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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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Did You Know?


In The Celluloid Closet (1995), the 1995 documentary about the history of homosexuality in film, actress Susan Sarandon said that the screenplay for The Hunger (1983) originally called for her to be demonstrably drunk in the lead-up to her sex scene with Catherine Deneuve, but Sarandon asked for it to be changed so that her character had only a single sip of wine and then spilled the rest of the glass. She said she wanted to make it clear that her character was choosing to have sex with Miriam instead of doing it because of the alcohol, and also because "you wouldn't have to get drunk to bed Catherine Deneuve, I don't care what your sexual history to that point had been". See more »


When Sarah is on the TV program discussing the condition Progeria, she pronounces it "Pra-j-eriah'. The correct pronunciation is "Pro-geria." See more »


[first lines]
John Blaylock: No ice.
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Written by David Bowie and Iggy Pop
Performed by Iggy Pop
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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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