‘The Hunger’: Review

Browsing Netflix late at night is apparently either a really bad idea… Or a really good idea. After watching Corpse Bride last night, I stumbled across The Hunger, a series I had never heard of before.

The first episode I watched was Menage a Trois, the second episode of the series. Since Hunger bills itself as horror, I wanted to ease in slowly. Menage had less of the horror (in my opinion), but lots of sex. It was actually very well done for a small-budget production.

The Swords, Plain Brown Envelope, Anais, A Matter of Style and Footsteps were the others I watched. Of those, Style was easily my least favorite, but The Swords and Footsteps took the favorite category by storm.

Each episode opens with host Terence Stamp in some form of costume, expounding on different concepts of life, love, lust and depravity. It then slips into a story, often one narrated by one of the characters. Dialog is minimal, imagery is the key of the series. Some of the actors come across a little wooden, others sizzle. This does seem to be primarily character-driven, as plot is often minimal and most episodes are vignettes in people’s lives.

Daniel Craig is the male guest-star of Menage, and he pulls a tortured, lost act very well, possibly the best act of the series so far. The female stars tended to be fairly similar, even those billed as ‘exotic’ were the same small breasted, brunette (or red-head), pale pretty-girls. But one of the better aspect of the show was, to me, the every-man sort of characters. I could see these being real people, real events, even with werewolves and vampires. While the supernatural did make frequent appearance, it was submissive to the story, utilized as another character facet.

The over-all feeling of the show is a nice dystopian grit. The opening and closing sequences are often thought-provoking, the music is perfect. The writers of the episodes are noted horror authors like Poppy Z. Bright, Harlan Ellison and Gemma Files, and they generally deliver. The horror–at least in the episodes I watched–is not particularly gruesome or chilling, but that might be different in other episodes. The sex is soft-core erotica, with a bent for the kinky and animalistic, and really does go a long way to setting the mood of the episodes.

Overall, I like this series a lot. It has moments of being thought-provoking, and since each episode stands alone, they can be watched in any order desired. If you don’t like sex, stay away, there is plenty of that. Blood too, and disturbing images. The Hunger is dark, punchy and beautiful in a very dirty way.

And really, isn’t that what humanity is about? What fantasy, science-fiction, romance and horror writers really write? Lust, blood, brutality, folly, hunger?

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One Response to “‘The Hunger’: Review”

  1. Ohhh I shall have to find this.
    This sounds delectable 🙂 hmmmmm… and perhaps B would watch it with me. 😉

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