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CINEMA

SUITABLE FLESH (2023)

MPAA: NR.
Release Date: 10/27/23 [VOD]
Genre: Horror. Thriller.

Studio: RLJE Films. 

"A psychiatrist becomes obsessed with one of her young clients with multiple personalities." 

OUR MOVIE REVIEW:

Suitable Flesh takes an admirable stab at returning to the glory days of 80’s sci-fi body horror with a fun, campy, blood-spurting homage to Re-animator. Despite its flaws, it’s a good time if you can embrace the over-the-top, sometimes cheesy acting and story. 

Part erotic thriller, part sci-fi gore fest, part Freaky Friday, Suitable Flesh delivers as a guilty pleasure akin to finding a dusty VHS tape in your local video store. Heather Graham stars in the first role I’ve seen her in in quite awhile. I mostly know her from Boogie Nights and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. She portrays psychiatrist, Elizabeth Derby, who becomes entangled in an affair with a young patient who is harboring a mysterious evil spirit.  The young patient is one of several victims the spirit has inhabited, forming a parasitic relationship with any body it desires. 

The story infuses eroticism that pairs with the sci-fi awkwardly. Between the lack of chemistry between actors and clunky line deliveries, these ‘sexy’ scenes are more reminiscent of The Room than Basic Instinct. I never thought I would go from fawning over Heather Graham as a teenager, to constantly checking my watch, eagerly awaiting for these scenes to be over. I wished the movie would move on to the wacky violence and body swapping hijinks it excels at. 

Barbara Crampton was my favorite performance in the movie as Elizabeth’s best friend and colleague. Their friendship radiates authenticity and a history between the characters, whereas other relationships fall flat and lack real affection or connection. 

Suitable Flesh is a worthwhile nostalgia trip for fans of 80s horror and sci-fi, the work of of the late Stuart Gordon and H. P. Lovecraft adaptations, but the film’s draw will be limited to its small, niche target audience.

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