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Parents' Guide to

The Hunger

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Bloody lesbian-vampire story is stylish, but no Twilight.

Movie R 1983 97 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

Animal cruelty-warning!

Right at the beginning of the film, monkeys locked up in a laboratory are shown hurting and mauling each other. Apparently both the director and the actors found it okay that animals were tortured for this film. That alone is enough to issue a warning about this junk. Cruelty to animals is neither aesthetic nor cool.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 15+

Interesting plot details but uneven

The Hunger does feature good performances all around and has some interesting plot details but unfortunately is uneven and runs out of steam. I wish the film was better because I do appreciate the LGBTQ representation. FYI for parents: the sexual content is rather strong. Nudity is abundant. The violence and gore is stronger than a PG-13 vampire film but nothing that a 15 year old couldn’t handle.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (1 ):

The Hunger is hampered by a humorless, weak story and shallow, undefined characters. Even the inventive direction and the stunning visual effects and production design, along with two of the world's most beautiful women willing to participate in what must have been very controversial love scenes in 1983 when the film was made, cannot make up for these shortcomings. The audience is continually assaulted by orgies of blood and gore, often combined with erotica, all of which lead to a silly final battle between the dying and the undead. This exercise in style over substance has a cult following of vampire fans and mature teen fans of the genre will overlook the film's weaknesses for it's stylish and sometimes shocking plot elements.

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