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“SUCK is great fun, a film that entertains from beginning to end and which left me wanting for more” — Marina Antunes, QUIET EARTH
Director: Rob Stefaniuk
Screenplay: Rob Stefaniuk
Cast: Rob Stefaniuk, Jessica Paré, Paul Anthony, Mike Lobel, Chris Ratz, Dave Foley, Henry Rollins, Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, Carole Pope, Alex Lifeson
Producers: Robin Crumley, Jeff Rogers
Print Source: Alliance-Vivafilm
Joey has a problem. His band, the Winners, is on the verge of making it big. This should be a good thing, really. After years of scratching out a meagre existence in the bars, years of gigs that don’t pay and nobody comes to, years of measuring the hits on their website in single digits, things are finally looking up. Fans are buzzing. Fans are coming out to their shows. Their tour is scheduled to end with a big industry showcase. Life should be great! But it’s not, because their newfound popularity rides on the magnetic power of Joey’s ex-girlfriend and current bassist Jennifer (Jessica Paré)—magnetic power that arrived the day she was turned into a vampire. Playing vampirism as an allegory for addiction, most specifically to heroin, SUCK follows the band as first Jennifer and then the rest of the members succumb to its call. When freshly fed, they are powerful, enthralling, alluring. Fans love them and it’s not hard to see the appeal. But the next morning? Oh, that’s a different story, one filled with nausea, headaches and the gnawing need for more. A hunger that must be fed.
Fusing slick musical numbers with bursts of stop-motion animation and high-end special effects provided by writer, director and actor Rob Stefaniuk’s brother Ron (who just happens to be one of the top effects men in Canada), SUCK is great fun to look at though, true to the core metaphor, the vampirism is of interest more for the withdrawal than for the feeding. With a fantastic premise, excellent production values and a cast that includes appearances from the likes of Moby, Alice Cooper, Carol Pope, Alex Lifeson of Rush, Henry Rollins and Iggy Pop, never to mention Malcolm McDowell as a vampire hunter and Dave Foley as the Winners’ sleazebag manager, plus songs composed by writer-director-star Stefaniuk with help from Montreal rock scene veterans John Kastner (Doughboys) and Ivan Doroshuk (Men Without Hats), SUCK has all the ingredients of a cult hit.