SPOONFUL OF SUGAR (2022) Reviews of kid horror

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Spoonful of Sugar is a 2022 American horror film about a young woman who agrees to take care of a sickly, mute child with severe allergies.

Directed by Mercedes Bryce Morgan (Fixation) from a screenplay written by Leah Saint Marie. Produced by Katrina Kudlick, Natalie Metzger and Matt Miller.

The Vanishing Angle production stars Morgan Saylor, Kat Foster, Myko Olivier, Danilo Crovetti, Keith Powell, Laura Coover, Shon Wilson and Christiana Montoya.

Plot synopsis:
Millicent is taking a semester off from her studies to take care of Johnny, a sickly, mute child with severe allergies. His mother, Rebecca, is an author and his father, Jacob, is a carpenter…


” …there’s a lot going on and the film balances the pivots well enough that despite some nasty moments both physically and verbally, the sympathy for these characters never drowns and ends in pure misery. The film is never static long enough to predict where it’s going and at times echoes the likes of Orphan at others, the nuances of Denis Villeneuve’s tension-filled resume, with everyone’s cards held close to their chest. Spoonful of Sugar is sweet and sour but never disappointing.” Blood Guts UK

“Themes of religion, drug use, psychotherapy, trust, and healing run rampant in this film. As the lives of these characters intertwine more and more, these themes do as well. Acts of protection mingle with acts of manipulation, spawning tragic events driven by desperation. Millie just wants to be a good mother, at all costs, and goes to great lengths to protect the child in her charge.” Dead Talk News

” …consistency in terms of suspense and intrigue aren’t the ones you will be looking for in this movie. It’s more of a movie that creeps up on you the least you are expecting, which can be seen during the third act. I admit I didn’t see it coming. The eventual twist may have been convoluted and questionable, but the overall sinister depiction of how Mercedes Bryce Morgan chooses to end her movie is worthy of a debate.” 7 out of 10, Fiction Horizon

“The only positive aspect of Spoonful of Sugar is Saylor’s performance […] Morgan and screenwriter Leah Saint Marie no doubt thought it would be clever to deliver a twist on the evil babysitter formula, and it is quite clever, but clever doesn’t always equate to entertaining. Spoonful of Sugar is a case where sticking to the formula may have been advised, rather than experimenting with alternative practices.” 2.5 out of 5, The Movie Waffler

“It was more psychological. I would say this leans more on the thriller/crime side of things with some psychedelic visuals thrown in. Yes, there was blood but nothing too gory. Now, normally this isn’t my kind of fare but it kept my attention. My only real complaint would be the pacing in certain spots but I’ll admit it was a fun ride.” 3 out of 5, Punch Drunk Critics

“Overall, Spoonful of Sugar is a potent film about motherhood, female monstrosity, and very flawed characters. This film is saturated in sex and violence, and though it treads some familiar ground, it still feels surprising and unhinged.” Signal Horizon

Spoonful of Sugar is lead by some truly spectacular acting, especially from its two female leads. In fact, Saylor gives the kind of star-making performance that is award-worthy. The flick looks gorgeous thanks to exceptional filmmaking and directing. Seemingly being one thing, only to become something, it has a rich and complex script. It’s a film that is an alternately disturbing, haunting, sexy, and above all engrossing time.” 3.5 out of 4, Words from the Master

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