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and it starts with an awesome music,
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Tony Scott made a horror film, The Hunger, and no surprise, it's sumptuously lit and shot. Quite beautiful. Its vibe initially reminds me of the later Only Lovers Left Alive, as the story of two immortal vampires and how such long-lasting love manifests (that, and there's a strong rock'n'roll feeling to both films, in this case partly caused by casting David Bowie). But as it turns out, only Catherine Deneuve's vamp is a true immortal, her converted companions only lasting a few hundred years before accelerated decrepitude turns them into living corpses. So this is the story of the end of one relationship, and the start of another (Catherine chooses Susan Sarandon as her next companion - things get positively Sapphic). The theme of possessiveness runs through the film. Once hers, the vampire's lovers remain a part of her, and while she paints this forever love in romantic terms, there's also a horror to her never letting go. Metaphors ready for dissection. I do think they don't make enough of Sarandon's research into decrepitude - it's just a plot means to a plot end - but I like The Hunger for its stylish look, cool cast, and interesting take on the vampire romance genre.
This is by far Tony Scott's best movie.
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This movie ranks #264 in TSZDT's The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films
This movie ranks #325 in Jennifer Eiss's 500 Essential Cult Movies