26th Nov2020

‘Thirst’ VOD Review

by Kevin Haldon

Stars: Hjörtur Sævar Steinason, Jens Jensson, Hulda Lind Kristinsdóttir | Written by Bjorn Leo Brynjarsson | Directed by Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson, Gaukur Úlfars

The new and most bad-ass gay vampire Zombie splatter movie you’ll ever see… Ever! First up, the statement above is not of my making, no the statement above is lifted directly from the poster for Thirst. In my case the response is more… “What in the f**k did I just watch?!?” I mean, is this the type of movie that normally comes out of Iceland? Because if so… Sign me the hell up!

Every now and then I come across a foreign language flick that just throws me for a loop In terms of the quality and content. Films like Infernal Affairs, Brotherhood, Nightwatch and Why Don’t you Just Die. The pitch for Thirst was “adrenaline pumping vampire epic” so how the hell could I not check this one out? Thankfully all the actors in this flick use their actual first names as their characters names, which was super duper helpful because when I went to IMDb the profile pictures were just those blank pics with a silhouette. Let’s dive into a “plot synopsis” so to speak….

Hulda is a drug addict and on this night has been brought in for questioning on suspicion of murdering her own brother. After being let go because the police have nothing on her she finds herself in an alleyway where two men are beating up a poor old man. Only he is not a helpless old man, oh no, he is a thousand year old gay vampire. The two form an unlikely partnership as they evade a sinister cult led by an off the grid detective.

From the moment Thirst starts it absolutely sets a gore filled tone. They may as well have a huge sign on the screen saying “buckle up bitches, that wiener you just saw this guy bite off won’t be the last you see”. You read that right, in the first couple of minutes this lonely-ass gay vampire bites a dudes willy off but it’s okay because we get some 80s as balls synth score to take us into the opening credits. On that for a moment, the soundtrack to this movie is one of the best I have heard in a good long while, there is just something about synth and saxophones that makes vampires infinitely cooler.

I won’t pretend to know anyone in this one but I loved every member of the cast. They are all clearly having a whale of a time making this bonkers, off the wall, madcap mental thrill ride full of blood, guts and ripped off appendages. If you’re not bothered by subtitles (why should you be?) then you should absolutely check Thirst out. It is funny, scary, horrific, gory and downright silly in all the best ways… I had an absolute blast with this one!

***½  3.5/5

Thirst premieres on DVD and Digital on December 1st in North America.


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