2013 / Director. Michael Manasseri
SUCKER landed on my desk a few weeks ago. I had never heard of it but it seemed intriguing enough... I watched it tonight and it is fucking awesome! The best way to describe it is that it's The Fly meets Sin City. A down on his luck nice-guy is unwillingly subjected to an experimental insect repellant, however, all goes wrong when mosquito excretion mixes with radiation inside his bloodstream (from working at a nuclear plant) and he becomes a human mosquito... a disfigured, blood thirsty monster. Using his newfound strength he embarks on a murder spree, killing everyone who's wronged him. This is a fantastic little film. For a low budget, indie movie it looks great. The comic-book stylings of films like The Watchmen and Sin City are captured deliciously on what has to be a fraction of their budgets. It blends noir, vigilante and superhero conventions into a strange and comical experiment. The performances are deliberately hammed up and they're good. Troma legend Lloyd Kaufman has a wonderful role and his presence draws comparisons of James Gunn's film, Super. Its so good when movies creep up on you and impress. SUCKER is definitely one that caught me off guard and I highly recommend it.