Leading independent distributor E1 Entertainment (E1) has added rock-n-roll vampire musical “Suck” to its growing library of horror titles in the U.S. E1 will manage distribution across multiple platforms including home video, VOD, digital and TV sales.
E1 will also partner with D&E Entertainment for a one-night-only U.S. theatrical screening of “Suck” in September that will be followed by home video and digital distribution prior to Halloween.
The film follows a down and out band, ironically known as The Winners, that are desperately seeking a record deal and will do anything to make it big. After a life-changing encounter with a vampire, they rocket to stardom only to discover that fame and fortune are not all they are cracked up to be.
After its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, “Suck” made its U.S. debut at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin earlier this year. It is directed by Canadian Rob Stefaniuk (“Phil the Alien”) who also stars along with Jessica Pare (“Hot Tub Time Machine”), Malcolm McDowell (“The Book of Eli”) and Dave Foley (“The Kids in the Hall”) and features some the music industry’s biggest names including Iggy Pop, Henry Rollins, Moby and Alice Cooper.
E1 has been actively acquiring content rights for the U.S. market and has established a comprehensive, national distribution network. “Suck” is the latest in a series of titles that E1 will be distributing across multiple platforms. Along with home and digital distribution, E1 supports some releases with theatrical distribution including Taylor Hackford’s “Love Ranch” starring Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci, which is now playing in select theatres nationwide.
The acquisition was negotiated by Sejin Park, VP of Worldwide Acquisitions for E1, and Tim Brown of Joker Films. “Suck” is the latest addition to E1’s growing U.S. horror catalogue which also includes “Parasomnia,” a stylish horror/thriller from director William Malone (“House on Haunted Hill,” “Masters of Horror”) and “Don’t Look Up,” a remake of Hideo Nakata’s horror classic from award-winning Hong Kong filmmaker Fruit Chan (“Dumplings”).
Seemingly doomed to road trip doldrums and dives, the band The Winners break their slump when their female bass player disappears one night with a studly, stylin’ vampire. She returns charged with sexual charisma that creates audience frenzy and eventually ensnares the rest of the band. Their “hook” launches them to fame. But fame turns out to be a different kind of Hell than AC/DC promised.
Following an “incident” on a national radio show with “Rockn’ Roger”, The Winners hit mega-stardom beyond their wildest dreams. But Joey is haunted by an eerie bartender with a dark secret. And legendary vampire hunter Eddie Van Helsing is on their tail tracking them down despite his fear of the dark. But when a veteran music producer calls them on becoming a vampire freak show, their rock ’n roll bubble bursts.
Fans can check out the official Suck website at this location and check out some photos of the rock icons from the film below!