Sick - Survive the Night
Michael Jari Davidson, Bruno Marino, Cengiz H. Fehmi (executive), Chris Cull (co) for Blackguardism Creations, Hellfire Pictures
directed by Ryan M. Andrews
starring Christina Anne Aceto, Richard Roy Sutton, Robert Nolan, Jennifer Polansky, Debbie Rochon, Sandra DaCosta, Devin Upham, Ry Barrett, Neil Green, Thomas Gough, Breanne TeBoekhorst, Astrida Auza, Margaret Jeronimo, Rodrigo Fernandez-Stoll, Rhys Wyn Trenhaile, Cengiz H. Fehmi, Sean Ballantyne, Christopher Thompson, Sabrina Tom
written by Ryan M. Andrews, Chris Cull, music by Andrew Lauzon, special makeup effects by Melis Bayraktar, Michael Walsh, cinematography by Michael Jari Davidson
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It's been two years since the outbreak of "the infection",
which killed large parts of humanity or (worse yet) turned them into
mindless but cannibalistic zombies. It seems though that a certain lone
wolf scientist, Dr Fehmi (Debbie Rochon) has found the cure, so she
contacts Dr Leigh Rozetta (Christina Anne Aceto), who lives in one of the
very few heavily guarded gouvernment research facilities still intact, to
conduct some tests. With every day, Leigh becomes more optimistic that the
cure has indeed been found ... but with the completion only days away, she
suddenly decides to take a stroll to the outside on her own, putting her
in unnecessary danger ...
Outside the facility, there are still hints of
civilisation, but it comes at a price - so everybody's carrying weapons,
nobody trusts nobody, and feelings like love and affection have become
scarce, and higher morals a liability.
Seph (Richard Roy Sutton) and
McKay (Robert Nolan), who have led an exploration team into the region,
have just survived a zombie attack that has wiped out the entire rest of
the team, and they now seek refuge in a house - interestingly the house
iof Leigh's parents, whose dead bodies are still in their bedroom after
they killed themselves in order to escape the zombies for good. They also
find Leigh - and everybody immediately starts to distrust each other, but
since this is the only house in the region where one might be relatively
safe from zombies (Leigh has seen to that), they pretty much have to learn
to trust each other, which is not made very easy be the fact that Leigh is
acting mighty erratic, and the bully-ish Seph and the educated McKay can't
stand each other's guts to begin with ...
Meanwhile at the research
facility, Leigh's best friend Claudia (Jennifer Polansky) is worried sick
about her, and she eventually comes to the conclusion something must have
happened to Leigh. And since Leigh has saved her life once, she now goes
after her. But when she arrives at the house of Leigh's parents, Leigh
shoots her dead, mistaking her for a zombie. Now that really pushes Leigh
over the edge (and she has been acting weird so far already) - to such an
extent that the two men discuss whether or not she has become a liability.
Now is this a constellation that's doomed to head for certain doom? And
will anyone survive? Heck, why has Leigh left the relative safety of the
facility in the first place? And what about the promised zombie cure? ...
nowaday's horror field, zombie films are pretty much a dime a dozen - so
it's especially remarkable that Sick - Survive the Night manages to
stick out of the crowd. Basically, this is thanks to an intelligent and
thoughtful script that pays little attention to action and gory details
and concentrates on human interaction instead - going so far as to making
the humans the source of their own demise, while the zombies are only an
anonymous and largely absent threat - somehow echoing Jean Paul Sartre's
"hell is other people" in that respect. Now add to that a subtle
directorial effort that gives the movie's characters time to develop
rather than rushing from one gore or action setpiece to the next, and an
uniformly great cast, and you've got yourself a pretty good film.