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Lucky (2002)

Cast: Michael Emanuel, Michael Emanuel, Piper Cochrane, more...
Director: Steve Cuden, Steve Cuden
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Studio: MTI Home Video
Genre: Horror, Black Comedy, Slashers
Running Time: 83 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish
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Synopsis
Television writer Steve Cuden makes his directorial debut with the creepy independent horror film Lucky. The story is about the miserable life of loner Millard Mudd (Michael Emanuel), a drunk cartoonist with writer's block. While out to get more beer, he accidentally runs over a dog. He takes the dog home and calls him Lucky, convinced that he's not really dead. Eventually the dog starts talking (voice of David Reivers) and Millard starts writing again. Pretty soon Lucky is telling him what to write and what to do, eventually turning his master into a homicidal maniac. Piper Cochrane plays Millard's fantasy girlfriend, Misty. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

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One Sick Puppy by nyetah March 24, 2005 - 3:07 PM PST
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2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
The very strong writing and wonderful black-humor should have Lucky standing along side such genre classics as Brain Damage and Dead Alive. The viewer gets a front row seat at this carnival-like ride through the inner most vulnerabilities and psychosis of a geeky, socially inept, male, comic writer who slowly declines into homicidal behavior as he discovers he actually does have talent but he will have to work (kill?) for it. The wit and darkly honest introspections that writer Stephen Sustarsic offers are the strength of this film as is the acting and narration of lead Michael Emanuel. Winning Best Feature at the 2004 New York City Horror Festival is no fluke for this well-balanced (funny yet dark) venture into the mind of one sick puppy.

Suprisingly great by Ralsar April 23, 2004 - 5:54 PM PDT
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4 out of 6 members found this review helpful
First off the subject matter of this film is horrific to say the least. And the fact that the main character is, to some degree, likable makes it even more so. Especially when you start to identify with parts of his personality. The film does a good job of making him a fully realized, extremely flawed character. Which, considering that this is a character study, is a pretty important feat.

The premise of this film is laughable if you haven't seen the film. A drunk who writes cartoons for a living runs over a dog that comes back to life and makes him kill. And it is often humorous throughout the film but at the same time there is a creeping darkness as Millard commits, and internally justifies, his atrocities. Its distrubing and unsettling but if you are willing to crawl into the mind of a serial killer for 90 minutes or so, Lucky is a great and terrible ride.




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Bloody Best
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Just goes to show you that horror movies weren't meant to be PG-13!
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