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Thirst (1979)

The descendant of Elizabeth Bathory is abducted by a cult of self-proclaimed supermen who achieve this state of superiority by drinking from the "blood cows" (read: people) kept at the "dairy farm", and they try to get her to join them.

Director:

Rod Hardy

Writer:

John Pinkney (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chantal Contouri ... Kate Davis
Shirley Cameron Shirley Cameron ... Mrs. Barker
Max Phipps ... Mr. Hodge
Henry Silva ... Dr. Gauss
Rod Mullinar Rod Mullinar ... Derek
David Hemmings ... Dr. Fraser
Rosie Sturgess Rosie Sturgess ... Lori
Robert Thompson ... Sean
Walter Pym Walter Pym ... Ditcher
Amanda Muggleton ... Martha
Lulu Pinkus Lulu Pinkus ... Nurse
Chris Milne Chris Milne ... David
Jacqui Gordon Jacqui Gordon ... Leah
Val Christensen Val Christensen ... Toni
Glenys O'Brien Glenys O'Brien ... Guide
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The descendant of Elizabeth Bathory is abducted by a cult of self-proclaimed supermen who achieve this state of superiority by drinking from the "blood cows" (read: people) kept at the "dairy farm", and they try to get her to join them.

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Surrender to an Unholy, Insatiable Evil. See more »


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ânsia See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia See more »

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Budget:

AUD 750,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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First theatrically released feature film for director Rod Hardy who mostly works in television. See more »

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Semi-Gothic horror down under
1 March 2008 | by mike65-2See all my reviews

Although clearly not a top-draw production being hampered by some less than crisp plotting, low budget and a cast tending to the wooden, Thirst nonetheless manages, after a slow uncertain first third to develop into a quiet enjoyable light horror drama.

The production is at its peak when it veers closest to "traditional" Gothic territory - indeed the sequence in Kate Davis' home where she progresses through a spiraling sensory nightmare is almost worthy of Mario Bava - lead actress Chantal Contouri even shares a passing resemblance to Bavas female lead Barbera Steele as she becomes overwhelmed by visions.

One thing that struck me was that for a film made in sunny new world of Australia much of the production had the feeling of the Old World with mock tudor buildings, rough hewn stone and brickwork and lead decorated windows. I can only surmise this was a deliberate ploy as its harder to invoke atmospheric horror in a world of concrete, glass and wood panelling.


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