Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
What's it about
A couple finds themselves in the world of a Manson style Family of vampires and must decide to join or rebel.
Is it good movie?
The Thirst is a low-budget, techno-filled vampire flick thatís all about excess. Itís got cheesy dialogue, mediocre acting, excess gore, an uneven Skinemax level plot, blood orgies, ridiculously extreme deaths, literally pools of blood, and one of the worst fake beards Iíve ever seen. Whatís all that add up to? Well, a pretty entertaining though dumb movie thatís worth the price of the rental.
The Thirst is never dull. With an unrelenting pace, the plot never lingers which seems fit for an ADD generation. And why should it linger? This isnít a character driven piece as it revolves around a man (Matt Keeslar) whose girlfriend (Clare Kramer) commits suicide, but is reborn as a vampire, who then starts to hang out at Goth bars. Well, it just so happens that the boyfriend ventured out one night and sees his dead girl, and starts a hunt to find her. The problem is, once is he succeeds, heís pulled into the vampire world as one of them. However, together once again, they find the vamp life isnít as good as the first bite.
Quite clearly, excess is the name of the game and director Jeremy Kasten and writer Mark A. Altman obviously did some research. Someone must have read Helter Skelter as the vamps, lead by Jeremy Sisto, have created a Manson type Family, where theyíve been brainwashed to kill without mercy. Of course, no one expects different from blood sucking beasts. The Thirst also possesses a great B movie quality that adds to the entertainment value. It succeeds at being ludicrous to a level that youíll either dig or deem dumbfounding. For that matter, Iím not calling this a cult classic. Not even close. While it contains some characteristics of a potential classic, it suffers from been there, done that. Originality shows up from time to time, but not enough. But Iíll definitely keep an eye on Kastenís future films.
Clearly, this isnít aimed at the mainstream, but if youíve got an itching for blood, lots and lots and lots and lots of blood, (complete with the oddest sex scene ever) and if you dig the B horror feature, grab a sixer and enjoy.
Video / Audio
Video: Widescreen (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Couldn't review these as it was a screener, but it's got plenty.
Audio Commentary: Writer/Producer Mark A. Altman and Composer Joe Kraemer
The Thirst Make of Documentary
Favorite Vampire Movies Featurette
A great, dumb B feature that's got all the goods one could ask for in a horror flick. If you like vampires and blood, watch it with the whole family!