Our Rating: ★★★★☆
L Factor: Major lesbian characters
Short Take: A nerdy entomologist finally finds a girlfriend, but an aggressive insect chooses her as a parasitic host.
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Year: 2006
Duration: 60 min
Language: USA, Canada/English
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Lucky McKee
Writer: Mick Garris, Sean Hood, Lucky McKee
Starring: Angela Bettis, Misty Mundae, Jesse Hlubik, Marcia Bennett, Mike McKee, Chandra Berg

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Masters of Horror

The Showtime series ‘Masters of Horror’ features hour long productions from well known horror film directors, and each episode was released on dvd as a standalone film. Lucky McKee’s (May) contribution is ‘Sick Girl,’ with a lesbian relationship central to the story.

110 Sick Girl
Air date: January 13, 2006

Nerdy entomologist Ida (Angela Bettis, May, Girl Interrupted) likes bugs, but this creates a problem in her love life when women come over and freak out when they see all of the unusual pets. Her coworker tells her that she’ll have to make a choice between babes and bugs.

But Ida is in luck when she meets Misty (Seduction Cinema star Misty Mundae), the daughter of one of her favorite professors. Misty isn’t bothered by ‘bugville,’ and the two end up making love on the couch on their first date. Soon the lovebirds move in together, seemingly a perfect match.

There is a problem though. A very large, aggressive insect somehow escaped from its container in the apartment, and now Misty is beginning to act very strange. Ida rushes home when she finds out that the bug is a parasite that implants its eggs in mammalian hosts. It’s too late, but luckily Ida doesn’t mind a buggy girlfriend.

Bettis is great as Ida, struggling with her social skills, and the film is actually quite funny, never taking itself too seriously. (AB)