the egyptian vampire lady miriam subsists upon the blood of her lovers. in return the guys or girls don’t age… until miriam has enough of them. unfortunately that’s currently the case with john, so his life expectancy is below 24 hours. desperately he seeks help from the famous dr. sarah roberts. she doesn’t really belive his story, but becomes curious and contacts miriam … and gets caught in her ban, too.
dir.: tony scott horror / romance / thriller / vampire 1983
catherine deneuve as miriam blaylock susan sarandon as sarah roberts david bowie as john
- david bowie said that, in order to make his voice suitably hoarse for when he aged so drastically in the movie, he stood on the george washington bridge every night and screamed all the punk rock songs he knew.
- david bowie actually learned to play the cello for his music scenes.
- tony scott sighted the photography of irving penn as a major influence on the visual style of the film.
- one day during filming, costume designer milena canonero, who is famously dedicated to her craft, disappeared and was nowhere to be found. it was discovered eventually that she had flown to rome to purchase fabric for a handkerchief david bowie is supposed to wear. unable to find fabric she liked in london, canonero had flown to rome at her own expense to find the fabric she needed instead.
- makeup artist antony clavet, who was famous within the fashion world for his work in italian vogue, was brought onto the project after he was introduced to the director by milena canonero.