Thirst

The mastermind behind the Vengeance Trilogy (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy ,  and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance ) has brought us a movie that works so gradually into the world of schlock that we barely notice just how crazy the shit's gotten.

A deeply devoted Catholic priest just can't get enough suffering in his life even as he ministers to the dying patients at a local hospital. What to do? Volunteer for an experiment in which he's infected with an incurable disease! Catholicism is the same for a lot of people: Suffer needlessly for obscure reasons and... something... will happen.

In this case, the priest dies and comes back as a vampire. Wrapped up like the invisible man, word spreads that he's the sole survivor of this experiment, and he's asked to pray for all manner of people. One of them turns out to be a sniveling, snot-nosed old friend from childhood and his doe-eyed, quiet wife, who is secretly a jungle cat in the bedroom.

The movie is very slowly paced. By the time the priest even realizes he's a vampire, almost thirty minutes have gone by.  SEE? This is what happens when you shelter your kids (and they further shelter themselves by joining a religious order). They turn into members of the undead and have no idea, so they have to spend some time figuring it out. Turns out though, he still has the fatal disease, and drinking blood keeps it at bay.

Park makes this movie amazingly weird, with all sorts of funky narrative flourishes and sub textual conversations that are at times extremely funny or unsettling or both and at times it feels over long. There's at least six places I could think of where the movie could have ended but did not, and when it finally does you do breath a sigh of relief.

You could go a lot of ways with this, like a Korean Kavalcade (The Host) or Unconventional Vampires (Near Dark or The Hunger), and naturally, you should serving Bloody Marys.

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