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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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Beth Ehlers ...
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Rufus Collins ...
Charlie Humphries
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Phyllis
James Aubrey ...
Ron
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Young Woman from Disco
John Stephen Hill ...
Young Man from Disco
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Arthur Jelinek
Bauhaus ...
Disco Group
Douglas Lambert ...
TV Host
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Lillybelle
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Storyline

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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Horror

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29 April 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El ansia  »

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$4,800,000 (USA)
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Tony Scott cited the photography of Irving Penn as a major influence on the visual style of the film. See more »

Goofs

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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[first lines]
John Blaylock: No ice.
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Featured in The Celluloid Closet (1995) See more »

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Bela Lugosi Is Dead
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Written by Bauhaus
Performed by Bauhaus
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Totally Eighties
25 September 2006 | by (london UK) – See all my reviews

Before embarking onto this one, you must decide whether or not you enjoy films which look like a very extended (and quite expensive) MTV video clip of the early to mid 80's. If you don't, don't bother with this, it'll probably annoy you greatly. If you do, you're in for an indulgent visual ride and great entertainment, because every frame in Tony Scott's cult classic is carefully planned, beautifully orchestrated and wonderfully filmed - from the iconic opening sequence through to the heavily filtered last shot, it's polished until it gleams. Production design is given full reign and is faultless - the sets, lighting and costumes work fabulously with the soundtrack and the editing, creating a very recognisable style which is a genuine product of the trend aesthetics of the decade in question. And there's an added bonus of knowing use of music - this being the film that "relaunched" the Delibes' Lakme aria, paving the way for it becoming a monster classipop hit it is today. The film also employs Ravel at his most frozenly emotional,and, to stunning effect, Deneuve at arguably her most frozenly beautiful. One of those films remembered for perfectly encapsulating the visual style of its times.


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