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Suck -- After their bass player becomes a vampire, down and out rock band, The Winners are launched into spotlight.  Stalked by creepy producers, wild groupies and the legendary vampire hunter Eddie Van Helsing, The Winners soon find fame to be a fate worse
Suck -- A comedy centered on a rock 'n' roll band that will do anything to become famous
Suck -- A rock’n’roll vampire spoof about a down and out band, The Winners, who will do anything for a record deal. When their disgruntled manager (Dave Foley) tells them that they are getting “long in the tooth”, he doesn’t know that his words are truly prophetic. During a road trip, their humdrum image radically changes when Jennifer (Jessica Paré), the bass player, disappears one night with a hip vampire (Dimitri Coats). She emerges with a sexually charged charisma that drives the audiences wild.

As the band members succumb, one by one, to blood lust, their “gimmick” launches them into the limelight. Following an “incident” on a national radio show with “Rock’n Roger” (Henry Rollins), they hit mega-stardom beyond their wildest dreams. Joey (Rob Stefaniuk), the lead singer, is haunted by an eerie bartender (Alice Cooper), who turns out to be much more. Meanwhile, legendary vampire hunter, Eddie Van Helsig (Malcolm McDowell), is tracking them down, despite his fear of the dark. When a veteran music producer (Iggy Pop) calls them on becoming a vampire freak show, they begin to realize that fame is not what it’s cracked up to be.

Suck is a wild ride down a highway to hell, with a killer soundtrack that includes Iggy Pop’s, “TVeye” and “Success”; Alice Cooper’s, “I am a Spider”; Lou Reed’s Velvet Underground’s “Sweet Nuthin”; David Bowie’s, “Here Comes the Night” and The Rolling Stones, “Sympathy for the Devil”.

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5 February 2011 (Japan) See more »
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Sex, blood and rock 'n' roll. See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Rob Stefaniuk ... Joey

Jessica Paré ... Jennifer

Paul Anthony ... Tyler
Mike Lobel ... Sam
Chris Ratz ... Hugo

Alice Cooper ... Bartender

Moby ... Beef

Henry Rollins ... Rockin' Roger

Iggy Pop ... Victor
Dimitri Coats ... Queeny

Dave Foley ... Jeff
Alex Lifeson ... Border Guard

Malcolm McDowell ... Eddie Van Helsing
Carole Pope ... Club Bouncer

Barbara Mamabolo ... Danielle

Nicole de Boer ... Susan (as Nicole DeBoer)

Calico Cooper ... Barmaid

Danny Smith ... Jerry

Adam Kenneth Wilson ... Vamp

Anand Rajaram ... Pill Popper

Joe Pingue ... Bouncer
Chris Barry ... Toronto Club Sound Man
Rico Scuotto ... Bouncer 1
Janson Aslin ... Bouncer 2
Thalia Stefaniuk ... Diner Patron
Caleigh Barker ... Diner Patron

Directed by
Rob Stefaniuk 
 
Writing credits
Rob Stefaniuk (written by)

Produced by
Robin Crumley .... producer
Mihkel Harilaid .... executive producer
Victoria Hirst .... co-producer
Terry E. Markus .... executive producer
Gabriella Martinelli .... executive producer
Brad Peyton .... executive producer
Jeff Rogers .... producer
Jeff Sackman .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
John Kastner (original score by)
Chris Phillips (original score by)
Mathias Schneeberger (original score by)
 
Cinematography by
D. Gregor Hagey (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Michele Conroy 
 
Production Design by
Jim Goodall 
 
Art Direction by
Matt Middleton  (as Matthew Middleton)
 
Set Decoration by
Ian Wheatley 
 
Costume Design by
Mario Davignon 
 
Makeup Department
Teresa Buccione .... assistant hair stylist
Graham Chivers .... dental technician
Graham Chivers .... fangs
Kim Dao .... contact lens technician (as Tu-Kim Dao)
Cliona Furey .... head of hair department
Iantha Goldberg .... assistant makeup artist
Mandy Ketcheson .... special effects makeup: lenses
Colin Penman .... assistant makeup artist (as Colin Pernhan)
Jordan Samuel .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Matt Cahill .... post-production supervisor
Ted Miller .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Aric Dupere .... trainee assistant director
Laurie Mirsky .... first assistant director
Sterling Thomas .... third assistant director
Bob Warwick .... second assistant director (as Robert Warwick)
Emily Kulasa .... daily assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Tory Bellingham .... property master
Terry Edwards .... set dec buyer
Caroline Gee .... assistant set decorator
Jason Graham .... first assistant art director
William Koon .... key scenic artist (as William 'Bill' Koon)
John Cameron Martin .... swing gang
Steve Middlebrook .... swing gang (as Steven Middlebrook)
Jeff Poulis .... assistant property master (as Jeffrey Poulis)
Giles Vanderholt .... art department trainee
Adam Weir .... construction coordinator
Michael Wonnacott .... storyboard artist (as Mike Wonnacott)
 
