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LUCKY BASTARD REVIEW

Lucky Bastard is a 2014 film written by Lucas Kendall and Robert Nathan, also it was directed by Robert Nathan. It stars Betsy Rue as Ashley Saint, Jay Paulson as the lucky bastard and as Mike the director Don McManus.

This is a found footage style thriller about a porn website that gives amateur fans the chance to fuck a porn-star and become the ‘Lucky Bastard’. The website is run by Mike and his aim is to humiliate the fan. He knows that most won’t be able to get it up and even if they do manage to reach maximum torque they will most likely pop at the first touch .They end up picking Dave from as host of weirdo’s video interviews because of a sob story hell tells giving him the chance to bang the very sexy Ashley Saint . From there shit goes bad fairly fast and I’ll leave you find out the rest for yourselves.

Before watching this I assumed the star of the movie was going to be the concept, but I was very wrong. The concept was very solid and original but the best thing about this was the acting it was very good for the most part. Especially the first scene which was expertly pulled off largely thanks to Betsy Rue, she was great.

Something important about this I've not mentioned yet is that its rated NC-17. Usually when I know a movie is NC-17 it excites me because it usually means that the director did not compromise and water down his vision for a larger audience. Having said that I can see why this has got that rating (fairly graphic sex scenes) but it still felt watered down to me. I think they could have pushed it further for example most of the kills are done off screen and could have shown more even the sex scenes, ya the were fairly graphic but it’s an NC-17 why not make them very graphic .I still really liked the movie but just wanted more gore and stuff, but hey I guess that’s just what happens when a horror fan reviews a thriller.

Something too that bothered me while watching this is I could not work out were the writers pro or anti porn as it seemed to push both views at different points. For example I thought the first scene was a powerfully pro porn statement showing this is a job nothing else. But then later Dave is questioning some of the porn-stars and his questions have venom behind them that made me think they were anti porn. This too could have just been good writing and maybe I should have not mentioned it but it typed now so fuck it.

Anyway when all was said and done I really enjoyed this and I would recommend it to anyone who likes naked ladies and original ideas in the same movie. But a bit of advice I’ll give ya before you watch it is, don’t watch it on a big screen with the volume up late at night while the wife and kids are in bed because some of the audio is exactly the same as porn and may be a little awkward to explain the next day.

7th DAY REVIEW

 

In 2012 Dire Wire Films made a low budget gore-fest called 7th Day and today. I'm going to review the shit out of it. 7th Day was directed by Jason M. Koch and stared Mark S. Sanders as Allen Dean in a violent and fucked up portrayal of a serial killer.

The movie is about Allen Dean's life over a 7 day period. Allen seems like your ordinary enough loser with no friends and a shitty job pot washing at a cruddy restaurant but there is something different about him he likes to kill in his spare time. Now Allen is not just a killer he is a character with many layers such as his craving for fame and his misguided fantasies of love with a waitress where he works, but his love for his hobby over-rides everything else in his life. 

As for the style of the movie, as I said, its low budget, but does not feel it. Yes some of the acting is dodgy but that's to be expected and I've seen a hell of a lot worse. It’s a very well shot movie and the use of sound throughout reminded me of Eraserhead in the way noise was amped up to make the viewer uncomfortable.

I really enjoyed the movie; it pretty much hit all the marks I want this kind of movie to hit. Some of what I liked was the very understated dark comedy. The kind of comedy you have to be a little strange to get. Also Allen narrates the movie the whole way through even as he is killing and the way they do this in a sort of out of body experience way I thought was great and I'm sure fans of the genre would  love .

Gore did I forget to mention gore no I did not, the gore.... Wow!!! . You will not see gore better than this no matter what the budget is. I've seen a lot of gore movies in my life and the gore in this could stand side by side proudly with any of them. It was not over the top but was realistic as fuck.

In summary if you like low budget gore movies you need to check this one out and if you don't you should still give it a watch because it’s a far better made movie than you may think .

THE TRIPPER

The Tripper was released in 2006 it was directed by David Arquette,  ya… that David Arquette ! It stars a lot of famous actors ill list the ones I was familiar with , Thomas Jane , Luke Haas , Paz De La Huerta , Jason Mewes , Paul (Pee Wee Herman) Rubens & a cameo from Courtney Cox and I only mention her because she get mauled by some dogs and that made me chuckle a bit .

Now I could go and tell you the whole story and all that but you could find that anywhere so I’m just going to give a brief description of the story and give you the reasons why I loved it and reasons why you might want to check it out . Hope that's cool if not fuck ya! haha… 

This is a Slasher horror with lots of comedy thrown in. The basic plot of the movie is a group of friends, druggy hippy types in their mid-twenties get together to go to a free love music festival in the Redwoods in California. While there, a crazy guy in a Ronald Reagan mask with a dog named Nancy goes on a killing spree.

 

Now there are many reasons to love this movie here are but a few, I don't know where to start I suppose I’ll just start with the loopy old Irish guy with a dislike of hippies then you have some very funny moments especially with the group of friends and Jason Mewes , you have Paul Rubens being a foul mouthed concert promoter , there is a naked hippy chasing a rabbit , BOOBS! and some very realistic drug sequences or so I'm told, from friends who have partaken in that sort of thing, you even get a great performance by Fishbone, who could want more, right ? But more… there is much, much more.

In my opinion this is the best Slasher in at least the last 10 years. Arquette did a fantastic job; his love of the genre really came through it a real throwback to old ‘70s and ‘80s slashers with fun and gore. I hoped there would be a part 2 but I doubt that will ever happen. Also, thank god it’s original and not another remake, if you dug Hatchet and have not seen this check it out, in my opinion its far far better but never got any of the hype.

 

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