Matt Glasby

Matt Glasby

Matt Glasby is a UK-based critic and author. His latest work, The Book of Horror: The Anatomy of Fear in Film, is an in-depth, illustrated guide to the scariest movies ever made.

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How Ju-On: The Grudge creator Takashi Shimizu turned one scary premise into a horror franchise that’s spanned decades

Takashi Shimizu, Japanese screenwriter and film director, will be remembered for just one thing – the Ju-On horror franchise that spans decades and comprises not just movies, but a TV show, books and a video game.

5 Oct 2020 - 9:50PM

Takashi Shimizu, Japanese screenwriter and film director, will be remembered for just one thing – the Ju-On horror franchise that spans decades and comprises not just movies, but a TV show, books and a video game.

How Ju-On: The Grudge creator Takashi Shimizu turned one scary premise into a horror franchise that’s spanned decades
Bangkok Dangerous: why Hollywood remake starring Nicolas Cage was beyond saving by Hong Kong’s Pang Brothers

The Pang Brothers’ 1999 debut, although flawed and hyperactive, has plenty of character and feels like it was written by Bangkok insiders. Their 2008 Hollywood remake starring Nicolas Cage is smoother, but lacks the personality.

29 Aug 2020 - 3:30AM

The Pang Brothers’ 1999 debut, although flawed and hyperactive, has plenty of character and feels like it was written by Bangkok insiders. Their 2008 Hollywood remake starring Nicolas Cage is smoother, but lacks the personality.

Bangkok Dangerous: why Hollywood remake starring Nicolas Cage was beyond saving by Hong Kong’s Pang Brothers
Five top lockdown movies, from an amazing take on the zombie genre to 2020 Zoom-call horror movie Host

These films overcome the extraordinary limitations of their production, from ultra-low-budget One Cut of the Dead to documentary For Sama, shot amid Syria’s civil war.

19 Aug 2020 - 10:00PM

These films overcome the extraordinary limitations of their production, from ultra-low-budget One Cut of the Dead to documentary For Sama, shot amid Syria’s civil war.

Five top lockdown movies, from an amazing take on the zombie genre to 2020 Zoom-call horror movie Host
From The Shining to Meet the Parents, five top movies for lockdown about being stuck with your family – you’ll appreciate yours more after

Is lockdown with your family getting you down? From The Shining to Meet the Parents, these five films about fictional families in horrible situations will make you feel better about your own.

13 Aug 2020 - 1:11AM

Is lockdown with your family getting you down? From The Shining to Meet the Parents, these five films about fictional families in horrible situations will make you feel better about your own.

From The Shining to Meet the Parents, five top movies for lockdown about being stuck with your family – you’ll appreciate yours more after
Five top films to take you far away from the Covid-19-ridden world outside

Take your mind off the never-ending Covid-19 crisis with these films set in other worlds, from the lush Pandora of Avatar, to the head-spinning layers of Christopher Nolan’s Inception, to the enduring joys of the Land of Oz.

5 Aug 2020 - 9:34PM

Take your mind off the never-ending Covid-19 crisis with these films set in other worlds, from the lush Pandora of Avatar, to the head-spinning layers of Christopher Nolan’s Inception, to the enduring joys of the Land of Oz.

Five top films to take you far away from the Covid-19-ridden world outside
Five top movies about escapes to take your mind off Covid-19 lockdown

If lockdown is starting to feel like a prison sentence, why not take your mind off it with an escape movie? From Snowpiercer to The Shawshank Redemption, these films will set you free.

29 Jul 2020 - 8:30PM

If lockdown is starting to feel like a prison sentence, why not take your mind off it with an escape movie? From Snowpiercer to The Shawshank Redemption, these films will set you free.

Five top movies about escapes to take your mind off Covid-19 lockdown
How Oldboy director Park Chan-wook brings Korean cinema to the world with his brutal yet elegant films

Park Chan-wook makes violent, baroque tales of vengeance like Oldboy that juxtapose human ugliness with cinematic elegance. But what is the thinking behind his unique and distinctive style?

24 Jul 2020 - 9:01PM

Park Chan-wook makes violent, baroque tales of vengeance like Oldboy that juxtapose human ugliness with cinematic elegance. But what is the thinking behind his unique and distinctive style?

