Although Tony Scott‘s 1983 vampire film The Hunger didn’t receive a ton of critical praise, it became a huge underground hit for its goth appeal and Sapphic scenes between Susan Sarandon and Catherine Deuneuve.
More than 20 years later, vampires are all the rage (again) and Warner Bros. is reportedly working on a remake of the film. For those who haven’t seen it, the film follows Catherine’s vampire character, Miriam, as she takes lovers and makes them vampires, promising them everlasting life. However, the catch is that, while she can live forever at the same age, they eventually grow so old and frail that she puts them in coffins and keeps them in her basement. Susan Sarandon’s Sarah becomes one of her unfortunate lovers.
While no details have surfaced, I can only cringe at the prospect. The appeal of the original is its darkness mixed with the new wave scene of the ’80s, as well as the actors involved (David Bowie was also one of the stars.)
The story itself is different in the book of the same name, so maybe the remake will stay closer to the best seller by Whitley Strieber. In my opinion, the best way to experience The Hunger is to watch the movie with the commentary from Susan Sarandon and Tony Scott, so you can get the whole story on the changing of the ending, Susan’s thoughts on her sex scene and other great tidbits about the making of such a provocative ’80s film.
Who would you like to see play vampiress Miriam or doctor Sarah in the remake?