Parents' Guide to

Sick

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violence, gore in unique pandemic-themed horror movie.

Movie R 2023 83 minutes
Sick Movie Poster with masked killer holding a knife and blood dripping.

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

The killer is Sneaky but violent

I like the whole movie kind of a great horror movie
age 13+

Good but violent

Good plot in a gory movie with a great ending.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (4 ):

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.

Movie Details

  • On DVD or streaming: September 19, 2023
  • Cast: Gideon Adlon , Bethlehem Million , Marc Menchaca
  • Director: John Hyams
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Peacock
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 83 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: Strong violence, terror, language throughout and some drug use.
  • Last updated: October 13, 2023

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