Monday, March 18, 2013

The Hunger (1983)

"Nothing human lives forever"

PROLOGUE: A NEW MOOD FOR HORROR. This review is unequivocally dedicated to the recent tragic and sad passing of the late Tony Scott 1944 – 2012. The review is also a specific noting of a changing of the guard in the reinventing and stylising of horror cinema for a new age. This review is also a critical rebuke of film critics of the time with no sense of vision or style whatsoever. The Hunger, 1983 is a film that during the time of release showed a dramatic, almost – film noir, slower paced horror film viewing experience, a movie that immediately caught both my personal attention and imagination when finally viewing it for the first time on its eventual video release many distant decades ago now. Despite what many of my friends found as a long winded and arduous, (BORING!) film, for me on a personal level it actually became a pleasant jolt to the system and encompassed a new edginess in genre film-making that fitted perfectly with what this then young adult had began craving as he searched for some kind of genre specific viewing alternative to the usual VHS carousel of recycled horror fair that was being churned out at the time. It was a very overburdened home entertainment marketplace by this time, a time in which most movies available often offered the same old repetitive tedium which at best was 'run of the mill' fair but more oftly were genuinely poor excuses for horror cinema of which many of the titles were now fortunately/unfortunately finally seeing the light of day to a mainstream video viewing audience who were being provided much of said crap by film distributors trying to make quick financial gain often with the release of largely contemptible trite, some of which I have to admit I genuinely loved (still do in fact) but much more of which I truly hated and please guys let us not fool ourselves into thinking that everything controversial, outrageous or gore laden during that period which was available in this horror, Sci-fi or fantasy nirvana was good or interesting entertainment because the truth was a large amount of it was simply disguising a marketing rip off and offering only unadulterated shite, that simple folks! The Hunger came at a time when we were witnessing great change as both our choices and horror tastes began to alter slightly as were the movie now being developed and released during the back end of the 1970's and in the opening salvo of the 1980's.