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.
The Age of Innocence

Revisiting ‘The Age of Innocence’ in the Age of Social Distancing

By Meg Shields 

While we’re all keeping at a distance: one of the greatest films ever made about frustrated desire and the power of touch.


‘Cats’ and the Death of the Awards-Hopeful Musical Adaptation

By Meg Shields 

Be a connoisseur of chaos and watch this feature-length video about how ‘Cats’ the musical, and the cinematic nightmare fuel, came to be.

George Lazenby

The Best Bond You’ve Never Heard Of: Reflections On The Lazenby Era

By Meg Shields, and Anna Swanson 

Surprise! An Australian first-time actor is one of the best Bonds.

The Exorcist Banned Trailer

What The Banned Trailer for ‘The Exorcist’ Can Teach Us About Our Tolerance for Terror

By Meg Shields 

Nightmare fuel or experimental masterpiece? You decide.

Sweded Film

It’s The Perfect Time to Start “Sweding” Films Again

By Meg Shields 

2008’s ‘Be Kind Rewind’ kicked off a trend of hilariously homemade no-budget remakes of cinema classics. Now that we’re all trapped inside, what better time to revitalize the ‘sweded film’?


How to Make a Short Horror Film from the Comfort of Your Own Home

By Meg Shields 

‘Shazam!’ director David F. Sandberg is stuck in his house. So he made a short film about how terrifying houses can be.


The Enduring Power of Stop-Motion Animation

By Meg Shields 

An unemployed special effect struggles to find work in this bittersweet short film about going out-of-style in Hollywood.

Horrorscope April

Stuck at Home? Here’s All the Horror New to Streaming in April 2020

By Meg Shields 

This month’s Horrorscope includes the homebound horror classic ‘Misery’ plus a bunch of other streaming recommendations for horror lovers.

Blood Bed A Nightmare On Elm Street

The Coolest Effect in ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ Was a Bloody Accident

By Meg Shields 

There are happy accidents. And then there’s the time Wes Craven lost control of a rotating room full of blood.