If you haven’t guessed by now, I am a lady who writes horror and sci-fi reviews. Unlike probably many other critics, I have not studied film except for a brief English lesson that took all the fun out of Romeo and Juliet. But I do love horror and sci-fi movies and TV with an intense passion. When other people look for a relaxing movie, horror is that for me.
My first horror and sci-fi obsessions would probably have been Event Horizon, The Thing, Alien, and the X-files. I remember watching Event Horizon as a very young child and crying because it was so scary to me at the time. In fact, I had nightmares, but this did not stop me from pursuing more of this ilk. Later on, in my young years, I would stay up past my bedtime watching X-files. This was tamer, but I was still creeped out by episodes such as Tooms (which still is creepy to this day). In a way, I guess horror is to me what extreme sports are to adrenaline junkies. I want to be terrified, in new and interesting ways.
There are a lot of horror fans and critics on the internet, but in my quest to find someone who had the same views on horror and sci-fi as me, I was bitterly disappointed. That’s why I started this website, as I thought my possibly unique perspective might resonate with others that feel let down by the big-name reviewers.
On a lighter note, just so you get a sense of what I like and what the website is about, see below a list of my favourite film/TV in a variety of genres. Though hopefully, I can surprise you occasionally.
You can also check out my Letterboxd profile to see all the films I’ve watched, loved and hated. I often do short reviews of films on there, that aren’t always included on this website.
On this site, you will find reviews about movies and tv series in the horror genre, science fiction and occasionally some fantasy. I will review new movies and tv series but also a lot of the classics and unknown entertainment from the ’80s onwards.
Horror is perhaps the most varied genre with many subgenres, ranging from zombies, supernatural, comedy, slashers, body horror, sci-fi, monsters, plus much more. Horror contrary to popular belief is not always about the hacking and slashing of limbs, bloody gruesome deaths or deranged psychopaths. It can also feature statements about society, growing up, relationship dynamics, abuse or mental health.
Horror like many other genres is very personal so what you may find excites or creeps you out, might not affect another person. Also though horror can be scary, it doesn’t always have to be. It can be fun, creepy or beautiful and so on. In fact, horror in its original incarnation was made to amuse rather than scare. Nevertheless, whatever horror subgenre is your favourite jam, horror stories are fun escapism and healing entertainment to distract you from the horrors that sometimes can be daily life.
Horror in all its forms are ripe fruit to feed the brain and your imagination – about the twisted, the weird, the downright eerie and the horrible things lurking in the shadows.
I am not a fan of some subgenres like extreme horror, torture, rape-revenge, and sometimes I just don’t have time for found footage. So these sub-genres will not likely feature a lot on this site. However, in any sub-genre, I always find that there are gems that surprise me.
This is a passionate project developed by me (aka The ScreenSlut) to find all the underrated horror and sci-fi gems. What I noticed, and I am sure many others have, trying to find new films in both these genres, becomes a full-time mission in itself.
If you just search via Google, a lot of the search results in the first few pages, pretty much share the same recommendations, no matter what you search for. And you can forget about using words underrated as this is clearly lost all meaning. As an avid fan and consumer of horror and sci-fi, this can become increasingly frustrating, to say the least.
So with The ScreenSlut, I hope to share my painstakingly searches for truly unknown and underrated films and TV shows, with anyone else who is looking for new and fresh content.
All my reviews will be spoiler-free unless clearly stated. However, with that in mind, I include trigger warnings for each film or TV show at the beginning. We all want to consume content at a ferocious pace, but we all have our personal triggers that can sneak up on us when we don’t look at any information regarding the piece of content.
So for those, who are sensitive to certain types of themes and graphic content, these trigger warnings should give you an overview of what to expect. As with trigger warnings, by their very nature are spoilers, so I keep them contained in a tab you can open if you wish.
If you offer me a preview of your movie, this does not mean I will automatically review it. If I do decide to review it, it may not be positive. There is no special treatment for freebies or previews.
On the other hand, however, I will take into consideration that indie filmmakers are already struggling in the business with their limited budgets. For that reason, if I find that I do not have anything positive to say, I will refrain from reviewing it.
However, big studios will not get any light treatment and are fair game.
Now that you know a little about me and the site, how about checking out these articles:
Featuring everything from horror to sci-fi, reviews and best and worst lists.