Sick Girl

January 28, 2012 6 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Ida (Angela Bettis) has a few bugs in her apartment. Not that she minds however, as they’re not pests, in fact they’re pets. She has numerous glass containers around her place, each home to a different kind of insect or arachnid of some kind. This sounds very weird, but she works as an entomologist, so her interest is the bugs isn’t just personal, its also professional. But the fact that she brings her work home has caused her problems, as her dates have often been unable to deal with the situation. So Ida cries and longs to find a woman who can accept her unusual pets, as impossible as it seems. When a coworker tells her to lose the bugs, she does to an extent, as she moves them all into her bedroom. She also becomes bold and asks a woman who she often sees at work to dinner, an invitation that is accepted. Right from the start, Ida is smitten with Misty (Erin Brown) and the feeling is mutual, as the two spend the night together. But as the two enjoy some passionate kisses, a strange bug delivered to Ida stings Misty, though she keeps it a secret. Soon however, the bite proves to be a real problem, though Misty continues to remain silent. When the two move in together and share more time together, what will become of Misty and her ever worsening bite?

I have loved the Masters of Horror series, due in no small part to my rabid devotion to horror, but also because most of the episodes have been terrific. In the case of Sick Girl, I had my doubts, as director Lucky McKee hasn’t been around enough to qualify as a Master of Horror. But even so, I hoped he could produce a great episode and for the most part, McKee did just that. This is not wall to wall horror however, a more deliberate slow burn that inches closer to the climax by the second. While only an hour in length, there seems to be a lot of time covered and to me, McKee made excellent use of this truncated timeframe. The pace is a touch slow, but works well and the dark humor is well crafted also. I have read complaints about Angela Bettis’ performance here, but to me, this is a superb performance. She is supposed to be a nerd and Bettis plays that to the hilt, you can’t help but be annoyed and charmed at the same time. Erin Brown, who we all know and love as Misty Mundae is wonderful here and proves she can handle more mainstream projects with ease. There isn’t a lot of horror to be found here, but the tension is good and the payoff is solid. This has more of a Twilight Zone feel, as it is horror, but with a dark humor edge. I greatly enjoyed Sick Girl and while I still don’t agree that Lucky McKee is a Master of Horror, his contribution to the series is well recommended.

Video: How does it look?

Sick Girl is presented in 1.77:1 anamorphic widescreen. This transfer looks terrific, for a made for cable production or otherwise. The flaws are very minor here, with some slight pixel breakup present and edge enhancement, but in the end, these aren’t enough to hold back this superb transfer. The colors look rich and bold here, with accurate flesh tones and no signs of bleeds in the least. I found the contrast to be flawless also, as black levels were razor sharp and detail is rich throughout. I have no real problems here and as such, I am giving it high marks.

Audio: How does it sound?

The surrounds are used a lot in this one throughout, which adds a lot to the film’s atmosphere and that is vital to a picture like this one. When it needs to, this track can boom and even the bass kicks like a mule, but even the low key scenes pack a solid punch. The music sounds solid here also and the dialogue is sharp, never lost in this mix, even when it reaches a fevered pitch. In the end, this is a superb audio track and I think it helps the film’s effectiveness a lot. This disc also includes a 2.0 surround soundtrack.

Supplements: What are the extras?

You’ll find a host of interviews and featurettes, so you can hear from the cast on working with McKee, listen to McKee’s own insights, and go behind the scenes of the production. I wish more of Erin Brown was included, but aside from that, the various featurettes are decent enough. McKee returns for the audio commentary track, joined by the film’s composer and two cast members, including Bettis. This is a talkative, informative track, as few seconds pass without some kind of comments. I was pleased that there is minimal overlap from the featurettes, which is all too common.

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