in about 100 words or less
UK 97m, Colour
Director: Tony Scott; Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Susan Sarandon, David Bowie
The Hunger is a highly stylized and beautiful looking vampire “love/horror” story which is loosely based 1981 novel of the same name by Whitley Strieber. The film, however, suffers from a superficially developed screenplay, a lack of meaningful dialogue, and an inconsistent internal logic. With little for the actors to do but pose, the film plods slowly toward what otherwise could have been an interesting climax – the realization that Miriam Blaylock’s offer of eternal life to her human companions comes with a horrific caveat which she had failed to reveal. Despite the artistic cinematography and an appropriately haunting soundtrack, the modern-gothic look and feel of this sexually charged film is not enough to save an otherwise disappointing production (Klaus Ming June 2011).