In celebration of International Women’s Day, we are featuring a fantastic film featuring a female writer, director, and lead star. This is the Shudder Original thriller/horror film, Lucky. This film follows a character named May. She is a popular self-help book author that is being targeted by a mysterious man every night. When she reaches out for help, everyone really just blows her off. Lucky is written and stars Brea Grant. It is directed by Natasha Kermani.
Lucky offers a view of a surreal version of our own world. On the surface, it is a typical suspenseful horror/thriller that features a masked man going after his victim of choice. But right underneath that is a very clear commentary about the everyday aggressions that women face day-to-day. As the story progresses, we see yet another character ignoring her situation and really making her feel as if it’s not a big deal. Also the frustration of sometimes making her feel like she was the problem.
What I loved most about Lucky was the fact that although it did have a clear theme, it didn’t feel preachy. There was a good balance between scares, thrills, and even comedy. Throughout the film As May’s situation worsens, I was able to empathize with her emotions of frustrations. Realizing that no one was going to help her and she was going to have to figure this all out on her own. The irony of course is that May is a self-help writer. Who’s last book was titled, “Go At It Alone”.
Here is the synopsis for Shudder’s Lucky:
Life takes a sudden turn for May, a popular self-help book author, when she finds herself the target of a mysterious man with murderous intentions. Every night, without fail he comes after her, and every day the people around her barely seem to notice. With no one to turn to, May is pushed to her limits and must take matters into her own hands to survive and to regain control of her life.
The sophomore feature from Iranian-American filmmaker Natasha Kermani (Imitation Girl), Lucky is written and starring Brea Grant, star of the indie darling After Midnight and writer/director of the critically acclaimed dark comedy 12 Hour Shift.
Home invasion horror by way of a time loop mystery, Lucky is a uniquely nightmarish, darkly funny, and timely slasher, and a thrilling addition to the Final Girl genre. The film stars Grant alongside Dhruv Uday Singh (Good Trouble) and Kausar Mohammed (East of La Brea, What Men Want), and is produced by Patrick Ewald, Chelsea Davenport, and lensed by Julia Swain.
With the release of Lucky, LRM Online had the opportunity to talk with writer and star Brea Grant. As well as the director Natasha Kermani. During our interview, we talk about the themes of the film. As well as how do you create a killer like the one chasing May in the film. It’s a great conversation that you can check out below!
The Shudder Original Lucky is available now on Shudder!