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.
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All the New Horror Streaming in August 2020, and What’s Leaving

By Meg Shields 

Here’s our monthly rundown of all the horror flicks dropping and departing from your favorite streaming services in August 2020.

Jeffrey Combs in Reanimator

Celebrating the Deadly Duo of Stuart Gordon and Jeffrey Combs

By Meg Shields 

A video tribute to one of genre film’s most enduring team-ups.

Pedro Almodovar design

The Total Design of Pedro Almodóvar

By Meg Shields 

Almodóvar is anything but subtle. And that’s a good thing.

Salo Ceremonial Costume

Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Cinema of Transgression

By Meg Shields 

Here’s a video essay on why Pier Paolo Pasolini was the master of crossing the line.

Y Tu Mama Tambien voiceover

How ‘Y Tu Mamá También’ Gets Voiceover Narration Right

By Meg Shields 

Here’s a video essay on how the voiceover narration in ‘Y Tu Mamá También’ teases out a political and personal consciousness.

Angry Young Man Trope If Malcolm Mcdowell

Unpacking the “Angry Young Man” Trope

By Meg Shields 

He’s young, he’s angry, and he has something to say. 

La Dolce Vita

From Fellini to Felliniesque: The Turning Point of ‘La Dolce Vita’

By Meg Shields 

Here’s a video essay on why ‘La Dolce Vita’ represents a stylistic shift in the career of Federico Fellini.

Mulholland Drive Winkies Diner

The Winkie’s Diner Scene is the Key to ‘Mulholland Drive’

By Meg Shields 

Here’s a video essay on why the Winkie’s Diner scene is the key to understanding ‘Mulholland Drive.’

Contact Young Ellie Mirror

How They Shot the Impossible Mirror Scene in ‘Contact’

By Meg Shields 

Mirror, mirror on the wall what’s the most mind-boggling blue screen effect of them all?