There's nothing normal about Izzy (Leslie Andrews). Her parents are dead, her older brother has joined the Marines and is now fighting in Iraq, which makes her the head of the household to care for her younger brother Kevin (Charlie Trepany). Izzy apparently hasn't gotten use to her brother's departure. So how does she handle her stress? Well the exact same way any psychopath would; she kills and tortures people who haven't done anything to her, plus take her little brothers schoolyard bullies through her personal house of pain. Who wouldn't love a big sister like this? -summary
The whole torture horror thing is a dime a dozen these days, and here we have another one that doesn't stray too far from the path. Directed and written by Eben McGarr, Sick Girl is a flick that truly lives up to its namesake. The viewer knows that Izzy is up to something, but her actions are very unpredictable. In truth, she behaves in a way a mentally ill person probably would.
Sick Girl definitely has its moments. Izzy has the potential to make a memorable horror villain. When watching her at work, I immediately began to remember Angela of Sleepaway Camp fame. Now, here's a shocker. Izzy's actions appear to be even more irrational than Angela's ever was if that's even possible. The opening scene alone is more than enough to alert the viewer on the possible madness soon to come. Here's an early warning to the overly sensitive. No one is immune to Izzy's wrath, not even elementary school kids or nuns.
The kills can be brutal and sick, but I have no intention on spoiling any because many of them are so out of the blue. Despite what the product description says about the gore. I don't think it's too over the top. Anyone who has seen Hostel has seen worst, but I found a couple to be rather effective. The film also contains quite a bit of dark comedy, however, I'm not too sure if it was intentional or not. In any case, I still had some fun with it.
The murders are pretty much what sells this. However, the film is not completely all blood and no brains. The character development is mildly good, and Izzy is examined rather well giving her some type of meaning behind her actions. The plot never really bored me in-between murders and tortures, and I thought it was paced rather well. Outside of wondering what Izzy will do next, the film really isn't high on suspense, to include, atmosphere and tension being practically non existent.
I do have an issue with the quality of the film. Although low budget, I found the production to be a bit too weak. The pictures a tad grainy at times, and it's kind of hard to hear the dialogue, but it did clear up much later into the film.
Sick Girlis a mildly decent little dark comedy slasher, with torture horror elements that I had a bit of fun with. Overall, I think it can appeal to fans of low budget indie works, gorehounds, and those who don't take all of their horror serious. The DVD has some pretty good extras with the most notable being a featurette starring Leslie Andrews called "Death by", this is an interesting piece on Andrews taking pictures of herself in death scenes, which can be some pretty funny stuff. To include, a sick public service announcment also featuring her that I won't spoil either. The film is listed as having a 79 minute run time.
Pros: Mildy disturbing, provided me with some laughs
Cons: Nothing really new, poor quality, tacked on ending
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