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The Addiction

The Addiction (1995)



Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 26
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 7

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.


Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 1

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


Drama, Horror

Nicholas St. John

Apr 28, 1998

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All Critics (26) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (7)

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

October 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Scary, funny, magnificently risible, this could be the most pretentious B-movie ever -- and I mean that as a compliment.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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
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Unfortunately, it's so dark -- and impenetrable -- that it shuts us out.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Macabre and provocative, yet wonderfully restrained.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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One of Ferrara's most idiosyncratic yet popular slices of misanthropy.

October 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

It's got a remarkable visual texture, integrity to burn, and almost -- but not quite -- enough intelligence to justify its lofty ambitions.

October 20, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

What we get is a slight, but entertaining movie, that's (dare I say it?) unintentionally funny at times.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Reflecting Ferrara's obsession with guilt and redemption, the film acknowledges the capacity for evil, urging viewers to take responsibility for their actions, or else there won't be a way to arrest evil's diffusion from one generation to the next.

June 20, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

The allegory wears thin fast, and we're just left with artifice.

July 8, 2004
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Given all the talent involved, this should have been much more compelling.

May 19, 2004
New Times

Christopher Walken, who always looks like one of the living dead, proves that he hasn't exhausted his capacity to make your skin crawl.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Ferrara's film both impresses and terrifies sufficiently for most of its duration.

January 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

Captain! The Pretense-O-Meter's gone off the scale!

August 13, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

A strange and diverting take on the old vampire tale.

July 26, 2002

The film works better as straight horror -- it's quite gory and the inky black-and-white photography adds intensely to the mood -- than as a meditation on morality.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Eternally heavy-handed director Abel Ferrara isn't interested in making anything that even remotely resembles a conventional horror film.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Vampires are compared to junkies who need their fix.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Not to everyone's taste but certainly haunting in theme and visuals.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The Addiction is less a blood-sucking story than a fable about modern enervation.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for The Addiction

February 26, 2014
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an existential vampire film. very disturbing. probably only ferrara could pull this off. fun cameo by chiristopher walken. 'twilight' eat your heart out
March 15, 2013
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Very plausible.
August 7, 2011

Super Reviewer

Appropriately down 'n' dirty flick from marverick director Abel Ferrara. The Addiction deals with vampirism sans mythology, placing such an affliction as a parallel with drug addiction, a topic Ferrara has addressed before several times, most notably in the seminal Bad Lieutenant. Walken has a small but highly worthy part, playing a world-weary existential child of the night, using torturous methods to validate his claims that the world is uncompromisingly dog-eat-dog ("The entire world's a graveyard, and we, the birds of prey picking at the bones"). The cinematography (in glorious black and white) is stark, adding to the urban nightmarish feel that Ferrara is so accustomed to. This is the perfect antidote to any claims that he is nothing more than a Scorsese imitator.
July 22, 2011

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    1. Kathleen Conklin: Our addiction is evil. The propensity for this evil lies in our weakness before it.
    – Submitted by Frances H (23 months ago)
    1. Peina: The entire world's a graveyard. And we, the birds of prey, picking at the bones.
    – Submitted by Frances H (23 months ago)
    1. Peina: You learn to control it. You learn, like the Tibetans , to survive on a little.
    – Submitted by Frances H (23 months ago)
    1. Kathleen Conklin: You know, this obtuseness, it's disheartening, especially in a doctoral candidate.
    – Submitted by Frances H (23 months ago)
    1. Kathleen Conklin: Dependency is a marvelous thing. It does more for the soul than any formulation of doctoral material.
    – Submitted by Frances H (23 months ago)
    1. Kathleen Conklin: There is no history. Everything we are is eternally with us. Our question, therefore, is what can save us from our crazy insistence on spreading the blight in ever widening circles?
    – Submitted by Frances H (23 months ago)
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