S.I.C.K. the Franchise?

S.I.C.K. comic!Do you remember an Artisan DVD release from a few years back called “>S.I.C.K. (reivew), an acronym that stood for Serial Insane Clown Killer? For those of you that do, is a sequel something you’ve been longing for? It doesn’t matter what you think one way or another because 2 S.I.C.K. is finally becoming a reality.

I reviewed S.I.C.K. on the 31st of December 2004. Since that day it has continued to be one of the films that I hold as the gold standard of god awful incompetent horror filmmaking. Allow me to quote from my own review for a moment:

“Simply put, I hated every millisecond of this movie. One scene in particular sums up my experience watching S.I.C.K. They open up the refrigerator and find an effigy from the killer along with a note that reads “YOU WILL REGRET THIS”. I do. I did. I will continue to do so. And so will anyone else who makes the mistake of watching this pathetic excuse for a movie.”

If anyone thinks I was being too harsh then by all means go web surfing for reviews that don’t echo my sentiment of utter contempt. You’re more likely to find a legitimate non-blurry photo of Sasquatch than you are a positive review of S.I.C.K.

S.I.C.K. mask!Regardless, S.I.C.K. apparently rented quite well (though not quite well enough to keep Artisan from getting gobbled up by Lionsgate). Lionsgate almost put out a 2 S.I.C.K. back in 2006; an equally wretched unrelated psycho clown flick called “>Mr. Jingles (review) that initially was going to get name-only sequel treatment. A legitimate 2 S.I.C.K. will begin shooting in April, a prequel explaining how this maniac became a cannibal in a human skin clown mask. Yes, a prequel.

Dread Central received an email from Poison Apple Films about their development of 2 S.I.C.K. for Lionsgate. Written by the co-writer/director of the original, the prequel chronicles young serial killer-to-be William Walker from childhood to adulthood and his evolution into “Uncle Billy”, the titular Serial Insane Clown Killer. There will also be a new character, a sinister clown ventriloquist dummy called Mr. Wiggles; a pic of its head can be seen above.

For the time being I’ll try being polite, give them the benefit of the doubt, and hope they learned their lessons about what not to do from making the original. Say what I will, they have nowhere to go but up and if they actually make a decent film of it after the rancidness of its predecessor, this might very well be the greatest underdog comeback since the climax of The Karate Kid.

Poison Apple Films certainly seem enthusiastic about the S.I.C.K. property as a comic book is also in the works. Not sure when that’s coming out but they were kind enough to send along the cover for the first issue, which you can also see above.


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  • Styling Shatner

    Oh my God, this news fills me with terror. I’m one of the people that rented this movie a few years ago and was horrified at just how bad it was; really, I can confirm what Foy wrote, and say that I loathed the main character and his asshole ways more than any character I can ever remember seeing, and the fact that the same people are doing a prequel, and I shake my head and wonder just how it could happen.