Directed by Chan-wook Park this movie is loosely based on the novel Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola though the original story is completely vampire free and only some of the relationships are similar. This may be about a bloodsucking creature of the night but most of the horror does not stem from that but from the people around him.
Sang-hyun (Kang-ho Song) is a Catholic priest that works as a volunteer at a local hospital and is finding his faith and mental health tested daily by the stream of depressing people he comes into contact with. In full martyrdom mode he volunteers for a secret vaccination project to cure a brutal and 100% fatal disease called Emmanuel Virus (EV). He contracts the disease and soon begins to blister horribly and bleed internally as the disease kills him, but when the doctors attempt to save him with a blood transfusion he finds himself miraculously cured. Unbeknownst to anyone it turns out that the blood given to him was from a vampire. Where that blood came from or any information about the original vampire is never addressed and strangely that works in the film’s favor, which is strange as that sort of thing usually drives me nuts.
Priest or Darkman… you decide.
Sippy Cup of the Damned.
What follows is a dark and twisted love triangle; Sang-hyun and Tae-ju sneak off whenever they can for illicit trysts until eventually Sang-hyun reveals his vampiric nature to her, at first she is terrified but soon she comes around when realizing this could lead to an escape from her apparent bondage. Sang-hyun is lead to believe that the bruises he discovers on Tae-ju’s legs were caused by her abusive husband and helps plot in the man’s death. Unfortunately the murder of her husband does not bring them closer together but instead their guilt almost drives them both to the brink of madness as they are both tormented by apparitions of the man they drowned.
A not so romantic three-way.
The bathroom is the most dangerous room in a home.
This is an excellent movie about a good man trying his best not to become a monster but instead creating an even worse one. Both Kang ho-song and Ok-bin Kim are simply marvelous as two damaged individuals falling in love and then destroying everything around them. Park Chan-wook’s also directed Oldboy which was a wonderful mindfuck of a movie and though Thirst may not have that same gotcha type twist it is equally as entertaining. I highly recommend checking it out.