Sick Girl (film)

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Sick Girl
Directed byEben McGarr
Produced byP. James Keitel
John P. McGarr
Eben McGarr
Written byEben McGarr
StarringLeslie Andrews
Charlie Trepany
Katherine Macanufo
Graham Denman
Stephen Geoffreys
Andy Signore
Music byJohn F. Conway
Eben McGarr
CinematographyC.J. Roy
John Carreon
Grant Culwell
Edited byJohn F. Conwa
Distributed bySynapse Films (US)
Release date
  • 2008 (2008)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Sick Girl is a 2008 American independent horror film written and directed by Eben McGarr.[1]

Sick Girl marks the return of Stephen Geoffreys to the horror genre after a 17-year absence.[2]

Plot[edit | edit source]

Izzy is a troubled teenage girl who decides to attack and murder her little brother's bullies utilizing skills taught to her by her older brother Rusty, who is away in the Marines. She both lusts after and idolizes Rusty to the point where she overlooks signs that he is anything but perfect, such as his failure to call his family and reconnect.

After causing a massacre on the school bus, Izzy manages to trap and imprison a couple of the bullies in the trunk of her car, showing no remorse or compassion when one of them begs to be set free. She also kidnaps three additional bullies and goads one of them, Tommy, into killing the other two. He succeeds in killing one but is unable to kill the second. Izzy finishes the second bully off and imprisons Tommy with the two surviving bullies she had in the trunk. She takes them to the barn by her home and torments them further before going inside to open Christmas presents with her little brother Kevin and Barnie. Izzy gifts Kevin a gun taken from one of the bullies, which concerns Barnie.

The deaths on the school bus are reported on the news and are believed to be the work of the missing bullies. Izzy has a flashback to her murdering Rusty's girlfriend, showing that she had been homicidal even prior to Kevin's bullying. Deciding to get rid of the remaining bullies, Izzy brutalizes them but is caught by Barnie, who she then kills as well. She's surprised to discover that Kevin had come into the barn as well and witnessed the murders. Izzy tries to explain and calm Kevin, but is unsuccessful. Horrified by what she's done, he goes into the house and commits suicide by shooting himself in the head.

In a flashback to an undetermined previous time, two Marines go to her house. Although there is no sound in this scene, it's obvious they are there to tell her that Rusty died in the war. She lashes out at them, and the movie ends as it cuts back to the present to show Izzy walking away from the burning barn.

Cast[edit | edit source]

  • Leslie Andrews as Izzy
  • Charlie Trepany as Kevin
  • John P. McGarr as Barney
  • Katherine Macanufo as Stephanie Wallace
  • Graham Denman as Michael Doyle
  • Stephen Geoffreys as Mr. Putski
  • Jan Villalobos as Tommy McGowan
  • Andy Ignore as Jugs
  • Justin Marco as Corey Chapman
  • Peter Partida Jr. as Rudy Browning
  • Chris W King as Rusty
  • Caerly Hill as Rusty's Girlfriend

Release[edit | edit source]

Sick Girl was given a screening at the Vista Theater in Los Angeles, California on August 16, 2008, as well at the Phoenix Fear Film Festival.[3]

Soundtrack[edit | edit source]

  • "Family Tree" by Dennis Versteeg and Aaron Moreland
  • "Gary The Goat" by Dennis Versteeg and Eben McGarr
  • "So F*cked Up" and "I Want'em Dead" by Sloppy Seconds
  • "Sunday Morning Letter" and "Caribbean Love Song" by Patrick Sellars

Reception[edit | edit source]

Sick Girl received reviews from Ginger Nuts of Horror and Dread Central, the latter of which gave the film 3 out of 5 blades and wrote that "You’ll spend a lot of time waiting for the next horrific thing to happen, but when it does you’ll likely feel it was worth the wait."[4][5] DVD Talk also reviewed Sick Girl, stating "Devastating and seriously messed-up, Sick Girl brings life back to the horror genre just in the nick of time."[6] HorrorNews.net noted that the movie was "Creative…cold and brutal".[7]

Awards[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Synapses May Talks Sick Girl And Header DVDs'". Fangoria. 2008.
  2. "Stephen Geoffreys Talks Return To Horror in Sick Girl". Bloody Disgusting. 2007-06-12.
  3. Miska, Brad (2008-08-05). "'Sick Girl' LA Screening, New Stills!". Bloody Disgusting!. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  4. Butane, Johnny (2008-12-10). "Sick Girl (2008)". Dread Central. Retrieved 2020-10-27.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. "Sick Girl (2007)". Ginger Nuts of Horror. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  6. Dahlke, Kurt (August 8, 2009). "Sick Girl (review)". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2020-10-27.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. Halen, Adrian (2016-11-17). "Film Review: SickGirl (2007)". HorrorNews.net. Retrieved 2020-10-27.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. "PFFF 2008". Phoenix Fear Film Festival. 2008-08-31.

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