Two out of three are pretty good!
Shantell Powell | Kitchener, ON, Canada | 08/24/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Last night I watched The Hunger. No, this isn't the vampire movie featuring David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve, but a collection of three erotic film shorts: Swords, Menage a Trois, and Necros. I really wasn't sure what to expect, but I figured the directors would let loose with their half-hour time allotments. Terence Stamp narrates through an arty collection of quickly-passing sepia-toned images. At first, the buzzing sounds and the flashing imagery was intriguing in a NIN-video sorta way. However, after a few dozen repetitions, it became annoying. Still, Terence Stamp's interludes weren't the meat of the entertainment. One odd thing that struck me about the three stories is the quality of the makeup. The women all have impeccable and glamourous cosmetics. Kudos to the makeup crew!Swords is an interesting twist on the classic damosel in distress fairy tale. A knight in shining armour (the corrupt son of a cosmetics magnate) falls in love with a rather bizarre breed of ensorcelled princess (a freak show performer). Instead of slaying the dragon (the damosel's manager/pimp) with a sword, our knight in shining armour skulks away from the dragon's treasure trove in cowardice. The knight's self-absorption adds the final twist to this moral tale.Menage a Trois is the best short of the trilogy. Music and lighting added suspense to an already perturbing story of sexual vampirism. I was intensely creeped-out, and films rarely do that to me. If Roald Dahl had written sexier stories, Menage a Trois could easily have been penned by him.Necros was the last story, and the weakest. Although it isn't without its charm, it lacks the good pacing and acting of its predecessors. The theme can be summarized by the following question: Were women put on the earth to lead men to Hell? This is the most comic of the three tales."
Beware of What You Wish For
Joshua Koppel | Chicago, IL United States | 11/18/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This disk contains four episodes of the Showtime series The Hunger. The episodes are placed back to back to avoid the annoying opening credits. Each story is introduced by Terrance Stamp.In the first story, a traveling salesman with very little talent checks into a motel. But when he turns on the adult television programming, he finds a channel with a woman who first talks to him, seduces him, and commands him to do evil things.The second story has a hitchhiker who gets picked up by a truck driver. When the truck breaks down in the middle of nowhere on a freezing night, the two take refuge in the back of the truck. The truck is carrying items of adult sex stores. Fantasies ensue with an interesting twist and revelations.The third story has a man fleeing his past by becoming a lighthouse tender. There he obsesses about Monica while slowly going nutty. When he believes he can create objects with his mind, he tries to create the perfect woman with dangerous results.The final story involves a woman carrying on an affair. She does not seem to be really into the affair, but she goes along with it. Then she does some kidnaping roleplaying to spice up the sex. But is it roleplaying?Each episode is quite different with the final being the weakest as it had no real element of strange. This is a Showtime series so there is plenty of sex and nudity which makes it unsuitable for many viewers."