Shelagh M. Rowan-Legg
London, England

Shelagh is a Toronto-born, London-based writer. She also a programmer for Toronto After Dark Film Festival, and is writing her PhD on contemporary Spanish fantastic film.

Vigalondo Shows Us What Love Is

While he puts the finishing touches on his next feature Open Windows, Spanish Energizer Bunny Nacho Vigalondo made a little film about love. Vigalondo was approached by beer company Brabante Cerveza, who asked him to make a short about that... More »
  

Out Now On UK DVD: DEAD SUSHI Is Iguchi Insanity At Its Finest

My friend and colleague Peter K once wrote a paper on the question of cultural difference, and how that translates when one watches a film from a different country. Can we really understand all the nuances of films that come... More »
  

Full Disclosure: Twitch's Lists Of Shame - September

September has been an incredibly busy month for the Twitch collective, with many of our writers travelling the Earth seeking out cinematic delights in as far-reaching corners as Venice, Toronto and Austin. As a result, this month's Full Disclosure is... More »
  

ASMODEXIA Set Visit Reveals More of the Spanish Horror New Wave

About an hour north of Barcelona, an old tuberculosis hospital was converted to a large film studio, the Parc Audiovisual de Catalunya. Fans of Spanish horror film have likely seen several films shot there, and the most recent film in... More »
  

Sitges 2013: MACHETE KILLS, THE ZERO THEOREM and ONLY GOD FORGIVES to Screen

The countdown is on until my favourite European fantastic film festival begins. In jutst a few weeks, I will be sipping rioja by the Mediterranean Sea and watching some amazing films. And the festival has just announced the next crop... More »
  

EXCLUSIVE Etrange 2013 Interview: Bong Joon-ho talks SNOWPIERCER

We couldn't let Toronto have all the fun.Sunday night, Bong Joon-ho's masterful Snowpiercer made its Paris premiere as part of L'Etrange Festival, and Twitch had two contributors on hand to confirm that yeah, basically everything you've been hearing is... More »
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L'étrange 2013 Review: MAN FROM THE FUTURE, Time Travel That's A Little Too Predictable

We all have moments from our past that we would like to change. Whether it was something we did or something someone did to us, there is a moment that we think, if I could only change that one point,... More »
  

TIFF 2013: Our Complete Coverage (So Far)

Well folks, it's the half way mark for Twitch's Christmas, also known as the Toronto International Film Festival, which means it's the perfect time to catch up on all the films that have been reviewed thus far by our intrepid... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Interview: CANNIBAL Director Manuel Martín Cuenca Talks About Representing Evil

Manuel Martín Cuenca's masterful Cannibal has had its first public screenings at TIFF (one more on Saturday September 14th, you can read my review). It's a mermerizing story of love and evil, with a man committing crimes so horrible that only... More »
  

L'étrange 2013 Review: IT'S SUCH A BEAUTIFUL DAY, Animation That Is Funny, Sad, And Wise

I can't say I'm an expert on animation, though I've seen my fair share of animated films. On viewing, I look for how the animation style matches with the story, and how I am meant to interpret one through the... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: CANNIBAL, A Beautiful And Minimalist Study Of Love

Cannibalism pops up with fair regularity in film; and between Somos los que hay, its remake (the fact that there is a remake) We Are What We Are and the television series Hannibal, it seems a particular kind of obsession/evil... More »
  

L'étrange 2013 Review: A LITTLE BIT ZOMBIE, Outrageously Funny Comedy

It's always refreshing to watch a film that has a new and fun take on the zombie metaphor. In the case of A Little Bit Zombie, directed by Casey Walker, that take is the change that love and marriage bring.... More »
  

Maisie Williams Gets Close To Wildlife In CORVIDAE With A Gallery Of Art And Photos

I'm not quite the devotee of Game of Thrones as many of my friends (I just can't keep up with all the storylines). But one thing I do know is that my favourite character by far is Arya Stark, played... More »
  

Frightfest 2013 Review: ODD THOMAS Panders To The Geek Crowd

Odd Thomas is a film that thinks it's aimed at geeks, a target market who would enjoy a film that wants to be The Frighteners via way of Edgar Wright. Heck, I would enjoy that film. Sadly, Odd Thomas is... More »
  

Frightfest 2013 Review: THE LAST DAYS Presents A Beautiful But Flawed Take On The Apocalypse

Disaster / apocalypse films can be tricky. How much time do you spend on explaining the disaster? Do you investigate and examine the causes and symptoms? Do you give a cursory look at how the world got in trouble and... More »
  

Frightfest 2013 Review: DARK TOURIST Disturbs In All The Right Ways

Why do we slow down to look at car accidents? Why do we put our hands in the moulded handprints of dead celebrities in Hollywood? Why are we obsessed with the lives of serial killers? There are the questions... More »
  

Frightfest 2013 Review: THE DEMON'S ROOK is Trippy, Old-School-DIY Fun

On my way into last night's screening of The Demon's Rook, a friend who had seen it asked me if I was a marijuana smoker. When I said no, he told me it might help with watching the film. Within... More »
  

Frightfest 2013 Review: THE DESERT is an Intense Post-Apocalypse Love Story

To paraphrase Jean-Paul Sartre, post-zombie-apocalypse hell is other people. This is the situation that three people find themselves in Christoph Behl's fiction feature debut The Desert. But unlike most horror film, the zombies rarely make an appearance. This is about... More »
  

Frightfest 2013 Review: THE HYPNOTIST, Cold Crime And Heated Tempers Collide

Swedish thiller The Hypnotist has some good pedigree behind it. It is based on a novel by Lars Kepler, one of the stars of the new wave of Scandinavian crime fiction; it's directed by Lasse Hallström, whose previous films include... More »
  

I Have Seen Footage From THE RAID 2. And It Is Awesome.

The audience at last night's Frightfest screening of V/H/S 2 got a special surprise. Gareth Huw Evans (as co-director of one of the segments) came in for the screening, and he brought with him a world exclusive clip from The... More »
  
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