The 13th Floor

Real Life Scares 

100-Year-Old Mummified Girl Opens Eyes on Camera

No one with a heart would ever want to see a light extinguished so soon. On December 6, 1920 Mario Lombardo said goodbye to his daughter, one-year-old Rosalia, for the last time. But it is what happened after her death that has baffled scientists and clergy for decades. For nearly a century now, she has […]

Films 

Good Bad Habits: Director Mariano Baino on Nunsploitation Epic DARK WATERS

The sunken depths of Manhattan’s Lovecraft bar seem like the perfect place to talk to Mariano Baino, whose 1994 film DARK WATERS is resurfacing as a long-awaited Blu-ray from Severin Films today. Severin and publicist Josh Johnson (dressed for the occasion in a nun’s habit) set up an interview op with Baino last night in […]

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 […]

Real Life Scares 

The Ghastly Tale of Real-Life Cannibal Leonarda Cianciulli

Here’s a piece of free advice for the world’s aspiring serial killers: You gotta have a gimmick. Thanks to a generation of serial killer thrillers (i.e., the decade of films that were released following the success of THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS), most people tend to think of serial killers as sensational, gimmick-obsessed madmen with […]

Films 

Slashback! This Gory Italian HALLOWEEN Clone Lives Up to its Name: ABSURD!

This splattery oddity goes by about half a dozen different names — most of which, not surprisingly, have little to do with the content of the notorious film itself, which earned a dubious spot on the UK’s infamous “Video Nasties” list of banned titles. Many fans of vintage Euro-horror first discovered ABSURD during the bootleg tape-trading […]

Music 

Retro-Synth Wizards CONFRONTATIONAL Channel ’80s Cult Classics in “FLAT/LINE”

As a rabid fan of vintage electronic music and a horror soundtrack junkie to boot, I’m stoked to add a new band to my audio arsenal… and after you roll on the clip below, I’m betting you’ll want to hear more from them too. Founded in 2014 in Sardinia, Italy by artist Massimo Usai, the […]