Spoilers are telling on you.
There’s nothing that draws more empathy than childhood memories. We all have them, and no small amount of people have gone through rough patches and hopefully have overcome most of it. That being said, it takes that one name of that one particularly little brat of a kid that made your life miserable to break through your adult façade. Children can be cruel, and growing up does not necessarily heal all wounds. Did I mention this movie is a horror comedy?
Sissy (2022) is written and directed by Hannah Barlow and Kane Senses. Cecilia (Aisha Dee) is a full time influencer focused on positivism and daily affirmations. She’s sweet, motivated and seems to be at peace but she spends most of her days by herself. One chance encounter with her childhood best friend Emma (Hannah Barlow) and she’s sucked into a social whirlwind. Emma is getting married to her fiancée Fran (Lucy Barrett). She doesn’t only want to rekindle the friendship, she wants her former best friend “Sissy” to join her for a bachelorette weekend. Cecilia is quick to correct her – she doesn’t like to be called that name. That only hints at something that happened in their past. And it’s not until Cecilia learns that Emma’s maid of honor is Alex (Emily de Margheriti) that the ugly truth will come out.
Watching as Cecilia deals with Emma’s social circle was a challenge. I couldn’t help but cringe at the familiar sense of feeling like the odd person out, the shy one who has imposter syndrome and feels they don’t belong. It becomes even worse when Alex turns on full-on bitch mode towards Cecilia. So far, drama is flaring up but horror is going to come into the picture in a pretty much hilariously accidental way. No, I’m not spoiling how that happens but once the film goes full gore, it’s Aisha Dee’s hilarious performance as Cecilia which carries the whole film. I can’t deny that this became a very guilty pleasure of a movie for me. Even when you realize where the movie is going, getting there was such a trip.
Highly recommended. I would put some moral reservations, but if you can’t get the satirically dark comedy tone of the film then it’s not for you. Aisha Dee’s incredible acting chops as an influencer that tries to stay positive in the face of multiple murders more than justifies the feature. Worth a watch, specially for that guilty pleasure of seeing bullies get their comeuppance.
That will do for now.