Sickle (2014) – Demon/slasher horror Movie Review

By Chris Summerfield

I am without doubt a great fan of Geno McGahee’s work and always anticipate a good movie whenever he releases one. Why I hear you ask? Well here it goes. His movies tend to be based around every day regular people with everyday problems. Then, without notice, they are thrown in to a situation that would make the bravest shy away, and all this without relying on sex scenes or nudity that many higher budget movies use to attract their audience. However most of those sorts of movies fail where McGahee’s movies succeed and that being movies by Geno, are driven by shear suspense and cleverly written plots, creating the movie magic of yesteryear.

So this movie Sickle…

A young Michael, age 12 years, is arrested for the murder of his babysitter, having supposedly used a sickle. There are many rumours and eye witnesses’ reports to the possibility that the killer was not Michael, but some supernatural being, however assumptions as we all know do not stand up in a court of law.

15 years on Michael Hart, (Logan Lopez) is released from the institute he had served his sentence, a kind warden Franklin, (Richard Smith) gives him his cell phone number and says he can call him anytime he feels the need to speak, in which Franklin does return within the movie and is played very well by Richard Smith.

On his release he is to stay with his uncle, and feels upset because his parents had moved away and wish not to make contact… And no doubt being released must be tough when you have to try and fit back in to a society that can be judgmental, even though Michael was innocent of the murder, but then again who believes in demons?

The young man is still troubled with visions of this demon and would like answers…

A young Kim (Crystal Aya) returns to her home town for the summer break and visits her cousin Phil Thomas (Scott Day) who wants to draw her in to the world of paranormal and after hearing his story is keen to join, she is then introduced to the team, Steve, Sarah and Susan (Renee Day) the historical researcher.

Kim is soon shown how they work and I am sure searching for ghosts and demons can be dangerous, surely with the likes of sickle waiting to reappear and course havoc in the town.

Meanwhile, Michael starts work at his uncle’s garage to find a mysterious, creepy old guy enter and offer him work at his house. The old guy named Crane, (Brent Northup). Brent, plays the part of a mysterious old man very well, whose intentions are menacing.

In the meantime, Susan is becoming ambitious and wants to entice Michael in to her scheme by taking him back to the house where it all took place over 15 years ago. Kim going along with them and befriending him, but meddling with sickle can only mean disaster, and how are they going to stop the demon when resurrected?

Michael, Kim and the others are in for a gruesome conflict, not forgetting Crane, having unholy intentions.

The movie climaxes superbly and even the very ending is well thought out.

This movie without doubt will bring Geno McGahee much more publicity and can only bring a wider audience to his impressive work. My advice to the readers is simple, go out and watch this movie. You will not be disappointed, as I am so sure it will be collecting awards within the festivals. Yes you heard it first right here on, ‘scared stiff’. SICKLE’s soundtrack features great music by Jonathan Tiersten & the Ten Tiers and TigerTailz.

Rating: 10/10