Like the more popular Let the Right One In, last year’s Thirst is not just about vampires. Director Park Chan-wook’s dramatic horror film is as concerned about illicit love and religious duty as it is about ferocious blood-sucking and sensual violence.
Despite winning the Cannes Jury Prize, Thirst didn’t get the following it deserved in 2009, which is why we want to bring it to Deptford. If you enjoy films that are thoughtful and intelligent, you might consider getting it out on DVD (along with a copy of Bright Star or some other ninny nonsense). But because this film also delivers such spectacular and beautiful visuals, you really ought to see Thirst on the big screen.
Time Out said: “Moments of exquisite tenderness are shattered by images of unspeakable horror, all overlaid with an outrageous, wonderfully distasteful seam of pitch-black humour and brute, confrontational eroticism.
“Philip French (Observer) said: “This is a truly bizarre movie, a tragicomedy that Graham Greene might have written in collaboration with Bram Stoker.”
Derek Malcolm (Evening Standard) said: “Park is clearly an exceptional director capable of being weirdly funny, quirkily fantastical, brutal and sexy, sometimes at one and the same time. There’s no one quite like him. Not even David Cronenberg or George Romero.”