The 13th Floor

He Is Legend: The Legacy of Genre Icon Richard Matheson

There are certain names within the world of classic horror that embody the genre and its essence: Stephen King, John Carpenter,Vincent Price… and of course, author and screenwriter Richard Matheson. Though he passed away in 2013, Matheson’s indelible influence on the genre continues to endure.   Stephen King, Anne Rice, Brian Lumley, Harlan Ellison, Neil […]

Films 

Did the Superman Curse Bury Two John Carpenter Remakes?

While every great filmmaker has made his share of stinkers – two notable flops stand out like a sore thumb on HALLOWEEN mastermind John Carpenter’s resume: his remakes of VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED and THE FOG.  Eerily, one thing stands out as a weird coincidence about both films – the stars were actors best known […]

Films 

Revisiting the Bizarre “Hollywood Hag” Genre

A salient line of dialogue from the rarely-mentioned 1996 comedy film THE FIRST WIVES CLUB really pinpointed the way women are treated by the Hollywood machine. In the film, Goldie Hawn — 50 at the time — plays an actress who finds that she is aging out of certain roles, and laments that Hollywood tends […]

Films Real Life Scares 

Is That A Soul Stealing Demon Hottie Or Are You Just Glad To Kill Me? The Fatal Allure Of THE SUCCUBUS

It’s a Tinder nightmare! The most beautiful girl of your dreams is now sitting beside you and is ready to romp and roll. In an ecstatic hallucinogenic haze, you succumb and as your precious bodily fluid drains away in a sea of orgiastic bliss, you suddenly realize your very soul has been stripped away forever […]

Films 

From Page to Screen: Richard Matheson’s HELL HOUSE

I think it is time to post the first in what I hope is a continuing occasional series of columns about horror books or stories that went from the publishing houses to the movie screen. If nothing else, maybe it will open the eyes to those who have a limited film/book experience as far as […]