Written by: Michael Den Boer on July 28th, 2013
Release Date: USA, 2013
Production Company: Big Biting Pig Productions
Approximate running time: 87 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Director: P.J. Woodside
Writer: P.J. Woodside
Cinematographer: Steve Hudgins
Cast: Brittney Saylor, Bill Johnson, P.J. Woodside, Michael Coon, Steve Hudgins, Felicia Stewart, Scott Cummings, Megan Jones, Craig Angel, Jim Foreman, Janet Corum
Synopsis: A traumatic event from a woman’s past leads to her inability to get a restful night of sleep.
Lucid is P.J. Woodside’s third film as a director, her prior films being Widow and The Creep Doll. Woodside is half of the creative force behind Big Biting Pig Productions with the other being Steve Hudgins, also a director in his own right. His filmography as director includes The 3rd Floor, Maniac on the Loose, GoatSucker, Hell is Full and Spirit Stalkers. Like all previous Big Biting Pig Productions Woodside and Hudgins wear a multitude of hats throughout the creative process.
At the heart of this film is a story of a young woman named Monica who has already long ago lost someone she loved due to a childhood traumatic event. Now in a new relationship she wants to do everything she can to make certain that she doesn’t repeat past mistakes. Along the way a friend introduces her to a sleep therapist who’s specialty just happens to be lucid dreams. After initially turning her away, the therapist has a change of heart and becomes all too eager to take on her case. Does he really want to help or are their ulterior motives behind his generous offer?
Lucid, like Woodside’s previous films, delves into the realm of psychological horror. To portray the protagonist’s mounting mania the visuals often dive headlong into hallucinatory territory. The film walks the fine line between the real and the imaginary, but does so with restraint and finesse not always found in this type of treatment.
This is by far Big Biting Pig Productions biggest production and their most ambitious film to date. Not merely in regard to the use of more locations or a larger cast but in just how well rounded every character is and more importantly the strength of each and every performance. The most memorable is by Bill Johnson (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2) as an abusive father named Paw Paw, and also of special note is Brittney Saylor in the role of the protagonist, Monica.
Far too many independent productions are overlooked in the glut of product. On rare occasions there comes along a film that refuses to let its meager resources dictate whether it is going to rise or fall. Exploring the world of dreams is never an easy task and yet this film does a remarkable job with such a tricky subject matter, achieving everything it sets out to and then some.
This release for Lucid comes with an anamorphic widescreen transfer and extras include a 6 minute blooper reel, 5 deleted scenes and an audio commentary with director / screenwriter / actress P.J. Woodside and cinematographer / actor Steve Hudgins. You can purchase the DVD from Big Biting Pig Productions website which can be found here.