The 13th Floor

CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: Love Will Tear Us Apart in Douglas Buck’s CUTTING MOMENTS [NSFW]

Apart from his well-made but seldom seen 2006 remake of Brian De Palma’s SISTERS (which never received a theatrical release), the name of Douglas Buck is not widely known among mainstream horror audiences. Nevertheless, Buck’s reputation has persisted for nearly two decades among extreme-cinema fans as a transgressive and challenging artist with a knack for […]

Watch This “Makeup Tutorial” Video Go Suddenly, Horribly Wrong

Beyond that headline, I don’t think I really need to give you too much setup for this shocking clip — although I do have a detailed (and spoiler-filled) follow-up afterward, which may be enlightening for those of you who haven’t seen it yet. It was originally posted in 2014, and has racked up over six […]

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Erotic Artists INSIDE FLESH Blur the Line Between Sex and Horror [NSFW]

Welcome back, brave readers… this week, I’m going to be testing your tolerance in a slightly different way by daring to enter the endless, often hostile debate over the vague and ever-changing definitions of art and obscenity. I’m not going to recap the history of that argument; you can easily look up the works of […]

These Wild Asian Horror Collectibles Will Rip Your Wallet Apart!

My fellow horror collectors: after you’re finished with this article, you may find yourself compelled to pack your bags, ditch the family an fly straight to Asia for these to-die-for horror collectibles. Genre fans can now rejoice with some of these (probably) never-before-seen horror figures and toys that mash up Hollywood’s favorite horror icons and […]

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EYES WITHOUT A FACE: The Thin Veil of Illusion

EYES WITHOUT A FACE (1960) is a film not only about a deranged doctor kidnapping and disfiguring women, it’s also about a father’s love for his daughter and a quest for repentance. There is a duality to the film — a horrific fable that floats between fantasy and reality. Aesthetically, director Georges Franju combines two […]

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Five Food Scenes from Horror Movies That Will Spoil Your Appetite Forever [NSFW]

As Stephen King once famously said, there are basically three tiers of horror, all of which are valid: “[If] I cannot terrify the reader, I will try to horrify,” King writes, “and if I find I cannot horrify, I’ll go for the gross-out.” This article is all about that last part… but more specifically about […]

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Five Reasons Why INSIDE is the Best Violent Shocker of the Past Decade

One of the great tragedies of modern horror cinema is the confounding ambivalence shown to INSIDE (A L’INTERIEUR) upon its U.S. release. The stunning 2007 French shocker generated some buzz during its award-winning festival run, but never received a proper theatrical release save for France (it was filmed in Paris) and a handful of European […]

The Most Dangerous Man in America: The Violently Subversive Writing of Dennis Cooper

There is subversive, there is controversial… and there is Dennis Cooper. I can think of no other writer better acquainted with the language of violence. A latter-day Marquis de Sade, he scrutinizes the pain, guilt and fear of gay teens, amplified by human horror and the predatory older men who speak that language fluently. What […]

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Watch the Terrifying New Trailer for Mike Flanagan’s OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL!

Need a quick jolt of adrenalin to get you through a grueling summer day? We’ve got a little clip that should do the trick better than a cold shower. The follow-up to 2014’s surprise box-office hit OUIJA is headed your way, with one of our all-time fave directors Mike Flanagan (OCULUS, HUSH) at the helm, collaborating […]

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The Pope of Trash: A Tribute to John Waters

To a misfit kid, growing up on the other side of the tracks in a single-parent family and noticeably queer in an isolated part of the (pre-decriminalization) Irish countryside — an environment akin to the purgatorial villages conjured up from the dark depths of a Patrick McCabe (THE BUTCHER BOY, BREAKFAST ON PLUTO, WINTERWOOD) novel — […]

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Ten Lesser-Known Spanish Shockers Worth Celebrating

While Spanish filmmakers grew quite the penchant for shocking cinemagoers in the mid-’90s, serving up solid genre productions such as Alejandro Amenábar’s THESIS, Alex De La Iglesia’s THE DAY OF THE BEAST or Agustin Diaz Yanes’ NADIE HABLARÁ DE NOSOTROS CUANDO HAYAMOS MUERTO, it wasn’t until a decade later that Spanish horror really grew wings […]

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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, […]

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Relive the Hideous Horror of Tod Browning’s FREAKS!

“Do we dare tell the REAL truth on the screen? Do we dare hold up the mirror to nature in all its grim reality?” screamed the posters for Tod Browning’s 1932 pre-code shriek show FREAKS. The film delivers in spades on its grim promise by starring real-life freaks, but instead of instilling compassion for the sideshow […]