THIRST (2009) Reviews and overview

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Thirst – original title: 박쥐; Bakjwi; “Bat”- is a 2009 South Korean horror feature film, written, produced and directed by Park Chan-wook (The Handmaiden; Stoker; Oldboy). It is loosely based on the 1868 novel Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola.


A priest—who is in love with his friend’s wife—turns into a vampire through a failed medical experiment.

Park has stated, “This film was originally called ‘The Bat’ to convey a sense of horror. After all, it is about vampires. But it is also more than that. It is about passion and a love triangle. I feel that it is unique because it is not just a thriller, and not merely a horror film, but an illicit love story as well.”

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