The Suckling (1990) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

The Suckling (1990) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

The Suckling (1990) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

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The Suckling (1990) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Francis Teri
STARRING: Frank Rivera, Marie Michaels, Gerald Preger
AVAILABLE FROM Vinegar Syndrome

After being tricked into having an abortion at Big Mama’s underground abortion clinic / brothel, a young woman’s extracted fetus is flushed into the sewer system wherein it’s exposed to toxic waste and begins to mutate into an ever-growing and increasingly bloodthirsty monster. The girls, johns and other assorted weirdos find themselves trapped inside the brothel where they are forced to face off against the agitated, prenatal creature, as well as each other, in a high stakes quest to stay alive, or at least in one piece.

I wouldn’t think anyone would be going into The Suckling expecting a five-star affair. I mean, we’re pretty sure with a movie that has an alternate title such as Sewage Baby that we aren’t going to be getting Gone with the Wind here. None the less, The Sucking isn’t a great movie. The movie shows us what happens when a back-alley abortion goes wrong and the “baby” that is left decides to go on a roaring rampage filled with lots of blood. The movie kind of feels like it could be a distant cousin to Basket Case, I mean it does pack that unclean feeling, a mutated being doing the killing, and blood. But it probably won’t be considered to be anywhere near the level of that movie overall. But if you like movies that just make you feel unclean a bit while watching, this would be something you’d probably want to see and then quickly take a shower later. I guess you could say it feels a lot like a Troma movie but it might still even lack some of that type of charm.

If we pick this one apart you have to give credit to the movie for the blood and the effects. Our dumpster baby looks about as creepy as you could want. It makes use of the effects of the time to make a pretty memorable creature and that goes a long way with me. The biggest issue with this one is the pacing. It seems like this one is moving along at a snail’s pace for a hunk of the time and that does hurt it a bit. I feel we’d be singing the praises of this movie a lot more had the movie did a better job with the pacing. Like it is, The Sucking is a memorable movie but it might be that way to a hunk of folks for all the wrong reasons. At last here with this release, you’ll get a great looking transfer and some interviews to check out as well. Some of which might even make you appreciate this oddball of a horror film even more after you make your way through it. Not everyone is going to love it, but it should strike a cord regardless. A very good one or a very bad one, but strike one none the less.


– Video interview with writer/director Francis Teri
– Video interview with actor Michael Gingold
– Archival image gallery
– Reversible cover artwork
– Optional English SDH subtitles

Quality of Transfer: 98%

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