Hardy's Thirst is a remarkably subtle horror film. It's clearly about vampires, but the vampire mythology is kept to a minimum. One of the men responsible for the Farm, Mr. Hodge (Max Phipps, who also appeared The Road Warrior as the Toadie), tells Kate that they don't like being referred to as vampires. They simply consider themselves an elite group, superior to others since they are thoroughly aware of the power and vitality that comes with the consumption of blood. While on occasion Thirst slips into more customary territory, with a few fangs and red eyes making appearances, the more placid moments prevail, such as Kate's cat knocking over a carton of milk, which, in lieu of milk, contains a suspiciously familiar red substance.
The vampire film is more than a subgenre of horror; it's a genre all its own. There are countless vampire films released each year, and there is an abundance of such movies that play with convention and twist audience's expectations. Regardless, Thirst stands out from the crowd. It does have its gory bits, and the film is saturated with blood, but it thrives on suspense. The most memorable parts involve Kate's attempts to leave the Farm, her all-too-real dream sequences, and the Farm's announcements, calling for donors, who walk slowly toward potential doom. It all leads to a rather curious ending, which is intriguing, if not altogether satisfying. Thirst is a vampire film for movie fans who have seen one too many stakes.