Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Quick Review: THE HUNGER (1983)

Original Theatrical Poster
Arguably, one of the most influential horror films of the 1980's - it basically introduced the 80's sheen of stylized lighting and quick cutting to the horror genre - The Hunger is a slow, moody, but ultimately disappointing effort. Visually, it's sumptuous and trend-setting, with director Tony Scott (making his feature film debut) and cinematographer Stephen Goldblatt paying laborious attention to each frame of film, creating imagery that is impossible to look away from. Sonically, the film also stands out, with an eerie score and terrific sound design. But other than the look and sound, and arresting performances by Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, and a young Susan Sarandon, this is a hollow, cold film, with a claustrophobic, dreary feel, and a story that goes nowhere. The studio-forced ending, which doesn't make a lick of sense, doesn't help matters. Worth a look for it's originality, though. Based on Whitely Strieber's novel of the same name.

Text © Ahmed Khalifa. 2016.

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