The Hunger
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For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for The Hunger can be found here.

Yes. The Hunger is also a 1981 novel by American writer Whitley Strieber. The novel was adapted for the film by screenwriter Ivan Davis.

Viewers who have read the original novel are often confused by the ending of the film. The film entirely changed the novel's concept of Miriam's vampirism. Instead of being a creature of a different race who could never be usurped by a human, Miriam is revealed to be vulnerable in the film's climax. Sarah sacrifices her life by cutting her own throat, but this results in her own blood pouring into Miriam's mouth. This seems to reverse the effects of Miriam's curse; when she carries Sarah's body to the attic, she is confronted by all of her former lovers, who corner her and cause her to fall down a stairwell, after which she rapidly ages just like all of her previous loves. Sarah takes her place as the "root" of the vampirism, and is seen sharing a luxurious lifestyle with several beautiful young companions. Miriam is reduced to being a prisoner in a coffin, the same fate she dealt to so many other victims.

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