The 13th Floor

Films 

Exclusive Clip From Roger Corman’s DEATH RACE 2050!

Of the hundreds upon hundreds of movies that Roger Corman has produced, I’m amazed that DEATH RACE 2000 is the one that spawned a franchise! It started with Paul Bartel’s 1975 film, starring a young Sylvester Stallone at the very beginning of his career. (And yes, Bartel, as in the actor you always see paired […]

Films 

They Bite! Remembering CRITTERS 30 Years Later

When it comes to the “tiny-terror” subgenre of horror movies that rose to prominence in the 1980s, some would think first of Joe Dante’s 1984 hit GREMLINS. But for others, the mini-monster movie franchise that springs to mind will forever be CRITTERS, starring those tiny, razor-toothed, bouncing space porcupines with an attitude as voracious as their […]

Films 

Sexual Hysteria in Japan — Exploring TETSUO: THE IRON MAN

Transformation. Experimental animation. The man becomes a machine. Sexual extremity. Video game aesthetics. Nightmares. Battles. Japanese culture turned inside out. There is a lot to penetrate with TETSUO: THE IRON MAN. I’m not terribly intimate with the minutiae of Japanese history, but I do know that the nation was formed sometime in the 600s BCE, making […]

Films 

Techno Terrors: A Look Back (and Ahead) at 1983’s BRAINSTORM

“But the thing is, I like it. I want more.” — Dr. Michael Brace Can we know death without dying? Or, can we experience simulated death that is so real that we too will die? As fantastical as these questions may seem, developers of modern virtual reality are aware of the problem that death poses. And […]

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Exploring VIDEODROME: The Perfect Horror Film for the Modern Media Age

At this very moment, probably from right where you are sitting, you currently have direct and immediate access to more televised/filmed entertainment than you could perhaps watch over the course of a hundred lifetimes. Thanks to the internet, popular online streaming services, and an explosion of constantly-running cable TV networks, there is more entertainment being […]

Films Scary Fun 

A Deviant Dentist Finds THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM in This Totally Twisted Short

Some call it Odontophobia or Dentophobia. But most of us know of it simply as “Dental Fear.” A surprisingly large percentage of the population experiences at least some measure of anxiety when it comes to visiting the dentist, even if it’s just for their bi-annual cleaning… but for some, it’s an overwhelming, paralyzing fear. Those […]

Films 

In Defense of THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN

Dismissed upon its original release in 1977 as silly and inconsequential, William Sachs’ THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN has never been given the credit that it deserves. Uneven in tone and filled with odd touches that have both intrigued and irritated audiences for years, this “throwback” to classic monster movies was ostensibly doomed from the start. […]

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PHANTASM Is DUNE

Two films that impacted my young teenage years were David Lynch’s DUNE and Don Coscarelli’s PHANTASM.  The more I delved into Frank Herbert’s adaptation of DUNE and reviewed the PHANTASM franchise, the more I couldn’t help but appreciate how these two brilliant works of art complement each other. I’m not the first to compare PHANTASM […]

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Watch the Skies! An Appreciation of Howard Hawks’ THE THING

Who goes there? Yikes – it’s THE THING (FROM ANOTHER WORLD) – the biggest, baddest granddaddy of them all! The groundbreaking 1951 film directed by Christian Nyby and produced by Howard Hawks was the first alien invader flick which promptly launched the modern sci-fi genre. Hot on the heels of the fist real-life UF0 sighting […]

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THE HORROR OF PARTY BEACH! Let’s Kill Again Like We Did Last Summer

“Out of the sea THEY came …transforming a carefree, twisting and frolic-filled teen age beach party into a nightmare” of blood and tattered bikinis. Welcome to THE HORROR OF PARTY BEACH – a “new” kind of cinema – the world’s first monster movie musical – or so the producers claimed. The year is 1964 and […]

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Trivia Tidbit: Who Is “The Shape” In John Carpenter’s THE THING?

Like any self-respecting horror fan, I consider John Carpenter’s seminal 1982 remake of THE THING to be one of the greatest genre films ever committed to celluloid. I revisit it at least once a year and always get swept up in the eerie story and the masterful way the whole thing unfolds. Case in point, […]

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Check Out the Insane New Trailer for Joe Begos’ THE MIND’S EYE!

The highly-anticipated sophomore feature from ALMOST HUMAN writer-director Joe Begos now has an official trailer, which was unveiled today by Entertainment Weekly… and it’s completely bonkers. In a good way, of course. THE MIND’S EYE is an extreme sci-fi/horror tale (think an ultra-gory and dark twist on X-MEN) about a deranged scientist who wants to […]

video games 

Epic Sci-Fi Horror Game PREY Announced for 2017!

At its E3 2016 press event, video game publisher Bethesda announced PREY, a first person sci-fi horror game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. PREY is slated for release in 2017. Bethesda didn’t show a ton of footage of the game, but what they did drop was pretty spectacular: The year is 2032, […]