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The Hunger (1983)

R | | Drama, 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.


Tony Scott


Ivan Davis (screenplay), Michael Thomas (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
3,144 ( 115)
2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Deneuve ... Miriam Blaylock
David Bowie ... John Blaylock
Susan Sarandon ... Sarah Roberts
Cliff De Young ... Tom Haver
Beth Ehlers Beth Ehlers ... Alice Cavender
Dan Hedaya ... Lieutenant Allegrezza
Rufus Collins ... Charlie Humphries
Suzanne Bertish ... Phyllis
James Aubrey ... Ron
Ann Magnuson ... Young Woman from Disco
John Stephen Hill John Stephen Hill ... Young Man from Disco
Shane Rimmer ... Arthur Jelinek
Bauhaus ... Disco Group
Douglas Lambert Douglas Lambert ... TV Host
Bessie Love ... Lillybelle


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Nothing Human Loves Forever


Drama | Horror


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Release Date:

29 April 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El ansia See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,832,898, 1 May 1983, Wide Release

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


David Bowie said that, in order to make his voice suitably hoarse for when he aged so drastically in the movie, he stood on the George Washington Bridge every night and screamed all the punk rock songs he knew. See more »


During the scene when Miriam offers the drink to Sarah, Sarah is standing in front of a bust depicting Miriam. The camera pans between the two a total of three times. The third time, when Sarah takes a sip of her drink, the bust is not there. See more »


[first lines]
John Blaylock: No ice.
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Referenced in Night People (2015) See more »


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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One of a kind
3 July 2007 | by MerryArtistSee all my reviews

Some advice for those who are planning to watch this film: First of all, this is definitely not your regular cup of tea. I don't love this film and I haven't seen many who do. My advice is, don't go and set aside the time for this piece. It's rather interesting to watch once, but if you have better things to do, do them!

The movie uses a lot of visual effects and sounds to create a spooky, vampiry atmosphere. While the blue theme and the whole dark setting works quite well and the outcome is quite impressive, some people would say that the method is too slow or frustrating. Just keep in mind that this is a visual film. Don't expect too much dialogue, but remember to listen carefully to the things that are said, especially to Miriam (Deneuve). Otherwise you might miss some points and end up in a confused state.

As for the acting, David Bowie is remarkable in his little part, Catherine Deneuve is all class and beauty, and Susan Sarandon has some good scenes. If you're seeking to watch this movie solely because you want to see one of these actors (like I did), you probably won't regret it. But what will get your attention is all the fantasy about how the vampire life works in this story. There are some illogical and not too well thought out theories playing at hand, but when you're watching any fantasy movie, you have to let your imagination take over.

Personally, I think this movie is more fantasy and drama than horror or romance. The whole vampire idea will get your attention because of its relatively novel qualities, but the story is also about a vampiress and her tragic love affairs. I suppose the movie doesn't explore too much into this area. It would've been better if they had. For those who're interested, I recommend the book by Whitley Strieber, which does a better job of explaining things.

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