Saturday, 3 September 2011
THE HUNGER (1983)
Thankfully there are some films that don't adhere to the foppish, forlorn vampire stereotype that has become to prevalent off late, and it makes me love them all the more. One of them is the awesome Near Dark. Further back there's the original flick of The Lost Boys, and a bit further back again offers you The Hunger. This brilliant 1983 vampire movie starred David Bowie, Susan Sarandon and Catherine Deneuve in a stylish and atmospheric supernatural thriller which is quite possibly one of the most erotically charged vampire films ever made.
Adapted from Whitely Strieber's novel of the same name, the film follows two vampires (Bowie and Deneuve) as they drink the blood of unwitting victims and enjoy a life of debauchery. They have no fangs, instead slitting the throats of their victims with miniature daggers hidden in pendants, they don't fly, sparkle or turn into bats, and they are very, very cool. They look for Susan Sarandon's character in earnest, and as the film progresses you find out more details of their quest.
That's what The Hunger is. It's fine art. Its mixture of gothic noir, horror and subversiveness may put some viewers off, but for those of us with an eye for macabre art and films that do things rather differently than the herd, The Hunger is nigh-on perfect. A film to be savoured, studied and appreciated, it's a million miles away from your usual cheap vampire fare, and thankfully light years away from the largely dull vampire tales of the present day.