Director of new film about scary spiders has strong words for anyone who makes a PG horror film: "It's an R-rated medium"

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Sting director Kiah Roache-Turner says an R rating only made sense for the graphic spider horror – which uses a 100lb practical spider for the film's scares.

"Any horror filmmaker who makes a film PG should be shot for cowardice. Horror is an R-rated medium," Roache-Turner tells Total Film in our new issue out on Thursday April 25, which features Furiosa on the cover. "It was important to have a scene where a spider crawls up a woman’s face, into her mouth and into her stomach."

The film takes the average fear of spiders and turns into our worst nightmare: 12-year-old Charlotte's decides to trap and keep a spider as a pet...only for it to rapidly transform into a giant flesh-eating monster. As her neighbors begin to disappear one by one, Charlotte and her family find themselves in a desperate fight for their lives against an eight-legged freak with an insatiable appetite for human flesh.

The cast includes Penelope Mitchell (Hellboy), Jermaine Fowler (The Blackening), Ryan Corr (House of the Dragon), Silvia Colloca, Noni Hazlehurst (The End), Tony J Black (Apples Never Fall), Robyn Nevin (The Matrix franchise), Rowland Holmes (My Pet Dinosaur), Alcira Carpio (Strife), and Danny Kim (Born to Spy).

Roache-Turner worked with Weta, the FX company that does practical effects for HBO's The Last of Us – so we're in for some pretty realistic scares.

"It’s my worst nightmare. I want to scare the pants off people. I was so glad I was
able to work with [visual effects supremo] Richard Taylor – he’s a god – and that Weta were able to build me a practical creature. There’s nothing more gratifying than to shove a 100lb spider in an actor’s face, and watch them actually scream for real."

Sting is released in UK cinemas on May 31. And you can read more about it and a whole lot else besides in the new issue of Total Film when it hits shelves and digital newsstands on Thursday, April 25.

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Editor-at-Large, Total Film

Jamie Graham is the Editor-at-Large of Total Film magazine. You'll likely find them around these parts reviewing the biggest films on the planet and speaking to some of the biggest stars in the business – that's just what Jamie does. Jamie has also written for outlets like SFX and the Sunday Times Culture, and appeared on podcasts exploring the wondrous worlds of occult and horror.