The spirit of the late, great Stuart Gordon lives on in director Joe Lynch’s Suitable Flesh, an adaptation of the H.P. Lovecraft short story “The Thing on the Doorstep” that finds Lynch working with three of Gordon’s most trusted collaborators, star/producer Barbara Crampton, screenwriter Dennis Paoli, and executive producer Brian Yuzna. Lynch not only channels his inner Brian De Palma but adds some 1980s and 1990s eroticism to this body-swapping chiller that stars Crampton, Heather Graham, Judah Lewis, Johnathon Schaech, and Bruce Davison. After inhabiting the bodies of both Asa Waite (Judah Lewis) and his frail father Ephraim (Bruce Davison), an ancient body-swapping entity sets its sights on Heather Graham’s psychiatrist Dr. Elizabeth Derby. Elizabeth quickly dismisses Asa’s strange tale of changing bodies with his father only to find herself in the same situation as Asa. So Elizabeth turns to the only person she believes can help her reclaim her body—her friend and colleague Dr. Dani Upton (Barbara Crampton). Schaech stars as Elizabeth’s husband Edward, who feels neglected by Elizabeth until the entity assumes control of her body. Suitable Flesh, which premiered locally during this year’s Fantastic Fest, opened Oct. 27 at the Alamo South Lamar and is also available for digital and on-demand viewing. Joe Lynch previously directed Point Blank, Mayhem, Everly, Knights of Badassdom, and Wrong Turn 2: Dead End. He also contributed to Chillerama and directed several episodes of Shudder’s Creepshow, including “Pipe Screams,” which starred Barbara Crampton.
Posted: Oct. 27, 2023.