Masters of Horror

Season 1 Episode 10

Sick Girl

2
Aired Friday 12:00 AM Jan 13, 2006 on Showtime
7.1
out of 10
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134 votes
10

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Episode Summary

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When a female insect scientist starts a sexual relationship with another women she also finds herself involved with a rather predatory and aggressive insect who becomes a huge problem and threatens the love affair between them.

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  • Misty Mundae! What more do you want?

    10
    Misty Mundae, they're the only two words you need to know about this episode. I mean wow, what a presence she has. This was my very first time with Misty, I previously had never heard of her before but just watching this episode had me scrambling to Google to find out what else I could see her in. Misty aside for 1 second, the episode was great.

    Back to Misty - I only wish she was in more serious roles, I thought her talent & everything about her just stood out (How could anyone not like this episode?).

    I was actually surprised to find out she has a big background in soft porn B grade movies but not at all surprised by her cult following.



    The biggest problem with reviewers is that they over-analyze everything & start dissecting plots & characters with a microscope, when they should just try to enjoy the show first.

    In this instance, Sick Girl was a great episode enhanced by the unique screen presence that Misty is.moreless
  • The worst episode so far.

    1.0
    This episode is so bad, it makes me want to throw up. Misty looks hot, but the episode is so lame. After Misty gets bitten by the spider, this show just goes down the drain. It gets sillier towards the end. Maybe they ran out of ideas so they made one up to fill out an episode. Even if they added some good special effects in this episode, it's still not going to do the trick, because it lacks the very thing that it needs to bite, the story. This episode can be missed, there's nothing in it except the lesbian thing, even the lesbians aren't enough to save this episode.moreless
  • this was horror? are you serious? There was nothing about this episode that was horror, and even less to do with someone that may be concidered some kind of master. It sukd.moreless

    0.0
    Wow, that was horrible, worst episode ever, and that’s saying a lot, the series sucks. Masters of horror? If anything it was a horrible lesbian independent, um, horrible piece of sh*t. It had NOTHING to do with horror, and less to do with some kind of master. It is the worst thing I have seen, in a VERY long time. This is one I know for a fact that if you asked me if I could do better, yes I know I could, with my digital cam and my computer and friends, just about any one could make something better than this crap. It is horror only in the since that I watched it. Can I sue for this being made while other good programs are shelved? Can I?moreless
  • A misunderstood instalment.

    6.9
    There's apparently an insider review below here from a writer of the episode complaining about a number of things which, for the most part, seem to mirror the complaints the rest of the reviewers have.



    Now, I didn't think this episode was the best piece of TV narrative ever (though that honor belongs to Showtime, too, check my other reviews), but I disagree with most of the other reviewers.



    First, the lesbian theme. breast flasing aside, it's one of the few memorable quirks the episode has. Let's be honest here, "chick turns into monster" isn't an original plot device. "Person turns into insect" is even older and cheaper. The fact that both characters are women adds a number of subtexts that are pretty much the one merit in the story being told.



    I mean, the idea of the old teacher sabotaging his daughter's relationship via a mutation-inducing bug is somewhat ridiculous, no matter what you do with it, but having both parent figures in the story show homophobic tendencies hints at some social commentary. It also makes the role of the bug actually meaningful, instead of being a simple mechanic element, which fits the political undertones in other episodes.



    As for the comedy elements... well, as I said, the core concept is ridiculous, anyway. Going for a B-movie look and feel, hoping the cheese will carry the show is a a valid approach, if you can pull it off. It's not pulled off consistently here, but some of the scenes do work. NOT the stupidly artsy dream sequence, nor the childish "kill the old coot" scene, but the romantic and gory moments did click every now and then.



    So why the relatively low score? Well, the artsy dream sequence IS there, breaking the tone and abusing the story's phallic themes by hitting viewers over the head with them. Same mistake that makes Michael Gondry the most unbearably snobbish director in current cinema. Avoiding this kind of stuff is important unless you're a 15 year old girl trying to appear meaningful or you haven't shared space with a heterosexual male in the last decade or so.



    Then there's the fact that this is still a story about a girl who turns into a giant bug. While having the main characters be lesbians is a nice twist, it doesn't change the dumb cliche at the bottom of the plot. The main twist is not that they're gay but that the father was attempting to make them break up, and that's not properly set up, so it doesn't pay off.



    Hopefully, that's what the writer below was complaining about, really, more than the gender swapping thing, which is minor.



    Then the visual style, which works kinda well in some spaces but suffers that kind of TV movie look that breaks every Twilight Zone remake ever done. The color, the grain, the texture... they all have a little something that screams "made for TV" and "self-conclusive story". It's weird that such a thing exists, but it does, and it detracts from the experience.



    Overall, I'm glad this ep was made and released, even if I won't come back to watch it again, or give it much thought after I'm done typing this. If anything, I'll remember the disappointment I felt due to the minor quirks' inability to raise this from mediocre to memorable.moreless
  • Sapphic love, who could ask for more?

    9.9
    Sick Girl was the very first Masters of Horror episode that I saw after buying it on DVD. I was beyond interested in the concept of two loving women and the nasty bug that merges within their relationship. Of course, my first impression was that this would be your standard "love" film (think Misty Mundae), but I was surpassed by her acting. I think she was the better actress between her and Angela Bettis, especially in the emotional parts such as when Misty just absolutely loses it. However, I will have to say that I did kind of see that ending coming with the bug which I would have crushed into buggy hell if that were me. The sapphic (lesbian) love element was a perfect fit with the rest of the story and I would have to say that this was the second best episode I have seen ever.moreless
Mike McKee

Mike McKee

Professor Malcolm Wolf

Guest Star

Erin Brown

Erin Brown

Misty Falls

Guest Star

Angela Bettis

Angela Bettis

Ida Teeter

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • The song played when Ida Teeter (Angela Bettis) is going to "The McNaughton Museum of Natural History" is "Massokiss" by Poperratic (the artist name of JAYE BARNES LUCKETT, who also wrote many song from other Lucky McKee's films like "MAY").

    • The music played during the end credits is "Hide and Seek" by Poperratic, from their first full-length studio album "Vagus (the wandering nerve)", first premiered in the MASTERS OF HORROR: SICK GIRL soundtrack.

    • The song played at the beginning, when Angela Bettis appears on her house singing, is "Zero Hero" by Poperratic, available on their first full-length studio album "Vagus (the wandering nerve)".

    • There was no CGI used for the bug or the transformation of Erin Brown into it for this episode.

    • Erin Brown (Misty Falls in this episode) goes by the pseudonym Misty Mundae in many adult films that she has appeared in.

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