Apr 242019

Imagine a movie called The Suckling wasn’t very good, even in the age old so bad, it’s good. The acting is poor and story non-existent but I suppose for your indie horror purists, you might get something out of this.



The Suckling

Genre(s): Horror
Vinegar Syndrome | NR – 89 min. – $32.98 | March 26, 2019

Date Published: 04/24/2019 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: Francis Teri
Writer(s): Francis Teri (written by)
Cast: Frank Rivera, Marie Michaels, Gerald Preger, Lisa Petruno, Janet Sovey, Antoinette Greene
Features: Interviews, Image Gallery
Slip Cover: Yes
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray, DVD
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 32.32 GB
Total Bitrate: 38.84 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

Vinegar Syndrome provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


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.



The limited edition copies come with a slip cover and the interior cover is reversible. Not a plethora of features or anything, but there are interviews with Writer/Director Francis Teri and Michael Gingold and Archival Image Gallery.


VIDEO – 4.75/5

Vinegar Syndrome releases The Suckling onto Blu-ray presented in its original 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and has been given a new 1080p transfer which was newly scanned and restored in 2K from the original 16mm camera negative. While the movie may stink, this transfer did not. Although there were some minor specs, for the most part this is a pristine looking picture where detail is amazingly sharp throughout and the original film grain and noise was retained. Colors seem to be in keeping with how the film was shot and blacks are stark.

AUDIO – 3.75/5

The disc includes a DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo track which was a bit more impressive than I expected, especially coming from a 30 year old, independent horror movie. There is some slight hissing noises during the quieter moments but dialogue comes through with decent clarity as does the creepy sounds coming from the mouth of the, well, fetus.


OVERALL – 2.475/5

poor and story non-existent but I suppose for your indie horror purists, you might get something out of this. The Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome was surprisingly strong with a great video transfer.





Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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