How Oldboy director Park Chan-wook brings Korean cinema to the world with his brutal yet elegant films
Five top movies about spending too much time online – just like you’re doing during Covid-19 lockdown

Think you’re spending too much time online amid Covid-19 lockdown? From The Matrix to The Social Network, five films about people who enjoy being on their computers a little too much.

23 Jul 2020 - 3:00AM

Think you’re spending too much time online amid Covid-19 lockdown? From The Matrix to The Social Network, five films about people who enjoy being on their computers a little too much.

Five top movies about spending too much time online – just like you’re doing during Covid-19 lockdown
Five great films about being stuck in the house that might relieve your Covid-19 lockdown blues

With cinemas closed once again, here are five films to watch about being stuck inside a house, from Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window to the more lighthearted Home Alone by John Hughes.

16 Jul 2020 - 4:02AM

With cinemas closed once again, here are five films to watch about being stuck inside a house, from Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window to the more lighthearted Home Alone by John Hughes.

Five great films about being stuck in the house that might relieve your Covid-19 lockdown blues
Liu Yifei to Fan Bingbing, five top Chinese actresses in Hollywood films and what they say about their careers

From a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo by Fan Bingbing in X-Men: Days of Future Past, to Liu Yifei playing the title role in Disney’s live-action Mulan, we look at the careers of the top five Chinese actresses working in Hollywood today.

9 Jul 2020 - 6:39AM

From a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo by Fan Bingbing in X-Men: Days of Future Past, to Liu Yifei playing the title role in Disney’s live-action Mulan, we look at the careers of the top five Chinese actresses working in Hollywood today.

Liu Yifei to Fan Bingbing, five top Chinese actresses in Hollywood films and what they say about their careers
Leonardo DiCaprio vs Tony Leung: Infernal Affairs and The Departed, Hollywood remake, compared

Story of a cop undercover in a crime gang and a gang member planted in the police, first told in 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs, was transplanted to Boston in Martin Scorsese’s Hollywood version.

19 Jun 2020 - 5:05AM

Story of a cop undercover in a crime gang and a gang member planted in the police, first told in 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs, was transplanted to Boston in Martin Scorsese’s Hollywood version.

Leonardo DiCaprio vs Tony Leung: Infernal Affairs and The Departed, Hollywood remake, compared
How iconic director John Woo reinvented action movies in Hong Kong and Hollywood

Director John Woo turns 74 on Friday and can rightly be called the godfather of the modern action movie after reinventing the genre in Hong Kong and Hollywood with films like The Killer and Hard Boiled. Here’s a look back at his career.

30 Apr 2020 - 7:02PM

Director John Woo turns 74 on Friday and can rightly be called the godfather of the modern action movie after reinventing the genre in Hong Kong and Hollywood with films like The Killer and Hard Boiled. Here’s a look back at his career.

How iconic director John Woo reinvented action movies in Hong Kong and Hollywood
No cinema, no problem: five films that are better watched at home during coronavirus lockdown

Haunted house horrors, a haunting love story, a slacker comedy and an extraordinary family drama – these films will keep you riveted to your sofa. Have a significant other close at hand to cling to, and a box of tissues.

29 Apr 2020 - 8:01PM

Haunted house horrors, a haunting love story, a slacker comedy and an extraordinary family drama – these films will keep you riveted to your sofa. Have a significant other close at hand to cling to, and a box of tissues.

No cinema, no problem: five films that are better watched at home during coronavirus lockdown
Five great long films that’ll really kill Covid-19 lockdown time

The Irishman, Magnolia, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and more – these excellent three-hour-plus, extra-long films should help make coronavirus lockdown time pass a little easier.

22 Apr 2020 - 8:59PM

The Irishman, Magnolia, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and more – these excellent three-hour-plus, extra-long films should help make coronavirus lockdown time pass a little easier.

Five great long films that’ll really kill Covid-19 lockdown time
If coronavirus outbreak feels like the end of the world, these five films make the apocalypse look fun

Zombies and Woody Harrelson in Zombieland, Cillian Murphy flying a nuclear bomb to the sun to end a future ice age, Sandra Oh and David Cronenberg living out their last six hours – has the end of the world ever been more fun to watch?

15 Apr 2020 - 8:12PM

Zombies and Woody Harrelson in Zombieland, Cillian Murphy flying a nuclear bomb to the sun to end a future ice age, Sandra Oh and David Cronenberg living out their last six hours – has the end of the world ever been more fun to watch?

