Before director Tony Scott made his name as a director of vaguely homoerotic action movies about guys and their hardware (Top Gun, Days of Thunder), he made The Hunger, an explicitly homoerotic movie about a lesbian vampire. In a rare Hollywood appearance, French icon Catherine Deneuve starred as Miriam, with David Bowie lurking in the well-appointed shadows. (Was Roxy Music’s Bryan Ferry unavailable?).
Turns out Bowie’s John is just one of the ancient Miriam’s consorts, a lover whose bloodsucking has granted him eternal life but not eternal youth, and when he suddenly ages hundreds of years overnight, Miriam puts him in a sarcophagus and stacks him in the attic among the coffins of the rest of her barely-alive suitors. With John out of the picture, Miriam’s lust turns to Sarah (Susan Sarandon), a scientist who comes to recognize the true nature of Miriam’s parasitic attention. Deneuve is elegant as always, with her dignity surviving even the movie’s ridiculous ending.