review by Bobby Blakey
The streaming service Shudder continues to bring a wide variety of films to their channel. The latest is Lucky written and starring Brea Grant along with Dhruv Uday Singh, Kausar Mohammed, Hunter C. Smith, and Kristina Klebe with director Natasha Kermani at the helm. Could this be yet another great addition to the Shudder filmography or will it need some self-help to deliver?
Lucky follows May, a popular self-help book author, who 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.
I knew nothing about this one going into it which is a good thing. Initially I was a bit worried as it was coming across like a low budget flick with little direction, but it quickly shifted direction into a pretty intriguing story. The mystery of the returning killer is entertaining enough bringing vibes of things like Groundhog Day and Happy Death Day, but there is a deeper story to it all underneath.
As it unfolds the mystery deepens and becomes more and more interesting in the way that she not only deals with the fear and frustration, but more so by the way those around here react to her situation. It’s here that helps it to stand out on its own. There are elements of dealing with abuse and relationship struggles in a strange but dangerously unique way infused into a horror flick.
It’s a bit slow paced at times and despite its short run time limped along at times, but in the end is a worthwhile effort that I think most would find entertaining. Decide for yourself and check out Lucky available now on digital and DVD from Shudder and RLJE Films.