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.
Silence Of The Lambs Clarice

Why Clarice Starling is Such a Compelling Thriller Character

By Meg Shields 

The ‘Silence of the Lambs’ character is one of the most complex characters ever put on screen.

Crayon Shin Chan nostalgia

‘Crayon Shin-chan’ and the Dangers of Toxic Nostalgia

By Meg Shields 

Here’s what the ninth installment of the ‘Crayon Shin-chan’ series can teach us about the pitfalls and limitations of nostalgia.

Best James Bond Shots

The 50 Most Beautiful Shots of the James Bond Franchise

By Anna Swanson, and Meg Shields 

When Bond makes a shot, he doesn’t miss.

Stranger Things Tone

Why ‘Stranger Things’ is a Masterclass in Setting the Right Tone

By Meg Shields 

Here’s how ‘Stranger Things’ conveys its genre-blend in its pitch deck, in the script, and on the screen.

Videodrome Television Effect

How They Did the “Breathing Television” Effect in ‘Videodrome’

By Meg Shields 

Long live the New Flesh and pucker up! Here’s a breakdown of what went into the “breathing television effect” in ‘Videodrome.’

James Gandolfini

The Emotional Tour-De-Force of James Gandolfini

By Meg Shields 

Here’s why James Gandolfini’s performance as Tony Soprano is one of the greatest ever committed to the small screen.

Horror Lists Food

10 Grossest Food Scenes in Horror

By Meg Shields 

Feeling peckish? We’ve rounded up the top ten most revolting food moments in horror to whet your appetite.

The Red Shoes cinematography

Why ‘The Red Shoes’ Looks So Damn Good

By Meg Shields 

Vibrant, lively: here’s why ‘The Red Shoes’ packs a visual punch all these years later.

The Town That Dreaded Sundown

Local Acts of Terror: The Legacy of ‘The Town That Dreaded Sundown’

By Meg Shields 

Bone up on your proto-slasher history. Here’s the forgotten legacy of ‘The Town that Dreaded Sundown.’