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The Hunger (1983)

R | | Horror | 29 April 1983 (USA)
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A love triangle develops between a beautiful yet dangerous vampire, her cellist companion, and a gerontologist.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Beth Ehlers ...
Rufus Collins ...
Charlie Humphries
James Aubrey ...
Young Woman from Disco
John Stephen Hill ...
Young Man from Disco
Arthur Jelinek
Bauhaus ...
Disco Group
Douglas Lambert ...
TV Host


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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Nothing Human Loves Forever




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Release Date:

29 April 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El ansia  »

Box Office


$4,800,000 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Cameraman Hugh Johnson became involved with Catherine Deneuve while making this film and they lived together for about two years. See more »


During the quick cuts when John attacks Alice, blood splashes on the sheet music. A few cuts later, the music stand is kicked to the floor, and the open pages are now blood-free. The unstained pages are seen again at the end of the sequence (in a fade effect that reinstates their blood stains). See more »


[first lines]
John Blaylock: No ice.
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Lakmé: The Flower Duet
(Act 2, No 2 Duetto: Viens, Malika... Sous le dôme épais où le blanc jasmin)
Music by Léo Delibes
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Stylish Vampire Movie- Love Is Eternal While It Lasts
25 March 2007 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In New York City, the lovers Miriam Blaylock (Catherine Deneuve) and John (David Bowie) are vampires that survive through time under the Egyptian symbol of Ankh. When John starts an accelerated aging process, he seeks the specialist Dr. Sarah Roberts (Susan Sarandon). However, he does not survive, and Miriam selects Sarah to be her next lover.

"The Hunger" is one of the best vampire movies ever made. I recall when I saw this movie for the first time, in an art cinema in Rio de Janeiro, and later at least three times on VHS. Now on DVD, this stylish film improves with the fantastic melancholic and artistic atmosphere, with a magnificent music score and wonderful cinematography. This movie is totally underrated in IMDb since it is one of the most beautiful vampire movies ever made, actually a masterpiece of the genre. Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie and Susan Sarandon have overwhelming performances in this unforgettable movie. The remarkable scene of the lesbian love of Miriam and Sarah is among the most erotic in the cinema history, never being vulgar. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Fome de Viver" ("Hunger for Living")

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