAR

Recently, an acquaintance of mine posted a thread to Facebook about “lost classics.” The term, he felt, was quickly losing meaning. Amidst the current boom of interest in grindhouse cinema and straight-to-VHS-horror, the term “forgotten” had become synonymous with “quality,” to the point every film released between 1960 and 1990 that has since slipped into […]

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The Shockingly Brutal Crimes of Axe-Murderer Clementine Barnabet

As the blow from an axe crushed another skull, South Louisiana’s unparalleled reign of terror continued… It was February 1911 in Crowley, Louisiana, a small town near the Texas border. The Byers family went to bed as usual. It was a typical night until an intruder broke in and brutally bludgeoned them all to death […]

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5 Bizarre Hollywood Cults

Hollywood is a land of transplants, arriving alone and looking for connections. Most eventually find friends or core groups of like-minded souls to share their experiences with. Others find connection in religion, but some end up in stranger fringe groups commonly referred to as a cults. When discussing Hollywood cults, the Manson family is always the […]

Why Lucky McKee’s THE WOMAN Is a Powerful Nod to Femininity

A few weeks ago, while perusing through Shudder, I accidentally put on Lucky McKee’s THE WOMAN.  At the time, I was supposed to be watching a different movie and in my exhausted state of mind, mixed the two up.  Having heard praises for the film within the horror community, I figured, what the hell, let […]

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Good Bad Habits: Director Mariano Baino on Nunsploitation Epic DARK WATERS

The sunken depths of Manhattan’s Lovecraft bar seem like the perfect place to talk to Mariano Baino, whose 1994 film DARK WATERS is resurfacing as a long-awaited Blu-ray from Severin Films today. Severin and publicist Josh Johnson (dressed for the occasion in a nun’s habit) set up an interview op with Baino last night in […]

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CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: I (Barely) Survived a VIOLENT SH*T Marathon! [NSFW]

Happy Friday, fellow extremiacs! Put on those rain ponchos, ‘cuz you’re gonna get a little red on you again. When I first launched this column a couple of months ago, I made a point of emphasizing the concept of extreme horror movies as “outsider art,” expressing some bold and unconventional ideas through the medium of […]

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The Insanity That Is TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE NEXT GENERATION

Here’s a question for the philosophers and art critics: If an artist sets out to make something that is deliberately terrible, and they succeed… have they really succeeded? It was 1996. I was a mere 18 years old. I was going to college in Tacoma, WA, and I was slowly becoming a movie obsessive. A […]

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CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: “Lasagna Cat Sex Survey” is the Most Horrific YouTube Video Ever [NSFW]

Consider this your first warning: You really, really need to take note of that NSFW tag, because what I’m about to show you is definitely not for viewers of a delicate nature. Hell, I’m not sure who the intended audience is… and frankly, I don’t want to know, either. Instead of just writing “NOPE NOPE […]

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CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: Robert Morgan’s BOBBY YEAH May Be the Sickest Stop-Motion Film Ever Made

Happy Friday, fellow extremists! How about closing out your hectic work week with an adorable little piece of animation? Of course, your definitions of “adorable” may differ from mine… but in this case, it means a sticky, blood-smeared, hairy, screeching, slime-spurting epic of apocalyptic proportions. That is, the outrageously twisted (and award-winning) 2011 film BOBBY […]