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Hunger, The

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  • Hunger, The
  • Author: James Costigan, Ivan Davis, Whitley Strieber and Michael Thomas
  • Director: Tony Scott
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Year: 1983
  • Country: US
  • 94 minutes
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Miriam, a centuries-old vampire from Egypt subsists on the blood of her lovers. In return, her lovers stop aging and never die - or at least that's the way it should be. She preys modern clubs with her current lover John, when suddenly he starts aging. She has seen this happen to her past lovers and knows that he only has 24 hours before he becomes ancient. Desperately he seeks help from the famous Dr. Sarah Roberts, who researches premature aging. She doesn't really believe his story, but sees how he has aged while waiting in the waiting room.

Curious about him, Sarah then contacts Miriam, and a relationship blossoms between them.

Qvamp says:

This neo-Gothic exercise in style and atmosphere is perhaps most widely known for the lesbian vampire sex scene involving Miriam and Sarah, and is perhaps the most important film for ushering in lesbian vampire chic. This New York film features sex scenes between Catherine Denevue and David Bowie, as well as Catherine and Susan Sarandon.

Rating A
Queer Vampire Rating F
Amount of Gay Content affection


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By: scifisuzi ( webmistress@scifisuzi.com )
Overall Rating: A     Queer vampire Rating: B+    

The best way to describe this flick is 'artsy.' This is a must-see vampire movie. Interesting avarte garde style, some sensual moments between Deneuve and Sarandon. Of course having Bowe as a vamp - well, you've just got to see it. (More class than gore).


Overall Rating: F     Queer vampire Rating: D    

One of the worst movies I've ever seen. I think that even Top Gun is a better Tony Scott's movie. I believe that the thing I felt the most sorry about is the fact that it is ridiculous from the beginning to the end (especially the end, with all those living-deads). Concerning the sex scenes, this is so much 'chic-lesbian' I can't even feel a tiny bit thrilled by them. Plus, I've never liked Catherine Deneuve (Oh yes, she's very beautiful, but how wooden she is). Fortunately, there's Susan Sarandon, and she's the only reason why I didn't give this movie a double-F.


By: anikka fluff ( anikka_falling_upstairs@yahoo.com )
Overall Rating: A+     Queer vampire Rating: B    

A must see. If only to remind us what Susan Sarandon looked like before she bought in to mainstream rubberization: 'you're 40 - now it's time for your Hollywood plastic surgery.'

One of the best of the genre, though so unlike the book (aren't they all!) ...which I think is incredible and far more queer! What a film... well acted, brilliantly shot, just beautiful.

It also has obscure references: look for young Ann Magnuson (of Bongwater fame) and an amazing Peter Murphy.

The costumes are proof that there was incredible couture in the 80's, no matter what your friends might say. Though I doubt a Glad trash bag wouldn't look opulent on Catherine Deneuve (with the right earrings, that is!)


By: szandru ( szandru@yahoo.ca )
Overall Rating: A+     Queer vampire Rating: A    

Exceptionally filmed; the images are just haunting in the 80's punk sort of way. The seduction scene was a masterpiece.... I love this film.


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