The Hunger 2 Seasons 1997

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Season 1
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(7) IMDb 6.2/10
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1. The Swords AGES_18_AND_OVER

The Hunger marks the first entry into television production of the multi-award winning directors Ridley Scott and Tony Scott. The Hunger is a stunning anthology which mingles the forbidden and the bizarre. Series 1 is hosted by Terence Stamp.

Starring:
Terence Stamp, Balthazar Getty
Runtime:
28 minutes

The Swords

Season 1
Available on Prime

Product Details

Genres Drama, Horror
Director Tony Scott
Starring Terence Stamp, Balthazar Getty
Supporting actors Amanda Ryan
Network Content Film
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 22 Jan 2010
Format: DVD
Wow. These are odd little things; 30 minute-long Tales of the Unexpected with an entirely adult twist. They are delightfully weird; deliberately obscure and dashingly presented by Terence Stamp as The Host. He sets the tone perfectly for half an hour of slightly shocking surreality...
Each episode tells a complete story, presented in art-cinema style, with various guest stars (a young Balthazar Getty, a pre-fame Daniel Craig among them) kicking out surprisingly well-rounded performances. Then there's the sex. Almost every story has a sensual and sexual aspect to it and it's a rare 30 minutes which doesn't have a shagging scene in it -- some of them artfully delicate but many with full on nudity. The record so far is a shag within 2.5 minutes of the episode starting!
There are plenty of other adult themes explored in these twisted tales too; greed, fear, love, possession, aging, monsters, madmen and fearfully predatory women. Each episode is gorgeously produced on what looks like a shoe-string budget, with the Scott brothers' experience (the series is produced by Ridley and Tony Scott's own company) lending flair to the filming.
Unexpectedly wonderful, then. A little gem tucked away in a morass of mindless TV. But the effect of watching three or four back-to-back is like fingernails running down the blackboard of your psyche: you've been warned!
8/10
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The Hunger does just that...leaves you hungry. For me most of the episodes left me saying' is that it?', maybe due to constraints the series had caused it to hold back on both the sex and the horror, I think if it was updated and made in this day and age, what with the likes of Game of Thrones, Banshee and American Horror Story then 'The Hunger' may have been a massive hit had it been allowed to go the whole hog with its twisted storytelling, horror and titillation, but due to TV series constraints of the day and age the series is sadly flawed, handcuffed and not of the fluffy variety. There is the gem amongst the rubble in the series, some of the stories stand out better than others such as Necros...a very twisted little tale with more SFX then most of the episodes and episode 5 'The Bridal Suite' pushes the boundaries of the television censorship back then.....I quite fancied the cursed mattress featured in the episode where unfaithful lovers becomes trapped..forever bound in the mattress to fulfill the desires of the woman who lays upon it! . I went into the Hunger for the horror rather than the sex and was kinda disappointed by most of the storylines, I also think those that are watching this for the desire may feel let down as the sex is very vanilla, not enough variety for those who are focusing on the series for that element

A side point to note, the title screen is nauseating , its how I imagine being on an acid trip would feel like, certainly it is migraine inducing and not recommended for sufferers of epilepsy.

All in all, The Hunger had great potential, let down by the constraints of the time.
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I have only seen the first episode. I don't agree that the sex and horror should be stronger. This is from an age when the restrictions that no longer apply lead to subtlety and imagination. The plot was predictable and today the effects could be better integrated. but that doesn't mean it wasn't an enjoyable watch. It ran shorter than the standard 42 minutes of American shows which made me wonder if it hadn't been censored. I will continue to watch without getting overexcited if I miss any.. Think Tales of the Unexpected for those old enough to remember.
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By Green Man on 5 Dec 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Very disappointed. Despite the hype of the directors & a few of the stars this is generally a big underachievement in my view. Despite being made in the 90s the whole feel is of early 80s TV tripe!
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