New movie "Suck" takes bite at "Twilight" vampires

Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:04pm EDT
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By Jennifer Kwan

TORONTO (Reuters) - Hard core vampire fans take heart, a new movie about the fabled living dead has a bit more bite to it than the popular "Twilight" brand of blood suckers.

Actor/director Rob Stefaniuk brings an edgier twist to the vampire story in his rock 'n' roll romp "Suck," which debuted at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.

Stefaniuk's hero is a conflicted musician in a go-nowhere band looking for immortality and a record deal. Then, the female bassist, played by Jessica Pare, is made into a sexy vampire, transforms her bandmates, and fame quickly ensues.

"I was getting into my 30s and feeling a little old. I came up with a vampire idea as far as staying young forever," Stefaniuk told Reuters.

"That metaphor worked so well with rock 'n' roll -- staying up all night, sleeping all day, the look itself. Dead people sell more records, rock 'n' roll will never die, blood sucking managers, it just kept working."

The roughly $3 million film boasts real-life rock stars Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, Henry Rollins and Moby, a big coup for Stefaniuk, who is himself a musician. And the movie is an immensely personal one for Stefaniuk, 38, who wrote it the same way he would've penned a song, filled with gritty emotion.

But when he tried to sell the idea of a vampire/comedy/rock flick to Hollywood "people just thought I was crazy," he said.

Yet, one look around this year's Toronto film festival, which annually premieres movies that play in theaters for the next year, and it seems the notion of sentimental and caring vampires currently in vogue -- meaning the "Twilight" series of teen romances -- is facing some hard-edged competition.   Continued...

<p>Rock star Alice Cooper in a scene from the movie "Suck," directed by Rob Stefaniuk and debuted at the 34th Toronto International Film Festival. REUTERS/Rafy, courtesy of Capri/Handout</p>