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Stylish yet hollow, The Hunger is a well-cast vampire thriller that mistakes erotic moments for a satisfying story. Read critic reviews

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John (David Bowie) is the lover of the gorgeous immortal vampire Miriam (Catherine Deneuve), and he's been led to believe that he'll live forever, too. Unfortunately, he quickly deteriorates into a horrible living death, and Miriam seeks a new companion. She soon sets her sights on Sarah (Susan Sarandon), a lovely young scientist, who quickly falls under Miriam's spell. However, Sarah doesn't warm up to the concept of vampirism easily, leading to conflict with Miriam.

Cast & Crew

Catherine Deneuve
Miriam Blaylock
David Bowie
John Blaylock
Susan Sarandon
Sarah Roberts
Beth Ehlers
Alice Cavender
Dan Hedaya
Lieutenant Allegrezza
Rufus Collins
Charlie Humphries
Ann Magnuson
Young Woman from Disco
Michael Thomas
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Richard Shepherd
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Denny Jaeger
Original Music
Michel Rubini
Original Music
Stephen Goldblatt
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Pamela Power
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Critic Reviews for The Hunger

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (15)

  • The film's enduring quality is its ineffable coolness, which feels inextricable from Scott's supposedly lowbrow music video origins.

    January 7, 2021 | Full Review…
  • More style than substance, and perhaps simply an excuse to get Denueve and Susan Sarandon, Miriam's post-Bowie love, in bed together.

    November 18, 2008 | Full Review…
  • In his feature debut, director Tony Scott, brother of Ridley, exhibits the same penchant for eleborate art direction, minimal, humorless dialog and shooting in smoky rooms.

    November 18, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Visual sensualities will have a feast, but you'll have to read Whitley Strieber's novel if you don't want to emerge with a badly scratched head.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • The Hunger is an agonizingly bad vampire movie, circling around an exquisitely effective sex scene. Sorry, but that's the way it is, and your reporter has to be honest.

    October 23, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • In The Hunger, like in that ludicrous advertisement for Britney Spears's Curious perfume, sexual desire simply provokes postmodern psychotropic episodes.

    October 12, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Hunger

  • Mar 10, 2020
    A gorgeously filmed Gothic horror piece. It is a shame the movie so blatantly disregards its own internal logic and rules in the end but by that point you're so thoroughly hypnotized by all of the billowing curtains and Deneuve's presence that you may not care.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 22, 2012
    Bit of a cult vampire classic. Full review soon.
    Adam M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 08, 2011
    British vampire thriller from Tony Scott that really really does look like one of those old Cadbury's Flake adverts from the 80's. The constant swirling sweeping silky curtains fluttering in the breeze for no apparent reason, pale females with too much makeup, birds flapping n swooping romantically about the set in slow motion and lots of sexual slobbering haha. Aside from that its not a bad vamp flick, extremely glossy and highly stylised but admittedly not much else. The plot and concept for the vampires is annoyingly confusing bringing up so many questions, why does only the lover/secondary vamp seem to age? why do they age when they are vamps? why do they age so quick? why does 'Miss Blaylock' age at the end? why does feeding on blood not save them etc...I could on. Really this feels like an experiment in film making and imagery, its very glamorous and classy looking with a cast to match...Bowie, Sarandon and Deneuve, one could almost say its one long perfume advert or music video seeing as the plot ideas are so unexplained. I also find it rather odd that this sultry female vampire is somehow able to store loads of coffins with rotting mummies in her attic without them being noticed (the smell?), and why she also seems to have a pigeon infestation up there too lol!, she sure does like long flowing silky drapes though. Definitely a cult and certainly worth seeing if you like vampire films, horror/thrillers or unusual one offs as films like this don't come along very often. Strongly advise seeing if you also have a Sarandon fetish hehe ;)
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2011
    A vampire movie starring the lovely Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie and Susan Sarandon? Why hadn't I heard of this before now? Movie opens up with Bauhaus playing 'Bela Lugosi's Dead.' Perfect song choice as this film throws away most of the cliches attached to the Vampire genre, while staying true to the most basic elements of the original Dracula novel by Bram Stoker. Fascination with eternal life, doused with touches of eroticism. This was Tony Scotts feature film debut, and I am really surprised he had a film of this calibre in him. I always considered him more of a tactition, than a director with this much eye for style. Great photography and editing for sure. Clearly he took a lot from his previous experience in commercials and music videos. Apprently Scott originally wanted to make this movie based on Interview With a Vampire. Would have been interesting to see what he would have done with that story. Ah well, this one is very good too. Movie bombed in the box office and was universally hated by critics, and is criminally under known today as far as I'm concerned. One of the most unqiue takes on the vampire genre I have seen, since I watched Guillermo Del Toro's brilliant Cronos, about a year ago, and this came out much earlier. Really doesn't feel like it's almost 30 years old. Still feels relevent and modern and not dated in the least. Really can't think of anything critical to say about this one. Loved it. Highly recommended.
    Ed Fucking H Super Reviewer

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