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Sissy (Hannah Barlow, Kane Senes, 2022) wr. Hannah Barlow, Kane Senes; Aisha Dee, Lucy Barrett, Yerin Ha; horror; released 3Nov22
Social media influencers and the wellness industry are the targets of Hannah Barlow and Kane Senes’ diabolically entertaining and satirical flick, which is not for the faint-hearted or weak of stomach. Online celeb Sissy (Aisha Dee) gets roped into attending the hen’s weekend of former bestie Emma (Hannah Barlow) and bloody mayhem ensues. The horror is rooted in the unwanted rekindling of old relationships … but who will be the villain, and who the victim? Uncertainty and anticipation eventually explode into all-out carnage in an unpredictable film with style and sass to spare. The Guardian.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 96% based on 72 reviews, with an average rating of 6.4/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Sissy weaves timely themes into its rich blend of horror and dark humor, topped off by terrific work from a talented cast led by Aisha Dee."
In his review on The Guardian Luke Buckmaster praised the "Aisha Dee’s painfully good performance" as well as the satirical elements which added "perhaps unexpected level of depth to a film that is impressively unpredictable all the way to the bitter end". Jon Mendelsohn of CBR.com described the film as "Heathers by way of Texas Chainsaw Massacre with a modern twist - basically, a must-see film".
The film was nominated for three AACTA Awards, for best film, best direction and best lead actress (Aisha Dee). Jamie Dunkin of Gamurs Group dubbed it the best horror film of 2022, praising its social commentary and "cringe-inducing violence".
Garry Gillard | New: 11 January, 2023 | Now: 22 July, 2023