The 13th Floor

Films 

A Defense of 1992 Virtual-Reality Thriller THE LAWNMOWER MAN

We were all foolish when we were young. We liked dumb stuff, said dumb things, and espoused dumb philosophies. We took our life lessons from weird places, and often only grew by exchanging one form of immaturity for another. For many of us, it takes a while to follow the advice of 1: Corinthians and […]

Scary Fun 

Watch the World’s Most Epic Dad Turn His Four-Year-Old Into an Action Movie Star

This has been a pretty rough week for all of us, so I thought maybe I could do my small part to help by ushering a little awesomeness into your weekend. As kids, we’ve always imagined ourselves as our favorite movie, TV and comic book heroes when we’re playing with our toys (and by “toys” […]

Films 

Slashback! 1984’s THE MUTILATOR Piles on the Cheese and Pours on the Gore

In the waning days of the slasher genre’s Golden Age, independent horror films were coming under increased scrutiny by US ratings boards (and government-mandated censorship elsewhere) for their violent content. With the boom of the home video market, it made better financial sense for a first-time filmmaker to set their sights on video distribution. Although MPAA-ordered […]

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 […]