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The Hunger (1983)

R  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Romance  |  29 April 1983 (USA)
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The Egyptian vampire lady Miriam subsists upon the blood of her lovers. In return the guys or girls don't age... until Miriam has enough of them. Unfortunately that's currently the case ... See full summary »



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The Egyptian vampire lady Miriam subsists upon the blood of her lovers. In return the guys or girls don't age... until Miriam has enough of them. Unfortunately that's currently the case with John, so his life expectancy is below 24 hours. Desperately he seeks help from the famous Dr. Sarah Roberts. She doesn't really belive his story, but becomes curious and contacts Miriam ... and gets caught in her ban, too. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Release Date:

29 April 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El ansia  »

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$4,800,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Under the direction of the MGM studio, the film's ending was changed so as to allow for the possibility of sequels and a franchise, something common to the horror film genre, but no such sequel ever eventuated. See more »


During the scene when Miriam offers the drink to Sarah, Sarah is standing in front of a bust depicting Miriam. The camera pans between the two a total of three times. The third time, when Sarah takes a sip of her drink, the bust is not there. See more »


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Lakmé: The Flower Duet
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Music by Léo Delibes
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29 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

Perhaps the first movie to explore the join and pain of being a vampire and, most importantly, what it means to be immortal. Excellent soundtrack, photography and cast. Not the usual vampire film, it's beautiful and philosophical. I'd say it is even better than "Interview with the vampire" (also a great film).

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