The Hunger: Season 1
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Indulge your obsessions... 22 tales of the forbidden and bizarre as seen on Showtime
Terence Stamp hosts the first season of this spine-tingling horror anthology series from Executive Producers Tony and Ridley Scott, which features a phenomenal cast of familiar faces (including Karen Black, Joanna Cassidy, Daniel Craig, Bruce Davison, Giancarlo Esposito, Colin Ferguson, Jason Flemyng, Balthazar Getty, Lena Headey, Margot Kidder, Sally Kirkland, Jason Scott Lee, Chad Lowe, Stephen McHattie and Timothy Spall) as you’ve never seen them before. Inspired by leading genre writers, each episode will draw you into a mesmerizing world of terrifying characters and erotic encounters, where demons feed on the weakness of men and temptation consumes reason.
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This series was marketed as an "exploration of hunger in all its forms" -- hunger for sex, food, money, power, etc.
The marketing is a lie. The producers or story editors, or whoever, had no imagination. Most of the episodes seem to go for gratuitous sex, nudity, and graphic violence. Most of the "stories" make NO attempt to tie in with the "hunger" theme of the title. Many of the episodes have NO story.
That's right. Many of these episodes are vignettes rather than stories. Slices of life. Profiles of some sleazebag or other, engaging in sex and violence for your titillation.
This series is not only distasteful, it's boring. Some beautiful photography, good production values, but weak or no stories. Ugly characters (ugly on the inside).
I've seen TONS of horror anthologies, both on film and TV -- and this series is the poorest excuse for a horror anthology I've ever seen.
They really did remind me of some of my favorite X-Files episodes in their execution. Instead of being from a detectives point of view, this show is told more from the mysterious and supernatural event's point of view.
You'll see some familier faces as each episode seems to feature an actor you've seen in something else. Also, each episode contains some level of boobage. Let's face it, boobs just make everything in life more entertaining.
In conclusion, I would strongly recommend this show to anyone interested in the paranormal, or boobs.
The set comes with 22 episodes. They range from terrific (The Swords, Menage a Trois, Necros, The Secret Shih Tan, Bridal Suite, Hidebound), to boring (The Lighthouse, Clarimonde, Anais), to basic (The Other Woman, No Radio), to silly (Room 17, A Matter of Style), to just plain bizarre (Plain Brown Envelope, The Sloan Men), to downright awful (The River Of Night's Dreaming), with everything else just being mediocre.
Now the series bills itself as an erotic horror anthology series, and to be quite frank, it fails more often than not at both. Most of the time the horror seemed to take a backseat to the sexual situations, and most of the sexual situations are not sexy in the slightest. The creepiest episode would probably have to be Hidebound. It's actually quite suspenseful, and has a terrific setting. It's also one of the few episodes where the horror takes the frontseat. The sexiest episode would probably have to Bridal Suite. It has a really attractive couple, and their sex scene is a bit more steamy than the others in the season. But nothing else is honestly scary or sexy in the slightest. So the concept of this show didn't really end up working out. Most of it's just weird.
Terrence Stamp is the host. He's ok. He's no Alfred Hitchcock or Cryptkeeper, but he gets the job done I suppose. I could've done without the awful intro, but that's only a small issue.
Now some people seem to think this is a vampire series. It is NOT. It's an anthology series, and each episode has a new storyline. There's exactly two vampire episodes :). Just so people aren't confused.
Overall it's hard to say if this is worth picking up. If you're a hardcore fan of horror anthology series, and have seen them all? I'd say so. It's not too expensive, and there are some interesting episodes here. Though if you're not and haven't, then take a pass. It's no Twilight Zone or Tales From The Crypt.
Effectively, this series is a Showtime counterpart to something like Tales from the Crypt or Tales from the Dark Side. The show consists of about half-hour episodes, with a brief intro / outro snippet from a "host" type character (not unlike the Cryptkeeper, only more human and less undead).
These are all essentially "weird / dark tales" with an erotic tinge. Since it's a Showtime show, expect nudity and sex scenes.
So far I've watched the first disc and generally been pleased with the overall quality of episode plots, atmosphere and cinematography (given what the series is about). I mean it could be like so many shows and just have a thin veneer of plot for a minute and then just go back to the "action." But, these episodes do actually have just a bit more substance than that (if only just).
If you like dark tales mixed with softcore, you might just take a look at this series.
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