The Suckling

"Bad"

The Suckling Review


No, it's not The Sucking, though it's easy to misread the title.

If It's Alive! just has too much sophistication and nuance for you, The Suckling may be just what you need. Instead of a murderous toddler, though, here we have an aborted fetus (yes!) presumably taking vengeance on the world because, you know, it was aborted. Travelling mainly via sewers and toilets (where it was flushed and encountered that old standby toxic waste), our mutant fetus ends up preying on the trapped patrons of a brothel. (They can't escape through a door or window for some reason -- so, in one of cinema's most brilliant examples of ingenuity, they try to chop through the wall with a hammer and screwdriver.)

The Suckling is -- of course -- horrifyingly bad, tempered only by liberal gore effects and a perverse attempt to make a splatter film into a message movie about the dangers of back alley abortions. It's low-budget filmmaking at its lowest, and the last scene is particularly great: Too cheap for a real mental asylum, a racquetball court doubles as a holding cell.

I hold out a small measure of praise for Ella Aralovich, who appears briefly early on as a dominatrix and nearly steals the show.

Filmgoers outside the world of hard-core gore hounds need not apply, even for camp value. Joe Bob, where are you when we need you?



The Suckling

Facts and Figures

Run time: 89 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 12th February 1992

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 1.5 / 5

IMDB: 4.7 / 10

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Starring: as (as Frank Reeves)

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