Written by James Garibay, June 25, 2016, at 9:15 p.m.
Hungarian Indie Horror Film Lucky Girl Review
Lucky Girl is a short horror film directed by Hungarian film-maker Demeter Lorant (Facebook). It was interesting to say the least, and I mean that in a good way. I love the simplicity of the shots and how it has that “just watch” feel. It’s very enticing. No words are spoken, which I like because it allows to focus and not be distracted, and makes what is happening that much more disturbing.
There is a shot where we see the girls tied up and to the sides there is some kind of curtain making it blurry, so all we see is the victims. I thought that was cool in the way that it fuzzes up the background as another way to not be distracted.
It doesn’t matter what’s on the wall, because Lorant eventually shows it to you anyway. You see what it is meant to be seen and nothing more. It kind of reminds me of Wolf Creek in the way that it’s out in the middle of nowhere, and the girl is fighting for her life. Also in the way that it deals with most basic of human instincts, the will to survive.
Inside all you hear is the humming of a fluorescent light. That sound mixed with the girl’s situation makes your nerves a little uneasy. I think that stories that could actually happen make for some of the best horror films because being in a fucked up situation like hers would be absolutely terrifying.
And it begs the question, “What will you do to stay alive?” The female hero in horror movies goes back decades. We want the strong girl to survive from Sally in Texas Chainsaw Massacre to Mia in the latest Evil Dead. Seeing horrible things happen, Lucky Girl has this fire in her eyes where she refuses to be a victim.
There has to be an awesome fight or struggle, so that in those rare instances that they do die you are genuinely saddened because of the fact that they fought so hard. Like in Wolf Creek, when the main girl escapes and runs, you think she’ll make it, but sadly loses. And we are in the generation where most of the heroes in movies are women, not just the horror genre.
Lorant has got some talent. I would actually like to see this as a feature-length, giving us the time get to know the characters. But considering it is only like a 15- minute film, and having so much to squeeze in, in such a small amount of time, he pulls it very well. A small introduction, and then bam, thrown into the fucked up situation the girl has to fight her way out of.
You can really see and feel how much everyone put into this short little flick. It was very well done, production wise. And I love the song that he has played at the end credits. It’s an old 40’s soft jazz song. A total twist from what was just shown on screen.
It’s fun when horror directors pick old songs for their movies. Look at Jeepers Creepers, the song was made in 1938 and decades later it gets used in a low-budget horror movie. All in all, some of the best 15 minutes I’ve spent watching.
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