The Hunger

I got nice plug from the folks over at TotalFilm.com today, which was totally sweet. On top of that , my LAMB submission was accepted and this blog will be featured on their front page for awhile. Almost too much excitement for one blog to handle. In other news, I watched a horror movie for the 145th day in a row.

The Hunger is different breed of a vampire flick. It’s also one of those films that I wish I had a little more than a couple hours to ponder my review. Featuring complex layers and a full plate of questions that arise after the film is over; The Hunger does something rare in the horror world – it dares to be different.

Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, Susan Sarandon, Dan Hedaya, and Willem Defoe (briefly) star in Tony Scott’s feature film directorial debut. Scott famously went on to direct Top Gun a couple years later and then a whole boatload of great films (True Romance, Days of Thunder) and one absolutely terrible one (Déjà vu).

At its core this is a vampire tale, but instead of the usual sensual vampire tale involving some virgin girl who conveniently happens to look like Dracula’s ex-lover, The Hunger weaves a story about vamps dying of (Say What!!) natural-ish causes.

A rapid aging process has apparently been plaguing the vampire lovers of Deneuve’s character for centuries. Basically, after a couple hundred years, her lovers age rapidly and die within a few days, Bowie being just such a victim. It sucks, no pun intended. Sarandon is a young doctor studying aging effects and stumbles across the paths of both Bowie and Deneuve. Sarandon and Deneuve have some nice lesbian sex, culminating with Deneuve “turning” Sarandon.

The plot is a little loose around the edges and I didn’t feel much for any of the characters. Where the film excels is in the cinematography and stylized approach Scott used. The movie looks and feels very dreamlike – unlike any other vampire film out there. Musically the film is perfect match of bad ‘80s music and fanciful classical music from the great composers. Somehow it all mashes together to create a special vibe that keeps it interesting.

The end is much talked about and if you care to discuss feel free to place your thoughts in the comments. A unique take on the vampire genre, just know what you are getting into.

Snore Factor: ZZZ

IMDB 1983

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