Tony Scott makes a genre film? “The Hunger”(1983) Review

Tony Scott making a genre film. A full-fledged, no doubt about it genre film and doing a damn good job while he’s at it. The Hunger, a vampire film at its simplest, a sensual exploration of desire at its most surreal, delivers an atmospheric, moody horror. The legendary Catherine Deneuve stars alongside David Bowie and both murder these roles with authority and full-on commitment. The chemistry between them is intense and sideways. A perfect casting decision, with Deneuve serving as the harrowing matriarch of Vampires, Bowie her plaything that gets tossed aside for Susan Saradon in heat. Films from the 1980s had a healthy obsession with sex and didn’t portray it as some abstraction, but an act mature adults partook in for pleasure. The Hunger, a marvelous example as Tony Scoot oogles Sarandon’s physique. It’s a major element of the film and one of the central mechanisms moving the plot in certain directions.

Consequently, that atmospheric look does become tiresome by the end of the film. The blue and gray color grading becomes stale and Scott overlies on it to establish mood. It, unfortunately, felt like Tony Scott copying other horror films he’s seen in the past and taking many of the ideas too far. That’s not inherently bad, but the storytelling does become a bit derivative by the final act. The style is born out of emulation rather than intuition and originality. It still makes for an effective moody thriller that has solid makeup and prosthetics to boot

Rating: ☆☆☆

Verdict: Not Weird Enough

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