The Hunger

The Hunger (Tony Scott, 1983)

I was surprised, given that Tony Scott is best known as an action director, of which the Pelham remake is a very impressive example, to find that his first film is not only a vampire flick, but also an art movie (imo, ie). In the commentary on the DVD he says more than once that he steals from (stills) photographers like Helmut Newton for the look of the film – and indeed it is beautifully composed and lit.

But I can’t really top this comment from Facebook/film colleague Adrian, so I’ll quote him. He writes that this is:

A stylish, sexy vampire flick starring David Bowie, Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon. Blood, boobies, Bowie. Booya!

I would only leave out Bowie, who does little more in the film than wear layers and layers of makeup; and add ‘lesbian’.

A love triangle develops between a beautiful yet dangerous vampire, her cellist companion, and a gerontologist.

Garry Gillard | reviews | New: 20 March, 2017 | Now: 20 March, 2017