Lucy decides to take a job as a babysitter. It isn't as though she had her heart set on this kind of work, but the pay is surprisingly good - especially as she never has to so much as see the child that she's suppose to be minding. As the mother explained, the boy Lucy will be babysitting is very sick, and it's for the best that Lucy not try to see him. In fact, she should avoid going downstairs altogether. Really, she's just there as a precaution. Y'know, just in case something happens. Lucy thinks that there's something fishy about this peculiar set-up. Her suspicions build when her curiosity finally gets the better of her and she investigates downstairs, leading to the discovery that the son's room is padlocked from the outside...
I really enjoyed this nifty little low-budget horror flick. Sure, it can be a little predictable and silly at times (especially towards the end), but it never seriously detracts from the enjoyment of what is -for the most part- a commendably tense and atmospheric story. It's very much in the same vein as House of the Devil, with its emphasis on suspense and a mounting sense of dread, which explodes into primal violence in the film's final quarter.
Highly recommended for fans of slow, suspenseful horror movies.
This is a low budget film that has a lot of filler material. Lucy (Skye McCole Bartusiak) lands a job as a high priced babysitter because she can't act. She babysits for a child locked up in his room which she is forbidden to go near. The job pays well and Lucy is curious.
Most of the time building up to the last 17 minutes, when the film becomes interesting, is wasted. The film utilizes those cheap voice enhancers normally used for demonically possessed people. The whole scene of Lucy driving in a car listening to hip-hop was a waste. This would have been better as a 30 minute short feature.
The ending is interesting and the film drops clues, but unfortunately the movie wakes up too close to the end.
Parental Guide: F-bombs. No sex or nudity. 2 stars is generous.
A young women is being paid a fortune to babysit the ill child of a mysterious doctor.
Starts as a sort of knock off of House of The Devil and ends in very predictable territory indeed. If you can't guess where this film is going before you watch it then it's time to hand in your deerstalker and pipe. The illness is exactly what you think it is and there are about a billion films featuring this illness released every couple of weeks.
At a guess there have been 1,000 zombie films in the past decade, with about 1% of these being any good. So it should come as no surprise that the makers of Sick Boy have tried to disguise the fact that their film is in fact not a zombie flick. Sadly that isn't the case. Much like Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later, the directors want to say their victims were bitten by an animal or got a viral infection in the tropics, then changed. All good and well, but try have them not die on us first unless you want the zombie tag.
That's one big mislead out the way, the other is the poster and title itself, Sick Boy. Really should be called Sick Family, and that's it I won't give away too much more of a thin plot at that. The story concerns a woman who needs a job, and gets one babysitting, sick boy. There are rules like don't disturb sick boy and you'll get $300 per night for watching TV. Sounds like a fair deal. But of course woman gets fed up of TV and 300 dollars a night and decides to go and check on sick boy. Chaos ensues. This one is a bit of a rotter, that gets worse as the film goes on. The climax is highly unsatisfying. One bright spark is the lead actress played by Skye McCole Bartusiak, who at least holds the film together, enough for us to register some interest for its short 80 min running time.