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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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Release Date:
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 Chan Ka-Fai .... 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
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) | New Zealand:R16 | USA:R (certificate #46257)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
During the band border crossing scene, the Border Guard mentions that he used to be in a band. He is played by Alex Lifeson, famed guitarist of Canadian band Rush.See more »
Quotes:
Joey:We have a six hour drive tomorrow, Jennifer.
Jennifer:Yeah, and I don't want to sleep in the hearse. The hearse smells like drummer.
Sam:I heard that!
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Bright CitySee 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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31 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Suck doesn't suck, 30 July 2010
Author: Quebec_Dragon from Canada

That's what the director (and lead actor) was afraid of in the question and answer session after the theater showing at Montreal Fantasia Festival. What if his movie called "Suck" sucked ? Well it doesn't but it's not that great either. I'm not quite sure it's an humorous alternative for Twilight fans either (or people sick of it) as they're two very different beasts. Suck is a rock horror comedy with vampires. The only female of an unsuccessful band gets turned into a vampire and the band then starts gaining success because of her very charismatic presence. We see the band travelling from city to city, trying to deal with their changed band mate while being tempted themselves by the dark side.

Jessica Paré, the actress playing the female band member, is mesmerizing to look at with her white skin, pale blue eyes and red lips. One could understand the fascination she would create. The other highlight of this film are the roles played by famous musicians such as Alice Cooper and Iggy Pop. They're a bit longer and juicier than cameos but although they play well, they basically play themselves and nothing particularly challenging (except for Moby, a pacifist vegan in a surprising performance). I admit the crowd reacted very well to the film but a Fantasia crowd is quite generous with this kind of genre film, especially a Canadian one. I personally found it sometimes amusing but not hilarious except for a few bits (one of them being a visit to a convenience store).

Suck's writing did not impress me as it often felt too easy or cliché. The low-budget production had a Canadian and straight-to-DVD flavor to it. From a technical standpoint, it was quite bland with too many cuts from one head to another in dialogue scenes often making it feel as if the two actors were not even in the same place. The spinning vampire and the crossroads showed a bit more inspiration. The several musical numbers felt as if they were there to pad the thin story. To be fair, the original songs were rather good but it sometimes made this comedy skirt too close to the musical genre, something I'm personally allergic to unless Tim Burton is somewhat involved. I think "Suck" would be a decent rental provided you have a few friends to watch it with interested in the subject material and/or knowing the (in)famous guest stars. I think young Twilight fans, perhaps sucked into renting it because of vampires, might be disappointed because the vampires are lame (they have powers but not really shown) and the little romance there is kinda sucks as either serious or parody.

Rating : 6 out of 10 (good)

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