Steve Cuder's despicable black comedy aims to be a cult flick, but Stephen Sustarsic's script substitutes sickening shock value for originality.
Aspiring TV-cartoon writer Millard Mudd (Michael Emanuel) tries to ply his
trade from a house strewn with empty beer cans, but he has a bad case of writer’s block. Millard lies to an impatient studio delivery girl (Jillian Bach), saying that his overdue assignment is nearing completion, and begs his agent for another chance. During one of his periodic beer runs, the soused Millard runs over a dog and brings the injured animal to his home. Millard’s daydreams about sexually submissive women are interrupted by a strange occurrence: The dog recovers and begins speaking to Millard. Lucky the Dog (Voice of David Reivers) badgers the slothful Millard into writing, and Millard is soon churning out scripts. Millard revels in his employability, humiliates his agent and rebuilds his self-confidence. What he doesn't realize is that Lucky is a demonic entity with insight into Millard’s darker side. Having pulled his "master" out of his slump, Lucky now encourages Millard’s bondage fantasies. When the delivery girl accuses Millard of relying on Lucky as his front, Millard
kills her and buries her. Then he digs her up, figuring there's no reason to waste a still-fresh corpse. She proves to be Millard’s perfect woman, until Lucky munches on her face and forces Millard to hunt for fresh meat. Both man and dog have insatiable appetites. Whether hunting, raping, murdering, or writing, Millard is Lucky’s pawn. Is there any way Millard can break the cycle and free himself of his canine Svengali?
It's hard to say exactly what Cuder and Sustarsic imagine they're satirizing. Serial killers? The American Dream? People who love dogs? Since the point is so unclear, the film's salivating attention to murder and other forms of physical abuse just feels distasteful and misogynistic.
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- Released: 2002
- Rating: R
- Review: Steve Cuder's despicable black comedy aims to be a cult flick, but Stephen Sustarsic's script substitutes sickening shock value for originality. Aspiring TV-cartoon writer Millard Mudd (Michael Emanuel) tries to ply his trade from a house strewn with e… (more)