The Hunger (18)

Director: Tony Scott. UK, 1983. 97 mins.

The directorial debut of Tony Scott, The Hunger is a neo-gothic horror telling story of a love triangle between a doctor (Susan Sarandon) who specializes in sleep and ageing research and a vampire couple, played by Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie.

The exquisitely beautiful Catherine Deneuve plays Miriam, a centuries-old vampire capable of bestowing the gift of immortality on her lovers — namely her current partner John (David Bowie). To sustain their sanguinary requirements, the pair cruises New York nightclubs in search of victims (as illustrated in a stunning opening sequence to the accompaniment of “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”, performed by seminal Goth band Bauhaus). When John awakens one morning to discover tell-tale signs of ageing, it is revealed that his own sustained youth is not permanent, and his physical decrepitude begins to increase at an incredible rate. In a panic, John visits the clinic of scientist Sarah Roberts (Susan Sarandon), who has recently published a book on reversing the aging process, but she initially dismisses him as a crank. After learning of his real condition, however, Sarah traces John to his uptown flat but ends up having an encounter with Miriam instead, which changes everything…

Director – Tony Scott

Writer – Ivan Davis

Director of Photography – Stephen Goldblatt

Producer – Richard Shepherd

Cast – Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, Susan Sarandon

Print Source – British Film Institute

Release date – April 29, 1983

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