The 13th Floor

Films 

Power Through Slavery: HELLRAISER’s “Chatterer” and BDSM Culture

Clive Barker fans swooned when it was announced that the graphic novel HELLRAISER ANTHOLOGY: VOLUME 2 will feature an origin story for the “Chatterer” Cenobite; what’s more, the story is being written by Nicholas Vince, the actor who made that same character iconic in HELLRAISER (1987) and HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER II (1988). The intimidating, semi-mute member […]

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 […]

Films 

Blood is Blood: Queer Subtext in THE LOST BOYS

The first time I saw THE LOST BOYS, I was too young to acknowledge the reasons for its charm over me. It was a fun, subversive vampire movie with a rocking soundtrack. But as I got older, and started figuring things out about myself, the film took on new meanings for me. It was an allegory […]

Films 

Why the Politics of AMERICAN PSYCHO Are Shockingly Relevant Today

Since I choose to actively eschew the word “controversial,” I elect to describe famed 52-year-old novelist Bret Easton Ellis as “confrontational.” Ellis is a direct author who aims to shake readers from their societal complacency by peeling back all the wet, fleshy layers of good decorum to reveal the blackened, hedonistic, selfish heart of a […]

Scary Fun video games 

Revisiting the Classic Horror PC Game THE 7TH GUEST

Old Man Stauf built a house and filled it with his toys. Six Guests were invited one night, their screams the only noise. Blood in the Library, blood right up the hall, Dripping down the attic stairs, “Hey Guests!, try not to fall.” Nobody came out that night. Not one was ever seen. But Old […]

Films Music 

What THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is Really About

The slow, steady mainstreaming of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is nearly complete. On October 20, Kenny Ortega’s new TV version of the infamous cult musical took to the airwaves on regular network television [read Alyse Wax’s comparison of the two productions here], proving that the out-of-the-way subversive grindhouse playground which the movie used to inhabit […]

Scary Fun 

The Strange Ongoing Saga of “Bat Boy” and the WEEKLY WORLD NEWS

For the lovers of the bizarre and the kooky, one couldn’t do much better than The Weekly World News. For those unfortunate enough not to have heard of it, The Weekly World News was the venerable print institution that reliably graced supermarket tabloid shelves starting in 1979, and which remained in print until 2007. It […]