SUITABLE FLESH (2023) Reviews of Lovecraftian horror plus new red band trailer and release date

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‘Who do you think you are!’
Suitable Flesh is a 2023 American horror film about a psychiatrist who is obsessed with one of her young clients with multiple personalities.

Directed and executive produced by Joe Lynch (Mayhem; Knights of Badassdom; Wrong Turn 2: Dead Again; Chillerama “Zom-B-Movie” segment) from a screenplay written by Dennis Paoli very loosely based on H.P. Lovecraft‘s 1933 short story The Thing On The Doorstep.

Produced by Morgan Peter Brown, Barbara Crampton, Bob Portal, Inderpal Singh and Joe Wicker. Co-executive produced by Nina Kolokouri, Rick Moore, James Norrie and Brian Yuzna.

The AMP International-Eyevox Entertainment co-production stars Heather Graham, Judah Lewis, Barbara Crampton, Bruce Davison, Johnathon Schaech, Giovannie Cruz, JD Evermore, Drake Malone, Chris McKenna, Brett Newton, Jonah Ray and Hunter Womack.

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Reviews:
“Movies these days are generally afraid of sex. It’s there as an element in many stories, but rarely front and center. Lynch and company’s willingness to have sex as a prime factor makes the film even more daring. Suitable Flesh is kinky, freaky, and a heck of a lot of fun.” The Aisle Seat

“In a film where life and death are constantly on the line, where the soul can exist inside a corpse when the heart stops beating, caring about the characters is the only way that we end up on the edge of our seats. Credit to the cast and Paoli for presenting the narrative in such a way that we do.” Elements of Madness

“Despite a strong cast, the movie stalls in the first half under the weight of often repetitive scenes […] There are clear foundations laid for what’s to follow, but it seems Lynch is holding back. Yet the occasionally frustrating groundwork pays off immensely in the batshit second, with the blood flying as the leads shows their impressive range and clearly have fun with the material.” 4 out of 5, Horror Cult Films

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“Judah Lewis, Heather Graham, and Barbara Crampton are able to tap into sides of themselves we have not yet seen, backed up by assured direction from Joe Lynch. Gory practical effects, bubble-style fade to blacks, and several split diopter scenes give the film an extra bit of fun personality. An epically entertaining throwback to sleazy 80s greats, Suitable Flesh absolutely cannot be missed.” 4.5 out of 5, Josh at the Movies

“Horror icon Barbara Crampton’s deadpan portrayal of Danielle captures the audience’s attention from her first appearance […] Schaech provides comic relief as straight-man Edward to Graham’s increasingly unhinged Elizabeth […] Davison’s performance as the chain-smoking creeper Ephraim is memorable […] If you have a fondness for psychosexual thrillers with plenty of bloodshed, Suitable Flesh is sure to satisfy.” Nightmarish Conjurings

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“Lewis is a little less effective in that he struggles to sell some of the mischievous charm needed for the role at times, but Crampton makes up for it by killing her part. And the real charm of Suitable Flesh is the final act, when everything gets wild in a way that anyone who has seen a Dennis Paoli movie should expect. Having said that, I wanted even more chaos…” RogerEbert.com

“As director, Lynch presides over this screen madhouse with an unerring sense of tone, varying from playful flourishes (like old-fashioned iris shots) to serious intensity. The very best setpiece combines those approaches; no details will be revealed here, but it will likely go down as one of the most memorable, if not the most memorable, bursts of violence in the horror year 2023.” Rue Morgue

“The film is reverent of the work to which it owes so much, with tribute paid in the occasional callback to certain establishing shots from Re-Animator and other Easter eggs for the fans […] It respects the past and looks toward the future, owing as much to Gordon’s work as it does to 90s erotic horrors like Anne Goursaud’s Embrace of the Vampire, a sexy, welcome addition to an increasingly sexless genre film landscape.” Screen Anarchy

“Lynch shows his flair for being inventive with the camera, which is quite dizzying in places. (Hats off to cinematographer David Mathews!) It’s something that elevates what could have been a routine body-swap story to something much more interesting. There are plenty of gnarly moments and touches of humour (particularly from the morgue attendant, played brilliantly by genre favourite Graham Skipper). It’s Heather Graham who shines, however…” 4 out of 5, Starburst

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