In Memoriam: 5 Essential Tony Scott Movies
Scott's first feature-length film that pre-dates his calling card as a thinking-man's action director is a highly stylized, subversive take on the vampire genre that changed the rules and demonstrated that both Scott brothers were a filmmaking force to be reckoned with. Very similar to brother Ridley's high-gloss visual style, 1983's The Hunger film stars David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve as vampire lovers who prey on clubgoers (to the tune of Bela Lugosi's Dead by Bauhaus) and then wash away their sins in the shower, "Forever and ever." But when Deneuve takes a special interest in sleep/aging researcher Susan Sarandon (complete with a memorable lesbian encounter under the covers), Bowie's inner eternal clock is broken, forcing him to age rapidly – and join the ranks of Deneuve's tormented former lovers in a pine box. The Hunger's elegiac atmosphere is smartly punctuated by the strategic use of Schubert's Trio in E Flat.A stunning debut.