The horror genre has seen a thrilling revival in 2023 with the resurgence of iconic franchises featuring Ghostface and Deadites. This year has also marked the successful arrival of numerous incredible adaptations, especially on the fear-focussed streaming platform, Shudder. The forthcoming collaboration between Shudder and RLJE will introduce audiences to the Lovecraft-inspired terror of ‘Suitable Flesh’. The directorial effort of Joe Lynch features an impressive lineup including horror legend Barbara Crampton, Heather Graham, and Judah Lewis from ‘The Babysitter’. Freshly released images from Bloody Disgusting offer an exclusive glimpse of the terrifying experience that awaits the star-studded cast.
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Based on H.P. Lovecraft’s ‘The Thing On The Doorstep’, ‘Suitable Flesh’ tells the chilling tale of a psychiatrist who murders a young patient. Viewers follow her descent into a nightmare of supernatural chaos and horrific deaths, tied to an apparently inescapable ancient curse. The newly unveiled photos tease these events, showing a distressed Crampton (likely the aforementioned psychiatrist), helplessly observing as a patient, possibly played by Graham, writhes in agony. Other pictures present a malevolent-looking Lewis in an intriguing situation involving handcuffs, Graham and co-star Johnathon Schaech in a seemingly ordinary setting, a possessed-looking Graham aiming a gun, and snapshots of Lynch directing the movie sporting a ‘Darkman’ t-shirt, a lesser-known film by Sam Raimi.
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While ‘Suitable Flesh’ retains an air of mystery, it has numerous advantages working in its favor. Firstly, Lynch is recognized for his significant contributions to the genre through films like ‘Wrong Turn 2: Dead End’ and ‘Mayhem’. Notably, the latter, laden with Lovecraftian elements, is an underappreciated gem of horror comedy and solidifies Lynch as the ideal director for this project. Furthermore, Crampton’s contribution to the genre can’t be overstated. Her performances in cult classics like ‘Re-Animator’, ‘Chopping Mall’, and ‘From Beyond’ left an indelible mark on 80s horror. More recently, she has appeared in modern hits like ‘You’re Next’, ‘Jakob’s Wife’, ‘Superhost’, and an episode of the acclaimed Shudder series ‘Creepshow’, winning over a new generation of fans.
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With a cast that includes the endearing Lewis from the ‘Babysitter’ films and the comedic Graham, it’s intriguing to imagine what they might bring to the darker atmosphere of ‘Suitable Flesh’. The film’s appeal is only heightened by the fact that the screenplay was penned by Dennis Paoli, known for co-writing ‘Re-Animator’, another adaptation of Lovecraft’s work.
When Will ‘Suitable Flesh’ Be Released?
While the release date for ‘Suitable Flesh’ remains unconfirmed, the film will first be showcased at the Tribeca Film Festival later this month before premiering on Shudder later in the year. Until then, you can explore the newly released images for the film below. If you’re eager for more Lovecraftian horror, the underrated ‘Color Out of Space’ is currently available on Shudder. Scroll down to see more pictures: