The 13th Floor

Films 

Slashback! THE DUMB WAITER Packs a Feature’s Worth of Suspense Into 16 Minutes

I’m going to try something a little different for this week’s column, and bring your attention to an almost-forgotten 1979 short film from UK writer-director Robert Bierman. I’m going to argue that this short sums up everything that works in slasher cinema — without resorting to attention-grabbing techniques like graphic violence, sleazy exploitation or a short-attention-span […]

Films Scary Fun 

Trapped on Tape: 10 Great Horror Movies that are Only on VHS

There are many reasons why some movies never make it past VHS format. Sometimes the filmmakers simply chose not to take that leap. It also happens that the film is able to release in other countries, but is not allowed to in the US for various legal reasons. Usually it is a rights issue as […]

Films 

Beware the Ghosts of Grief: DON’T LOOK NOW, THE HAUNTING OF JULIA and THE CHANGELING

Throughout human history, tales of horror and the supernatural have always been an important medium for addressing our shared fear of death, expressing the pain of loss, and finding the strength to battle one of the cruelest monsters of all: the all-consuming beast of grief. The classic tales of Edgar Allan Poe, in particular, deal […]