SUCK (2009) reviews and overview

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Suck is a 2009 Canadian rock-and-roll vampire black comedy film starring, written and directed by Rob Stefaniuk. Stefaniuk stars alongside Canadian actress Jessica Paré, Nicole de Boer, Malcolm McDowell and rock stars Alice Cooper (Prince of Darkness; Bigfoot; Dark Shadows), Iggy Pop (Hardware; The Sandman), Henry Rollins (Dreamland; He Never Died; Wrong Turn 2) and Alex Lifeson of Rush. Production took place in and around Toronto in late 2008.

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A down and out rock’n’roll band, The Winners, will do anything for a record deal. Their luck suddenly changes when Jennifer the bass player, disappears one night with a vampire and emerges with a sexually charged charisma that drives audiences wild. As the band members succumb, one by one, to blood lust, their “gimmick” launches them into the limelight…


Various shots in the movie are meant to evoke classic rock album covers. Some examples: A shot of the band crossing the street is a homage to The Beatles Abbey Road. Another shot of the band using a Union Jack flag as a blanket is based on The Who’s The Kids Are Alright. In the border station, the first shot is a nod to Bruce Springsteen’s Born In The USA.

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“Stefaniuk keeps the energy level high and wisely blends in music liberally with the vampire action. Suck is a rock movie at its heart and Stefaniuk and crew embrace this fact; the bass player’s metal-infused transformation sequence is a stand-out. The story isn’t held back either, as the progression from “bizarre rock band underdog movie” to full-on “vampire hunting spoof” moves along nicely and features some satisfying beats. Staking a vamp with an electric guitar? Genius.” DVD Verdict

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Suck is a movie that doesn’t really have any surprises, take one look at the fangs on the poster and read the corny title and you’ll know pretty much what you are in store for. But that doesn’t mean Suck isn’t actually quite funny and weirdly appealing despite its low-budget origins.” Eye For Film

Suck surpasses its limitations of genre and budget with clever rock-nerd Easter eggs, out-of-nowhere stop-motion animation and witty cameos. Look for the staged re-creations of classic album covers.” Mike “McBeardo” McFadden, Heavy Metal Movies

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