Category Archives: Music Box of Horrors 2022

58th Chicago International Film Festival: Sick Review


This is a slasher film that is one-of-a-kind. The premise is creative and chilling. The Covid-19 lockdown sets the location of where the horror happens. The concept of being forced to quarantine makes its characters assume that they are safe in isolation. The horror though is waiting. As the Covid-19 getaway is in action, the horrific slashing begins. Sick is a ride of terror that is wild and relatable. It will only get more violent and daring, as it progresses.

In Sick, the film takes place at a remote cabin in the middle of nowhere. Three friends choose to quarantine together. They are Parker (played by Gideon Adlon), Miri (played by Bethlehem Million), and DJ (played by Dylan Strawberry). They all assume they can have an escape at Parker’s vacation home as the lockdown is in place. Their fun though, is interrupted as masked killers start to invade the home. In an instance there is wild knife action, lots of running and jumping through windows for survival, and no place to go in the middle of nowhere. Sick makes it audience curious how the three friends can defend themselves from the bad guys, when they are many miles away from a town. It is gutsy and engrossing in all the fun and terrorizing aspects. One believes there is no danger as they state, “Impossible, its Saturday the 4th,” but the danger is highly likely.

Parker, Miri, and DJ are the prey. Sick creates many questions throughout the film’s suspense. What do the killers want? Why are Parker Miri, and DJ the target? How can lockdown impact their safety? Sick has all the answers to those questions, and they are twisted and even more disturbing. It is purely a treacherous track that cannot be escaped that easily.

With little options to escape, Sick is full of surprises of the many violence in the weaponry used. Much of which involves knives, a dear antler, and more. In the moments of combat, the wounds become severe, and the concept of self-defense becomes weak. The killers in Sick are pros, but Parker, Miri, and DJ have the adrenaline to fight for their lives. The question though is if they will make it out alive.

The biggest twist to sick is that the subject of COVID-19 is the reason for why Parker, Miri, and DJ are the targets. The film has its answers to why they are being hunted. One of which is responsible for why the horror is happening. That is what had me in surprise. The fact that a sickness as contagious as COVID-19 leads to the harsh choices of the killers. Sick will entice its audience with shocking reminders of everything learned from lockdown and COVID-19. It is just blended with a fictional and creepy setup.

The reminders of Covid-19 past and present mixed with horror is what will enthrall the audience with Sick. The fact that consequences are unavoidable, and because of how the mindsets of others have been impacted. The mindsets of the killers though go on a whole different level of anger. Find out for yourself with Sick. Three stars.

Music Box of Horrors 2022: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night


The film is monotone, and its silence is surreal with terror. The subject of a vampire is deadly. It is vicious with lighting that is engrossing. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is a horror experience that is unique and chilling. Its structure is blending vampire horror with a western feeling. Its black and white cinematography is where the terror lures beyond many forms of direction in terms of horror. The crazy part about A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is that it is focused on one vampire. That individual vampire haunts the screen with unexplained tensions and dangers which are invigorating.

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is proper in its pacing. The film keeps its audience on edge. The film contains minimal dialogue. That factor is one that keeps the flow of being scary surreal. As I had my experience with A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, I knew there was darkness that was only going to become more treacherous. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night develops its characteristics of its individual vampire. Its development has chills and jump scares in the many unexpected fragments throughout the film.

In A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night the film takes place in a small town of Iran. One that is described as an Iranian ghost-town. A town with a generous amount of poverty, depression, and many individuals who are in a bad place. The solitude and sad life for many though gets a lot more harrowing. That is because the city has a lurking vampire. The Vampire is played by Sheila Vand. The targeted man is Arash (played by Arash Mandi). Arash is a young teen that struggles at home. He has a father that is a drug addict Arash suffers all kinds of emotions due to his troubles at home. When he meets the girl vampire, both feel there is a sense of light and happiness. The issue though, is that the vampire may not be able to prevent herself from biting. With her tendencies of craving people who deserve to suffer for bad behavior, Arash may or may not be a target of hers.

What I love about the film is all its form of noir. Noir blended with vampires is a catchy vibe and direction. It also drives the chances of fatalities from the Girl vampire. A Girl Who Walks Home Alone at Night grows its darkness as the lighting keeps its negative colors in many of its moments. It is unpredictable and exhilarating.

The moment that spoke to me the most was also the most terrifying I have seen in a vampire flick. When the vampire starts a conversation a boy that is creepy, and she asks him, “Are you a good boy?” My heart started pounding. That is because from there, I realized the vampire’s sweet tooth for flesh are bad people. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night lays out its foundation of who is to suffer from vampire deaths.

At the Music Box Theatre, this was one of the most exhilarating experiences I have had. It also had me festive wanting more scares. The Girl Who Walks Home Alone at Night will enthrall its audience with powerful evil. If there are fans of scary movies, this one is one that is essential. That is because it does vampirism right. Three and a half stars for The Girl Who Walks Home Alone at Night.