The Hunger

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Quotes (12)

  • Closing Narration: Love... the grandest hunger of all, never easy, I know. I know. Ne s'est jamais levé sans piqûre. May I translate? ... Never the rose without the prick.

  • Opening Narration: All these recall an earlier hour, more vivid with life, a time when the future seemed without limit ... almost like being in love. You've been in love. It's not that I've never fallen in, I've done it myself, many many times, and I have memories to prove it. Not flames mind you, not flames anymore ... embers, comfort in the night. To love. To really love, one must let go of everything one knows, of everything one holds dear, one must open oneself up...

  • Closing Narration: What is it about you that a perfect stranger can know within the first three mintues that you will never ever learn... until it's far too late?

  • Opening Narration: How well do you know yourself? You've scrubbed every inch of the skin, haven't you? But how well do you know yourself inside? The pink rubbery thorax, yard upon yard of coiled steaming gut, that king of blood vessels, the cornary artery and of course, the cerebellar...

  • Closing Narration: Now I go to sleep with ease, and sleep soundly till morning, I don't need the terrible dreams, I don't need the sweats, the chills, the vice around my chest, stopping me breathing. And the heart, the pounding, slam, slam, slam, like a man in a coffin, put there by some terrible mistake pounding on the inside lid - that's all yours now, with love from me to you.

  • Opening Narration: I used to have nightmares, swift, recurrent, night after night I'd wake up in terror, let me tell you. And then I found, and it took a few decades to find this one out, truth be told, the trick, simple once I knew it. The trick is, to tell the stories, share the terrors, get them out.

  • Closing Narration: We see what we expect to see and feel what we expect to feel. If we expect to be afraid, then we will be afraid.... and that's a fools game. If you live your live in the anticipation of Doom, and certainty of it... if you know it will find you....and overwhelm you.... Why Fight it?

  • (David Bowie fills a bath-tub with light fluid and hops in) Opening Narration: Some people hide from their fears.... we call them Cowards, but they tend to outlive the brave. Some fears are too great to be ignored. Too relentless to flee..... Sometimes, there's no option, but to turn and face your fears. (He then lights a light, holding it above himself) And see what happens.....

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Notes (13)

  • Based entirely on a story by Robert Aickman, "The Swords."

  • This episode is based on the short story "Necros" by Brian Lumley. The story was first published in the anthology The Second Book of After Midnight Stories (1986).

  • This episode was based on a short story "The Secret Shih-Tan" by Graham Masterton

  • This episode was filmed in Montreal.

  • "In Memory of Gordon Nyeste."

  • Bruce M. Smith, the writer of this episode, appears briefly in a scene as a news man.

  • David Bowie is now the Host.

  • This episode was based on the short story The Sixth Sentinel from the 1993 anthology Swamp Foetus (later published as Wormwood) by horror writer Poppy Z Brite.

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