Thirst is a 1979 Australian horror film directed by Rod Hardy. It has been described as a blend of vampire and science fiction genres, influenced by the 1973 science fiction 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.
The move stars Chantal Contouri, Max Phipps, David Hemmings, Henry Silva.
Married 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…
Thirst is a much better film than you might expect. It’s thought-provoking, engrossing and pretty unique, and hopefully Severin’s new Blu-ray release, allowing the film to finally look great for home viewing after years of substandard VHS releases, will help boost its reputation amongst genre fans.
David Flint, Horrorpedia
“Director Rod Hardy mounts some effective suspense in moments like when Kate, having temporarily escaped the vampire farm, desperately trying to get a stalled truck going on a lonely road where the only people passing by are more haemovores…” Roderick Heath, This Island Rod
“If you think you’ve seen it all in regard to our bloodsucking friends you definitely need to give Thirst a chance. By sparing us the clichés and concentrating on the psychological it stands up better than most vamp flicks half its age.” Kindertrauma
” …this is certainly one that I would recommend genre fans looking at and also anyone interested in seeing a film that chronicles a psychological dismemberment of the victim…” Taliesin Meets the Vampires
“This thirty year old film managed to go further than most modern vamp cinema. The shower scene here is a classic of its own. Of course Elizabeth Bathory was known for known bathing in the blood of her victims, so this scene is not only appropriate to the film but certainly one of the highlights.” Brutal as Hell