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The Hunger

Directed by Tony Scott. UK. 1983. R. 97 minutes. Warner. Digital.
Fri., February 3, 2017
February 3, 2017
10:00 pm

David Bowie’s passing in January 2016 was a huge loss on so many levels. A musical genius and trendsetter for several decades, Bowie was also an accomplished actor. Although dozens of tributes to the man and his music poured in last year, his acting career was less celebrated. Now, one year later, The Colonial would like to celebrate Bowie the Actor with a special First Friday Fright Night screening of this 1983 thriller – one of his best.

Based on the best seller by Whitley Strieber (Wolfen, Communion), The Hunger is an unconventional love triangle with bite. After two hundred years, a vampire (Bowie) begins to rapidly age despite feeding on the blood of his hapless victims. It seems that his lover, vampire goddess Miriam Blaylock (Catherine Deneuve), wasn’t lying when she promised him eternal life – but she did lie about eternal youth. Desperate to stop and reverse his aging, John seeks help from gerontologist Dr. Sarah Roberts (Susan Sarandon). Upon meeting Dr. Roberts, Miriam quickly realizes she’s found the perfect replacement for her now decrepit lover.

Bathed in plenty of glossy `80s style – and blood – The Hunger marks the directorial debut of the late, great Tony Scott (Top Gun, True Romance). Filled with chilling performances, unsettling set pieces and a healthy dose of eroticism, The Hunger is an atmospheric masterpiece of late 20th century horror that continues to influence modern movies. (Brendan Carr)