After nearly a decade of directing TV adverts for the company he formed with his elder brother Ridley, Tony Scott made his movie debut – a bisexual vampire love triangle set in New York.
From the opening scene of goth punks Bauhaus howling Bela Lugosi’s Dead to David Bowie‘s fast-forward ageing, every shot is achingly beautiful. But reviewers slammed it as “MTV wank”. It took three more years before Scott got another movie . . .
The Hunger is essentially a horror film trying not to be one, and Scott’s glossy style did undermine the terror somewhat, despite stunning makeup effects.
When her centuries-old vampire lover (David Bowie) begins deteriorating, Catherine Deneuve (herself an ageless undying Egyptian vampire) targets Susan Sarandon as his replacement.