The Addiction

1995

The Addiction

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Abel Ferrara's 1995 horror/suspense experiment blends urban vampire adventure with philosophical analysis to create a smart, idiosyncratic, and undeniably odd take on the genre.

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Director Abel Ferrara applies his eccentric vision to the vampire genre with this cerebral "Art" film about graduate philosophy student Kathleen Conklin (Lili Taylor), who is bitten by an aggressive female vampire (Annabella Sciorra) and soon spirals into a nightmarish world of blood addiction and existential angst. Driven by her merciless condition, she attacks several of her pretentious friends and classmates (even her professor) and mainlines their blood like heroin. Just as she becomes more bold in seeking prey on the streets of New York, she is waylaid by a potential victim -- actually a sophisticated vampire himself named Peina (Christopher Walken), who chooses to control his own blood addiction through fasting and meditation. Seeming to regain her self-control, she eventually completes her graduate thesis (helped by a bit of vampire nepotism) and holds a party to celebrate, inviting the entire faculty as well as members of her new "family" to join in the festivities. Although the parallels to heroin addiction are in plain view, this is also a study in the essential evil of humankind -- a theme evident in much of Ferrara's work.

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Critic Reviews for The Addiction

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (7)

  • No matter, without exactly transcending the awful material, Ferrara puts it across with astonishing poetry and conviction.

    Oct 20, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Scary, funny, magnificently risible, this could be the most pretentious B-movie ever -- and I mean that as a compliment.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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  • Love him or hate him, Mr. Ferrara is one of the few directors who can turn genre movies into something deeper.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/5
  • Abel Ferrara, working from a rabidly ambitious script by Nicholas St. John, gives the genre a provocative and perversely funny snap that Anne Rice might envy.

    May 12, 2001
  • Unfortunately, it's so dark -- and impenetrable -- that it shuts us out.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • Macabre and provocative, yet wonderfully restrained.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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  • Feb 26, 2014
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  • Mar 15, 2013
    an existential vampire film. very disturbing. probably only ferrara could pull this off. fun cameo by chiristopher walken. 'twilight' eat your heart out
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Sep 08, 2008
    Stylistically interesting modern (or post-modern) vampire film. It makes a comparison between vampirism and drug addiction (specifically drugs in the visuals), which is unusual. I don't know if it was the director's intention to distance his audience from the characters and events, but that's what I felt. The film probably means more to those who know Philosophy.
    Kylie B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 19, 2007
    Another great one from Ferrara. Using vampirism as a metaphor for drug addiction would make me puke blood if it were released now, but at the time I thought it was brilliant. When I first saw this I thought the movie was smarter than me, but now that I've grown up big and strong...well big anyway, I might keep up with it. Nevertheless, great film that's stylish as hell with a great payoff.
    Christopher B Super Reviewer

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