The Addiction (1995)

The Addiction (1995)



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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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.
Drama , Horror
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Lili Taylor
as Kathleen Conklin
Edie Falco
as Jean
Paul Calderon
as The Professor
Kathryn Erbe
as College Student
Michael Imperioli
as Missionary
Jamel "Redrum" Simmons
as Black's Friend
Robert Castle
as Priest/Narrator
Frank Aquilino
as Delivery Man
Louis A. Katz
as Doctor
Leroy Johnson
as Homeless Victim
Chuck Jeffreys
as Bartender
Fred Williams
as Homeless Victim
Avron Coleman
as Cellist
Christian Campanella
as Featured Victim
Robert W. Castle
as Priest/Narrator
Jay Julien
as Dean
Chuck Jeffries
as Bartender
Eddie Conna
as Waiter
Ed Conna
as Waiter
Nancy Ellen Anzalone
as Dress Victim
Bianca Pratt
as Victim
Kevin Scullin
as Victim
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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 23, 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.

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… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

Macabre and provocative, yet wonderfully restrained.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

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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

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


Very plausible.

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