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The Hunger (1983)

R | | Horror | 29 April 1983 (USA)
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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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 ...
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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)  »

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El ansia  »

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$4,800,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Final film of actress Bessie Love who played Lillybelle. See more »

Goofs

During the "Flower Duet" scene, Sarah spills what looks like red wine on her blouse, but she was sipping from a glass that contained a whiskey-colored liquid. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
John Blaylock: No ice.
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Connections

Referenced in The Fear Inside (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Critics hate it and I love it...go figure.
16 December 2000 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

For all the critics have to say, I must admit that this is one of my cult favorites. I keenly remember anticipating its release and seeing it at the 8th St. Playhouse theatre (where the weekly Rocky Horror movie/show ran for years in NYC). The mood and cinematography attest to its aspirations and for me are quite successful. In particular, the choice of soundtrack music is quite adept and urbane although only those very familiar with classical music will appreciate the tie-ins: Deneuve's playing of Ravel's "Gibet" from "Gaspard de la Nuit" for piano after John passes and after Sarandon's character makes her first kill...her husband. This piece is Ravel's programmatic interpretation of a French poem which describes a person wearily walking under the intense scorching sun and seeing something in the distance, approaches, only to find a corpse strung up, rotting in the midday sun. Beautiful usage of Schubert's Piano Trio as well as haunting movements of a Schubert piano sonata. Then there is the obvious thematic tie-in with "Lakmé" by Délibes. (Lesbian love) And you've got to love the use of the band BAUHAUS in the opening sequence-with the lead singer singing "Bela Lugosi's Dead" in the suspended cage. Deneuve is absolutely ravishing and used to great effect and lovingly photographed. David Bowie does an exceptional turn as her lover. What I admire most is the movie's ability to paint a feeling and mood of their existence outside time, eternally present yet eternally on the fringe, startlingly beautiful yet shrouded, veiled, amorphous and ultimately predatorial. Finally, the thought that Deneuve's past lovers never die but are trapped eternally in a constantly decaying shell is absolutely frightening. Did I mention that Deneuve is sublimely beautiful?!


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