The Hunger

1983 R 1h 36m DVD

The Hunger

1983 R 1h 36m DVD
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Fetching Miriam (Catherine Deneuve) -- a 2,000-year-old vampire -- gave John (David Bowie) the gift of eternal life hundreds of years ago, choosing him as her lover and companion. But now Miriam wants to put the bite on Dr. Sarah Roberts (Susan Sarandon), a specialist in premature aging. Because John has begun aging so rapidly, Sarah is a much more appetizing alternative, prompting Miriam to make the choice of a lifetime.
Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, Susan Sarandon, Cliff De Young, Beth Ehlers, Dan Hedaya, Rufus Collins, Suzanne Bertish, James Aubrey, Shane Rimmer, Allan Richards, Willem Dafoe
Tony Scott
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital Mono
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
age 17+

Common Sense Note

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.

Sexual Content

The film contains: lengthy depictions of sexual activity (both heterosexual and lesbian), including kissing, fondling, partial nudity, bare breasts in numerous scenes; erotic dancing; and oral sex. One violent, orgiastic sexual scene is intercut with a monkey going crazy and killing his mate.


No shortage of graphic stabbing, slashing, blood-letting, and violent murderous behavior, often in concert with erotic sensuality and lovemaking. Victims are stabbed, strangled, and thrown over stair railings to their death. Bodies decompose; corpses rise from their coffins, only to disintegrate and turn to dust moments later. There are other disturbing images throughout: blood flows on every conceivable surface; a vicious monkey attacks and kills his mate; humans participate in a bloody feast; victims (including an innocent teen violinist) are lured to their deaths because of the vampires' need for blood.


A few instances of "f--k," "bulls--t," "hell," and "son-of-a-bitch."

Social Behavior

Strong themes of the fight for survival throughout the movie -- sometimes this human urge comes at the expense of others. Maintaining one's sense of morality sometimes means great sacrifice. There is a strong connection made between sex and violence.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Most characters smoke throughout. Wine and liquor are consumed in numerous social settings and in one sex-murder sequence, the victims seem to be in an "altered state." A teen offers quaaludes to an adult.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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