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Angela Englert

Writes at culturalgutter.com, blogs at screamsharing.com

Good is the New Bad

This article includes spoilers for Disney’s The Descendants. The story behind the making of Disney’s The Descendants (2015) is itself a tale as old as time, or at least as old as the concept of corporate ip. Spinning off from the success of Monster High, toymaker Mattel–who also […]

Lord of Chaos

In the Netflix limited series Clark, director Jonas Åkerlund approaches the life and career of notorious Swedish bank robber Clark Olafsson as a story of “truth and lies,” and of course it is. Attempting a faithful portrait of such an infamous liar and crook, based in part on […]

The Descent: Women in Horror

When Neil Marshall’s directorial debut Dog Soldiers (2002), a half comedic piece about werewolves in Scotland, became a hit, he was, of course, encouraged to do it all over again. That’s how you make money. Marshall was reluctant though, not really wanting to be known as a horror […]

The True Meaning of Masculinity

When we first meet John McClane (Bruce Willis), hero of John McTiernan’s seminal 1988 hit Die Hard, he’s not feeling the holiday spirit, grudgingly giving in to small talk with his seatmate on a crowded flight to L.A. And so, the first things McTiernan makes sure we know […]

Angela Goes to Nightstream 2021!

Along with the Gutter’s own Carol, I was privileged to receive press credentials for the Nightstream 2021 film festival this year, showcasing an amazing, week-long line-up of features, shorts, and events in a virtual format. Now as the festival draws to a close, I’m reflecting on my favorites […]