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Thirst

  • Drama
  • Horror
  • 1979
  • Rod Hardy
  • 90 mins
  • 18

Summary

The descendant of Elizabeth Bathory is abducted by a cult of blood-drinking, self-proclaimed supermen who want her to join them.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

This intriguing modern-day vampire parable is set in a hospital in Australia's outback, where the hapless patients are "milked" for their blood by a secret society that believes its consumption leads to great power. Sadly, Rod Hardy - who made the maudlin TV version of 20,000 Leagues under the Sea with Michael Caine - plays the whole thing totally deadpan, as if he's directing Chekhov. More ironic humour might have lent the outrageous premise more effectiveness. Still, there are some nice touches, such as having the blood stored in bottles, Unigate-style. Moreover, the film includes some solid performances, notably by Chantal Contouri as a woman whom the sect believe to be descended from their founder, Countess Bathory - a real-life Hungarian noblewoman who cooked human flesh and bathed in virgin blood. How the other half live, eh!

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Credits

Cast

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Kate DavisChantal Contouri
Dr FraserDavid Hemmings
Dr GaussHenry Silva
HodgeMax Phipps
Mrs BarkerShirley Cameron
DerekRod Mullinar
SeanRobert Thompson
DichterWalter Pym

Crew

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DirectorRod Hardy

Details

Released on
2004-02-02
Languages
English
Guidance
Contains violence and some swearing.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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