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Thirst (1979 film)

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Director  Rod Hardy
Budget  750,000 USD
Language  English
5.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi
Music director  Brian May
Country  Australia
Thirst (1979 film) movie poster
Release date  28 September 1979 (1979-09-28) (Australia) 29 September 1979 (1979-09-29) (USA)
Writer  John Pinkney (original screenplay)
Cast  Chantal Contouri (Kate Davis), Max Phipps (Mr. Hodge), David Hemmings (Dr. Fraser), Henry Silva (Dr. Gauss), Shirley Cameron (Mrs. Barker), Robert Thompson (Sean)
Similar movies  Dracula Untold, Blade: Trinity, Hotel Transylvania 2, The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires, From Dusk Till Dawn, Van Helsing
Tagline  This ancient Evil is now a modern industry.

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Thirst is a 1979 Australian horror film directed by Rod Hardy and starring Chantal Contouri and Max Phipps and British actor David Hemmings. It has been described as a blend of vampire and science fiction genres, influenced by the 1973 film Soylent Green as well as drawing on the vampire folklore of Elizabeth Báthory – one of several vampire films in the 1970s to do so.


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Thirst 1979 trailer


Thirst (1979 film) movie scenes

The plot revolves around single professional Kate Davis (Contouri), who is kidnapped by a shadowy organization known as 'The Brotherhood'. She is informed of her ancient lineage of descent from Báthory. The Brotherhood have a hospital-like compound where they clinically 'bleed' brainwashed and hypnotised humans and harvest and consume their blood. After Kate refuses to join, the cult debates over whether to give her hallucinogens to break down her resistance. Dr. Fraser (Hemmings) is against this but is outnumbered. Kate is initiated into the cult, feasts on blood and is returned home. Later, Kate's lover Derek (Rod Mullinar) is kidnapped and taken to the farm. Dr. Fraser helps him escape and seeks out Kate, seemingly in attempt to reunite them, only to reveal he is also descended from a vampire lineage and seeks a union with her.


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  • Chantal Contouri - Kate Davis
  • Max Phipps - Mr. Hodge
  • David Hemmings - Dr. Fraser
  • Henry Silva - Dr. Gauss
  • Shirley Cameron - Mrs. Barker
  • Rod Mullinar - Derek
  • Amanda Muggleton - Martha
  • Christopher Milne - David
  • Production

    Thirst (1979 film) movie scenes

    The artists' colony of Montsalvat north of Melbourne was used as the cult's headquarters. Producer Ginnane had sought out Hemmings and American Henry Silva in supporting roles to bolster the film's popularity outside Australia.

    Thirst (1979 film) movie scenes

    Producer Antony I. Ginnane followed his then-usual practice of hiring new directors from television by giving the job of directing to Rod Hardy.


    Thirst (1979 film) movie scenes

    Released on 28 September 1979 in Australia, the film did not do well at the local box office. Nevertheless, it was highly regarded by influential American film critic Leonard Maltin, who gave it three stars out of four.


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