Friday, May 17, 2013

Freaky Friday: Hunger

HUNGER begins with a boy trapped in the passenger seat of a brutal car wreck. His mother is dead beside him and an 8-track plays classical music. The scene flashes, changing to a woman waking up in darkness. Dirt coats her nails and solid stone walls surround her. Another woman is screaming for help in the pitch black. Soon five strangers discover they're trapped together with no memory of how they ended up in this place.
As the fluorescent lights flicker to life, we learn a sadistic psychopath has left them with four barrels full of water and nothing else. They have to rely on each other for escape and...sanity. It doesn't look good as the kid with the broken nose has a short fuse and a serious chip on his shoulder. If you've got to be stuck with people...well...not my first choice.
Each day is marked for the audience with a black screen and the words, "DAY X". We're also treated to glimpses of the killer as he observes his victims and takes notes on them like a sick science experiment. It's a creepy voyeuristic viewpoint. Yet, the camera also focuses on the victims and we're given insight into their breakdowns, while still holding out for their rescue or escape.
When all hell breaks loose, and you just know it will, it is a steady decent into chaos and madness. The one question throughout the film...Will any shred of humanity last? A visceral look at what happens when faced with an impossible situation and fading hope. One of the better horror films I've seen in quite some time. But, fair warning, this is not for the faint of heart.

Rating: A-

What other horror films have you enjoyed that place people in a battle of morality vs. survival?

1 comment :

  1. I haven't even heard of this. But I'm going to add to my list... I'm in need of a good horror movie.