James Balmont

James Balmont is a freelance arts and culture writer based in London, England. He specializes in international cinema, independent music, and, for Inverse, untold stories behind classic video games. Beyond Inverse, James' work has been commissioned by the BBC, The Guardian, i-D, and NME, among others. When not writing words, he writes and performs music with UK indie/electronic band Swim Deep.


Days Before 'Jurassic Park' Hit Theaters, a Gory Roger Corman Movie Beat it to the Punch

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25 Years Ago, a Classic Sci-Fi Franchise Unleashed Its Most Controversial Movie

This Japanese movie sparked controversy in the West. Then, it got a U.S. release.

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Everything we know about Alice in Borderland Season 2 on Netflix

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The Superhero Issue

How Mark Hamill helped make the trippiest sci-fi superhero movie of the ‘90s

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Video Games Issue 2021

The oral history of Banjo-Kazooie, the N64’s unlikeliest hit

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Resident Evil 25

"Clowns farting": The wild story behind Resident Evil's worst soundtrack

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Five actors behind the venerable survival horror series prove the behind-the-scenes stories are every bit as outlandish as those played out on-screen.

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