Friday, July 17, 2009

Vampires get lonely too...

Now that last year's fantastic "Let the Right One In" is available on DVD, might I suggest a companion piece to make a sweet vampire double header: "The Hunger."

Yup, you remember "The Hunger." 1983 Tony Scott movie. Elegant, atmospheric, barely plotted. Bauhaus' Peter Murphy prancing and droning "Bela Legosi's Dead" over the opening credits. David Bowie in that awesome makeup. And Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon... y'know... doing it.

Alright, you probably only remember the last bit. And frankly, that bit was why I happily decided to drop all of a buck fifty on a VHS copy a week or two ago. But it's a groovy, stylie film -- not terribly horrific, and certainly not action-packed. But it's got a great, dreamy vibe to it.

And it's about a vampire. A female vampire who's latest mortal companion is dying. And we get to watch her hunt down and seduce her choice of replacement. In "Let the Right One In," it's the achingly familiar seduction of puppy love. In "The Hunger," it's girl-on-girl action with opera, rather than "brown chicken brown cow" porno funk as a soundtrack.

Good stuff. A little high-brow, a little low-brow, a little sideways-brow... Get these films in your Netflix queue toot sweet, y'all.


Charlie said...

I always recommend this one. I think the opening ten minutes with Bauhaus/Bela Legosi is Dead/Catherine Denouve/David BowieAnn Magnuson/80's goth club/sex/vampires/burning bodies is worth the price of admission and then some.

Dr. AC, Fool for Blood said...

I'm pretty sure this was my introduction to the lesbo/vamp subgenre and it was a memorable one.


This one totally deserves both a re-watch and a special edition DVD release.