Meg Shields

Based in the Pacific North West, Meg enjoys long scrambles on cliff faces and cozying up with a good piece of 1960s eurotrash. As a senior contributor at FSR, Meg's objective is to spread the good word about the best of sleaze, genre, and practical effects.
Gay Rebel Without A Cause Guy

The Cinematic Origins of the “Bury Your Gays” Cliché

By Meg Shields 

Every trope has an origin story.

Psycho Stair Scene

Anatomy of a Suspense Scene: Alfred Hitchcock’s 4-Part Formula

By Meg Shields 

Or: how to make a scene go off without a Hitch.


How A24 Revived Studio Loyalty

By Meg Shields 

The studio system be like “I lived bitch.”

Strange World Disney

Can We Have More Solarpunk Movies, Please?

By Meg Shields 

Be right back, I’m off to find some overalls and my gardening gloves.

Nope Day For Night

Why “Day for Night” Is So Hard to Pull Off

By Meg Shields 

Lights out! I mean on! Wait, uh —

The Last Of Us Se

Behind the Scenes: How they Filmed ‘The Last of Us’

By Meg Shields 

A deeper dive on the HBO show that’s spore than meets the eye.

To Die For

Let Them Film Cake: A Confectionary Montage

By Meg Shields 

Make a wish!

Inception Mirror Shot

How Filmmakers Make Cameras Disappear in Mirror Shots

By Meg Shields 

Mirror, mirror on the wall … why don’t you reflect the movie camera that is obviously pointed at you?

The Borderlands

Hallowed Ground: Why You Should Watch ‘The Borderlands’

By Meg Shields 

Hope you like the words “cave” and “acid” in the same sentence.