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1,422 Ratings

The Hunger

Directed by Tony Scott
United Kingdom, 1983
Horror, LGBT+


Horror story set in 20th century New York. Miriam Blaylock is a woman who belongs to an ancient race which possesses the secret of eternal life.

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The Hunger Directed by Tony Scott
The parallels between actor and character in Deneuve and Miriam are perversely satisfying. Much like the unsuspecting characters that surround her, we too are seduced and then embroiled into narratives that repel and repulse. Cinematic archetypes imbue so-called beautiful women with certain functions: the femme fatale, the ingenue. Deneuve’s beauty is mutable, and she wields it accordingly.
November 24, 2015
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The Hunger" was Mr. Scott’s sophomore feature, and it established his commercial-honed, MTV-friendly style, at once frenzied and soignée and often risible. Curtains billow, doves cry, the light is filtered and huge close-ups are ladled with a dollop of Schubert. Although the movie ultimately dissolves into a blood-feast zombie-fest, the performances are not without merit.
October 21, 2015
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The concept is stronger than the execution: the green Scott rushes too quickly into the debilitating effects of vampirism, leading to a lethargic middle act in which the deliberate listlessness becomes too detached. Nonetheless, Scott’s thorough stylization of every blue-white frame, every piece of sheer fabric over clearly visible flesh, makes for a landmark entry in the ever-shifting genre.
August 17, 2015
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What are people saying?

  • Palmat's rating of the film The Hunger

    A visually arresting and emotionally haunting piece of vampire lore. Bowie is magnificent and it is a shame he didn´t get more screen time. Deneuve and Sarandon also are very good but their characters could have used a bit more TLC from the script writer. But this is above all a visceral and an aesthetic experience which delivers in spades. A real class act!

  • josé neves's rating of the film The Hunger

    re-rating. The cinephile that i was raged before of what i considered to be an exhibitionism of bad taste. This before John Woo's doves and the discovery of the Giallo, that diabolical source of excesses and outrages. Despite Scott's heavy machinery (here more light), the metaphor of blood as poison, of poison as life and blood as a creation of death, goes perfectly through the fleeting visual fulminations.

  • Jason's rating of the film The Hunger

    Go for the surfaces. Stay for the surfaces. You don't want to try and go deep. Keep to to the skin. Probably made to watch stoned. By people who were stoned. A lot of drugs went into the making of this movie and the America in which it happened. Mr. Scott stands alone as having made a relatively big budget movie of this era obviously formally influenced by Alain Resnais. To be is to be seen ... looking good.

  • T. J. Harman's rating of the film The Hunger

    Better on 2nd viewing: THE CONFORMIST meets DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS meets the 80s. I hate to say it but in general I don't agree with the "Tony Scott as auteur" ordaned eulogies given after his death but he was not untalented and this is a great film he did before he got stuck in the action genre or whatever. When I watch this alone I see what they see until I think of other work. He needed better stories & casts.

  • mjgildea's rating of the film The Hunger

    Total crap. Despite a great title sequence featuring Bauhaus playing "Bela Lugosi's Dead," David Bowie starring in it and having a sex scene with Susan Sarandon and Catherine Deneuve, I'm forced to say the only redeeming points of this movie were everything I just mentioned plus a topless Ann Magnuson and absolutely nothing else. And despite my love of boobs, a few sets of them should not be the highlight of a movie.

  • Greg S.'s rating of the film The Hunger

    Its all over the place but the strongest moments are pretty hard to deny. As a debut film however its pretty impressive, I have no doubt if Tony had continued down this road he would've long ago surpassed his brother.

  • Christopher R. Smith's rating of the film The Hunger

    Slick, stylish, and original 80s vampire film is entertaining despite some dated, cheesy moments. Director Tony Scott brings an extraordinary visual sense, though his commercial background is all to evident - at times the film resembles an expensive perfume ad. Maybe it is an exercise in style over substance, but this is one of the more memorable vampire films out there.

  • kartina obskura's rating of the film The Hunger

    when i die, bring me to that place with pigeons and read about branko's bird that never landed while i hear a distant familiar voice that repeats "in vein i wake her"

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