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WHITLEY STRIEBER
The Hunger


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Corgi, London, 1983 (© 1980)
(price: 1.75; 250 pages)


The blurb on the back:

Miriam is a ravishingly beautiful young woman...but when the hunger grows...no man dares to touch her...
No-one believes in vampires any more. But they are still living among us... Like Miriam Blaylock who has lived for thousands of years, feeding on the human blood that is her life force...
Whitley Strieber, the man who unleashed
The Wolfen, now unfurls The Hunger.

'A fast paced, intriguing plot...sex, suspense and violence...the shocking ending will give readers more than their money's worth' - Publishers Weekly


The book: Long before he got into that 'I was abducted by aliens' stuff, Whitley Strieber made his name with a trio of the best horror novels of the 20th century: The Wolfen, The Hunger and The Night Church, all of which posited an alternative society co-existing with our own, comprised respectively of werewolves, vampires and Satanists.

The film: Ridley Scott's kid brother, Tony, made his directorial debut with an ultra-glossy take on vampirism that looks more like a 1980s video than a horror movie.

The role: Bowie is John Blaylock, a vampire who's been around for a couple of hundred years but ultimately isn't immortal - unlike the woman who made him a vampire, and who's now looking for a new mate.

The co-stars: The great Catherine Deneuve is the glamorous vampire who's moving on from Bowie; Susan Sarandon is the woman she chooses.

Most memorable image: Apart from Deneuve and Sarandon writhing on a bed in a soft-focus, soft-core lesbian embrace (obviously), it's Bowie being left in a hospital waiting-room for so long that he ages several hundred years before our eyes - a sequence presumably based on Tony Scott's experience of the NHS.

Star rating from the Radio Times Guide to Films:

Star rating from the Blockbuster Guide to Movies and Videos:

Star rating from the Virgin Film Guide: n/a

Trivia: For absolutely no discernible reason, the movie starts with The Bauhaus miming to their finest song 'Bela Lugosi's Dead'. It's pointless, but it is the definitive depiction of The Bauhaus.

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HE, AN ACTOR
DAVID BOWIE'S FILM CAREER IN BOOKS

Man Who Fell to Earth
The Man Who Fell to Earth

1976
Just a Gigolo
Just a Gigolo
1978
Christiane F
H: Christiane F
1981
Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence
Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence
1982
The Hunger
The Hunger
1983
Absolute Beginners
Absolute Beginners
1986
Labyrinth
Labyrinth
1986


a brief resumé of Bowie's career

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