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20th Oct 2023

New horror from Scream creator is finally available to watch at home

Rory Cashin

Sick

We’re happy we didn’t watch this during the pandemic…

Kevin Williamson’s latest movie Sick is finally available to watch at home in Ireland and the UK.

In case you didn’t know, Williamson was the writer and creator of iconic horror franchise Scream, having written the scripts for the first movie, as well as Scream 2 and Scream 4. He also wrote the screenplays for I Know What You Did Last Summer and The Faculty, plus he created both Dawson’s Creek and The Vampire Diaries for TV.

So when he creates something new, we sit up and pay attention. Released on Peacock (which we don’t have over here) earlier in 2023, Sick takes place in the very early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thinking it would be better to quarantine alone in their family’s lake house, a group of teenagers head off to stay safe on their own… except, yep, they’re actually not on their own at all…

Sick went down a storm with horror lovers

The movie scored 87% with critics on Rotten Tomatoes, with many praising the way the filmmakers managed to weave together a slasher movie to the confines of the real world horror of the pandemic:

The Playlist – “The blunt examination of COVID ideologies is ingenious, though difficult to fully unpack without giving away the third act, but it’s the filmmaking’s ruthlessness that’ll catch in your mind.”

Paste – “Great slashers manage to construct a fragile sequence of interactions and objects that tumble down and exact a gory toll. Sick understands this better than most.”

The Film Stage – “Rather than aim high, Sick is happy to make the most of what it has to work with, and shows how sticking to the basics can still provide a hell of a fun time.”

Variety – “It’s best to let audiences discover the reaper’s motives in context; suffice to say that Sick not only factors in our still-evolving COVID-era rules but also serves as an amusing time capsule for the collective fear that has seized us these past three years.”

Sick is available to watch at home right now with a NOW Cinema Membership or on Sky Cinema.

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