The 13th Floor

Films Scary Fun 

Fear the Meta-Menace of MANT! Remembering Joe Dante’s MATINEE

While Joe Dante’s MATINEE is ostensibly a coming-of-age fear flick about a William Castle-like schlocky showman, the meta film within a film, MANT, is an affectionate love letter to the classic creature features that inspired a generation. It’s time we break down who’s who in that meta-fun-fest… and why! Set in Key West, Florida in 1962, […]

Films 

Public Domain Theatre: Bela Lugosi’s Weirdest Movie – THE APE MAN

THE APE MAN may be the most surrealistic Poverty Row thriller ever made! With a way-out plot that’s a Salvador Dali fever dream, nightmarish imagery, cardboard sets, low-rent lab gear, a 1940s Brenda Starr, ghost hunters and a half-human Bela Lugosi on the prowl – what more could anyone want? And lucky for us Lugosi […]

Films Real Life Scares 

The Terrifying Real-Life Murders That Inspired THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN

The newspapers called him “The Phantom Killer,” and referred to his crimes as “The Texarkana Moonlight Murders.” News of the bizarre and horrific killings transfixed an entire nation on the small town of Texarkana, Texas in early 1946, and the case remains one of the most notorious unsolved crimes in U.S. history. You probably know […]