If coronavirus outbreak feels like the end of the world, these five films make the apocalypse look fun
Five disturbing films even bleaker than coronavirus news, from Requiem for a Dream to The Road

Real-world news getting you down? Find comfort in films where people are much worse off, from Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream to Lu Chuan’s City of Life and Death.

8 Apr 2020 - 8:00PM

Real-world news getting you down? Find comfort in films where people are much worse off, from Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream to Lu Chuan’s City of Life and Death.

Five disturbing films even bleaker than coronavirus news, from Requiem for a Dream to The Road
Five films to lift your spirits amid coronavirus outbreak, from Paddington to It’s a Wonderful Life

A Frank Capra classic, the ultimate fantasy romance, the adventures of a bungling Peruvian bear in London – see our pick of feelgood films to bring a smile to your face if the coronavirus crisis is getting you down.

1 Apr 2020 - 8:00PM

A Frank Capra classic, the ultimate fantasy romance, the adventures of a bungling Peruvian bear in London – see our pick of feelgood films to bring a smile to your face if the coronavirus crisis is getting you down.

Five films to lift your spirits amid coronavirus outbreak, from Paddington to It’s a Wonderful Life
Shock vs dread: how J-horror classic Ring (1998) compares to its 2002 Hollywood remake

The Ring introduced Japanese horror to audiences in the West. The low-budget, dread-filled claustrophobic classic was given a Hollywood makeover four years later. We compare the Asian and Western versions.

28 Mar 2020 - 8:06PM

The Ring introduced Japanese horror to audiences in the West. The low-budget, dread-filled claustrophobic classic was given a Hollywood makeover four years later. We compare the Asian and Western versions.

Shock vs dread: how J-horror classic Ring (1998) compares to its 2002 Hollywood remake
How Ang Lee, Taiwanese filmmaker, gambled on switching genres to prove himself in Hollywood

In the first of a series about how Asian filmmakers have fared in Hollywood, we look at the stellar career of Ang Lee, who has garnered nine Oscar nominations and three wins by not being afraid to take chances.

19 May 2020 - 12:18PM

In the first of a series about how Asian filmmakers have fared in Hollywood, we look at the stellar career of Ang Lee, who has garnered nine Oscar nominations and three wins by not being afraid to take chances.

How Ang Lee, Taiwanese filmmaker, gambled on switching genres to prove himself in Hollywood
Classic American films: The Wizard of Oz – the 10 best quotes from 1939 musical fantasy

The Wizard of Oz, with Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Wicked Witch and, of course, Toto the dog, is a classic from another era. Some of its quotes have made it into common use and here is a selection.

3 Aug 2019 - 4:00AM

The Wizard of Oz, with Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Wicked Witch and, of course, Toto the dog, is a classic from another era. Some of its quotes have made it into common use and here is a selection.

Classic American films: The Wizard of Oz – the 10 best quotes from 1939 musical fantasy
Classic American films: Inside Out – Pixar’s take on the human mind remains one of the studio’s best efforts

Released to great acclaim in 2015, Inside Out is a beautifully put together film that, like Toy Story and Up, is about praising the power of imagination.

20 Jul 2019 - 4:40AM

Released to great acclaim in 2015, Inside Out is a beautifully put together film that, like Toy Story and Up, is about praising the power of imagination.

Classic American films: Inside Out – Pixar’s take on the human mind remains one of the studio’s best efforts
Classic American films: Scarface – the 10 best quotes from Brian De Palma’s 1983 gangster thriller

The extreme action of the Pacino-driven gangster film may have offended Hollywood in 1983, but the violent story about a Cuban refugee who becomes a drug lord is now a cinematic classic.

13 Jul 2019 - 9:12PM

The extreme action of the Pacino-driven gangster film may have offended Hollywood in 1983, but the violent story about a Cuban refugee who becomes a drug lord is now a cinematic classic.

Classic American films: Scarface – the 10 best quotes from Brian De Palma’s 1983 gangster thriller
Classic American films: why Hitchcock’s Vertigo ranks as one of the greatest films ever made

Starring James Stewart and Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock’s 46th film’s a curdled romance of doppelgängers and ghosts, and a dreamy, daylit noir of swollen colours and sinister desires.

