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.
Malignant Police Sketch

All the Horror You Need to Stream in August 2023

By Meg Shields 

Summer loving, had me a blast (of blood, probably).


12 Movies to Watch If You Like ‘Sisu’

By Meg Shields 

From gold hunting to Nazi-slaughtering, we’ve got a handful of film recommendations for ‘Sisu’ fans.

Pulp Fiction Writing Credit

Gentle Reminder That a Whole Other Guy Co-Wrote ‘Pulp Fiction’

By Meg Shields 

Samuel L. Jackson be like: What does Roger Avary look like?

Whiplash Short Film

Why Do So Many Short Films Have That “Look”?

By Meg Shields 

Moral of the story: color grading is a storytelling device.

Jaws Axial Cut

The Axial Cut Explained and Why Filmmakers Use It

By Meg Shields 

And … [axial] cut!

Network Monologue

The Ballad of Howard Beale: Why We Keep Misreading ‘Network’

By Meg Shields 

“Good morning, Mr. Beale. They tell me you’re a madman.”

The Godfather Squibs

A Brief, Bloody History of How Gunshot Squibs Work

By Meg Shields 

Small, but mighty: here’s everything you’ve ever wanted to know about squibs.

Tenet Train Tracks

Plot ≠ Story: What We Mean When We Say A Movie is “Just Vibes”

By Meg Shields 

Say it with me: plot is not the same thing as story!


12 Movies to Watch if You Like ‘Barbie’

By Meg Shields 

She’s everything. Including these twelve movies.