The 13th Floor

Films 

Ten Arrow Video Genre Titles Not (Yet) Available in the US

Despite Arrow Video carving out a niche for themselves in the US home video marketplace, their titles were only available in the UK for many years. This was a real drag for many stateside consumers, as the company had access to titles that US companies had not managed to acquire for one reason or another […]

Real Life Scares 

The Strange and Infamous History of Britain’s Holloway Sanitarium

The English hamlet of Virginia Water is tucked away in a quiet corner of Surrey. It is home to the grand Wentworth Estate, where the first Ryder Cup golf tournament was held. Nearby lies the leafy and serene Windsor Great Park. And until 1980, it was home to the Holloway Sanitarium — one of the […]

Films TV 

Celebrating the Hilarious Horrors of MONTY PYTHON!

Genre cross-pollination has always been a concept that — unintentionally or not — can push audiences into directions they might not otherwise go. For horror fans, Monty Python was always a source of humor that traversed the boundaries of acceptability on both TV and at the movies… and consequently, the British troupe’s output helped its […]

Scary Fun 

Scientists Calculate How Fast a Zombie Outbreak Could Destroy Humanity (Hint: We’re Screwed)

Forget everything you think you know about survival in a zombie-plagued world — even if you’ve committed DAWN OF THE DEAD to memory, have a dog-eared copy of Max Brooks’ ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE in your back pocket, and just came off a marathon of every WALKING DEAD season. It’s time to get down to the […]

Real Life Scares TV 

New Documentary to Investigate “The Werewolf of Cannock Chase?”

Few outsiders have heard about the horrific tales originating from a woodland region of Britain’s Staffordshire County known as Cannock Chase… but the research of Damon Simms might change all that. Simms (pictured above), who writes a column for the Stoke Sentinel entitled “Supernatural Staffordshire,” has dedicated much of his research to the many monstrous […]

Real Life Scares Scary Fun 

Does the Bizarre Board Game RAP RAT Have a Horrifying History?

Jackson Stewart’s retro-stylin’ horror feature BEYOND THE GATES has a lot of genre fans looking fondly back to that once-popular trend of VHS-based interactive board games like NIGHTMARE, in which players are guided by the instructions and time limits decreed by an onscreen game-master. Those players’ fates are decided not by a roll of the […]

Real Life Scares 

When Selfies Kill: Careless Photo Stunts That Ended in Death

Sorry if this is kind of a harsh way to begin your week… but try to see it as a valuable lesson. I’m not trying to say that selfies are a bad thing — hell, I’ve posed for several of them myself, and I consider them fun way to personalize your experiences when sharing photos […]

TV 

On the Inside — The Cult of PRISONER: CELL BLOCK H

It has been decades now since the cell doors of Wentworth Detention Centre shut up shop (er, prison), but the Australian drama still attracts an international cult following. The inaugural season of the violent female-dominated soap opera PRISONER (or PRISONER: CELL BLOCK H abroad) — broadcast on Australian television from 1979 to 1986 — started […]

Real Life Scares 

Horrified Family Discovers the World’s Deadliest Spiders Hiding in Their Bananas

Courtesy warning to all arachnophobes: this will not be a fun read for you… and it also gets kinda naughty toward the end. I’ve managed over the past few months to bypass horrifying news reports of rampaging and occasionally deadly spiders (sorry, I’ve been busy), but this story is just too good to pass up… […]

Real Life Scares 

CREEPYPASTA: The Horrific Case of the UK’s Secret “Blood-Freezing Experiment”

Many creepypasta fans are familiar with the nightmarish tale of the infamous “Russian Sleep Experiment,” which shares the top of the list with Slender Man, CANDLE COVE and Jeff the Killer as one of the most enduring viral web legends [you can read more about those here]. But not as many people have heard the horrifying […]

Real Life Scares Scary Fun 

Spring-Heeled Jack: The Weirdest Urban Monster In History!

From the Loch Ness Monster to Bigfoot to The Jersey Devil, hundreds of people have reported seeing mysterious, impossible monsters, but the strangest of all these creatures is Britain’s Spring-Heeled Jack. Described as a tall, thin man with a devil’s face and claws for hands, Jack could breathe fire and leap over 10 feet. For […]

Real Life Scares Scary Fun 

This Diabolical “Hex Bomb” Makes Bathtime So F**king Metal

I’ll tell you something you’ve probably guessed by now: I’m kind of weird. For example, most people I know prefer taking showers over baths, and for a variety of reasons: first, they’re easier and more refreshing as a little pick-me-up before getting ready for work; second, they usually waste less water — and in California, […]

Films Real Life Scares Scary Fun 

Before CONJURING 2, There Was GHOSTWATCH: A Terrifying TV Special About the “Enfield Poltergeist”

I’m ashamed to say it took me almost a week to catch up with CONJURING 2 — hey, life happens — but once I emerged from the darkened theater (smiling, because it was an excellent film), I immediately headed home to dig out my DVD copy of a notorious early ‘90s UK Halloween TV special […]