Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Thirst review

(2009 Korean film)

This is one of the oddest vampire movies I’ve ever seen. The cover they have for it on Unaccountable Red streaming makes it look like normal horror fare, but it’s not. It’s a dark comedy hidden inside a drama with horror elements.

The basic setup is that a do-gooder priest defies the Catholic church in order to have an experimental procedure tested on him in the hopes that having the procedure tested on a healthy person will lead to a cure for unhealthy people. He’s infected with an illness that can’t be cured and is fatal in a very short period of time.

He experiences the fatal effects and appears to die. He is the sole survivor of the illness, but is physically deformed by the disease. His vampirism comes on slowly, much like in Bram Stoker’s Dracula (book, not movie; I haven’t seen the movie yet). He accidentally discovers that drinking blood makes him beautiful again.

However, he’s still a good person. Still a priest. How can he survive as a vampire who doesn’t want to leech off innocents? And how will he deal with the strange new desires he has?

And that’s just a vague outline of the first half. This is an excellent movie.

Warning: there are a few sex scenes. There’s also some gruesome violence.

My score: 90/100

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