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The Hunger

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United Kingdom, United States · 1983
Rated R · 1h 37m
Director Tony Scott
Starring Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, Susan Sarandon, Cliff DeYoung
Genre Drama, Horror

Miriam, a vampire who has lived thousands of years, lives in New York City with John, a man she turned to a vampire in 18th-century France. However, John begins to suddenly age rapidly, and Miriam becomes interested in taking Sarah, the doctor he goes to for help, as her next companion.

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A slick, largely empty visual exercise with vague thematic overtones about a clash between American and European culture. The Deneuve/Sarandon sex scene, however, is not to be missed by fans of either actress.


Miami Herald by Bill Cosford

An almost-horror film called The Hunger has in common with Flashdance an apparent obsession with style over other considerations, and the result, though weird, is no more satisfying. [02 May 1983, p.C6]


Chicago Reader by Dave Kehr

The obsessive conjunction of lesbian sex and flowing blood suggests a deep-seated misogyny, but neither this nor any other theme is registered with enough clarity to offend.


Slant Magazine by Ed Gonzalez

Scott’s film scarcely has its pulse on the encroaching conservatism of the nation. In the end, it’s just a shallow lesbian fantasy so aggressively spit and polished as to suggest a 96-minute White Diamonds commercial. Of course, that’s not to say that it isn’t fun.


The New York Times by Vincent Canby

What makes The Hunger so much fun is its knowing stylishness, which Mr. Scott, who makes his theatrical film debut here, has brought to movies from a career in commercials and documentaries.

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