Thirst

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This cold-blooded, thinly wrought horror film has a warm-blooded theme -- the regular imbibing of said substance by a certifiably crazy cult. Kate Davis (Chantal Contouri) is slowly drawn into this cult against her (and everyone else's) better judgment. Once involved, she discovers that they have sanitized, hospital-like centers where red-blooded individuals are kept zoned out by tranquilizers. Otherwise they might have some objection or another to being essentially imprisoned and immobilized in order to supply blood on demand. In cases where the supply source is particularly popular with one of the cult members, then complete exsanguination is ordered. Even the slightest hint at humor, levity of any kind coming from any direction, might have balanced the weak plot and one-dimensional characters by covertly acknowledging their limitations. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

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  • Feb 17, 2013
    Rod Hardy directs this stunning vampire feature that is among the best vampire films of the 1970's and possibly the genre. Thirst is a film that has a tense, brooding atmosphere with a surrealistic vibe and effectively bone chilling scenes. There a few flaws of course, and at times the plot suffers, but it more than makes up for it with a good cast, an interesting story that offers something quite different than your usual vampire fare. Fans of the genre will most likely enjoy this different take on a classic tale and there are plenty of scares that abound on-screen that are guaranteed to terrify you. This is a truly original yarn that is entertaining from start to finish, and despite some minor flaws, it is a terrific horror film that is a must see for genre fans. Rod Hardy's direction is great, and he knows to craft a solid, atmospheric vampire film that is engaging from start to finish. What is wonderful with this film is that it pushes the genre into new, unexplored territory and succeeds at creating something quite different and original in the process. Even with its new twist on the genre, there's still everything you'd expect from a good vampire film. There are plenty of scenes of vampires feeding on the living, and the atmosphere helps to elevate the film in a class by itself. If you love vampire movies, and haven't seen Thirst yet, I highly recommend that you do. The film offers a different angle on the vampire lore and works well while keeping the traditional vampire trademarks intact. This film is far better than many vampire films that have been released before or since, and if you love traditional vampire tales with a slightly new twist, then give this one a shot, you'll be glad you did.
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  • Jan 20, 2011
    I found this film in a box of 3 called Aussie Horror Vol 1. This can be found at oldies dot com for a very cheap price or at Amazon. This is a 1979 Film and I guess some would rule it in the vampire category, though I would put it in the strange cult category. A young girl who of course is a decedent of someone who was leader of this cult is abducted and forced to drink blood, in hopes that she will once again bring reining power to this cult. Only big star I recognized was Henry Silva who looked like he was doing botox back in the seventies, Not the worst film I have seen but far from the best, still worth the price. 2 1/2 stars
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  • Nov 29, 2010
    A good vampire horror movie, very surreal, spooky, and scary. I really liked it, the story was good, and I highly recommend it if you like vampire movies.
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  • Oct 10, 2009
    <div style="width:120px;font-size:10px;text-align:center;"><a <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/thirst-12275378"><img src="http://content8.flixster.com/photo/12/27/53/12275378_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a></div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/thirst-12275383"><img src="http://content9.flixster.com/photo/12/27/53/12275383_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/thirst-12275380"><img src="http://content6.flixster.com/photo/12/27/53/12275380_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"><I>Thirst</I></a> </div></div> <I>Thirst</I> (1979) Written by John Pinkney. Directed by Rod Hardy. With Chantal Contouri, Shirley Cameron, Max Phipps, Henry Silva, and Rod Mullinar. A direct descendant of Elizabeth Bathory is kidnapped by other vampires who want to make her one of their own. All that charming and wealthy Kate Davis (Contouri) wants to do is live happily ever after with her handsome boyfriend. Unfortunately, unbeknown to her, she is a direct lineal descendant of Countess Elizabeth Bathory. You remember Liz, she was that Hungarian rich chick who drank and bathed in at least 600 gallons of blood from at least 600 beautiful young women in the late 1500's and early 1600's. I might add that Liz Bathory also sodomized the comely maidens first, then partially ate some of them alive, before torturing and murdering them and drinking, bathing, and masturbating in their blood. But then gee golly gosh, what's a bored aristocratic gal supposed to do for fun in the darned old dark and dusty 1500's, <I>anyway</I>??? So it turns out for poor Kate that there are 70,000 well netwroked, politically powerful vampires in the modern world and some of them come from equally distinguished aristocratic families. A member of one wants to marry her, and probably do a few other things to her that we won't go into here, but suffice it to say that the hapless and desirable Kate is snatched away to a vampire "resort." While there, she will become fully indoctrinated, get hitched, and . . . and well, I suspect "get" other things as well, seeing as how her vamp suitor has been watching surreptitiously-filmed home movies of Kate getting her groove worked over by her boyfriend. The resort also happens to be a human blood farm. Kidnapped, tranquilized mortals are put out to pasture and herded in a couple of times a week to be "milked" for, you guessed it, rich, red, raw <B>human blood!</B> They are referred to as "blood cows," and they are drained of a pint or so each time via the latest technology in a huge row of sanitary stalls. They don't appear to be very happy about it either, but then that's good incentive to unionize. A "direct-to-line vacuum <I>pulsator</I>" (dairy speak for the milking machine hose terminal that is <I>supposed</I> to fit around a cow's udder) is hooked right into the helpless humans' jugulars. Then their blood is sucked, pumped, filtered, pasteurized, homogenized, inspected and certified as safe, just like at a real dairy (hey, vampires have a right to protect themselves from hepatitis too, you know.) Then, presto. The human Clamato juice is distributed world-wide in conventional milk cartons. Makes you thirsty just thinking about it, huh? It turns out that the facility gives consumer tours and everything. It also has some nice amenities such as swimming pools, racket ball courts, and booze kiosks (vamps only!) Unfortunately for Kate, since she's on a special diet, the program for <I>her</I> consists of involuntary drug-induced hallucinations, coercive brainwashing and blood force-feeding, just to get her in the mood for her wedding night. It works! -Well, <I>sort of</I>. The problem is that the plan, like most in these hemoglobin flicks, doesn't go very smoothly. In fact after some initial difficulties, then apparent success, it blows up right in everyone's faces with gruesome and disturbing results. This is a solid Australian film and one of the best vampire movies from the 1970's that I have seen so far. If you like odd and twisted cinema, or hot and heavy bloodsucking action, I give it four and half stakes through the heart. <div style="width:120px;font-size:10px;text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/movie/thirst-1979-videos/Thirst+%281979%29-10902006">Trailer: Thirst (1979)</a></div><a href="http://www.flixster.com/movie/thirst-1979-videos/Thirst+%281979%29-10902006"><img src="http://www.videodetective.com/photos/059/000251_25.jpg" border="0" /></a><div style="font-size:10px;width:120px;text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div>
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