Cecilia (Aisha Dee) is a mental health influencer on social media. Currently, Cecilia is living her most remarkable life, working from home and selling her branded products, and she recently hit two hundred thousand followers! The opening shows Cecilia recording a video to share her passion with the world and introducing a sales pitch to tempt her followers.
One day, while visiting her local chemist, Cecilia bumps into her old best friend Emma (Hannah Barlow), whom she has known since she was a young child. It’s been over a decade since Cecilia last saw Emma. The two share a simple conversation, and Emma asks for Cecilia’s details. Soon, Cecilia receives a personal invite to attend Emma’s bachelorette party- an entire weekend at a remote cabin. At first, Cecilia declines but is convinced to come along. As the bachelorette weekend begins, Cecilia discovers that an old school bully named Alex (Emily De Margheriti) is also attending Emma’s celebration. Alex has a thirst to dish out some revenge, leaving Cecilia feeling uncomfortable. She is forced to reflect on a tragic moment from her past that has been haunting her for a long time. Now, Alex’s reoccurring and consistent bullying sets off a “trigger”, and blood begins pouring out on the party and its attendees.
Sissy carries an exciting combination of drama, horror and a nice touch of comedy. This story brings to life bullying and the trauma this can cause. There is a fun level of suspense throughout, and the surprising kills and unexpected plot twists (especially after the first act passes) were quite exciting to see. On-screen kills are very satisfying, and the gore and violence also impressed me. As for the comedy aspect, the kills here are so shocking that I couldn’t help but laugh or chuckle at various moments.
The top performance from Aisha Dee as Sissy is a major highlight here. The actress portrays various emotions throughout the feature and even delivers a few moments that are witty as well as dramatic. At times, side performances feel a little over the top, but granted, it’s still fun.
As for any issues with the film, my biggest problem was the musical score. The score is present in a large portion of the film, even when a musical score isn’t generally required in a scene. On multiple occasions, the quality of the score feels unfitting and cheapens the entire movie. Another aspect is that the film follows a formula: once the audiences catch on, they’ll know what will occur for most of the runtime, with only a few fun surprises remaining near its finale.
Overall, this is a fun slasher film that successfully creates drama and comedy. The lead, played by Aisha Dee, is incredible and is the biggest highlight of the entire feature. Kills and the horror aspect here are shocking, fun and comedic, and I admired the film’s big reveals after the first act. However, the musical score lowers the quality of the movie for the majority of its duration, and Sissy follows a formula that lets the audience know what’s coming for a good portion of the film before delivering a touching and pleasing finale. Still, it’s a slasher flick with plenty of solid ingredients, and I recommend you check it out and get #triggered if you dare. Sissy (2022) is Available in Australian Cinemas from November 3rd!