The 13th Floor

DINOSAURS ATTACK!: The Nastiest Cards a Kid Could Hope For

Over the years, I’ve come to better understand that my upbringing wasn’t like most other kids who grew up in the 80s and 90s. There are, of course, plenty of similarities that we can all connect with; the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES and GHOSTBUSTERS stand out. So does the Image Comics revolution where we all […]

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 Real Life Scares 

Can We Really Bring Back Dinosaurs Like in JURASSIC PARK?

Ever since the first JURASSIC PARK released in 1993, I’ve held on to the hope that scientists would make it possible for me to see a real dinosaur in my lifetime. After all, the movie made the science seem so plausible. In March of 2014, NewsHound had gotten my hopes up further when they posted […]

Films 

JURASSIC PARK Is A Horror Movie (Just Deal With It)

Pretty soon now – if it hasn’t happened already – telling stories about working at a video store will be as synonymous with old age as complaining about walking to school, uphill, both ways, and in the snow. But when I worked at institutions like Hollywood Video and Laser Blazer, we used to have to […]

Films 

Dueling Dinos! Returning to THE LOST WORLD (1960) and THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK

Since the 1925 silent version of THE LOST WORLD, dinosaurs have stalked our silver screens. Sometimes they are quite successful… and other times they just miss the Jurassic mark. Irwin Allen’s 1960 production of THE LOST WORLD begins with Professor Challenger (Claude Rains, a long way from THE WOLF MAN and CASABLANCA) arriving in London to […]

Films 

Ray’s Rodeos! Roping MIGHTY JOE YOUNG and THE VALLEY OF GWANGI

Ray Harryhausen created so many spectacular effects over his forty-plus years as a stop-motion master, it’s difficult to even begin to narrow down the most impressive scenes. From dinosaurs to centaurs to sword-­wielding skeletons, Ray infused his creatures with thoughts and souls. The kind of innovation and imagination that defined Ray’s work is demonstrated in […]