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The Addiction (1995)

The Addiction (1995)

The Addiction

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Critic Consensus: 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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Blood addiction provides a central theme in this dark tale of a young vampire who must prowl the gritty New York streets in search a fix. The film also offers deeper, philosophical themes as it uses vampirism as a metaphor for human behavior. Kathleen Conklin was a doctoral candidate in philosophy at NYU before she became a vampire. For her first kill, she attacked a street tramp, withdrew his blood with a syringe, and injected herself. As she begins to hunt more frequently, the filmmakers intersperse images of famous massacres. The other vampires she encounters are fond of quoting Nietzsche and other philosophers. She meets one who tries to teach Kathleen how to control her addiction with fasting. Kathleen tries, but faces major withdrawal. She then resumes her studies and completes her doctorate. To celebrate her achievement she hosts a large reception. Unfortunately many former victims appear, they too were transformed by the experience, and the fete becomes a literal bloodbath. At the film's end a priest offers eternal life and redemption to a vampire.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Nicholas St. John, Ken Kelsch
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 28, 1998
Runtime:
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Cast

Lili Taylor
as Kathleen Conklin
Paul Calderon
as The Professor
Kathryn Erbe
as College Student
Robert Castle
as Priest/Narrator
Frank Aquilino
as Delivery Man
Leroy Johnson
as Homeless Victim
Chuck Jeffreys
as Bartender
Fred Williams
as Homeless Victim
Christian Campanella
as Featured Victim
Robert W. Castle
as Priest/Narrator
Chuck Jeffries
as Bartender
Ed Conna
as Waiter
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Critic Reviews for The Addiction

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (6)

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

Full Review… | October 20, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Scary, funny, magnificently risible, this could be the most pretentious B-movie ever -- and I mean that as a compliment.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Love him or hate him, Mr. Ferrara is one of the few directors who can turn genre movies into something deeper.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

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
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Unfortunately, it's so dark -- and impenetrable -- that it shuts us out.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Macabre and provocative, yet wonderfully restrained.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Addiction

½

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Super Reviewer

an existential vampire film. very disturbing. probably only ferrara could pull this off. fun cameo by chiristopher walken. 'twilight' eat your heart out

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Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

½

Very plausible.

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