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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?


Though set in New York, nearly all of the picture was shot in London. 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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References Barry Lyndon (1975) See more »


Le Gibet
by Maurice Ravel
Published by Arima and Durand SA
Music Supervised and Arranged by Howard Blake
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User Reviews

Dream-like bloodsucking
26 January 2004 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

Dream-like horror

Whitley Streiber's highly suspenseful and thematically rich novel is transformed into something entirely different by Tony Scott.

The film is a dream-like arthouse horror pic with diamond-studded production values.

Catherine Deneuve is very, very good as eternal blood drinker Miriam Blaylock. Although it has never been acknowledged (as far as I know), the look and behavior of her screen character is a "re-imagining" of Delphine Seyrig's peerless vampire Countess Bathory from Harry Kummel's 1971 classic DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS.

David Bowie is superb as Deneve's not-so-immortal beloved and convinces us to emphasize with his condition (he is aging rapidly)

This was Tony Scott's first feature and it is a beautiful piece of work that is rich in texture and design and demonstrates adroit control of cinematic craft.

The sound design and rich catalog of music cues are pitch perfect.

Certainly bearing little resemblance to Streiber's novel (just as Michael Wadleigh's WOLFEN also moved away from same author's source), THE HUNGER is, nevertheless, gorgeous art.

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