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‘Suspect’ Serves Neo Noir Suspense [The Rabid Dog’s House]

The Rabid Dog’s House is a recurring feature at Wicked Horror where contributor Justin Steele uncovers hidden gems, lost classics, and overlooked indie offerings with a little bite. Flying solo or with his co-host Zena Dixon, he will discuss an array of topics covering film, literature, and television. Check out the latest installment below. In this episode we’re looking back at 1987’s Suspect!

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Directed by Peter Yates and starring Cher, Dennis Quaid, Liam Neeson, John Mahoney, and Joe Mantegna, Suspect follows Kathleen Riley (Cher), an overworked public defender. Kathleen is assigned to represent Carl Wayne Anderson (Neeson), a deaf veteran accused of murder. Facing one obstacle after another, Kathleen struggles to communicate with her violent client while going up against an antagonistic judge (Mahoney). At the same time, her conflicting sense of ethics with a charming juror (Quaid) might be the only thing that will save her life as unknown dangers start to close in.

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Suspect is a stylish neo noir film loaded with suspenseful moments and a stellar cast led by the ever-talented Cher. Amongst the shadows of the unforgiving streets, this feature blends a bleak reality, law and order, and a political mystery.  Suspect is for the horror fan that enjoys an 80’s thriller within a courtroom setting.

Join Justin and Zena below as they discuss 1987’s Suspect!

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Written by Justin Steele
Justin Steele is a graduate of Bowling Green State University. His focus was the representation of women and minorities in contemporary media. In addition to writing, he hosts the 411popCulture channel on YouTube. He enjoys Rep Theatre and once performed on Broadway. He currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his 15-year-old cat. He is a die-hard horror fan with a particular affinity for slasher films.
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