David Bowie, Kate Vernon, Eric Roberts and Brooke Smith
Infinity Video and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
31 October 2005
2 of The Hunger follows pretty much the same format as
the recently released Series 1. Tony and Ridley Scott present
an anthology of roughly 25-minute episodes influenced by the theme
of sex and horror, and in particular the film of the same name.
The theme music and credit sequences are unchanged, and each offering
contains a brief synopsis and the main parties concerned, both in
front and behind the camera.
time around we again get 22 episodes spread over four discs, and
The Hunger Inside - The Making of The Hunger. Rather than
Terence Stamp, in series 2 we get main man and legendary musician
and actor David Bowie introducing each segment. Bowie appears more
suited to this style than Stamp, but don't ask me why. What is it
about English criminal characters that is so popular? Bowie even
takes a turn himself, starring in Sanctuary as a notorious
and controversial artist who has lost his public and turned recluse.
There's no sex present in the tale, and that comes as something
of a blessing after so many stories with the same formula which
came before. I'm no prude, but this is a series which was in desperate
need of variation.
is undoubtedly some great source material, adapted from material
written by such greats as Poppy Z. Brite, Ramsey Cambell, Tanith
Lee, Kim Newman, Lisa Tuttle and Charles De Lint - but the style
is not something I particularly enjoy watching. It reminds me of
late 1980s American TV (seedy night-clubs, junkies and gangland
bosses who have the towns in their pockets) which we were unfortunately
subjected to far too much of.
in short, more of the same but a slight though noticeable improvement
on Series 1.
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