The Hunger (TV series)


The Hunger (TV series)

"The Hunger" is an English television horror anthology series, co-produced by Scott Free Productions, Telescene Film Group Productions and the Canadian pay-TV channel The Movie Network. Though it shares a title with the feature film "The Hunger", was hosted for one season by David Bowie (who starred in the film as John Blaylock) and credits Tony Scott (the director of the film) and his brother Ridley Scott as executive producers, the series has no direct plot or character connection to the film, and was created by Jeff Fazio.

The series was broadcast from 1997 to 2000, and is internally organized into two seasons. Each episode was based around an independent story introduced by the host; Terence Stamp hosted each episode for the first season (22 episodes), and was replaced in the second season (21 episodes) by David Bowie. Stories tended to focus on themes of self-destructive desire and obsession, with a strong component of soft-core erotica; popular tropes for the stories included cannibalism, vampires, sex and poison.

Though notable for the quality of the authors who wrote for the series (episodes were penned by well-known authors Graham Masterton, Gemma Files, Poppy Z. Brite and Harlan Ellison among others), "The Hunger" did not receive great critical acclaim. Many of the criticisms directed against the series had to do with the limitations of the broadcast medium; unlike later series such as Showtime's "Masters of Horror", the largely Canadian-based production was restricted in terms of the imagery and language permissible by broadcast standards, and by the budget and production values typically available to small-screen productions. Often broadcast late at night in keeping with requirements for adult material, "The Hunger" never accumulated a significant audience. However, in later years the show has obtained a small cult following.

Each episode is 24 minutes long (30 including commercials in USA).

Episodes

eason 1 (1997-1998)

# The Swords (20/07/1997); Director - Tony Scott ; Guest Stars - Balthazar Getty, Amanda Ryan, Jamie Foreman
# Menage a Trois (20/07/1997); Director - Jake Scott ; Guest Stars - Karen Black, Lena Headey, Daniel Craig
# Necros (20/07/1997); Director - Russell Mulcahy ; Guest Stars - Philip Casnoff, Céline Bonnier, Leonardo Cimino
# The Secret Shih-Tan (27/07/1997); Director - Russell Mulcahy ; Guest Stars - Jason Scott Lee, Robert Ito
# Bridal Suite (03/08/1997); Director - Eric Canuel ; Guest Stars - Sally Kirkland, Karen Elkin, Colin Ferguson
# Room 17 (10/08/1997); Director - Eric Canuel ; Guest Stars - Curtis Armstrong
# Anais (17/08/1997); Director - Darrell Wasyk ; Guest Stars - Ilona Elkin, Nick Mancuso
# No Radio (24/08/1997); Director - Howard Rodman ; Guest Stars - Bruce Ramsay, Amanda de Cadenet, James Rae
# But at My Back I Always Hear (31/08/1997); Director - Patricia Rozema ; Guest Stars - Cary Lawrence, Michael Gross, Karen Elkin
# Red Light (14/09/1997); Director - Christian Duguay ; Guest Stars - Tomas Arana, Liliana Kamorowska
# I'm Dangerous Tonight (21/09/1997); Director - Russell Mulcahy ; Guest Stars - Marie-Josée Croze, Dorothée Berryman, Esai Morales
# The Sloan Men (28/09/1997); Director - Darrell Wasyk ; Guest Stars - Clare Sims, Gregory Calpakis, Margot Kidder
# A Matter of Style (26/10/1997); Director - John Hamilton ; Guest Stars - Daniel Brochu, Chad Lowe, Isabelle Cyr
# Hidebound (23/01/1998); Director - Jeff Fazio ; Guest Stars - Brooke Smith, Paul Hopkins
# Fly-By-Night (31/01/1998); Director - Yermo Mishot ; Guest Stars - Giancarlo Esposito, Kim Feeney
# The River of Night's Dreaming (13/02/1998); Director - John Warwicker ; Guest Stars - Marni Thompson, Ann Terkel
# The Lighthouse (20/02/1998); Director - Darrell Wasyk ; Guest Stars - Bruce Davison
# The Face of Helen Bournouw (27/02/1998); Director - Richard Ciupka ; Guest Stars - Stephen McHattie, Jayne Heitmeyer
# Plain Brown Envelope (06/03/1998); Director - Michel David ; Guest Stars - Jesse Borrego, Doris Milmore, Stephan Cloutier
# The Other Woman (13/03/1998); Director - George Mihalka ; Guest Stars - Joanna Cassidy, Nicholas Campbell, Lisa Bronwyn Moore
# Clarimonde (20/03/1998); Director - Tom Dey ; Guest Stars - David La Haye, Audrey Benoit
# Footsteps (27/03/1998); Director - Jimmy Kaufman ; Guest Stars - Jean-Guy Bouchard, Sofia Shinas

eason 2 (1999-2000)

# Sanctuary (10/09/1999); Director - Tony Scott ; Guest Stars - Richard Jutras, Giovanni Ribisi
# Skin Deep (17/09/1999); Director - Luke Scott ; Guest Stars - Kate Vernon, Sarain Boylan
# The Dream Sentinel (24/09/1999); Director - Chris Hartwill ; Guest Stars - Eric Roberts, Alice Poon
# And She Laughed (03/10/1999); Director - Jean Beauchemin ; Guest Stars - Ben Cass, Jennifer Beals
# Nunc Dimits (10/10/1999); Director - Russell Mulcahy ; Guest Stars - Philippe Ross, Jacob Tierney, Marina Orsini
# Week Woman (17/10/1999); Director - Daniel Grou ; Guest Stars - Martin Watier, Brooke Smith
# The Night Bloomer (24/10/1999); Director - Eric Canuel ; Guest Stars - Gillian Ferrabee, Serge Houde
# The Diarist (31/10/1999); Director - Alain Desrochers ; Guest Stars - Sheena Larkin, Ian M. Watson
# Sin Seer (07/11/1999); Director - Daniel Grou ; Guest Stars - Robert Brewster, Brad Dourif
# Triangle in Steel (14/11/1999); Director - Adrian Moat ; Guest Stars - George Gilbert Scott, Joe McComber, Victoria Sanchez
# Brass (21/11/1999) ; Guest Stars - Richard Normand, Philip Pretten, Polly Shannon
# Replacements (28/11/1999); Director - Bruce M. Smith ; Guest Stars - Howard Rosenstein
# I'm Very Dangerous Tonight (AKA Dangerous)
# Wrath of God (09/01/2000); Director - Russell Mulcahy ; Guest Stars - Bruce M. Smith, Anthony Michael Hall
# Bottle of Smoke (16/01/2000) ; Guest Stars - Soo Garay, Cathy Moriarty
# The Perfect Couple (23/01/2000); Director - Darrell Wasyk ; Guest Stars - Claudia Besso, Aldo Tirelli, Noël Burton
# Sacred Fire (30/01/2000); Director - Russell Mulcahy ; Guest Stars - Kim Huffman, James Marshall
# Approaching Desdemona (06/02/2000); Director - Jason Hreno ; Guest Stars - Christina Colburn, William McNamara, April Telek
# The Seductress (13/02/2000); Director - Alain Desrochers ; Guest Stars - William Katt, Laura Mitchell, Rachel Hayward
# Double (20/02/2000) ; Guest Stars - Larry Day, Lori Petty, Daniela Akerblom
# The Falling Man (27/02/2000); Director - Daniel Grou ; Guest Stars - Maria Bertrand, A Martinez
# The Suction Method (05/03/2000); Director - Darrell Wasyk ; Guest Stars - Jeannie Walker, Valerie Valois, Fisher Stevens

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