Sound Department
Rob Ainsley .... dialogue editor
Tobias Bjarnason .... foley recordist (as Toby Bjarnason)
Tom Bjelic .... sound effects editor
Stacy Coutts .... sound re-recording mixer
James Doser .... additional adr recordist: Los Angeles
Keith Elliott .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Gingras .... supervising sound editor
Katie Halliday .... sound effects editor
Michael LaCroix .... location sound mixer (as Michael Lacroix)
John Laing .... supervising sound editor
Scott Loane .... optical recordist
Roger Morris .... additional adr recordist: Vancouver
Tim O'Connell .... foley artist
Brandon Prodger .... adr recordist
Daryl Purdy .... boom operator
James Robb .... first assistant sound editor (as Jimmy)
Lucas Roveda .... re-recording assistant
 
Special Effects by
Tomas Hartl .... special effects technician
Sadhbh MacMahon .... special effects technician (as Sadhbh Mac Mahon)
Steve Newburn .... special effects technician
Ron Stefaniuk .... special effects creator
Daniel White .... special effects technician (as Danny White)
Jenni Pamerleau .... special effects crew (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Douglas Chomyn .... systems engineer: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures Inc. (as Doug Chomyn)
Dug Claxton .... compositor: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures Inc.
Gary Couto .... compositor: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures Inc.
Bret Culp .... visual effects producer
Tony Cybulski .... compositor: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures Inc.
Pietro Gallo .... opticals
Maria A. Gordon .... compositor: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures Inc. (as Maria Gordon)
Michael Griffith .... visual effects editor: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures Inc.
Luke Groves .... production manager: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures Inc.
Joe Kicak .... additional visual effects: Shark Teeth Films Inc.
Stan Klychko .... systems engineer: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures Inc.
John A. Shaw .... systems lead: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures Inc.
Jay Stanners .... compositor: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures Inc.
Jordan Thistlewood .... pipeline supervisor: shot finaling, C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures Inc.
Mark Thomas-Stubbs .... compositing lead: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures Inc.
Martin Tori .... visual effects supervisor: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures Inc.
Tracey Vaz .... compositor: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures Inc.
Bob Yoshioka .... visual effects supervisor: Shark Teeth Films Inc.
Motassem Younes .... opticals
 
Stunts
Marco Bianco .... stunts
Tom Farr .... stunts
Stephannie Hawkins .... stunts (as Stephanie Hawkins)
Jamie Jones .... stunt coordinator
Riley Jones .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mongo Andrews .... key rigging grip
Kevin Barnes .... best boy electric
Michael Battistone .... camera trainee
Sean Bourdeau .... best boy grip
Pierre Branconnier .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Bill Butry .... electric
Joseph Ka-Fai Chan .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Joseph Chan Ka Fai)
Rob Cochrane .... grip
Richard Emerson .... key grip (as Rico Emerson)
Morning Glory .... data management technician
Lee Guenette .... electric
D. Gregor Hagey .... camera operator: "b" camera
Jamie Hodgson .... generator operator
Brad Hruboska .... camera operator: "a" camera
Bob Poole .... generator operator
Rafy .... still photographer
Ron Renzetti .... dolly grip
John Sztejnmiler .... generator operator (as John 'Stets' Sztejnmiler)
Christopher Takacs .... electric (as Chris Takacs)
Franco Tata .... gaffer
Franco Tata .... lighting: rock shows
Richard Teodorczyk .... grip (as Richard Teodorcryk)
Robert Vigus .... grip
Sarah Warland .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Marko Willis .... grip
 
Animation Department
Neil Burns .... stop motion animation
Rion Gonzales .... stop motion lighting
 
