Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
and Joe Egender
What's it about
A group of strangers are captured and dumped into a dungeon without food while a mysterious bearded creep watches them via camera. What’s the man’s plan and can the people survive themselves in order to survive? You’ll have to tune in to find out.
Is it good movie?
Within the first ten minutes or so of Hunger, I kept thinking, great, yet another Saw rip-off (though it’ll remind old school fans of Hitchcock’s Lifeboat). I understand it, I get it. Like everything in Hollywood, if something works, imitate it until fans give the formula the finger. But sometimes, even if a movie borrows a basic concept, something interesting is created.
That’s the case with Hunger, part of the Fangoria FrightFest DVD line. The plot isn’t necessarily fresh as a group of folks are thrown down in a dungeon to starve. They have plenty of water, but food…not so much. So they have a choice. Whither away or eat one of their own. Yep, as the title indicates, Hunger is a story of cannibalism. A subject everyone loves. Who can survive? Who’ll die? Who’ll eat who? Now, the way I describe it sounds a little clichéd, but Hunger doesn’t play that way. The acting here is excellent. The directing, done by Steven Hentges, is dark, tense, and tight. And once the captive people start to get all hungry, the movie really dives into the land of psychology as the group divides and conquers. Some can eat without remorse, while some of folks just can’t take it. Oh, lastly, if someone actually wants to watch a cannibal movie, it better be bloody, right? Well it is. Painful at times in its realism without seeming gratuitous. Well, maybe a little. The thing seems pretty authentic with blood, gore, and dirt.
Video / Audio
Video: A crisp and clear Widescreen presentation.
Audio: Presented with the power of 2.0 Sterep.
Director Commentary: Hentges provides the track. He seems like a lively and interesting dude as he does what one expects from one of these things. Talks about it and does his best to make it interesting.
Behind-the-Scenes: Roughly 15-minutes worth of looks about how they made the thing with interviews with the cast and crew.
Deleted Scenes: Two deleted sequences which total about five minutes.
8 Fangoria Frights: Previews for eight of the other movies in the DVD line.
An excellent, tight thriller that borrows from familiar ideas but craves its own, bloody path.