Wednesday, October 17, 2012
See, the tricky thing about vampires is that they promise you eternal life but at a truly heavy price. In the case of The Hunger, the vampire Miriam turns women and men into creatures of the night and then gets rid of them when they start to age and she's finished with them. She is more of a succubus than a vampire, although there are no hard and fast rules with these creatures (which is despite Twilight sucking that franchise can have sparkly lame vampires) and therefore David Bowie's John is able to venture out into the daytime to seek help when he starts to fall apart. Much of this movie is rather tragic, showcasing the sad consequences of having a lengthy existence while people that you love die or fade away slowly. Even though she is a vile creature, you almost feel pity for Miriam and also for John, despite a scene where they murder two people for their blood.
Tony Scott frames this movie in lush, haunted tones, with none of the more frantic quick camerawork that he so relied on heavily in his later movies. In fact this really doesn't have the feel of a Tony Scott movie, which was a surprise. I was completely drawn in by the rest of the story, which features a young Susan Sarandon being sucked into this darker underworld, captivated by Miriam even though she is quite dangerous. When vampires are concerned there is no ability to trust them, even though she falls under Miriam's spell and considers becoming another one of her slaves. There is even a famous sex scene that is rather tender, and another example of how the vampire genre deals with sexuality and humanity all too well.
After this movie, Tony Scott went out and become more of a commercial director with a fairly unique and obvious style of his own. While I enjoy some of his other movies I think this film is the best out of the ones I've seen from him. Scott actually made a good, eerie horror movie, and its a shame that he never made another one, one that could have featured more of his actual style. I think he could have given us a good, crazy zombie or ghost movie actually, but we'll never know. 91