I haven’t been a fan of a lot of the COVID-19 related horror films, of course there’s the exception like Host (which I still think completely nailed the premise.) the common problem with a lot of them is that they don’t use their ideas to the full potential. So how does Sick do? Does it do more with it’s premise?
Sick definitely surprised me in a lot of ways, for one thing the movie does actually take the premise and actually does a lot more with it. The cast in particular does a really solid job here, with some great performances from Gideon Adlon and Bethlehem Million who give some pretty raw performances at times while having a few over the top but fun moments as well. The writing from Kevin Williamson and Katelyn Crabb is both entertaining and humorous, Williamson brings what made Scream so fun here. The film itself is also a mean and gnarly little slasher film that has plenty of suspense that truly captures the tone the film is going for. Outside of the first act that helps establish the characters and the plot the rest of the film is one long horror film chase and it absolutely works here, mainly due to the film’s suspense combined with the truly striking performances from Adlon and Million.
The gore combined with the kills are very gnarly and are quite effective as well, they are very entertaining and really give the film it’s own personality. The only main flaw here is the villain’s motive which is a bit too ridiculous even when the film has a strong entertainment value, having that said that wasn’t enough to stop the film from being overall blast of fun. There’s parts of the ridiculous motive that actually works for the film’s favor and leads to some actually quite hilarious moments that deliver quite well.
Overall Sick is definitely a huge surprise, what could have ended up being yet another forgettable COVID related horror movie ends up being one that is truly fun in a lot of ways, definitely give this one a watch.
Sick is available on Peacock