Two Destinies Are About To Collide.
A young woman commits a hit-and-run, then finds her fate tied to her victim.
A young woman commits a hit-and-run, then finds her fate tied to her victim.
Mena Suvari Stephen Rea Russell Hornsby Rukiya Bernard Carolyn Purdy-Gordon Lionel Mark Smith Wayne Robson Patrick McKenna Jeffrey Combs John Dunsworth R.D. Reid Sharlene Royer Bunthivy Nou Suzanne Short Wally MacKinnon John Dartt Liam McNamara Shuko Akune Marguerite McNeil Martin Moreno Lorena Rincon Mauricio Hoyos Brian Johnson
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Stuck, loosely based on a true story pretty nice explores how ordinary people react when stuck in a situation they don't want to be in and would literally act like monsters to get out of it.
The movie nicely balances the brutal and serious side of the plot providing it the depth that it deserves that you start feeling for the victim and at the same time works pretty good as a dark comedy when ever the culprit tries to bable around with nonsensical reasons to prove her innocence, stuck has all the things that a dark comedy needs but the only thing that I want more here was brandi and toms interactions, Suvari's character brandi was literally the best…
a vicious, farcical horror movie where at every opportunity for someone to make a choice that doesn't hurt someone else class-based precarity stops them from doing so. it is insane that this is based on a real murder. RIP stuart gordon
Amicus Productions reopened its doors in the latter 00's to offer the world Stuart Gordon's Stuck, which is essentially a True Crime/News Of The Weird Anti-Cell-Phone-Use-Whilst-DUI PSA as a section of Amicus Classics Tales From The Crypt or Vault OF Horror expanded to phantasmagorical feature-length, with all of the black humour and whipsaw narrative reversals that implies. Stuck starts off as a relatively accurate dramatic recount of a 2002 case in which a health care worker was driving home and hit a man, ramming him through her windshield, and she panicked and just went home, not alerting the authorities or getting any help. She apparently checked in on him once in a while to say that she was sorry. After…
You can really tell Gordon is great with actors. Even the throwaway parts like the old lady getting her toenails cut are performed pitch perfect with the blackly comedic tone of the movie. Doesn't hold back in the ick factor either, making it one of the better exploitation movies I've seen in the past 20 years too!
You have to see this to believe it and even then you still won't believe it! Based on a real life incident that took place in Texas! Never ever underestimate the stupidity or inhumanity that human beings are fully capable of committing!
Stephen Rea gets huge props for being the most grotesque hood ornament ever!
Personally didn't care for the cliché stereotypes but if you can get past that it is a real trip!
It took everything I had to hold back the tears of joy when Princess (The Pomeranian) found her bone ;-)
So Stuart Gordon passed away last week. A great genre guy. I loved FORTRESS and PIT & THE PENDULUM back in the day. I remember enjoying RE-ANIMATOR too, but I don't remember much of the film.
STUCK was one of his latter entries. Ever so loosely based on a real incident where a poor schmuck gets hit by a car and lodged into the windshield at the ass-end of the worst day of his life.
STUCK was shot in Saint John, NB. Not too far from me, but in terms of film-location-land, it might as well be right next door (my home province being PEI). So it's certainly fun when regional hero and national trailer-park cult hero John Dunsworth shows up…
You think you're having a bad day? Watch Stuck and check how Thomas Bardo is doing. Not good and things get way worse when he gets hit by a car. Poor Brandi. Just got a promotion -well, almost- and now she has some bum stuck in her windshield. And it's a bloody mess. What's a girl to do? Not what Brandi does. After all, no amount of booze, drugs or sex is gonna make this guy disappear. Her reaction is the start of what turns out to be a deliciously fucked up mix of pitch black comedy, thriller and horror. That damn hobo just won't die.
Mena Suvari is absolutely brilliant as Brandi, she finds the perfect tone…
Less thorny than King of the Ants as a straightforward and economical morality play, Suvari and Russell Hornsby ably embodying the full-send awfulness of the human condition in the former's absurd predicament. As nuanced as, well, the very act of hitting someone/thing with your car which is entirely the point, careening toward an effective stretch of schadenfreude to cap it all off.
Stuart Gordon was ahead of the curve with Re-Animator but so was he with Stuck. Stuck is an underseen social thriller that would’ve sold for double-digit millions at this year’s Sundance for how it bends the genre; it's a combination of body horror and class horror, how capitalism can turn ordinary people into uncaring monsters when confronted with not just a hardship but also themselves (Mena Suvari says over and over that it wasn't her fault that she hit Stephen Rea with her car, her fear of the consequences overriding any accountability). There's also an aside to how immigration laws make it so groups of people cannot be good samaritans out of fear of deportation. But it's also an exploitation film and the whole cast is great but Russell Hornsby is phenomenal as Suvari's drug dealing "boyfriend."
I wouldn’t have imagined a movie like Stuck from Stuart Gordon, but I guess that’s a testament to how versatile he was and how well he handled genre thrills. Ripped from the headlines and turned into vicious little suspense thriller, Stuck is a film driven by performances. Gordon’s background in theater definitely shows here. The disturbing scenario and gruesome consequences act as a catalyst for sharply-written amusingly-portrayed characters; even the bit roles receive a pop of personality in their delivery and the rhythm of dialogue.
The black comedy approach is bolstered by stings of social commentary (“You didn’t even look”) and a snappy pedal-to-the-metal pace, but this is definitely still a Stuart Gordon film. Wince-inducing gore, devilish reversals of fortune, clever cause-and-effect tension: all presented in an understated matter-of-fact style that highlights the pulpy exploitation touches.
Stuck was a very solid 85 minutes of grounded and grisly suspense. Now I’m quite excited to check out Gordon’s other noir/crime films.
RIP Stuart Gordon 🖤
Still crazy to think Stuck is based on a true story. After reading up on the details of the real crime, I'm so impressed by this adaptation. The ending is super satisfying. Even after all the inhumanity and torture Thomas suffers, he doesn't have the heart to murder his attacker. It's her own cruelty which leads to her downfall. Also, I'd now like to see a movie starring Rukiya Bernard. She's so charming in the role of Tanya.
Would have watched these late stage Stuart Gordon movies a lot sooner if I'd known they felt so much like 90s David Lynch and Bully era Larry Clark. Sleazy, grounded and absurd, Gordon was excelling at showing the most twisted side of human nature. Wish he'd made a few more of these instead of his career ending with Eater (a kinda bad episode of an NBC anthology titled Fear Itself, although I suppose it's acceptable for 2008 TV) but The King of the Ants, Edmond and Stuck is an awesome progression to go out on. Interesting that his last few films are probably the closest to his theater work in Chicago from the start of his career.
RIP to a genius. Thrilled that his work is inspiring me as much at 23 as it did at 14.