Episode 5: Suckablood

10th July 2012

Suckablood: Poster Art

Poster by Marc Schoenbach

Marc Schoenbach has produced another spectacularly spooky addition to his collection of classic/retro styled promo posters for Bloody Cuts. Pick up a T-shirt sporting this design over in the shop.

Directed by
Jake Cuddihy and Ben Tillett

Producer: Ben Franklin

Director of Photography: Jonny Franklin

Full cast and crew

The 5th episode from Bloody Cuts is a dark bedtime story, a gothic tale of a girl scared to suck her thumb - lest the monstrous Suckablood should come! Written and directed by Ben Tillett and Jake Cuddihy, Bloody Cuts bring their brand of UK horror to new levels with a new film shot on location in a stately home and featuring the special make-up artistry of Millennium FX.

When Ben Tillett and Jacob Cuddihy wrote the fabulous script for Suckablood, we knew we were onto something special. But it was ambitious, potentially expensive and beyond the scope of all that we had done before. Ignoring all those factors, we pressed ahead and made every effort to stay as close to the vision of the story as much as possible.

When the difficult location was found, and the film cast with the brilliant 9 year old Holly Jacobson, we set about shooting it one cold April weekend. The crew was efficiently commanded by Neill Gorton on 1st AD duties, as we found ourselves spread amongst the historic and expansive building where the story was taking place. Ben and Jake’s wild imaginations were brought to life with some fantastic work by Millennium FX, due to the creation of the scary stylised characters that have since gone on to terrify audiences all over the world.

The schedule over the weekend was tight, with a restricted set of shooting hours, and the team had the difficult task of filming almost the whole film during the day – when it was supposed to be set at night!

With shooting completed, the Post Production team began creating all of the many subtle elements that would sell the stylish setting. That included a beautiful animated introduction from Ben Tillett, and oily footprints that Alex Purcell had to splash along the surfaces due to us obviously not being able to do it in reality.

The Post Production process was the longest yet, but it was all spent pouring as much detail into every shot as we could. This was further demonstrated with the addition of Enrica Sciandrone on music duties; the first time we’d brought in a composer to work with. The difference she made was incredible, with a perfectly written score that elevated the film beyond our imaginations.

“Suckablood” has gone onto be the most successful episode in the series, winning the FilmSkillet.com “International Film Award”, and gaining well over 100,000 viewers. It’s also our most expensive film to date, having been budgeted for with a generous donation by actor/celebrity Stephen Fry. That money came in useful; castle locations hardly come cheap!

Trivia: Robin Berry, who played the eponymous “Suckablood”, is also known for his work in features films such as “Clash of the Titans” and “The Descent 2”. 

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