Sutures (on DVD) Is Better than It Deserves to Be
Looking for an intense night of frightertainment? Sutures is a violent horror film that gives “intense” a run for its money.
Focusing on two villains, Sutures introduces a businessman/surgeon (Andrew Prine in a suit) suffering from antisocial personality disorder (actually, it’s his victims doing the suffering) whose business is black market organs, and an evil man (Carlos Lauchu) dressed in black leather who likes to see blood—lots of blood.
It all starts with an injured girl (Allison Lange) collapsing on a road and being taken to a hospital. A detective goes to her room to discuss what happened to her and her five friends. It seems they were all off for a jolly weekend in our favorite place—the middle of nowhere (make a left at Miles from Anywhere and keep going). They stop at a decaying gas station on their way to “the lake,” and continue on to their destination—a renaissance castle that serves as a vacation home.
All six are kidnapped and taken to a decaying hospital where they are subjected to experiments and become organ donors. No anesthesia is used because the doctor in charge doesn’t want the bodies to be found containing traceable medications. Don’t spend too much brainpower on the experimentation at the hospital; if the point is to harvest organs then the experiments don’t quite work with the plan. They do, however, add drama and lots of blood.
Sutures is a twisted story with an ending that most won’t see coming. Directed by Tammi Sutton, it stars an attractive cast (including Jason London, B.J. Britt, Azie Tesfai, Nick Holmes, Kate French, and C.J. Thomason) that provides strong performances. Written by Carlos Lauchu, Brian Moon, and Jacqueline A. Kelly, the dark script is served up with black humor.
This film is not for the faint of heart (or weak of stomach)—there’s a lot of blood, slashing, stabbing, and exposed organs. It’s fast-paced and tears through its ninety minutes, beginning creepily and ending surprisingly. Even before the trip to the old hospital, an unsettling atmosphere is effectively established. You may not be scared by Sutures, but you will certainly be unnerved.
DVD extras include: behind-the-scenes short, interactive menus, and trailers.
Bottom Line: Would I buy/rent/stream Sutures? Definitely rent or stream. It’s sinister and disturbing; don’t eat that pizza while watching.