Many horror movies like to claim they are based on true stories to freak people out more. Stuck makes that claim with a tad more authenticity. There really was a woman who hit a homeless man with her car and left him stuck in her windshield, waiting for him to die.
Gordon Gets Stuck
"It was one of those stories that I was reading about in the newspaper every day," said director Stuart Gordon. "This story was a big story about three or four years ago when she was on trial. It was on the front page every day for weeks and I was just sitting there and reading and going, 'Oh my God, I can’t believe this.' It was impossible to comprehend. A girl who was a caregiver at a senior citizen home was taking some guy and letting him bleed to death in her garage. That was what grabbed me and I was thinking this is an ordinary person. This is not some weirdo monster character. This is a regular, day to day kind of person behaving in an incredibly cold and heartless way. What happened?"
The real victim never got out, but in the film he makes efforts to pry himself loose, including a gory impalement by the windshield wiper. "As far as I know it wasn’t [accurate] although in reading the real description of his injuries, they said that one of his legs was almost completely amputated. There was not much left of one of his legs. So the windshield wiper was not something that was real. It was something that we invented but it was not that different from the reality."
The real victim was not pushing a shopping cart either, though he was homeless. "It was funny because it came up really late in the game. The question was how does she know he’s a homeless guy? That was really the question. She hits this guy and she says to her boyfriend, 'I hit a homeless guy.' How does she know he’s homeless? So finally the idea came that he’s got to be pushing a cart. So where did he get the cart? We sort of had to work the whole thing through."
The real victim was also wandering out on the highway, not just minding his own business in the city. "It was interesting because [screenwriter] John Strysik actually went to the site where the accident took place in Ft. Worth and it’s out in the middle of nowhere. It’s a highway. Unlike the movie, it’s not in the middle of an intersection in a city. It’s out in the middle of nowhere. It’s a highway. And the question we all still have is what the hell was he doing out there? Why was he there in the first place? No one knows."