1983, color, 93 min.
James Costigan, Lucen Davis, Michael Thomas
on the novel by
Rubin, Danny Jaeger
starring Ann Magnusson, William Dafoe, u.a.
Blaylock is a beautiful, attractive but also somehow mysterious
woman. Her secret is that she is a some thousand years old Egyptian
vampire. Together with her lover John, an also more than 200 years
old and nevertheless great-looking British aristocrat (how old is
David Bowie in reality?) she lives in a huge New York apartment
to which the couple lure their victims in order to drink their blood.
then the same thing that has already happened to his predecessors
happens to John: he rapidly grows older. Sarah, a gerontology researcher
who is working on a project which is supposed to slow down this
process, is asked for help. But it's already too late to save John.
Miriam puts him on the attic where all her Ex-lovers lie in their
coffins, cursed to stay there for eternity without any hope for
death's relief until the end of Miriams reign as vampire.
In the meantime Sarah has become a slave to Miriams charm and has
been made her new partner. But she has difficulties to adapt to
her new situation and tries to kill herself. Miriam wants to put
her on the attic as well, but there's already the other undead waiting
for her. They have planned a rebellion and throw her from the balcony.
Miriam turns into dust within minutes and the others can finally
die. Sara is her successor as ober vampire with Miriam in the coffin
as her first undead victim.
Hunger" was the debut of director Tony Scott, who is, by the
way a brother of the renowned Hollywood director Rydley Scott ("Bladerunner",
"Gladiator"). Before turning to movies, this man was mainly
busy in advertising, which can be seen clearly when you watch this
movie, but it does not do any harm at all. The pictures are perfectly
put in scene and sensitively captured by the director of photography
Stephen Goldblatt and sometimes even have a real ethereal effect.
All this is accompanied by a well-done sound track by Michael Rubin
and Danny Jaeger.
one or other might consider this some boring kitsch. The German
magazine "Der Spiegel" for example judged this movie "chick,
empty and death boring". Well - we see this completely different.
The three leads De Neuve /Bowie/Sarandon are brilliant. The story
is really kind of strange, the end even illogic. Whitley Strieber's
novel was not really followed by the letter, but the story is told
complexly and fascinates with great pictures. You really have to
see how David Bowie turns into a scary scull within moments.
At that time the movie also broke with some taboos which has made
it a cult movie among lesbians. And there's another aspect that
makes "The Hunger" so special, which is that it completely
renounces to all kinds of vampire cliches and symbols such as garlic,
crucifixes, etc. (and a lot of directors failed completely when
trying to do so) and thus marking the end of the classic vampire
movie. This is why in the very beginning of the movie we see the
band "Bauhaus" performing their gothic hit "Bela
Lugosi is dead", a well-done broad hint. Unfortunately Tony
Scott only managed to make one single other movie that is worth
seeing, which is the Tarantino adaptation "True Romance. The
rest was cheep Hollywood stuff such as "Top Gun" or "Beverly
Hills Cop", which is a pity!
one more note at the end: "The Hunger" was the debut for
William Dafoe in a supporting part. Later we could see him as blood
sucker Max Schreck in "Shadow
of the Vampire". Well, this is how one thing comes to the