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SICK (2023)

Release Date: 1/13/23 [Peacock]
Genre: Horror/Thriller

Studio: Miramax / Outerbanks Entertainment

"Due to the pandemic, Parker and her best friend decide to quarantine at the family lake house alone - or so they think." 


When you’re the screenwriter of one of the greatest slasher horror films of all time, you have a lot to live up to from then onwards. Sick is the latest screenwriting effort from Scream scribe Kevin Williamson, alongside newcomer Katelyn Crabb, and as a comfort genre of his, Sick is a solid slasher with an outlandish reason for existing. 


Directed by John Hyams (Alone), Sick hits the typical slasher tropes while also utilizing the fact that the setting of the film takes place at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. What begins as merely a backdrop for the horror to commence in, slowly becomes the reason for everything that’s transpiring. 


It’s a limited cast, so the kills are minimal but they’re dedicated to making the most of them, when they occur. As a short feature, a majority of the lead up is filled with suspense - such as having the killer looming in the background and our leads creeping down hallways of their quarantine vacation home.


What makes this slasher a one and done experience, is that it’s murderous reasons aren’t that clever or convincing. The killer has a motivation and it makes sense with the narrative, but the extremes of the killer seem a little much for the scenario. What makes matters worse is that ultimately the killer is just as bad as our heroic victim, if you feel wrong rooting for their survival, then what’s the point in staying to see who comes out alive in the end.

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