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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Abigail (2024) ★★★★

Overview Children can be such monsters. A group of criminals kidnaps a teenage ballet dancer, the daughter of a notorious gang leader, in order to obtain a ransom of $50 million, but over time, they discover that she is not just an ordinary girl. After the kidnappers begin to diminish, one by one, they discover, to their increasing horror, that they are locked inside with an unusual girl. Review New horror movie releases in 2024 have been lackluster so far. My most anticipated movie list has seen its fair share of disappointments (most notably Stopmotion and Late Night with the Devil) getting average to sub-average ratings. Abigail is another on that list I had high hopes for and it’s the

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Shaun of the Dead

Shaun of the Dead (2004) ★★★★½

Overview A romantic comedy. With zombies. Shaun lives a supremely uneventful life, which revolves around his girlfriend, his mother, and, above all, his local pub. This gentle routine is threatened when the dead return to life and make strenuous attempts to snack on ordinary Londoners. Review Currently in my top-10 horror movies of all time is Shaun of the Dead. When it comes to horror comedy, this film is next to none. It’s a buddy comedy set amidst the apocalypse. What make it a classic is the brilliant chemistry between leads Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. A couple slackers tumbling through life as they so rudely get the rugpull from

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The Lobster

The Lobster (2015) ★½

Overview An unconventional love story… In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into animals and sent off into The Woods. Review I may be going through Yorgos Lanthimos burnout after watching The Lobster. There are directors who bring out unique works, their styles are unlike any other. And, over time, their obsessions with art and style trample everything else, most importantly the story. I recently gave Poor Things a 4-star review and The Killing of a Sacred Deer 3.5-stars. Now The Lobster is

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X (2022) ★★★★

Overview Dying to show you a good time. In 1979, a group of young filmmakers set out to make an adult film in rural Texas, but when their reclusive, elderly hosts catch them in the act, the cast find themselves fighting for their lives. Review Hand-down, my favorite movie of 2022. X really elevated Ti West as one of the best horror directors working today. I love how the first half of the movie is creepy and horny and the second half is just creepy-slasher and gory. What this film did for Ti West, it also did for Mia Goth: it rightfully elevated her but as the ultimate lead actress

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Mother, May I?

Mother, May I? (2023) ★★★

Overview You only get one mother. Emmett enters into a nightmarish game of therapy with his wife Anya, who has inexplicably taken on the persona of his estranged and recently-deceased mother. Review You only get one mother…until your wife becomes your mother. Yes, creepy sounding and this film does well in leaving viewers uncomfortable. Grounded in psychology, but hinting at the supernatural, Mother May I? is a grueling slow burn that stars a very convincing Kyle Gallner as the increasingly tormented husband. Nothing like one’s sex life being put on hold after getting cock-blocked by your recently deceased mother! Mother, May I? is a film that truly has a low

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The Ring

The Ring (2002) ★★★★

Overview Before you die, you see the Ring. Rachel Keller is a journalist investigating a videotape that may have killed four teenagers. There is an urban legend about this tape: the viewer will die seven days after watching it. Rachel tracks down the video… and watches it. Now she has just seven days to unravel the mystery of the Ring so she can save herself and her son. Review Another film lodged securely in my top-25 horror movies of all time. Anytime there is a subconscious fear that starts in a fictional movie and gnaws away at you after leaving the theater or viewing, it’s horror done well. The Ring

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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.