A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this stylish, blood-soaked drama with lots of sex is definitely not for kids. It's spooky and tense throughout as beautiful vampires lure numerous victims to their deaths by strangulation, stabbing, and more. Sexual activity is used as foreplay to murder from the opening scenes until the final resolution. There is partial female nudity (including multiple shots of bare breasts), oral sex, erotic dancing and seduction, and lesbian sex. Occasional coarse language is heard, including "f--k." Characters smoke heavily throughout, consume alcohol, and quaaludes are mentioned. Though vampire movies continue to appeal to a mass audience, particularly teens, this film is very different from the tame, romantic, and idealized vampirism of the Twilight series and others like it.
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What's the story?
Miriam (Catherine Deneuve) and John (David Bowie), the elegant vampires-next-door in a chic modern-day Manhattan mansion, face the end of their centuries-old romance when John begins to age and rapidly dies. Miriam's quest for a new life partner leads her to Sarah (Susan Sarandon), a doctor researching longevity and humankind's biological clock. Sarah falls victim to the beautiful vampire's seduction and enters a world of erotic sex and brutal murder. But when Sarah fights back, refusing to accept her fate, Miriam encounters a formidable enemy.
Is it any good?
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about teens' continuing fascination with horror movies (and specifically vampires) in film, books, and television. What do you think is so appealing about the genre?