The 13th Floor

Films Music 

In Honor Of SERIAL MOM, Here Are The Best Band Cameos In Cult Flicks!

Out this week from Scream Factory, just in time for Mother’s Day, is John Waters’ cult classic horror comedy SERIAL MOM, starring the great Kathleen Turner as a homicidal maniac mom who really, really thinks you shouldn’t wear white after Labor Day. It’s personally my favorite of Waters’ films, not only because it features an […]

TV 

Ryan Murphy’s FEUD and the Resurrection of Hagsploitation Horror

With the FX series FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN, AMERICAN HORROR STORY creator Ryan Murphy’s pathological adherence to cult affiliations continues with his immersive, semi-biographical exhumation of two of the most iconic figures in the narrative history of cinema — Joan Crawford and Bette Davis — and in the process resurrects a brief and bygone cinematic […]

Real Life Scares 

The Bizarre Link Between Head Trauma and Nymphomania

In 2004, John Waters made his wholly underrated film A DIRTY SHAME — a film that, given Waters’ general difficulty in finding financing, may prove to be his last. In it, a prudish Baltimore everywoman named Sylvia Stickles (the inimitable Tracey Ullman) sustains a horrible blow to the head in a car accident, and as a result […]

Films Scary Fun 

Peaches Christ: International Drag Superstar and Cult-Movie Maven

Introducing: Peaches Christ and the Children of the Popcorn! Towering at 7-foot-10 (The Heels! The Hair!), drag superstar and bon vivant Peaches Christ (think the lovechild of Zsa Zsa Gabor and Leatherface) is a fuchsia-tinged fusion of “Hagsploitation,” FASTER PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL!, VEGAS IN SPACE, and obscure VHS cult-titles condemned to blood-caked bargain bins in […]

Films 

A SERBIAN FILM: Combating the Horror of Fascism With Extreme Cinema

Some films are so disgusting, repellent, ugly, violent, prurient, and awful that audiences are unable to define them. Films like Pier Paolo Pasolini’s SALÒ, OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM, Lars Von Trier’s ANTICHRIST, Gaspar Noë’s IRREVERSIBLE, Ruggero Deodato’s CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, Takashi Miike’s ICHI THE KILLER, Tom Six’s THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE trilogy, or even John […]

Films 

The Pope of Trash: A Tribute to John Waters

To a misfit kid, growing up on the other side of the tracks in a single-parent family and noticeably queer in an isolated part of the (pre-decriminalization) Irish countryside — an environment akin to the purgatorial villages conjured up from the dark depths of a Patrick McCabe (THE BUTCHER BOY, BREAKFAST ON PLUTO, WINTERWOOD) novel — […]