Thirst (2019)

Known in its native Iceland as Þorsti, this is one bloody take on the vampire film. How bloody? At least 200 litres (528 gallons) of fake blood were used in the film.

It starts with a drug addict named Hulda, who is charged with murdering her brother. After the police let her go due to insufficient evidence, she meets Hjörtur, a thousand-year-old gay vampire. He sees something in her, so he decides to show her the ways of vampirism, which starts with him replacing the weiner in a hot dog with, well, a weiner of another kind.

If you can get past that scene, then you’re going to love this movie.

It’s directed by Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson and Gaukur Úlfarsson from a script by Björn Leó Brynjarsson. They’ve crafted a world where the good guys are vampires and the bad guys are a mix of Christian leaders and the police, who have created an apocalyptic cult behind the scenes.

This is perhaps the most over the top horror comedy I’ve seen in a long time, filled with inventive moments of pure mayhem. It’s not for everyone, but Hjörtur — who is played by Hjörtur Sævar Steinason — is an absolute delight, if a genital decimating bloodsucker can be described in such a way.

You can find this on demand and on DVD from Uncork’d Entertainment.

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