Sinister Screens

Sinister Screens movie reviews is an online ‘zine published by horror professional Shane Ryan Staley, focused on his love for horror & weird cinema. Here you’ll find his latest reviews, articles and year’s best lists.

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Sting (2024) ★★★

Overview Your biggest fear just got bigger. After raising an unnervingly talented spider in secret, 12-year-old Charlotte must face the truth about her pet and fight for her family’s survival. Review The second spider horror movie to be released in 2024. Sting is quite different than Infested which I’ve reviewed below: While Infested is a much more horrific film, Sting blends better characters and some comedy into the mix. Overall, I gave it a slightly lesser rating than Infested, mostly due to its lack of any real scares. It seemed rather run-of-the-mill throughout. A good enough movie to watch once, get a small dose of entertainment, and never think about again. Even the creepy spider events failed to really stir

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Burning (2018) ★★★

Overview The truth is all in your head. Deliveryman Jongsu is out on a job when he runs into Hae-mi, a girl who once lived in his neighborhood. She asks if he’d mind looking after her cat while she’s away on a trip to Africa. On her return she introduces to Jongsu an enigmatic young man named Ben, who she met during her trip. And one day Ben tells Jongsu about his most unusual hobby… Review Burning is an intriguing character study. It’s beautifully shot and acted. It demands patience as it’s a long movie with really little action or suspense. It is a Korean film, taking place in South Korea,

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Pandemonium (2023) ★★

Overview Hell knows no forgiveness. Nathan and Daniel are caught in a road accident that kills them both. As they come to grips with their deaths, Nathan confronts his past and the consequences of his actions. Now trapped in the hellish void of Pandemonium, he encounters tortured souls like Jeanne, a disturbed child; Julia, a grief-stricken mother; and Norghul, the guide of the great void. Will he find a way to escape the torment that awaits him for eternity? Review Pandemonium is an eerie, beautifully shot movie that comes up short by delivering audiences a disjointed murky plot and disconnected storyline. The movie opens to an accident on a desolate

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The Girl Next Door

The Girl Next Door (2007) ★★★½

Overview In this town, murder became the neighborhood game. In a quiet suburban town in the summer of 1958, two recently orphaned sisters are placed in the care of their mentally unstable Aunt Ruth. But Ruth’s depraved sense of discipline will soon lead to unspeakable acts of abuse and torture that involve her young sons, the neighborhood children, and one 12-year-old boy whose life will be changed forever. Review The Girl Next Door is the film adaptation of the novel by the same named penned by Jack Ketchum. Based on a true story of Sylvia Likens, both the book and movie really stray from the real story. But the book

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Good Boy

Good Boy (2022) ★★★★

Overview Simply put, he’s a dog. Christian—a millionaire heir, meets Sigrid—a young student, on a dating app. They hit it off quickly, but there’s only one problem: Christian lives with Frank, a man who dresses up and constantly acts like a dog. Review The movie Good Boy would fit well in a list titled ‘Worst Tinder Connections Ever.’ Poor Sigrid…if she’d have only taken her university Psychology class more seriously, it might have set off some alarm bells. She might have avoided her predicament. But then Good Boy wouldn’t have been such an interesting film, so good for Sigrid. This movie is very minimalistic, but supremely effective in grabbing one’s

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Brimstone (2016) ★★★

Overview Retribution is coming. In the menacing inferno of the old North-American West, Liz is a genuine survivor who is hunted by a vengeful preacher for a crime she didn’t commit. Review Brimstone falls under the western, drama, mystery and thriller genres, but it’s truly sinking its spurs into horror. It’s one of those movies I label ‘horrorish’. A movie not marketed as horror, but horror fans would enjoy. Don’t hate the player, I know, but Guy Pearce can play a real asshole…in film (as far as I know). If he was plated with popular horror villains, some would seem like saints. But is there anything more despicable than a

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Sinister Screens Movie ReviewsSinister Screens Movie Reviews is a captivating online publication curated by the esteemed horror aficionado, Shane Ryan Staley. As an established figure in the realm of horror and weird literature, Staley’s passion permeates every aspect of the ‘zine, offering readers a thrilling journey into the dark and enigmatic world of cinematic artistry. With a keen eye for detail and an unwavering dedication to the genre, Staley’s reviews share what he’s been watching, general thoughts and critiques, providing readers with insightful analyses that delve deep into the heart of each film.

Within the pages of Sinister Screens, readers can expect to discover Staley’s latest musings on a diverse array of horror and weird cinema offerings. From spine-chilling classics to avant-garde masterpieces, Staley’s reviews offer a comprehensive exploration of the genre’s rich tapestry, catering to both seasoned enthusiasts and curious newcomers alike. With each review, Staley invites readers to join him on a voyage of discovery, where the boundaries of reality blur and the macabre beckons.

In addition to his reviews, Sinister Screens also serves as a hub for Staley’s thought-provoking articles and meticulously curated year-end lists. Through these features, Staley sheds light on the intricacies of horror cinema, exploring themes, trends, and emerging talents within the industry. Whether delving into the psychology of fear or celebrating the innovative visionaries pushing the boundaries of the genre, Staley’s articles offer readers a deeper understanding of the cultural significance and artistic merit of horror and weird cinema.

At its core, Sinister Screens is more than just a platform for movie reviews—it’s a testament to Staley’s unwavering passion for the macabre and his relentless pursuit of cinematic excellence. Through his work, Staley invites readers to embrace the darkness, to confront their deepest fears, and to experience the transcendent power of horror and weird cinema in all its spine-tingling glory.