THE HUNGER: TASTE OF TERROR
Reviewed by: Zombie Boy
Tony Scott, Various
What's it about
A series of six episodes representing the two seasons of Showtime’s late 90’s erotic/violent half-hour genre show.
Is it good movie?
I’ve never seen The Hunger, the film this show is ostensibly modeled after, but I can’t imagine it is as boring as these episodes. This disc is broken into two “trilogies”, each being comprised of the first three episodes from the two seasons of the show, respectively. Trilogy 1 is hosted by Terence Stamp (who will always be General Zod to me) and right away the chaotic soundtrack and quick-cuts of the host segments told me I was in for a rough time.
The Swords and Necros are decent concepts with anemic executions. In the former a foreign girl who can take a sword to the belly without a drop of blood or a bit of pain falls in love with a dopey American and loses said ability, at the wrong time, and in the latter a man goes out of his way to boff a supposedly demonic old man’s girlfriend, and you can guess how that works out for him. Menage a Trois is also a familiar and hackneyed concept, about an old woman who occupies a younger woman’s body to have sex with a hot dude, but the cast (Karen Black, Lena Headey, and Daniel Craig) make it worth watching.
Trilogy 2 is hosted by David Bowie, who also stars in the patently ridiculous opening episode, Sanctuary. Bowie’s always good, and you can never have too much Giovanni Ribisi, but the revelation of their relationship is obvious and Bowie’s character’s disposition is physics-defying. Skin Deep is based on a Christa Faust story, and it really shows. There's some lesbians, an S+M club, and hyperactive editing trying to make it actually about something. Finally, there is Dream Sentinel, about a stripper haunted/mentored by the ghost of her dead boss. This comes the closest to being interesting, and is mitigated by the presence (get it? ha ha) of Eric Roberts.
And that’s about it. I think the biggest problem with this show was its half-hour format. It has no time to set up the character’s and situations properly, and so all of its style comes off as so much misdirection away from that fact.
Video / Audio
Video: No stats, but it was made for cable, so it’s fullscreen. The transfer here is fine.
Audio: Again, no stats. Probably mono. Sounds fine.
I guess this show was supposed to be erotic, or about the “hunger” of the human spirit, or whatever. I don’t know. It is mainly a show that shoe-horns in sex whenever possible (regardless of need) and uses frenetic editing to convince you it is edgy and relevant, when it is really neither. It would need well-rounded characters for that.