The 13th Floor

Films 

EYES WITHOUT A FACE: The Thin Veil of Illusion

EYES WITHOUT A FACE (1960) is a film not only about a deranged doctor kidnapping and disfiguring women, it’s also about a father’s love for his daughter and a quest for repentance. There is a duality to the film — a horrific fable that floats between fantasy and reality. Aesthetically, director Georges Franju combines two […]

Films 

Five Reasons Why INSIDE is the Best Violent Shocker of the Past Decade

One of the great tragedies of modern horror cinema is the confounding ambivalence shown to INSIDE (A L’INTERIEUR) upon its U.S. release. The stunning 2007 French shocker generated some buzz during its award-winning festival run, but never received a proper theatrical release save for France (it was filmed in Paris) and a handful of European […]

Films Scary Fun 

SNARK WEEK! Before SHARKTOPUS, There Was MONSTER SHARK!

It’s time to bid a moist farewell to another Shark Week… and with it, my goofy little theme of alternative shark programming (which began with an ode to the gloriously awful SyFy opus GHOST SHARK and a re-examination of JAWS 2 from a slasher fan’s perspective). But I’m not going down without a fight… even if […]

Films 

Slashback! OGROFF is the Craziest ‘80s Slasher You’ve Never Seen

While many different countries have put their own unique cultural spin on the slasher genre — even before it rose to international prominence in the early ‘80s — most fans wouldn’t think of France as a resource for old school stalk-and-slash horror films. While the French have developed a solid post-millennial reputation for extreme horror cinema thanks […]