Casting Department
John Buchan .... casting: Sam & Hugo
Donna Dupere .... extras casting
Jason Knight .... casting: Sam & Hugo
Mary Jo Slater .... casting consultant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elayne Alexander .... wardrobe truck supervisor
Jill Aslin .... assistant to costume designer
Heather Blurton .... wardrobe set supervisor
Lorenzo Signoretti .... costume trainee
 
Editorial Department
Peter Armstrong .... digital intermediate producer
Gary Brown .... project manager
Bernie Clayton .... operator: video data centre (as Berni Clayton)
Erin Deck .... first assistant picture editor
Debora Filippi .... dailies operator: RED
Lee Hughes .... digital intermediate project manager
Ryan Logel .... operator: video data centre
Rui Martins .... dailies operator: RED
Tom Mayclim .... scanning and film recording
Cam McLauchlin .... digital intermediate assistant editor (as Cam Mclauchlin)
Dave Muscat .... digital intermediate assistant editor
Nick Paulozza .... supervisor: scan/record
Trevor Pickard .... scanning and film recording
Mike Seeley .... operator: video data centre
Chris Wallace .... digital intermediate colourist
Motassem Younes .... digital intermediate editor
 
Music Department
Jeff Rogers .... music supervision
Mathias Schneeberger .... mixer: original songs, Donner & Blitzen
Richie Vincent Jr. .... mixer: original songs, Red Rhino (as Richie Vincent)
 
Transportation Department
Mike Billard .... transport captain
Bill Boyd .... picture car captain (as William Boyd)
Aubrey Christopher .... driver
Ron Coles .... driver
Brian Doran .... driver
Lorne Frederick .... driver
Randy Hastings .... driver
Ron Hilts .... driver
Tim Hilts .... driver
Bill Hong .... operator: camera car (as William Hong)
Paul Kelly .... driver
Frank Mizzi .... transport coordinator
Tom Morrison .... driver
Jeff Peebles .... driver
Doug Perry .... driver
Carl Severin .... transport co-captain
Harry Smith .... driver
Terry Smith .... driver
Robert Steenson .... driver
David Street .... driver
Maurice Tremblay .... driver
Mark Van Alstyne .... driver
Joe Vechiola .... driver
 
Other crew
Miloslav Abel .... location production assistant
Noel S. Baker .... story consultant (as Noel Baker)
Edward Blocki .... location production assistant
Katharine Boyce .... craft service provider (as Katharine Duke)
Jared Burton .... location production assistant
Justin Cossette .... location production assistant
Lincoln D'Souza .... second assistant accountant
Tony Duarte .... production legal counsel
Gary Eisler .... stand-in
Prudence Emery .... unit publicist
Melissa Girotti .... production coordinator
Diane Higgins .... location production assistant
Joe Iacono .... financial consultant and auditor: Weisbord, Del Gaudio, Iacono
Nick Iannelli .... vice president of customer service: inside sales, Deluxe EFilm Toronto
Despina Iossifidis .... stand-in
R. Emerson John .... script supervisor
Linda Kash .... additional story consultant
Rhona Kellman .... additional craft service (as Rohna Kellman)
Joe Kicak .... assistant: Mr. Crumley & Ms. Hirst
Lisa Lavorato .... production accountant
Kris Lefcoe .... additional story consultant
Stanley Lilavois .... craft service provider
Janek Lowe .... assistant: Mr. Stefaniuk
Tim Lynne-Davies .... post-production accounting
John Mactaggart .... location production assistant
Erik Malmsten .... location production assistant
Terry E. Markus .... production legal counsel
Lenka Matuska .... stand-in
Eleanor Mendes .... assistant production coordinator
Quincy Morgan .... assistant location manager
Kasia Mucha .... post-production accounting
Vedant Narain .... location production assistant
Vincenzo Natali .... additional story consultant
Jeff Nelson .... location manager
Sue Nelson .... post-production accounting
Jerry Noad .... location production assistant
Malou Oducado .... assistant: Ms. Martinelli
Ortensia Palmerino .... financial consultant and auditor: Weisbord, Del Gaudio, Iacono
Brad Peyton .... consultant: development materials
Trevor Pickett .... office production assistant
Hatty Reisman .... legal counsel: AVER
Rose Reisman .... caterer
Doug Reynolds .... location production assistant
Sandy Rogers .... assistant: Mr. Rogers
Chris Ross .... location production assistant
Susan Rosset .... first assistant accountant (as Susan 'Susie' Rosset)
James J. Shaw .... location production assistant
Christina Taggert .... craft service provider (as Christina Taggart)
Ronald Tardif .... financial consultant and auditor: Weisbord, Del Gaudio, Iacono
Angelika Walaszczyk .... assistant publicist
Angelika Walaszczyk .... assistant: Ms. Martinelli
Farrah Yip .... office production assistant
Mike Bernofsky .... production assistant (uncredited)
Michael Haddad .... craft service (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Anne Frank .... special thanks
Heli Kennedy .... with thanks to
Henry McGroggan .... special thanks
Mark Roeder .... with thanks to
Jamie Spilchuk .... with thanks to
Ron Stefaniuk Sr. .... in loving memory of: my father
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for vampire violence/gore, language and drug material
Runtime:
91 min
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Certification:
Australia:MA (2010) | Canada:14A (Alberta/Ontario) | Germany:16 | New Zealand:R16 | USA:R (certificate #46257)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
When "Joey Winner" ('Rob Stefanuik') get thrown to the wall by "Queeny" (Dimitri Coats) the painting hanging on the wall looks like "Alice Cooper" in 16th century clothing.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the band stands in front of Queeny's house Hugo's (Chris Ratz) pants legs are tucked into his boots. When he urinates himself in the living room his pants legs are no longer tucked into his boots.See more »
Quotes:
Jeff:What I'm saying is that as your manager I'm advising you to fire your manager.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Gremlins (1984)See more »
Soundtrack:
Still BleedingSee more »

