Thirst: A Vampire Movie That Goes Beyond Teen Angst

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If you are tired of pretty vampires and worn-out clichés, you will enjoy the new vampire movie Thirst, directed by Park Chan-wook.

Park, whose directing credits include “Joint Security Area” and “Old Boy”, the latter of which won the Grand Prix at Cannes Film Festival in 2004, is no stranger to horror, but hopes to combine his particular brand of storytelling with a new take on the vampire genre.

The film follows an Asian Roman Catholic priest who accidentally becomes a vampire after he volunteers for a vaccine study aimed to cure a deadly virus. Park takes this premise to explore both the concepts of vampires and Catholicism (both Western constructs, according to Park) and examine them through the perspective of Korean culture.

The result is a metaphysical exploration of vampire iconography that will have fans screaming for more.

fans beware; Thirst is not your typical vampire movie. The movie opens at theaters on Aug. 1, 2009.

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