A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Commentary on life during the early days of the COVID pandemic, selfish behaviors, and over-the-top vigilante justice.
Racial and ethnic diversity in main characters.
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Violence & Scariness
Graphic horror movie violence. Characters are stabbed to death, with bloody cuts across the neck and face. A character is impaled with a spear and pushed along as if he's walking. A character is bashed in the head repeatedly with a vase. A character is impaled on animal horns. Knife through a hand. A character is burned alive. Jump scares.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Talk about "hooking up." Lead character shown in an Instagram post making out with a stranger at a party.
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Strong language throughout, including "f--k." Also: "bulls--t," "s--t," "d--k," "bitch," "piss." Middle finger gesture.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lead characters play a drinking game. A character smokes a joint.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sick is a 2022 horror movie set during the early days of COVID in which two college women hide in a remote vacation home where they must survive a knife-wielding killer. Expect horror violence and gore, including scenes in which characters are stabbed and slit, one character is impaled with a spear, and another is bashed in the head repeatedly with a vase. A character is burned alive and another is impaled on animal horns. There's a knife through a hand. Talk of "hooking up." Joint smoking. Characters play a drinking game, get drunk. Strong language throughout, including "f--k." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a horror movie with a twist that's actually good. Sick is set in April 2020, and takes us back to the bad old days of quarantine, wiping down food newly purchased at the grocery store, scrambling for toilet paper, social distancing, etc. While the quarantine seems to be little more than the catalyst to get our characters into the proverbial cabin in the woods, the connection and the big reveal show that it's much more than that.
It's a rare horror movie where the second half, and the third act in particular, are much more than serial killing and gore, although there's plenty of both. The payoffs are actually rewarding, and more than a little disturbing in terms of the lengths the crazed killers have gone to get vengeance and attain some twisted sense of justice. This is what saves it from being just another shopworn "people in the city going to a house in the country where they'll be attacked by the killer or killers" horror movie. It's one of the better movies out there that can be filed under the burgeoning #covidlyfe2020 movie genre.
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