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 […]

The Unsettling Awesomeness of Katherine Dunn’s GEEK LOVE

Freak shows first began to come into the public eye as early as the 16th century, when people with unusual, deformed, or extreme body types would be displayed for royalty as objects of curiosity and medical intrigue. The tradition of the freak show continued to centuries, and they became a staple of traveling circuses, offering […]

Films 

Sexual Hysteria in Japan — Exploring TETSUO: THE IRON MAN

Transformation. Experimental animation. The man becomes a machine. Sexual extremity. Video game aesthetics. Nightmares. Battles. Japanese culture turned inside out. There is a lot to penetrate with TETSUO: THE IRON MAN. I’m not terribly intimate with the minutiae of Japanese history, but I do know that the nation was formed sometime in the 600s BCE, making […]