Written by: Matt Molgaard
Directed by: Kevin K. Shah
Cast: Marion Kerr, Ross Marquand, Christina Rose
Karen is a lucid dreamer trapped in a perennial hell in which her husband Sam relentlessly attempts to kill her using an assortment of different methods. The nightmares are taking their toll on Karen, and her marriage is spiraling out of control as a result. As would be expected, Sam, her husband, simply cannot take the radical shift in his wife’s personality. She’s become distant, detached from her day to day life and Sam isn’t convinced he’s got what it takes to stick it all out. There must be a reason behind the nightmares, and if the two can pinpoint the problem, their relationship may be salvageable. But what is the problem, and will we, the viewers, ever get the chance to see this problem resolved?
I loved this flick. Seriously, it’s absolutely fantastic for a number of reasons and I’m definitely not the only one who sees the genius in the production. Genre icon John Carpenter gives the movie a thumbs up and that alone should compel genre fanatics to seek the pic out. Whether you’re familiar with the project, or those involved, there’s valid reason to welcome Lucid into your lives.
The cinematography is gorgeous, and director Kevin K. Shah – despite a lack of extensive experience – delivers a beautifully assembled little tale designed to climb under the viewer’s skin. The film’s two lead performers Marion Kerr (Karen) and Ross Marquand (Sam) are startlingly convincing. Smooth from the jump and completely sympathetic for different reasons, this duo feels destined for greater things. They’re just too damn good to go unnoticed by Hollywood for long, and a picture as impacting as this could be just the thing to help launch stronger careers. I’d pay to see either in a feature film, no doubt about it. The fact that Kerr also co-wrote the story tells me she’s a woman of many talents. The industry needs to tap into those talents, immediately.
At just 18 minutes runtime Lucid flies by. The fact that it grips the attention in a death clutch speaks volumes to the overall quality of the production. It’s clean and effective and genre fans will be better off having watched than not watched. Despite its intensity, Lucid is tasteful while eerie. Stylized and infectious, this is hands down the best short film I’ve seen in 2014.