Stylish erotic horror
William A. Howe | Niskayuna, NY USA | 08/13/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is not the vampire movie with David Bowie, Susan Sarandon and Catherine Deneuve, but rather a collection of 4 episodes from the 1997-1998 and 1999-2000 Showtime series "The Hunger".Produced by Ridley Scott (of "Blade Runner" and "Alien" fame) and his brother Tony, and hosted by Terence Stamp in the 1st season and David Bowie in the 2nd, the series was always well-filmed and produced but somewhat hit-or-miss in its scrips and acting. Nudity is a staple.This DVD includes the follwing episodes:1) Bridal Suite - stars Sally Kirkland as an innkeeper who welcomes a honeymooning couple to a bridal suite with a sinister bedroom. Based on a story by Graham Masterson.2) Red Light - One of the world most sought after models, Natasha, begins to feel that the cameras are somehow damaging her, stealing her soul. She runs to the only place she knows she can be safe - back to the arms of her ex lover, McCabe, the photographer who's career collapsed when she abandoned him years ago. Will he provide a safe haven she seeks, or will the tempation to take one last picture of Natasha prove too great? 3) The River of Night's Dreaming - a desperate female prison escapee stumbles into the midst of some extremely strange and kinky goings-on4) The Secret Shih-Tan - Jason Lee stars as a gourmet chef who is paid big bucks to read and prepare a meal included in an ancient cookbook called "Shih-Tan". After opening the book, he knows how much trouble he's in... Directed by "Highlander"s Russell Mulcahy from a story by Graham Masterson."
Beware of What You Want
Joshua Koppel | Chicago, IL United States | 12/15/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This disk has four episodes from the Showtime series The Hunger. Each story is complete unto itself and is introduced by Terence Stamp.In Bridal Suite, a newly wed couple finds a small inn in a snowstorm. They are given the bridal suite after the husband declares that his love is true. But after the consummation, the groom is nowhere to be found. The woman who runs the inn seems to be of little help until the truth is revealed.In Red Light, a top model feels that she has to get away from the cameras. She feels that little pieces of her are disappearing with each picture. She takes refuge at the home of an ex-lover who cannot resist snapping a few pictures while she sleeps. When she finds out she rushes out only to be assaulted by the masses of the media where she finally meets her fate.In The Fiver of Night's Dreams, a female prisoner escapes when being transported. After being dunked in a river she finds refuge at the house of a strange, and possibly sinister, religion.Finally, in The Secret Shih-Tah, a young chef of unmatched skills is approached by a couple who have a secret cookbook of ultimate culinary arts. He is given the chance to read and study it so long as he prepares a meal for the couple. But the secrets within may be too much for the chef until he discovers the lengths his customer will go to.Four interesting stories that stand alone but share some themes. As this is a Showtime series, there is plenty of nudity and sex so it may be unsuitable for some viewers."
Twist on Tales From the Crypt
Joshua Koppel | 06/14/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I really liked this movie. If you are a fan of the sci-fi, horror genre, you'll like this one. This is four short stories with surprise endings like the disappearence of the groom on the wedding night. Quite a bit of nudity so, if that's not for you, be warned."