Matthew Monagle

Matthew Monagle is an Austin-based film and culture critic. His work has appeared in a true hodgepodge of regional and national film publications. He is also the editor and co-founder of Certified Forgotten, an independent horror publication. Follow him on Twitter at @labsplice. (He/Him)
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Will Clive Barker Pass John Carpenter As the Horror Icon to Emulate?

By Matthew Monagle 

Movies like ‘Baskin,’ ‘The Void,’ and now ‘Mandy’ show that Clive Barker has a big role to play in the future of horror nostalgia.

Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Is Better for Being Worse

By Matthew Monagle 

The plot holes that make ‘Fallen Kingdom’ such an uneven summer blockbuster also allow it stand above (or at least apart from) its competitors.

The Critic

Film Criticism Matters (So Stop Being So Damn Defensive)

By Matthew Monagle 

If film criticism is to evolve, then critics need to stop treating every frustrated filmmaker like an assault on the industry.

Ja Bayona Directing Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom

J.A. Bayona on the Influence of Steven Spielberg and the Joy of Michael Crichton

By Matthew Monagle 

The director of ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ tells us about his love for the franchise’s creators. 

The Last of Us 2

E3 Just Launched a Decade’s Worth of Unfulfilling Hollywood Production Rumors

By Matthew Monagle 

This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo is a burial ground for big-budget video game adaptations that never quite saw the light of day.


When It Comes To Classic Horror Films, Is It Better to Remake or Re-Canon?

By Matthew Monagle 

Two high-profile horror adaptations get their first trailers this week. Will ‘Suspiria’ or ‘Halloween’ be the one to beat in 2018?


Expect To See the Cast of ‘The Terror’ Pretty Much Everywhere

By Matthew Monagle 

Like ‘Band of Brothers’ before it, ‘The Terror’ promises to be one of the defining shows of the decade for British and American casting directors.

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Blumhouse Productions Is Quietly Bringing Diversity Behind the Camera

By Matthew Monagle 

While other studios discuss the importance of working with filmmakers of color, Blumhouse is the one cutting the checks.

Star Wars Radio Drama

Remembering Perry King, the Other, Other Han Solo

By Matthew Monagle 

Alden Ehrenreich may indeed have big boots to fill in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story,’ but it’s nothing that hasn’t been done before.