Thirst, The

Review by Jeff Swindoll
May 24, 2007

Equal parts homage to Near Dark and Requiem for a Dream (read: large chunks of plot lifted/inspired from each film) about a guy whose girlfriend kills herself. However, he discovers that she's just become a creature of the night, so he tries to cure her.

What the back of the box says:
"Welcome to an urban underworld of pleasure and pain where flesh-fueled slaughter is the ultimate high. Matt Keeslar of Dune and Clare Kramer of Buffy the Vampire Slayer star as a pair of recovering drug addicts recruited by a clan of sex and gore crazed vampires led by the charismatic madman Darius (Jeremy Sisto of Six Feet Under).

But as each depraved "fix" leads them deeper into hell, what will be the final price for the most horrific addiction of all? Adam Baldwin (Serenity), Erik Palladino (ER) and Serena Scott-Thomas co-star in this harrowing shocker from the director of the Attic Expeditions and All Souls Day, and the producers of Room 6, House of the Dead II, and The Darkroom. Featuring the music of Rasputina, Dames Violet, Jack the Mad, Sonya Kahn, The Spindles, and more."

Max (Mat Keeslar) is an ex-junkie who thinks that his girlfriend Lisa (Clare Kramer) is using again. Well, it turns out that Lisa just has a secret - she's dying of cancer. She hasn't told Max and he has to find out the hard way when she tells him that she's really dying and not using. A strange woman comes into her hospital room at 3am and the next thing we know Lisa has killed herself. Max goes into a depression, but his friends finally intervene and take him to an underground club to cheer him up (um, like that would do the trick). He sees a girl dancing in the crowd that he thinks is Lisa, but he's yet to meet her new family.

The Near Dark references come from the fact that a pack of vampires have formed a family and bring a new gal into the fold. Adam Baldwin is in the Bill Paxton role and Jeremy Sisto, sporting a really crappy Bela Lugosi accent some of the time, puts on the mantle of Lance Henriksen in the vampire patriarch role. The Requiem for a Dream homage come into play when Max and Lisa try to quit vampirism cold turkey.

A lot of it is just play silly such as when the vampires get really thirsty they literally drool all over the place. The vampirism is compared to drug use and our two junkies try to kick themselves of the habit but the twelve steps they have to take are a lot more disgusting than when you're just trying to kick heroin.

The Thirst is presented in anamorphic widescreen (1.78:1) and enhanced for 16x9 televisions. Special features include a commentary by writer/producer Mark A. Altman and composer Joe Kraemer. There are also several deleted scenes, a photo gallery, the script on DVD-ROM, and previews for other horror DVDs.

The Thirst is a silly film and blatantly steals from better films, but it might strike you if you're in the mood for a low budget vampire flick. However, it's an addiction that you'll find easy to kick.

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As the 20th century evolved, rational man turned to science to explain mythology that had pervaded for thousands of years. How could a man be mistaken for a vampire? How could someone appear to have been the victim of a vampire attack? Science, in time, came back with answers that may surprise you.Anemia
A million fancies strike you when you hear the name: Nosferatu!N O S F E R A T Udoes not die!What do you expect of the first showing of this great work?Aren't you afraid? - Men must die. But legend has it that a vampire, Nosferatu, 'der Untote' (the Undead), lives on men's blood! You want to see a symphony of horror? You may expect more. Be careful. Nosferatu is not just fun, not something to be taken lightly. Once more: beware.- Publicity for Nosferatu in the German magazine Buhne und Film, 1922  

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