Sick ★★★½

“Don’t cry. Take responsibility for your selfishness. None of this had to happen.”

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After Peacock released the hilariously disastrous horror slasher They/Them, I didn’t have much faith in what else they’d produce. And then came another Peacock slasher called Sick.

Sick follows two college students, Parker and Miri, (played by Gideon Adlon & Bethlehem Million) as they go to a reclusive lake house to quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic. All goes well until Parker’s old fling shows up uninvited. Not too long after, they are caught in a home invasion and sought after by a serial killer.

I was honestly surprised how solid this film is. I thought it was going to be really bad, but I heard fairly decent things about it and thought I’d give it a go. I will say, I’m still not too big a fan of the Pandemic themed films (and I know there will be plenty more to come), but this one is one of the better ones to utilize it to its advantage.

This film has really great kills for such a small slasher flick and I was pleased with some of the kills. There is also quite a bit of action scenes that really bring a decent amount of tension and it’s absolutely thrilling.

Now there were some great performances from the main cast, especially from Adlon, but there were definitely a few cringeworthy performances as well from the main antagonist. Like I said, I’m not a fan of films based around the most recent pandemic so when there were jokes or motives of characters surrounding it, I was rolling my eyes and a bit annoyed. If that was the writer and director’s goal, they did a fantastic job.

The cinematography here is pretty good. Not much to say about it, really. I do however really liked how the camera follows the action and fights between the characters. That’s really it though. Not to bad, but nothing to remarkable.

Overall, Sick is a pretty solid slasher flick that I’d recommend watching, especially if you are a fan of films like the Scream franchise (as Kevin Williamson, writer and producer for majority of the Scream films, is behind it). So if you like those films, I’m sure you’d enjoy this one as well.

Oh yeah, and what’s the deal with people in recent films named Tyler getting absolutely shafted? We need better Tyler representation if films! Stop the Tyler slander!

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