THIRST (2019) Reviews of Icelandic gay vampire comedy horror

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Thirst is a 2019 Icelandic comedy horror feature film a drug addict and a thousand-year-old queer vampire who face off against an evil cult.

Directed by Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson and Gaukur Úlfarsson from a screenplay written by Björn Leó Brynjarsson, the movie stars Hjörtur Sævar Steinason, Hulda Lind Kristinsdóttir, Jens Jensson and Ester Sveinbjarnardóttir.


Addict Hulda is arrested by the police and accused of murdering her brother. After she is released because of insufficient evidence, she meets Hjörtur, a thousand-year-old queer vampire. Together they fight a cult while being investigated by a rogue detective…


“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.” B&S About Movies

” …the film is about two lonely and lost souls finding each other in this crazy, messed up, chaotic world. For all its serious moments, however, the laughs and camp of the film are never far behind. Thirst/Þorsti also boasts some fantastic cinematography by Hakon Sverrisson […]  Steinþórsson and Úlfarsson’s Thirst/Þorsti has the potential of becoming an Icelandic horror classic in a similar vein to the Dead Snow films.” Killer Horror Critic

” …the tone of the film is bewildering and makes for a film that is a struggle to get through, let alone enjoy. The dialogue is painfully trying to be odd on purpose but just plays out as stupefyingly bad […] Beyond the sausage fest, the nauseatingly over-emphasised eating sound effects – just normal dinner, not wangers – and the somehow both too vague and too drawn out at the same time story, there are some great physical gore effects that really shine in a bloodbath of a finale.” Live for Films

“It’s the sort of film you watch and just feel like you’re seeing a cult classic in the making, due to the absolute dedication put into it, no matter how weird it happens to get. It’s bizarre, fun, and even offers some commentary that, whether you agree with or not, is well woven into this wild adventure. And whether it fits your taste or not, one thing is for sure: it’s never boring…” Loud and Clear

Thirst is an inventive addition to the vampire genre that grabs the attention right from the start and never lets up for a second […] It’s not going to be a film for all tastes but for those that have a leaning to less mainstream offerings then this subtitled comedy/horror will gently amuse you throughout as it builds up towards a very bloody and very funny climax.” My Bloody Reviews


Released in Iceland by Sam Film, In the USA, Uncork’d Entertainment will release Thirst on DVD and Digital on December 1st 2020.

Cast and characters:

Hjörtur Sævar Steinason … Hjörtur
Hulda Lind Kristinsdóttir … Hulda
Jens Jensson … Jens
Ester Sveinbjarnardóttir … Ester
Birgitta Sigursteinsdóttir Birgitta Sigursteinsdóttir … Birgitta
Birna Halldórsdóttir Birna Halldórsdóttir … Birna
Svandis Dora Einarsdottir … Rannsóknarlögregla
Snorri Engilbertsson … Kærasti Huldu
Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir … Bílastæðavörður
Pálmi Gestsson … Lögreglustjóri
Jón Gnarr … Leigubílsstjóri
Blær Hinriksson … Piltur á bensínstöð
Herra Hnetusmjör … Hrotti
Ólafía Hrönn Jónsdóttir … Varðstjóri
Jón Jónsson … Fjölskyldufaðir

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