Saturday, October 9, 2010

31 Days of Halloween: The Hunger

Despite its cult status, I used to think that no one knew what The Hunger was. Then it started to pop-up on cable on demand, Netflix streaming, and Showtime on a regular basis, making it (lucky for you) easy to find. Going back to the disease fear roots of vampirism, The Hunger, follows Miriam (Catherine Deneuve), an ancient Egyptian vampire looking for a solution to her aging problem. Her lovers, most recently John (played by David Bowie), gain immortality after sharing her blood, but lose their youth once she's done with them, their bodies eventually aging and disintegrating while their minds remain intact. She seeks the help of Dr. Sarah Roberts (Susan Sarandon), a leading specialist in Progeria and aging research who becomes ensnared in the vampiress’ trap as their relationship takes a romantic turn. Slick, shiny, and photographed in that dark neon and stark way that is so  80’s specific (with the matching soundtrack to boot), the film is sexy, hypnotic, and haunting. While you won’t find any real scares here, the screeching of experimentally altered baboons and the ghostly, rotting hands of Miriam's caged, desiccated lovers are enough to make the film's imagery appropriately chilling; perfect for impressing your hipster Halloween party friends as you down some Pabst and bob for organic apples. 

1 comment:

  1. The opening credits/scene of this movie is one of my favorites of all time, it might even be at the very top of the list. It sets the tone so perfectly that it's almost impossible for the rest of the movie to be anywhere close to as cool.

    I can't go to a gothy type club because i'm afraid the disappointment will be too great...


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