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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The Human Centipede

The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2009) ★★★½

Overview Their flesh is his fantasy. During a stopover in Germany in the middle of a carefree road trip through Europe, two American girls find themselves alone at night when their car breaks down in the woods. Searching for help at a nearby villa, they are wooed into the clutches of a deranged retired surgeon who explains his mad scientific vision to his captives’ utter horror. They are to be the subjects of his sick lifetime fantasy: to be the first to connect people, one to the next, and in doing so bring to life “the human centipede.” Notes Back on my agenda to view the most disturbing films of all time. So far, I’ve been calm and collected through

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Silent Hill

Silent Hill (2006) ★★

Overview We’ve been expecting you. Rose, a desperate mother takes her adopted daughter, Sharon, to the town of Silent Hill in an attempt to cure her of her ailment. After a violent car crash, Sharon disappears and Rose begins a desperate search to get her back. She descends into the center of the twisted reality of a town’s terrible secret. Pursued by grotesquely deformed creatures and townspeople stuck in permanent purgatory, Rose begins to uncover the truth behind the apocalyptic disaster that burned the town 30 years earlier. Review You really can’t expect much from a movie based on a video game. Silent Hill, from a horror perspective, was not

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Evil Dead 2

Evil Dead II (1987) ★★★

Overview Kiss your nerves goodbye! Ash Williams and his girlfriend Linda find a log cabin in the woods with a voice recording from an archeologist who had recorded himself reciting ancient chants from “The Book of the Dead.” As they play the recording an evil power is unleashed taking over Linda’s body. Review I find myself in the minority when it comes to rating the best Evil Dead movies. Many believe Evil Dead II to be the best, and I have to disagree. In reality it’s a mess of a film. The sequel tag really doesn’t apply as this movie begins as if the first movie never happened. Ash heading

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Funny Games

Funny Games (1997) ★★

Overview A nightmare. Two psychotic young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic “games” with one another for their own amusement. Review The original German language release of Funny Games is considered one of the most disturbing films of all time, cited by a number of sources. Disturbing is a relative term and can be interpreted many different ways by different people. However, across the board, this film is no doubt disturbing, but it manifests itself in a very different way. Most of the violence and gore happens away from the camera. There is no nudity or taboo sexual

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Saw (2004) ★★★

Overview How much blood would you shed to stay alive? Two men wake up to find themselves shackled in a grimy, abandoned bathroom. As they struggle to comprehend their predicament, they discover a disturbing tape left behind by the sadistic mastermind known as Jigsaw. With a chilling voice and cryptic instructions, Jigsaw informs them that they must partake in a gruesome game in order to secure their freedom. Review The Saw franchise is limitless in scope, thanks to the moral executioner known as Jigsaw. There are countless scenarios where bad people should get their due. But I question why you would target these two nimrods in the original Saw when

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Climax (2018) ★★★

Overview Birth and death are extraordinary experiences. Life is a fleeting pleasure. When a dance troupe is lured to an empty school, a bowl of drug-laced sangria causes their jubilant rehearsal to descend into a dark and explosive nightmare as they try to survive the night—and find who’s responsible—before it’s too late. Review Seems as if Climax captures one of my typical Friday nights on the dance floor. Except I’m usually just in the corner doing The Robot. If there’s a lot of LSD in the punch bowl, I might even break out The Sprinkler. I’ve built up quite the tolerance, so, to me, even epic Gaspar Noé dance parties

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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.