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Ever wonder why David Bowie doesn't make movies anymore?

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Several years ago in some circumstance I can't remember I saw about 3 minutes of this film and I had something like a very low-level obsession to watch the entire film.  It wasn't easy for me to decide to actually watch this movie.  I have bittersweet memories of other films staring David Bowie.  I adore Labyrinth but I was largely put off or bored by The Man Who Fell To Earth.  My disenchantment with the latter film may arise from the fact that one can not obtain the variety and quantity of illegal drugs the entire cast and crew had to consume in order to make this film.

In "The Hunger," David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve's characters are ancient vampires living in New York City.  They're not Bram Stoker or Anne Rice type vampires in that they aren't harmed by sunlight, they do not have fangs, and they don't sleep in coffins.  They do, however, drink human blood but the blood-letting is accomplished with a dagger.  Another twist to this particular brand of vampirism is that female vampires live forever in a state of ageless beauty while male vampires age at an extremely accelerated rate after living in well-preserved stasis for a few hundred years.

David Bowie's character begins this rapid aging process and seeks the help of Susan Sarandon's character who is a doctor specializing in the aging process.  In the course of a day or two, Bowie's character is reduced to a still conscious but inanimate ancient corpse which is stored in a coffin in the attic of the stately town home where the two vampires lived.  Sarandon is then seduced by Deneauve and becomes a vampire herself.   


  • Opening sequence is pure 80's decadence and features a full length live performance of Bela Lugosi's Dead by Bauhaus.
  • Great special effects makeup throughout showing rapid aging process in David Bowie's character.
  • Good cinematography and editing.
  • Great soundtrack, some of which is Deneauve playing Debussy.
  • Susan Sarandon naked.
  • Poor pacing.
  • Catherine Deneauve doesn't have enough lines and the ones she has are delivered poorly.
  • Bad fake blood.
  • Bad sound design / foley.
Final Thoughts

Overall a 2 out of 5.  Interesting but would not watch again.

Recommendation:  Watch just the first 20 minutes.

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Movie Review - The Hunger | 8 comments (8 topical, 0 hidden)
IMDB oddness by lm (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 07:31:42 AM EST
Each member of Bauhaus is credited separately instead of the band being credited.

I always assumed David Bowie didn't show up in many movies because he's a crap actor. He's good at looking evil, but sympathetic but not much else. The one exception (arguably) is his portrayal of Pontius Pilate in Scorcese's Last Temptation of Christ.

I may have to go see if I can find this one at the library, though. I don't think I've ever seen, which is odd as I grew up as a punk rocker in the eighties.

Kindness is an act of rebellion.
Dude, by blixco (4.00 / 3) #2 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 07:32:20 AM EST
Susan Sarandon naked is one of the reasons I watched that god awful film.

But then again, I'm not a big fan of vampire movies. 
Taken out of context I must seem so strange - Ani DiFranco

Toucha toucha toucha touch me by georgeha (4.00 / 3) #6 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 08:38:21 AM EST
I agree with this.

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As I've said before about this film by spacejack (2.00 / 0) #3 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 07:54:56 AM EST
It's a cinematic triumph of style over substance. I still don't think the opening sequence has been matched in terms of pure coolness. The scene with the truck is also incredibly well done.

Review review by ad hoc (4.00 / 2) #4 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 08:17:17 AM EST

Good synopsis, good analysis, good criticism. Suffers from unoriginal rating system.
Close friendships and a private room can offer most of the things love does.

it's a vampiric review by martingale (4.00 / 1) #8 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 04:47:16 PM EST
which steals the good synopsis, good analysis, good criticism and unoriginal rating system from other good reviews.

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Top Sarandon quote by Rogerborg (4.00 / 2) #5 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 08:37:15 AM EST
Was that her character didn't need to get drunk in the seduction scene.  Why?  Because she's being seduced by Catherine Deneuve, duh.

Metus amatores matrum compescit, non clementia.
David Bowie doesn't do movies any more ... by me0w (2.00 / 0) #7 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 10:51:40 AM EST
Cause he is far too sexy.

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