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Lucky Stiff (1988)

PG | | Comedy, Horror | November 1988 (USA)
A plump loser, after being left at the alter by his fiancee, is invited to Christmas dinner by a beautiful woman, but her family are cannibals who intend to have *him* as the main course.

Director:

Anthony Perkins

Writer:

Pat Proft
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donna Dixon ... Cynthia Mitchell
Joe Alaskey ... Ron Douglas
Jeff Kober ... Ike
Fran Ryan ... Ma
William Morgan Sheppard ... Pa (as Morgan Sheppard)
Barbara Howard Barbara Howard ... Frances
Leigh McCloskey ... Eric West
Elizabeth Arlen ... Arlene
Charles Frank ... Durel
Andy Wood Andy Wood ... Futterman
Bill Quinn ... Emmet Kassler
David Smith David Smith ... Roman Kassler
Joe Unger ... Kirby
Adele Malis-Morey Adele Malis-Morey ... Gramma
Philip Arthur Ross Philip Arthur Ross ... Ike Jr. (as Phillip Arthur Ross)
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Rotund Ron Douglas has no luck with women until he meets Cynthia Mitchell, who invites him home for Christmas dinner. Her backwoods clan, descended from the Donner party, is skewed toward the unnatural. Will Ron find his way back to civilization? Written by <rth@ece.arizona.edu>

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A Tasty Treat from the Writer of "The Naked Gun" See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Christmas Dinner See more »

Filming Locations:

Truckee, California, USA

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Production Co:

New Line Cinema See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After Psycho III (1986), this was the second and final film directed by Anthony Perkins. See more »

Quotes

Ike: Why are the gods so good to us?
Cynthia: Because we love people and we know how good they really are.
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Written by Tom Jenkins & Gary Falcone
Sung by Gary Falcone
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Cannibalism and humour just don't mix in this pitiful comedy
17 November 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

LUCKY STIFF is probably one of the most unworkable comedies I can remember watching. The story is about an all-American nuclear family who just so happen to be cannibals. Hungry for their next feast, they send out their attractive daughter to hunt for suitable villains, and she soon discovers one in the form of the obese and loathsome Ron Douglas.

For most of the running time, LUCKY STIFF plays out as a ridiculous romantic comedy with all manner of lame situations and bizarre interludes. The aim is to deliver something quirky and humorous, but the effect is excruciating; I can't imagine anyone would have found this funny at the time, let alone now. Joe Alaskey's hammy turn as the lead is embarrassing and at no point do any of the cast members try any form of restraint.

Yes, there's a little macabre humour here and there, and some action at the climax, but for the most part LUCKY STIFF is as dull as it is unfunny. Believe it or not, PSYCHO star Anthony Perkins directed this, which was my main reason for watching; sadly he has about as much interest in the material as the viewer does. Watch out for THE WALKING DEAD actor Jeff Kober (he played the lead Claimer in the hit zombie show) in an early role.


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