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Actors: Malcolm Mcdowell, Dave Foley, Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, Henry Rollins / Director: Rob Stefaniuk / Studio: E1 Entertainment / DVD Release Date: September 28 2010 / Run Time: 96 minutes

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      30.01.2013 15:16
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      With a title like Suck, you might wonder why I've bothered reviewing this film at all. I came across it whilst looking at the album of the same name by the South African rock band also of the same name and was drawn in by the fact that old friends and rockers Iggy Pop and Alice Cooper appeared in the film.

      I'm a big fan of the Coop and thoroughly enjoyed his appearances in films like Wayne's World, his leathery features just tend to lend themselves to scary wise guy characters in films. Suck is the story of a Canadian band that have just been dumped by their leech like agent. They're not a particularly good band and I found them rather sissy sounding. I didn't warm to the main character, an egotistical singer who is pretty straight laced.
      The band have a roadie called Hugo, a French speaking Canuck who is extremely amusing, he's the band's dog's body and has resigned to his miserable life, making occasional sarcastic comments. The other band members just kind of go with the flow but the singer's former girlfriend is fed up and decides to go home with a sleazy looking guy who turns out to be a vampire. The band's fortunes improve and people actually start to dig them.

      Labelled a black comedy vampire flick, I was suspicious at first as I really can't stand all that Twilight tosh, the film was mildly amusing at times but the band paled in comparison with those stalwarts of the rock n roll scene Iggy and Alice. Several entertaining moments come about by the fact that the bass player and later rest of the band take on extremely pasty facial features and get the taste for blood.
      In an agreement to keep their inner vampire needs restrained, they agree to feast only on cow blood but find themselves gorging on numerous characters they shouldn't be. A repeat theme in the movie is that Joey, the lead singer meets Alice Cooper at a crossroads, much like the story of how blues man Robert Johnson met the devil at the crossroads.

      By the time it ended, I never did manage to fully like the band and found them all a bit tame but I suppose that's the point, they find themselves thrown into a world they don't belong in and don't know how to deal with it, except of course Hugo, who takes everything with a pinch of salt. In fact, one of the oddest things is that he never really converts to a vampire at all. The film has a killer soundtrack, there are much better films out there but it's not the worst picture in recent years.

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