I came across this movie while at work last summer. I passed it every day but it always grabbed my attention. Was it the title? Iggy and Alice on the cover? Malcolm McDowell next to the phrase “cult classic?” Whatever it was, I finally took it home, admittedly not really expecting much. I’ll be frank, this movie blew my mind.
Suck follows The Winners, a struggling Canadian rock band with some deep-running personal issues. After the band’s bassist, Jennifer (Jessica Paré), follows a creepy fella known as Queeny (Burning Brides’ Dimitri Coats) home, the band’s popularity skyrockets with the help of Jennifer’s…changes. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a vampire rock and roll musical.
Suck combines the casualness of a road comedy, stunning visuals a là Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and some epic cameos and references sprinkled throughout. What was even more impressive was the writing. Not only was my faith in the vampire genre restored, but also the lines between vampirism and the music industry are blurred beautifully on all levels. Just the little things, like the vampire hunter’s name being Eddie Van Helsing (McDowell), is awesome in it’s own right.
I’ll get down to brass tacks here: Suck is well written, well edited, damn funny and downright awesome. I would say “this movie ROCKS,” but no. Just no. Overall, worth checking out.
Next time on WYSHW, one of the best genuinely scary films no one saw.