Jacob Trussell

Jacob Trussell is a writer based in New York City. His editorial work has been featured on the BBC, NPR, Rue Morgue Magazine, Film School Rejects, and One Perfect Shot. He's also the author of 'The Binge Watcher's Guide to The Twilight Zone' (Riverdale Avenue Books). Available to host your next spooky public access show. Find him on Twitter here: @JE_TRUSSELL (He/Him)
Hereditary Toni Collette

Toni Collette Deserved an Oscar Nomination for ‘Hereditary’

By Jacob Trussell 

She may have been snubbed by the Academy, but Collette made a profound impact on audiences with her captivating performance in Ari Aster’s modern horror classic.

Get Out Commentary

Why Daniel Kaluuya is So Effective in ‘Get Out’

By Jacob Trussell 

Jordan Peele’s hit film was destined to become a new horror classic, but it’s narrative backbone is carried by Kaluuya’s magnetic performance as Chris Washington.

Liza Minnelli Cabaret

The Impact Liza Minnelli and ‘Cabaret’ Had on Movie Musicals

By Jacob Trussell 

As chanteuse Sally Bowles, Minnelli conveys the soul of her character through song, dance, and dramatic specificity.

Terry O'quinn In The Stepfather

Terry O’Quinn is an All-American Psycho in ‘The Stepfather’

By Jacob Trussell 

In this edition of The Great Performances, we celebrate the actor’s work in his first lead role.

Courteney Cox In Scream

Courteney Cox Gave Heart to the Heartless in ‘Scream’

By Jacob Trussell 

Cox smartly resisted making her character, Gale Weathers, a stereotype of tabloid journalism by playing her with compassion in Wes Craven’s meta-horror classic.

Christmas Evil

Brandon Maggart Delivers a Killer Santa Character Study in ‘Christmas Evil’

By Jacob Trussell 

In the pantheon of Killer Santa movies, the conversation begins and ends with Maggart’s quietly tragic performance in Lewis Jackson’s holiday horror classic.

Jim Carrey As The Grinch

Jim Carrey’s Grinch is the Perfect Christmas Movie Monster

By Jacob Trussell 

Despite feeling “buried alive” by his makeup, he plays Dr. Seuss’ classic Christmas curmudgeon with heartwarming emotion.

Louise Lasser in Blood Rage

The Method to Louise Lasser’s Madness in ‘Blood Rage’

By Jacob Trussell 

As the forlorn mother of an evil twin, she delivers an acting masterclass in this Thanksgiving-themed slasher.

Harold Perrineau in Romeo and Juliet

Harold Perrineau Made Shakespeare Sound Natural in ‘Romeo + Juliet’

By Jacob Trussell 

His modern approach to tackling the Bard’s dense language helped make one of the world’s most famous plays feel accessible to young audiences.