6 Jul 2019 - 9:17PM

Starring James Stewart and Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock’s 46th film’s a curdled romance of doppelgängers and ghosts, and a dreamy, daylit noir of swollen colours and sinister desires.

Classic American films: why Hitchcock’s Vertigo ranks as one of the greatest films ever made
Classic American films – Avengers: Infinity War reassessed; terrific actors, great leads, feels like TV

The interplay between the lead actors remains the film’s strongest suit, and it introduces a new concept to the Marvel Cinematic Universe – jeopardy – as Thanos wipes out half the universe. But it still feels like a TV show episode.

22 Jun 2019 - 9:00PM

The interplay between the lead actors remains the film’s strongest suit, and it introduces a new concept to the Marvel Cinematic Universe – jeopardy – as Thanos wipes out half the universe. But it still feels like a TV show episode.

Classic American films – Avengers: Infinity War reassessed; terrific actors, great leads, feels like TV
Classic British films: Trainspotting – the 10 best quotes from Danny Boyle’s cult 1996 drama

A modern classic based on the Irvine Welsh bestseller, it follows the lives of five heroin addicts living on their wits in a working class area of Edinburgh. The screenplay by John Hodge won an Academy Award nomination.

15 Jun 2019 - 9:00PM

A modern classic based on the Irvine Welsh bestseller, it follows the lives of five heroin addicts living on their wits in a working class area of Edinburgh. The screenplay by John Hodge won an Academy Award nomination.

Classic British films: Trainspotting – the 10 best quotes from Danny Boyle’s cult 1996 drama
Classic American films: Fargo – how Coen brothers’ 1996 noir awed with its brutal, dark but funny tale

Starring William H Macy, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare and Frances McDormand, Fargo combined noir with character drama and received seven Oscar nominations, winning two.

8 Jun 2019 - 9:13PM

Starring William H Macy, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare and Frances McDormand, Fargo combined noir with character drama and received seven Oscar nominations, winning two.

Classic American films: Fargo – how Coen brothers’ 1996 noir awed with its brutal, dark but funny tale
Classic American films: Spotlight – important and good journalism drama, and Oscar-winning too

Film is inspired by The Boston Globe investigation of systemic child abuse covered up by the Catholic Church, which won a Pulitzer Prize. Frank and unflashy, it works like good journalism, letting the awful facts speak for themselves.

25 May 2019 - 9:00PM

Film is inspired by The Boston Globe investigation of systemic child abuse covered up by the Catholic Church, which won a Pulitzer Prize. Frank and unflashy, it works like good journalism, letting the awful facts speak for themselves.

Classic American films: Spotlight – important and good  journalism drama, and Oscar-winning too
Classic American films: Good Will Hunting – the 10 best quotes from 1997 education drama

Directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Matt Damon and Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting grossed US$225 million during its run in theatres and was nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning two.

18 May 2019 - 8:45PM

Directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Matt Damon and Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting grossed US$225 million during its run in theatres and was nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning two.

Classic American films: Good Will Hunting – the 10 best quotes from 1997 education drama
Classic American films: The Lion King – Disney’s unlikely triumph is as strange and lovely as ever

The 1994 Disney classic animation, with songs by Elton John and Tim Rice, is the bestselling home video ever. Cultural insensitivities aside, it is a magical film worth seeing on the big screen.

11 May 2019 - 9:00PM

The 1994 Disney classic animation, with songs by Elton John and Tim Rice, is the bestselling home video ever. Cultural insensitivities aside, it is a magical film worth seeing on the big screen.

Classic American films: The Lion King – Disney’s unlikely triumph is as strange and lovely as ever
Classic British/American films: Locke – Tom Hardy stars as a man in crisis in gripping, experimental one-man show

Over 85 tense, moving minutes, the film focuses on just one man, alone in his car, driving away from his life during a long, dark night of the soul. Hardy is the only character on screen, and is fantastic, speaking in a pedantic Welsh accent that fits Locke perfectly.

27 Apr 2019 - 9:00PM

Over 85 tense, moving minutes, the film focuses on just one man, alone in his car, driving away from his life during a long, dark night of the soul. Hardy is the only character on screen, and is fantastic, speaking in a pedantic Welsh accent that fits Locke perfectly.

Classic British/American films: Locke – Tom Hardy stars as a man in crisis in gripping, experimental one-man show