FAQ

In this movie, Malcolm McDowell has flashbacks to his younger self. How did the filmmakers do this without making it look too CGI?
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Suck doesn't, 27 October 2012
Author: rooprect from New York City

I'll skip the review of the regular stuff and jump right to what makes this movie unique. First off, we get a parade of cameos from legendary alt-rockers We have Alice Cooper as the headmaster vampire (not far from his real life persona), Iggy Pop as a hopelessly old school studio engineer, Henry Rollins as a hilarious loud mouthed DJ, Alex Lifeson (guitarist extraordinaire for Rush) as a creepy border crossing guard, Carole Pope (80s punk icon) as a club bouncer, Moby as an arrogant rival band singer, and who knows, probably a few more I missed.

"Suck" relies on these cameos to give the audience a little wink. So if you're unfamiliar with these people, you might miss out. It's never too late to look them up on youtube though. There are other little inside jokes too; for example, there are a number of visual homages to famous album covers (if nothing else, you'll recognize Abbey Road). Digging deeper, there are funny ironies such as Moby playing a character named "Beef" whose gimmick is to play with raw meat on stage. In real life, Moby is a strict vegan... and it's hilariously obvious that the "raw meat" is nothing more than some strips of rubber with red food dye.

A lot of this stuff comes at you fast, and even the most hardcore fans will probably miss a few gags. So don't worry if you have to watch the movie multiple times.

OK, all that aside, the story itself is pretty basic but with an interesting metaphorical spin to it. As other reviewers have pointed out, it's not a movie about vampires as much as it's about the vices of success... whether we're talking about drugs, glamour, or "selling out". How far will a struggling musician go to win fame? And at what cost? That's basically the only serious part of the film, and the rest is totally tongue-in-cheek. Don't expect realism. In its place expect absurdist humor (such as the fact that nobody gets caught for murdering people in the open, or live on national radio). Again, this may be a metaphor for the fact that many famous musicians never got caught for their extravagant drug habits even though they flaunted it in public. With that in mind, "Suck" becomes a biting satire of not just the fame-seeking rock stars, but also of the mindless fans who will condone and glorify anything.

I saved one of the best performances for last. Malcom McDowell plays an ominous character with a fetish for flashlights. He brings his usual larger-than-life presence to the screen but with a nice comedic air. Check out the outtakes on the DVD and you'll see that he had a great time playing the part.

Even if you have no idea who some of these famous cult musicians are, you'll still find the movie entertaining, funny & interesting from start to finish. Similar films include the Australian flick "Garage Days" by Alex Proyas, "Thunderstruck" (about a bunch of AC/DC obsessed fans), and on the more serious side, "Sympathy for Delicious" which tells a great rock'n'roll metaphor.

But like I said up front, this film's power lies in its ability to connect with "cult audiences" using cameo appearances to create quirky characters. In that respect I'd compare it to "Coffee and Cigarettes" by Jim Jarmusch (featuring Iggy Pop, Tom Waits, The White Stripes, etc). If you recognize at least 50% of the people I've mentioned, then don't hesitate to see this flick.

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