THE HUNGER (1983)
Enter, brother Tony. I watched this one years ago on VHS, and remember enjoying it at the time. Not so much anymore.
First off, I’m gonna say that Catherine Deneuve was not a great choice to play the head vampire; Her english is so broken that I either can’t understand what she’s saying, or the delivery sounds completely flat.
The constant cross-cutting between two events gets really obnoxious by the fifth or sixth time it’s used in a row.
I’m not going to give away the ending, but I will say this; It either doesn’t make sense, or they don’t explain it nearly well enough. Even if it did make sense, it’s very dramatically unsatisfying.
I’m not sure if this was the intention, but the film comes off as very anti-gay. It’s basically saying that if you’re in a gay relationship, it’s against your will and not meant to last.
If you’ve never seen it, it’s probably worth a watch. It has a different take on vampire mythology, and the look of the film is pretty unique and interesting. It just could’ve used a little humor, or focus. As it is, it often comes off as campy, but not in a fun way.
7 out of 10