Love & Horror: John and Miriam Blaylock

‘Til death do us part is a romantic pledge that, in theory, bounds two or more souls together for their rest of their mortal journey. However, living becomes a curse without death to balance the scales and even a loving, committed relationship can take a dark turn. Such is the case of our next couple:

The charming neighbors next door will eat you alive.

The charming neighbors next door will eat you alive.

Movie: The Hunger (1983) | Trailer
Couple: John and Miriam Blaylock (played by David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve)

Plot: When age (literally) catches up to her current lover, a centuries old vampire immediately begins looking for his replacement.

Why I Like Them: The vampire Miriam has given John her gift of immortality and has promised they’ll be together forever. What she doesn’t tell him is that his physical body can only put off decomposition for so long. His soul, however, won’t be free from what turns into it’s physical prison. Watching John go through the stages and finally realizing the true cost of Miriam’s “gift” is amazing.

Miriam still loves and cares for him–and will do what she can to keep what’s left of him from harm. However, this isn’t the first time a lover’s time has expired (she had a damn collection of them) and she’s ready to replace him with Sarah (Susan Sarandon). It’s the lyrics of a sad, sad 80’s ballad being played out on screen.

Movie Worth Watching? Hell yes! Miriam is a piece of work. Also, it’s a slightly different take on vampires since they don’t have fangs. They open up the veins of the unsuspecting with daggers. And, of course, there is a sex scene between Miriam and Sarah that was considered omg! shocking! when the movie came out.

To get a taste of how John and Miriam work, check out the clip below.

Previously on Love & Horror: Steven and Evelyn Price

Published by Tawanna

Sometimes writer, most times editor. Lover of mysteries and 70s/80s horror movies. Author of The Next Girl (short story collection) and The Closet Case (mystery).

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