The 13th Floor

Films 

Fantasia Film Festival: The Dark, Heartbreaking Comedy LOVE AND OTHER CULTS

This was not the film I expected, and I’m happy about that. LOVE AND OTHER CULTS, from Japanese filmmaker Eiji Uchida, is probably the most unique film to come out of Japan in a long time, and it is quite possibly my favorite film at the Fantasia Film Festival. With themes of discontentment and angst, […]

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The Gory, Perverse Insanity of Yoshihiro Nishimura: 5 Must-See Films

This past weekend at Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, we had the honor of seeing Yoshihiro Nishimura’s newest film and the latest inclusion in the MEATBALL MACHINE series, MEATBALL MACHINE KODUKA. Nishimura has become famous worldwide not only for his amazing special effect work but also for his self-styled fast-moving gonzo films, all of which […]

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Animation Aberration: The 10 Goriest Japanese Anime

Beautifully rendered and vividly colored, there’s just something about seeing violence in an animated form that can make it even more effective. So, it’s no wonder the horror genre translates so well into anime. And there have been a number of series that have pushed the limits of just how much death, destruction, and gore […]

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One Twisted Japanese Movie: A Look Back at UZUMAKI aka SPIRAL

In 2000, Ukrainian-born Japanese director Andrey Higuchinsky created what was quite possibly one of the strangest horror films of its time. UZUMAKI (or SPIRAL) is the story of  Kirie, a high school student whose boyfriend’s father has become obsessed with spirals. His fixation leads him to place himself in a washing machine in order to […]