Meg Shields

Meg Shields is the humble farm boy of your dreams and a senior contributor at Film School Rejects. She currently runs three columns at FSR: The Queue, How'd They Do That?, and Horrorscope. She is also a curator for One Perfect Shot and a freelance writer for hire. Meg can be found screaming about John Boorman's 'Excalibur' on Twitter here: @TheWorstNun. (She/Her).
The Exorcist Audience Reaction

Beelzebub’s Blockbuster: Why ‘The Exorcist’ Terrified Audiences in 1973

By Meg Shields 

‘The Exorcist’ was the Christmas hit that rocked Hollywood. Here’s why audiences in 1973 found the film so scary.

The People Under The Stairs

Housing, Class, and the Thematic Punch of ‘The People Under the Stairs’

By Meg Shields 

Here’s a look at why Wes Craven’s 1991 horror film is as relevant as ever.

Movies Like Duel: Long Shot

12 Movies to Watch if You Like Steven Spielberg’s ‘Duel’

By Meg Shields, and Anna Swanson 

Shift into a higher gear and beat the algorithm with our recommendations on films like Steven Spielberg’s Duel.

Phantom Lady

‘Phantom Lady,’ ‘Sorry, Wrong Number,’ and the Dolly-In Recognition Shot

By Meg Shields 

Be they sinister, or joyous, a dolly-in is a powerful tool.

Tangerine digital cinema

‘Tangerine,’ Realism, and the Double Logic of Digital Cinema

By Meg Shields 

Does digital cinema mean green screens and fully-CGI characters? Or realistic shaky-cam and more accessible filmmaking? (The answer is yes, and yes).

Succession Dinner Scene

The Camera of ‘Succession’ Wants a Seat at the Table

By Meg Shields 

The camerawork in ‘Succesion’ would be deemed “imperfect” in other contexts. Here’s why it serves the show’s narrative without you even knowing it.

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DP Rodrigo Prieto on the Creative Thrust of “Subjective Cinematography”

By Meg Shields 

If the camera has a perspective, it’s worth asking whose perspective it belongs to.

Streaming Horror November

All the Horror You Need to Stream in November 2021

By Meg Shields 

Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or Noirvember, we’ve got you covered.

Sound Design Bird Call: On Golden Pond Loons

Loony Tunes: A Look At Hollywood’s Favorite Movie Bird Call

By Meg Shields 

Sometimes capturing an eery vibe is more important than accurate migratory patterns.