Thirst has been on my radar for a while now and the wait is almost over. The news that director Park Chan-wook (JSA, Old Boy) would be returning to more familiar hard R-rated territory after the slightly bland I’m A Cyborg, But That’s OK was welcome news indeed.  His new film, Thirst, recently won this year’s Jury Prize at Cannes to mixed but mostly positive reviews.

Thirst is about a priest named Sang-hyun who volunteers for a secret vaccine development project meant to eradicate a deadly virus. The experiment fails and Sang-hyun hovers on the brink of death until a blood transfusion is urgently ordered up for him. The blood he receives is infected and the man of God becomes a vampire. Struggling with his newfound carnal desire for blood, Sang-hyun’s faith is further strained by a newly discovered thirst for the world of sensual pleasures.  Expect several sins to be committed…

IGN has premiered a new red band trailer heavy on style and action.  It looks sexy, bloody, and absolutely crazy which is perfectly fine by me.  Check it below.

An infusion of evil!  Looks pretty damn sweet doesn’t it?  I’ll be the first to say that vampire films in general have grown boring and stale, but if anyone can reinvigorate the genre it’s Park.  Song Kan-ho stars as the priest and it’ll be good to see him return to intense and violent drama after some more comedic turns in the excellent The Good The Bad The Weird and The HostThirst hits US theaters later this summer from Focus Features.

What do you think of the trailer?

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