"Sick Chick Flicks" Book Review
Written by John Skipp
2012, 400 pages, Fiction
Released on September 15th, 2012
John Skipp. That name can conjure up a lot of descriptions. The man is a New York Times bestselling author, splatterpunk maestro, songwriter, patron saint of bizarro, screenwriter, editor extraordinaire and all-around cool cat. This time around, he's wearing the screenwriter hat and the newest Skipp must-read is Sick Chick Flicks, a tome that brings together three original "fem-o-centric" horror screenplays.
Afterparty, the first screenplay, is a story about lost souls who come together to party in the afterlife in an attempt to delay whatever comes next and have a blast while doing so. A young, caring woman named Marcia gets pulled into that world when she visits the house of a friend's new boyfriend. After waking up in the afterlife, she has to struggle to deal with the next step of the journey while dishing out some revenge and trying to make sense of the collection of characters that surround her. Full of mysticism, tension and unique characters, this strange ghost story is a fun read that answers a few questions about death while simultaneously posting new, more interesting ones.
Things keep rolling with The Legend of Honey Love, which would put most action/exploitation/car chase/psycho killer movies to shame the second it came out. The story follows the fast-paced and violent adventures of Honey Love, a gorgeous barmaid who becomes a national hero and media sweetheart when she manages to stop a psychotic killer. Having her beautiful face everywhere has a tremendous drawback for Honey: she becomes the target of every killer in the country. What follows is a frantic shot of humor and adrenaline as our heroine races her way across the US and fights to stay alive. Bittersweet, violent, and sexy in equal doses, this one is the perfect example of how entertaining cinema can be when Skipp is at the wheel.
Rose, the last screenplay, is a whacked-out narrative that brings readers into the fun world that is Rose's Place, a cable-access/internet puppet show full of humor and music. While Rose and her puppets do their thing in front of the camera, the rest of the world is trying to survive the zombie apocalypse. Although help is on the way and Rose saves a couple of girls, the undead eventually make their way into the studio. What should've been the end is instead a mind-blowing twist that could only come from John Skipp. Crazy and wildly entertaining, Rose even makes zombies cool again.
Before the first screenplay and after each one of them are conversations between Skipp and fellow author Cody Goodfellow. Just the initial conversation, in which Skipp deconstructs the film industry, is worth the price of the book. The rest of the conversations are also splendid and show just how compelling a few questions and answers can be when you have two brilliant individuals talking.
Sick Chick Flicks is all you would expect from Skipp: intelligent, provocative, fun to read, sexy and unique. It's also a tome that stands alone when it comes to creating unapologetic, influential, and ground-breaking roles for women in contemporary cinema.
Get a copy of Sick Chick Flicks and you'll end up looking for ways to help Skipp get these screenplays turned into movies.