The 13th Floor

Films 

Brace Yourself! The EMPIRE PICTURES Blu-Ray Collection Is Coming!

A lot of us from the VHS and early DVD generation spent a good chunk of our spare time watching the wacky films of Empire Pictures! In fact, one of my most anticipated releases of this upcoming year is Daniel Griffith’s documentary CELLULOID WIZARDS IN THE VIDEO WASTELAND: THE SAGA OF EMPIRE PICTURES. (We chatted with […]

Real Life Scares 

A Ghost Town in the Middle of Los Angeles: The Story of Surfridge

Not all ghost towns reside in the middle of nowhere, deep in the forest or surrounded by vast desert plains. Some of them can exist in the heart of a bustling city. These small enclaves, once filled with neighborhood pride, soon resemble a post-apocalyptic wasteland. The town of Surfridge, located in one of Los Angeles’s most […]

Real Life Scares Scary Fun 

The Bizarre Haunted History of Taiwan’s Abandoned “UFO Pod City”

In 1978, developers in Taiwan started building what became known as the “Sanzhi UFO Pod City.” The “pods” were intended as a vacation resort property, and plans were made to market them to American military officers coming off East Asian postings. The project was inspired by Matti Suuronen’s “Futuro” housing — prefabricated houses that looked like […]

Real Life Scares 

Dogtown Common — Where Abanbdoned Plush Toys Hide a Deadly Curse

Dogtown Common is a ghost town on a hilltop near Gloucester, Massachusetts with a long, sordid history that begins in 1693. Despite not being suited towards agriculture, its inland location afforded protection from pirates, and many of the well-off families made the area, then known simply as The Commons, their home. By about 1750, pirates […]