Just know that at no point will we be getting Babashook. Feeding on human blood, Miriam has lived for over years. She gave her lover the gift of eternal life and together they hunt.
But John begins aging rapidly, he seeks the help of Dr. Sarah Roberts Susan Sarandon. Miriam is immediately drawn to Sarah, desiring her as her next immortal companion… Queer Aspect: Miriam and Sarah get it on. I had just always heard The Hunger was a schlocky, over-the-top lesbian vampire erotica film and that is not at all what it is.
So count me as a fan of this weird but beautiful film. His rapid-style editing and his affinity for lots of blues and oranges just never struck me as, well, good.
You can see him experimenting with those design choices in The Hunger especially in the editing , but since this is only his second feature his first was filmed 12 years prior to this one the film feels somewhat, dare I say, subdued? All hail Queen Catherine Deneuve though, because this bitch is in it to win it. The queer community had so much going against it back then that Miriam, however unintentional it must have been, could easily be read as predatory because she is a lesbian.
Not helping matters is that this film was released at the very beginning of the AIDS crisis. So imagine sitting in the theater watching a film in which a non-straight woman gives another woman a blood disease after a night of sexual intercourse. What are your thoughts on the film Joe? Were you as enamored by the film as I was? Do you agree that the film could have been read as insensitive by the queer community? Also, here are some other Fun Facts I found in my research: Joe Oh Trace, only you could have worked Piranha 3D, opera and cunnilingus into a discussion about a lesbian vampire film.
I was completely enthralled by The Hunger, which proved to be an unexpected gem. I realized in hindsight that I was only aware of the film by online reputation, so five minutes in I had to completely revise my expectations of what the film was and what it was aiming to do. I knew that the film was held up as a canonical lesbian horror text, but I was surprised at how little physical romance there is in the film. I distinctly thought that it was a kinky threesome situation between Deneuve, Bowie and Sarandon, which the opening scene at the nightclub supports.
Considering the sex scene alone, I would think that the film owes its canonization less to male masturbatory fantasy and more to the lack of semi-positive lady-on-lady love stories. I imagine this was received as a bit of an artsy oddity back in the day. For me, first and foremost, The Hunger is a sumptuous, gothic treatise on who you want to grow old with. The correct answer, obviously, is Deneuve because she is fabulously regal and gorgeous in this film. What I loved most is how contained the story is: It is hilarious that Sarandon — or anyone associated with the film — would be targeted by haters.
As for the AIDS angle, this is a little too early to really resonate, but it certainly anticipates those fears and simultaneously reinforces the narrow-minded point of view about sexually deviant and dangerous lesbians and bisexuals, which is a pretty consistent trope in horror films and thrillers going back decades, from Rebecca to The Haunting I would likely argue that Miriam is more bisexual since she clearly had a long relationship with John, as evidenced by the flashbacks.
An inner elbow is an inner elbow, regardless of who it belongs to, right? Trace, to what extent do you think The Hunger impacted future depictions of transgressive or sexually fluid vampires?
Trace Surely it has impacted depictions of queer characters since its release though, right? Does this film resonate so strongly with the LGBT community though? I was of the impression that it was perceived to be a joke of a film. That may just be me being out of the loop and not fully paying attention to conversations that brought up the film though.
Does that fact that she is a predatory creature give her sexual fluidity a negative context? Chapter 2 piece , but if I had to, I suppose she would be pansexual, right?