On paper, Lucky Bastard sounds like it could be a fun meta stab at the found footage horror genre. When you say “found footage porn horror,” you’d think you would at least have a little bit of fun watching it. I went in with literally zero background on the movie and it starts up with a pre-credit stating that for the sake of the movie, Lucky Bastard is a porno website where one watcher, the titular “lucky bastard,” is chosen to sleep with a porn star. This time around, the chosen viewer isn’t exactly all there. That is it. That is the entire premise of this movie.
Betsy Rue (My Bloody Valentine) plays Ashley Saint, a top tier porn star who has done every series under the website banner except for the Lucky Bastard portion. Her jackass boss Mike (played by movie everyman Don McManus) finally talks her into it and they end up selecting Dave G. After meeting Dave, it’s heavily hinted at that he’s not playing with a full deck of cards and has some strange sensitivity issues. When he can’t perform under pressure, they fire him and he snaps, exacting revenge on the crew.
Lucky Bastard is going to get some theatrical play in Los Angeles on April 5th at Vintage Cinemas’ Los Feliz 3 (1822 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027). This was the found footage film set in the world of porn that we told you about here.
The film is the directorial debut for Robert Nathan (Law & Order), the Peabody-winning, Emmy-nominated veteran writer. The film stars Don McManus (The Shawshank Redemption) as the proprietor of a website that invites fans to have sex with porn stars. Jay Paulson (Mad Men) plays Dave, an eager young fan given a chance to have sex with the fabulous Ashley Saint, played by Betsy Rue (My Bloody Valentine). Everyone gets more than they bargained for from the seemingly mild-mannered Dave…to gruesome results.
The film is being released with an NC-17 rating. Check out the trailer inside.
There’s a new found footage thriller making the rounds, and looking for a home, called Lucky Bastard. The film takes its inspiration from those pornos in which an average Joe is selected to sleep with a real porn star on camera. Here, the porno series is called Lucky Bastard and the average Joe turns out to be a bit…”off.”
The film is directed by Robert Nathan, no stranger to television, and it stars Betsy Rue (My Bloody Valentine 3D), Don McManus, Jay Paulson (Don Draper’s baby bro on Mad Men), Catharine Annette and Chris Wylde (The Revenant). You’ll find the trailer inside.
Not surprisingly, the film was smacked with an NC-17 rating. For more details, visit the official site. We’ll keep you posted when this one land’s distro.