MOVIE REVIEW: We see if creature-feature 'Sting' is worth sticking with – Daily Record

Gloopy kills leave a mark but writer-director Kiah Roache-Turner’s latest can’t match the terror of its movie influences.
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Australian writer-director Kiah Roache-Turner is no stranger to gloopy, fantastical horror, having helmed the Wyrmwood zombie apocalypse movies.
He takes a smaller scale approach with Sting , though, setting proceedings in an apartment building with a minimal cast.
Youngster Charlotte (Alyla Browne) finds and raises a spider in secret but she and her family face a fight for survival when the creature rapidly transforms into a giant, flesh-eating monster.
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Roache-Turner is clearly a fan of Alien and Arachnophobia as he lifts moments from both films – but can’t match the terror of either.
As impressive as the cast are, too much time is spent on family quarrels and forced attempts at humour from Jermaine Fowler’s exterminator Frank and a deadpan Danny Kim ( Erik ).
The director can’t seem to decide if he wants to take things seriously or not and, as a result, his flick isn’t funny enough to class as a comedy or scary enough to do its menacing antagonist justice.
However, I did enjoy the tension-afflicted bond between Charlotte and her stepfather Ethan (Ryan Corr) and Browne defies common child actor expectations by dishing out cutting remarks, having a mature mindset and proving herself adept at action when circumstances demand it.
The titular spider suffers from slightly too much CGI, although much of its activities are practically rendered and the way it dispatches its prey – lets just say it gets an inside view – is gloriously gross.
Its origins are only hinted at – it crash lands in an apartment via a strange, glowing object – which allows Roache-Turner to embellish its Xenomorph -esque rapid growth spurt and burning fluids.
Arguably Sting’s most creepy trait, though, is its most sinisterly simple – its ability to mimic people and animals by whistling, meowing and cooing like a baby.
Sting includes much that leaves a mark, and many of the gloopy kills will stick with you, but if you want true spider fears to get your skin crawling then Arachnophobia remains the webbed wonder.
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Sting is showing in cinemas now.
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