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Thirst (1979)

The descendant of Elizabeth Bathory is abducted by a cult of self-proclaimed supermen who achieve this state of superiority by drinking from the "blood cows" (read: people) kept at the "dairy farm", and they try to get her to join them.


Rod Hardy


John Pinkney (original screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chantal Contouri ... Kate Davis
Shirley Cameron Shirley Cameron ... Mrs. Barker
Max Phipps ... Mr. Hodge
Henry Silva ... Dr. Gauss
Rod Mullinar ... Derek
David Hemmings ... Dr. Fraser
Rosie Sturgess Rosie Sturgess ... Lori
Robert Thompson ... Sean
Walter Pym Walter Pym ... Ditcher
Amanda Muggleton ... Martha
Lulu Pinkus Lulu Pinkus ... Nurse
Chris Milne Chris Milne ... David
Jacqui Gordon Jacqui Gordon ... Leah
Val Christensen Val Christensen ... Toni
Glenys O'Brien Glenys O'Brien ... Guide
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The descendant of Elizabeth Bathory is abducted by a cult of self-proclaimed supermen who achieve this state of superiority by drinking from the "blood cows" (read: people) kept at the "dairy farm", and they try to get her to join them.

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Surrender to an Unholy, Insatiable Evil. See more »


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Did You Know?


The national Australian government agency, the Department of Civil Aviation, banned a stunt where one of the film's villains falls to his death from a helicopter, landing on a number of stobey-pole electric cable wires whereupon he is vividly electrocuted. However, this scene still appears in the film. See more »


Mrs. Barker: Vampires? We dislike that word. The Brotherhood is something far nobler than peasant superstitions given it credit for. There's nothing supernatural about us Kate.
Mr. Hodge: Oh, we're simply a superior race of people who, over the centuries, have proved that the drinking of the vital human essence confers youth, power. It's the ultimate aristocratic act.
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Bloody awful
20 December 2001 | by RrrobertSee all my reviews

Terrible, badly-made modern-day vampire tale. Chantal Contouri plays a businesswoman kidnapped by a league of vampires who run a remote farm where mindless humans are routinely 'harvested' for their blood, which is then neatly packaged in milk cartons.

The thinnest of thin plots is padded-out to feature length with endless chase scenes and incomprehensible dream sequences. In fact the entire plot is fully revealed within the first half hour, after which the film has nowhere new to go, so it constantly rehashes the same scenes of blood harvesting, the brainwashing of and hallucinations experienced by the film's heroine, and the spectacle of the sect's grisly ceremonies. The haste in revealing the entire plot so early implies that there will be a major plot twist in the film. None is forthcoming.

Best part of the film is the wonderfully high-camp performance by Shirley Cameron as a sinister sect insider. Henry Silva and David Hemmings were clearly imported to help assure the film's boxoffice success but their presence does little to help the film itself. Meanwhile when Contouri enacts terror or anger it comes off looking much like the intense irritation she would experience on finding a parking ticket on her Mercedes sports car.

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Release Date:

29 September 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Thirst See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia See more »


Box Office


AUD750,000 (estimated)
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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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