Monday, September 26, 2022

Sissy (2022)

Streaming Service: Shudder
Movie Name/Year: Sissy (2022)
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Length: 1h 42min
Rating: Unrated
Production/Distribution: Arcadia, DEMS Entertainment, Dog Park Pictures, XYZ Films, Shudder
Director: Hannah Barlow, Kane Senes
Writers: Hannah Barlow, Kane Senes
Actors: Aisha Dee, Yerin Ha, Lucy Barrett, Daniel Monks, Hannah Barlow, Emily De Margheriti, Victoria Hopkins, Alea O'Shea,Darcie Irwin-Simpson, Ryan Panizza, Adam McMahon, Shaun Martindale, Neil Parikh, Amelia Lule, Kaley Roach, Jared Jekyll, Courtney Roach, April Blasdall, Camille Cumpston, Shannon Lawson, Louise Barlow, Will Prenzler, Melissa Brownlow, Toni Kolan
IMDb Blurb: Teen best friends Cecilia and Emma, after a decade run into each other. Cecilia is invited on Emma's bachelorette weekend where she gets stuck in a remote cabin with her high school bully with a taste for revenge.

Cat’s Point of View:
Oh, how I love an Australian accent. When paired with the promise of an interesting blend of horror-comedy and revenge, I was intrigued and excited to see what Sissy had to offer.
What I got was a bit unexpected. Not everything was as the trailer led me to believe. Of course, that’s sometimes a good thing. I appreciated Sissy more the way it actually played out than if the movie had gone in the direction I thought the trailer was leading me.

That being said, while I did like Sissy, something in the back of my mind got squirmy and gave me an uncomfortable feeling throughout a large portion of the film. I didn’t really expect to have such a visceral reaction to the bullying depicted in the production. When paired with the sense of social isolation, however, it apparently took me back to a place in my past I don’t enjoy reliving. Unfortunately, that put a bit of a damper on things as my reaction colored my experience of the story.
While an interesting cautionary tale regarding how perspective and perception play in to social media content and the rush that such attention brings, something was lacking in a way I just couldn’t put my finger on. It could be that I didn’t feel that there was enough of the comedy that seemed to be promised with the genre description. Had there been more of a synergy such as with Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010), perhaps, the whole experience might’ve landed differently with me.

Even though Sissy wasn’t entirely my cup of tea, the cast did a great job of bringing the story to life. Aisha Dee (Channel Zero, The Nowhere Inn, The Bold Type) was practically in every scene and she had me rooting for her character – even when I probably shouldn’t have.
Considering my own emotional baggage involved with the experience, don’t take my word as the final opinion if you’re considering watching Sissy now that we’re on the cusp of the spooky season when slashers reign.
Sissy releases as a Shudder Original on Thursday, September 29th.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 98%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – None
Metascore – None
Metacritic User Score – None
IMDB Score – 6.7/10
Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating – 3/5
Trust the Dice: Parental Advisory Rating – R
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