REVIEW: Sting (2024 Film) - Starring Ryan Corr, Alyla Browne and Penelope Mitchell

"Sting," directed and written by Kiah Roache-Turner, delivers a chilling creature feature centered on Charlotte, a 12-year-old girl who discovers a rapidly growing spider named Sting from a mysterious object. Alyla Browne's strong performance as Charlotte is a highlight, effectively portraying a rebellious yet resourceful child. The film's visual effects, particularly the detailed design of the spider, successfully tap into primal arachnid fears, creating genuine moments of suspense and horror as the creature evolves from a tiny pet to a monstrous predator.

However, "Sting" falls short in some areas, lacking the lasting impact of classic spider horror films like "Arachnophobia" (1990) and the entertaining absurdity of "Big Ass Spider" (2013). The film misses opportunities to inject humor into its inherently absurd premise, and the underutilized exterminator character provides only brief comic relief. Despite these flaws, "Sting" manages to deliver solid thrills and chills, making it a decent choice for a one-time watch, especially for fans of creature features and those who enjoy spider-induced scares.

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