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Phillip | 10549 comments Thirst (Park Chan-Wook, 2009)

Just a hint of SPOILERS:

Thirst presents another semi-fresh new look at the vampire genre, and is fairly well toned-down in terms of graphic violence from his previous release Oldboy.

The film focuses on a priest who volunteers for an experiment and undergoes medical treatment and examinations. During the procedure he is given a blood transfusion, and is the only survivor of a series of tests for a kind of virus that causes boils and leisions to appear and eventual death. What he doesn't realize is that the transfusion he received is the thing that enables him to survive the virus, and that transfusion has also caused him to become a vampire.

He returns to his community and begins to transform in ways that challenge the old myths about vampires. He befriends a family and is smitten with the young wife of a family friend.

The film focuses mainly on the moral challenges the priest faces as he deals with his new identity rather than running amok with rampant blood-sucking, and in this way the film is a refreshing look at the genre. If you saw Park Chan-Wook's Oldboy, don't expect the ruthless violence that populated nearly every frame of that feature. While Thirst is certainly not a tame vampire flick, it also resists some of the cliches that comes with the territory.

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Amy | 58 comments I can't wait to see this...

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