The 13th Floor

Films 

ROSEMARY’S BABY and the War on Women’s Reproductive Rights

Roman Polanski — perhaps the most unlikely commentator on women’s rights — made ROSEMARY’s BABY at an idealistic time. In 1960, the first birth control pill Enovid was placed on the pharmaceutical market thanks in part to Margaret Sanger. While “the pill” was originally prescribed for menstrual disorders and irregularities most women were secretly using […]

Films 

The Politics and Hyper-Relevancy of Stephen King’s THE MIST

THE MIST presents an “end of the world” scenario and, without attributing it to anything specific or plausible, the potential for analogies is endless. Films about a nuclear holocaust carry more weight during times of nuclear threats, and zombie films about a viral apocalypse can scare a little more after outbreaks like H1N1. In THE […]

Films 

Why the Politics of AMERICAN PSYCHO Are Shockingly Relevant Today

Since I choose to actively eschew the word “controversial,” I elect to describe famed 52-year-old novelist Bret Easton Ellis as “confrontational.” Ellis is a direct author who aims to shake readers from their societal complacency by peeling back all the wet, fleshy layers of good decorum to reveal the blackened, hedonistic, selfish heart of a […]

TV 

AMERICAN HORROR STORY Shocker: Season 7 Theme Will Be the 2016 Election

Yes, you read that right… and come to think of it, I can’t imagine a more terrifying topic for the controversial TV series to tackle next. AHS Showrunner Ryan Murphy broke the startling news last night during his appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, revealing that the 2016 election cycle will indeed […]

Films 

Why George Romero’s LAND OF THE DEAD Deserves a Second Look

For many of us who grew up during the 1970s and the ’80s, the original George A. Romero zombie trilogy — NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, DAWN OF THE DEAD, and DAY OF THE DEAD — was where it was at if you were a horror fan. Rumors of George doing a fourth movie in […]

Films 

Midian is Burning: Clive Barker’s NIGHTBREED and Hatred in the 21st Century

I have long been a fan of Clive Barker’s work. It started in high school with THE DAMNATION GAME and continued all the way though his movies, books, comics, and video games. One of the main reasons his work has stayed with me, and I with it, is his celebration of “The Other”: a sympathetic […]

Films 

Body Politic: Horror Films to Watch Before the Election

It’s an election year. You’ve watched the debates. You’ve seen the attack ads. Hell, maybe you’ve even felt a little back-splatter from all the mud-slinging… Regardless of your own personal political affinities, it is safe to say that the voting public has been caught in some pretty nasty friendly fire this campaign season. For a […]

Films TV 

This Week in Bruce Campbell News- Ash vs Politics!

Ash has been busy this week, and not fighting deadites. On June 6th, a Twitter account called Conservative Nation posted a tweet with the following picture, and the message: “Here’s what happened to female Trump supporter when she met ‘peaceful’ and ‘tolerant’ liberals.” The tweet has since been deleted (but nothing ever disappears from the […]