The 13th Floor

Films Real Life Scares 

Hygiene Horrors: The Nightmarish Lesson of ’70s PSA Short THE FINISHING LINE

THE FINISHING LINE was meant to teach kids about train track safety. The only thing I took away from it was that in England in the 1970s, kids were training for BATTLE ROYALE¬†with trains. A teacher’s warning about playing on the train tracks echoes through a young boy’s head… right before he fantasizes about killing […]

Films Real Life Scares 

Hygiene Horrors: Remembering the Nightmarish 1973 Saftety Short LONELY WATER

So-called “mental hygiene” filmstrips gained popularity after WWII and were¬†main sources of instruction through the 1980s. These films, often unintentionally hilarious, were meant to offer guidance for children and teens, ranging in topics from sex education, safety, drugs, dating, social etiquette, and physical and mental health topics. Frequently, these films used scare tactics; other times, […]