Tony Scott, 1983
Plot: Just another sexy vampire movie about this sexy vampire who looks like Catherine Deneuve. The sexy vampire seduces a sexy guy who looks like David Bowie. Later on the sexy vampire seduces a sexy woman who looks like Susan Sarandon. It’s quite a sexy movie with lots of vampires. Rawr! 😛
The Hunger was not a critical success during its release. Roger Ebert even called it as “an agonizingly bad vampire movie.” Despite the bad reception from the critics, The Hunger found a cult following, most probably because of the goth element of the film (the goth subculture was not really prominent until the early 1980s). Eventually, a short-lived TV series of the same name followed.
At times, it’s even tiresome to watch this movie because of the distorted frames and voices; for example, Miriam’s (Deneuve) slow-motioned cry when Sarah (Sarandon) tried to off herself — I found that a bit comedic. There’s even a music that sounds like a fart. If it weren’t for the charisma of the film’s stars, I don’t know what would happen to The Hunger.
Deneuve is stunning as usual and her outfits are gorgeous, but she gives a so-so performance in this film. Sarandon is not that bad, well, let’s just say she was better in Dead Man Walking. Bowie is enticing and he gives a solid performance as John, his is the only entertaining performance in the film.
Trailer for The Hunger:
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